It was a Chilkat Valley sweep at the Juneau Gold Medal Basketball Tournament, which wrapped up Saturday.
In three of the four Gold Medal brackets, Haines or Klukwan teams took the prize. All three squads went undefeated.
Two of them were defending champs: the Haines women and the Klukwan C Team.
The women won against Hoonah in the championship game Saturday, 52-30. The Haines women’s league formed about two years ago. The group had an impressive first couple years, winning Gold Medal in its debut tournament and claiming victory again this year.
Haines’ Alisa Beske was named most valuable player. Beske and teammates Sarah Elliott and Lisa Shove were all-tournament team selections.
The Klukwan men’s C bracket team held its title when it beat Juneau’s James Gang 107-97 in a triple-overtime championship face-off. Team member Stuart DeWitt was inducted into the Gold Medal hall of fame earlier in the day. Andrew Friske earned MVP recognition. Friske, Jason Shull, Jessie McGraw and Michael Ganey were chosen for the all-tourney team.
The last championship game of the night Saturday was Haines vs. Hoonah in the men’s B bracket. Former professional basketball player Kyle Fossman’s team won 79-73 in overtime. Fossman was named MVP. He, Kyle Rush, Ben Egolf and Tyler Healy earned spots on the all-tourney team.
The Master’s bracket was the only one without Chilkat Valley representation. Hoonah bested Kake for that title.
More coverage from sports photographer Klas Stolpe here.