At the state wrestling tournament, a Kodiak junior won the inaugural 1-2-3-4-A Girls State Championship on Saturday at 113-pounds. Krystal Fabricante pinned New Stuyahok’s Roberta Christopher in 3-minutes 56-seconds. This is the second year of an all-girls state championship tournament, and the first that large, 4-A schools such as Kodiak participated. Previously, high school girls competed for state titles against boys, with quite a bit of success.
On the boys’ side, Shaun Walton fished fourth at 126 pounds, Bryan Gonzalez was fifth at 106 pounds and Scott Larionoff was fifth at 136.
South Anchorage won the team title with 254 points, followed by Colony, Lathrop, Wasill and North Pole. Kodiak was 15th with 45 points.
The High School basketball season started over the weekend with the Kodiak Bears playing at the Cougar Tip-Off in Anchorage. While the host Service Cougars won the boys division, beating Bartlett 74-to-63, the Golden Bears turned the table on the hosts and won the girls division 66-to-42.
While both the Kodiak’s boys and girls teams had mixed success, Kristel Fangonilo’s success was so clear-cut that she earned the title of tournament Most Valuable Player. The senior scored 49 points during the three-day tournament, including career-highs of 18 against both Homer and Service. The Kodiak girls are now 2-1 on the season.
The Kodiak boys, at 1-and-2, defeated Eagle River 48-42 for its lone win. Senior Billy Alcaide made the boy’s all-tournament team.