The Kodiak High School Bears volleyball team lost their opening round game in the class 4-A state championships while they were somewhere on the Seward Highway. After their Wednesday flight was canceled, the team hopped on the state ferry Tustumena for Homer and a connection to the road system. But in the best of conditions, it’s still a four- to five-hour drive from there to Anchorage.
So the Bears forfeited their first game against South Anchorage – who would go on to win the tournament and state championship.
Being dropped into the losers bracket before they even showed up didn’t seem to faze the Bears, as they downed West Valley three games to two. East Anchorage, however, then swept the Bears three games to none, bouncing Kodiak from the tournament.
Isabelle Riina was named to the all-tournament team.