Football, XC Wrap Up; Aquatic and Volleyball Keep Winning


Kodiak High School Bears Seniors after Saturday’s win in Valdez. Standing left to right, back row: #10 Kevin Lepola, Jr., #18 David Anderson, #75 Mua Sega, #70 Brad Wareham, #53, Connor Murphy. Front row kneeling: #33 Joshua Seui, #29 Josh Kamai, #13 Chris Parsons, #26 Justin Goff, #89 Charlie Johnson. TC Kamai photo

Jay Barrett/KMXT

It was a good weekend for Kodiak High School athletes, with decisive wins in three of four sports.

On Friday, the volleyball team, playing at home, continued its winning streak, beating Skyview 24-26, 25-15, 25-20, and 26-24. The Lady Bears won again in a non-conference game on Saturday.

Also at home, the swimming and diving team continued its dominance with a clean sweep of every event against the visiting Colony Knights. The Kodiak girls scored 129 points to Colony’s 38, and the Kodiak boys were victorious on 128-34.

In the last game of the season for the football team, the Bears dominated the small-school Valdez Buccaneers 32-6. Kodiak finishes the season with four wins and three losses overall, but with a 2-and-3 record in the Northern Lights Conference, the Bears will not be heading to the playoffs. After beating Kenai for the NLC title Saturday, Soldotna will have to play the Kardinals again next week in the first round, while Homer will play Juneau’s Thunder Mountain in the other playoff game to determine who will play in the medium school state championship game.

At the state cross country running championship at Bartlett High School, the Kodiak boys were third, with two runners in the top 10, Cole Christiansen and Levi Thomet in fourth and sixth. Derek Deal, Jordan Fogle, and Julian McCarthy were 23rd, 29th and 35th to round out the scorers. Levi Fried was 44th and Hayden Foster was 62nd. Kodiak had 97 points, while West Valley was second with 78. Champion Service scored 51. Juneau and Lathrop rounded out the top five.

The Kodiak girls were tied with West Valley for seventh with 163 points. Wasilla won with 61 points, followed by West Anchorage, South Anchorage, Lathrop and Eagle River. Adriane Horn was Kodiak’s top finisher, coming in 12th. She was followed by Tiffany Bolyard, Leah Cawthorn, Marley Wilkins, Sarah Ng, McKenzie Barnett and Madison Moir in places between 28th and 70th.

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