Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Two gyms and two fantastic basketball evenings are awaiting sports fans of all ages tonight at Thunder Mountain High School and Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé.
The 2022 Region V 1A Boys and Girls Basketball Tournament is wrapping up tonight at Thunder Mountain High School. Two spots remain for teams to earn a berth into the ASAA March Madness Alaska state tournament, March 16-19, at Anchorage's Alaska Airlines Center.
At 5:45 p.m., the Klawock Chieftains boys play the Yakutat Eagles for the second berth into the state tournament. The Kake Thunderbirds won the Region V Championship Friday night over Klawock 60-33 and are the Southeast Conference No. 1 state seed. It is an elimination game tonight for Klawock and Yakutat. One team goes to state as the No. 2 seed, the other's season is over.
At 7:30 p.m. at TMHS, the Kake Thunderbirds girls play the Skagway Panthers for the SEC second berth to state. Klawock won the Region V Championship Friday night over Kake 52-36. Awards for the 1A tournament will follow the game.
Across town at JDHS, the Crimson Bears girls and boys host the TMHS Falcons. The girls play at 5 p.m. and the boys at 7 p.m. JDHS girls and boys basketball and cheerleader seniors will be honored after the girls game.
On Friday, the TM boys defeated JDHS 58-43. The Crimson Bears need a win tonight to earn the top seed at the Region V 4A tournament at Ketchikan, Wednesday-Saturday, March 9-12. A win by TMHS results in a three-way tie, record wise, in the Southeast Conference.
The JDHS boys are 4-3 in the SEC and 7-17 overall. They have defeated TMHS 63-50 and lost 56-55 in overtime Feb.4-5, defeated Ketchikan 52-45 and 52-42 Feb.11-12 at JDHS, and split at Ketchikan winning 63-57 and losing 59-41 on Feb. 25-26.
TMHS is 3-4 SEC, 12-10 OA. The Falcons lost 50-43 and 60-46 at Ketchikan on Jan. 7-8, and split with the Kings Feb. 18-19 at TMHS, falling 46-43 and winning 55-41.
Ketchikan is 4-4 SEC, 11-10 OA.
The JDHS girls defeated TMHS 34-24 on Friday.
JDHS is 3-4 in the Southeast Conference and 15-6 overall. The Crimson Bears lost twice to Ketchikan 41-32 and 42-35 on Jan.7-8 at JDHS, defeated TMHS 47-37 and 42-33 on Feb. 4-5 at TMHS, and lost to Ketchikan 53-39 and 49-44 on Feb. 11-12 at Ketchikan.
TMHS is 0-7 SEC, 7-15 OA. The Falcons lost to Ketchikan 71-43 and 67-36 on Jan. 28-29 at Kayhi, and fell to Ketchikan 46-27 and 45-23 on Feb. 25-26 at TM.
Ketchikan is 8-0 SEC, 20-2 OA. The Lady Kings are the top seed for the Region V tournament and will have a bye. JDHS will open with TMHS.
Above - Yakutat Eagles freshman Dylan Petersen has game, and a mullet! The Eagles play the Klawock Chieftains at 5:45 p.m. tonight for the second Southeast Conference berth to the state tournament. At 7:30 p.m. the Kake Thunderbirds girls play the Skagway Panthers for the second girls berth to state. (Klas Stolpe/KINY)