PALMER - The Soldotna Stars and Palmer Moose entered the conference tournament with similar storylines. They were the four and five seeds, respectively, but both considered themselves tough outs.
PALMER - The Soldotna Stars knew their season was ending Saturday, and Soldotna capped the year guns blazing.
PALMER - Sometimes to win big games, it takes a different player to hit the big shots. Eric Nygard was that player Friday night. The Colony senior co-captain hit timely 3-pointers in the first and fourth quarters to help Colony earn a 43-32 win over Soldotna in the Northern Lights Conference tournament semifinals at Colony High School on Friday night. Nygard scored nine points to help the Knights advance to the NLC title game for the third straight year. Colony also earned one of the conference's two automatic berths to the state tournament with the win.
PALMER - Any hope of a trip to the state tournament for the Palmer Moose disappeared with a tough loss to Soldotna during the first round of the Northern Lights Conference tournament Thursday. But even though the Moose had no shot at qualifying for the state tourney, Palmer still had one last game on the schedule. Palmer rebounded to score a 63-55 win over Kenai Central on Friday, during the second day of the tourney at Colony High School.
As a 6-foot-1 center in the 1A girls class, Nianiella Dorvall could probably easily dominate the basketball and the scoring column. But there's more to the game of the Nikolaevsk standout, her head coach Bea Klaich said recently.
HOUSTON - Houston's recipe for success if fairly simple. There is one major ingredient: energy. With that, the Hawks raced to an early lead and scored a 51-37 nonconference win over Kenai on Thursday at Houston High.
Spencer Adams may have stunned Ellery Steffensen early, but after an early Adams takedown Steffensen used a dominant performance to complete a perfect day for the Steffensen family.
...Knights with three assists. Colony moves forward to face Homer. The Mariners upset Grace Christian 3-0 during the quarterfinals. Grace was the No. 2 seed from the NLC North. Frontiersman reporter Jeremiah Bartz contributed to this story.
PALMER - As Soldotna skated into the locker room for the second intermission, the Stars held the slim 2-1 lead. But Soldotna was also tagged with a four-minute double-minor at the end of the period.
WASILLA - In the competitive North Star Conference, seeding in the upcoming tournament may come down to tiebreakers. And that might make Colony's 3-0 win over Soldotna on Thursday that much bigger.
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