LOIBC Basketball tourney held during Iditarod week
The Lonnie O’Connor Iditarod Basketball Championships were contested last week in five divisions at the Nome Recreation Center.
In the Men’s over 35 division Elim took first place. They were followed by the Yellowfooters and NBHS Class of 1993. The Wells Fargo/NSEDC/Ravn Alaska Team Sportsmanship Award honoring Gary Longley Sr. went to Grumpys. The All Tourney Team consisted of Marvin Takak, Bob Saccheus, Uly Hall, Erik Lie, Willie Hoogendorn and Dave Barron. The Charlie Hungerford MVP was awarded to Donald Weyanna.
In the Ladies B division, the gals from Brevig Mission outlasted Beah’s Breakers for first place. Bering Air placed third. The Wells Fargo/NSEDC/Ravn Alaska Team Sportsmanship Award honoring Esther “Duca” Lincoln were the ladies from Brevig. The All Tourney Team consisted of Tracy Ahnangnatoguk, Marie Olanna, Clarissa Eide, Vanessa Tahbone, Frances Contreras, Moriah Morgan, Precious Lincoln, Christine Piscoya, Alice Amaktoolik and Jazzlyn Garnie. Helen Bruns of Brevig Mission was the ladies high scorer. This helped her earn The Charlie Hungerford MVP award.
The Men’s B division was won by TMT. The Islanders and Kotlik places second and third. The Charlie Hungerford MVP honoring Thomas Davis went to the Islanders. The All Tourney Team was made up of Curtis Ray Nayokpuk, Alexander Weyiouanna, Travis Akeya, Jeremy Eischens, Jason Fancyboy, Brandon Long, Andrew Kunuyak, Dale Ahnangnatoguk, Washington Takak, Briar Dickson, Adam Martinson and Elliot Nassuk. The Charles Hungerford MVP went to Corey Ningeulook if TMT.
Carquest captured the title in the Ladies Open division. RJ’s Ninjas and Milanos finished second and third respectively. The Wells Fargo/NSEDC/Ravn Alaska Team Sportsmanship Award honoring Stan and Ruth Piscoya was Deering. The All Tourney Team was made up of Monica Saccheus, Clarissa Blackburn, Valerie Fuller, Adelaine Ahmasuk, Devynn Johnson, Sophia Hunt, Brenda Nayokpuk, Daisy Weinard and Mary Sue Hyatt. The Charlie Hungerford MVP was earned by Shantel Muniz of Carquest.
The first place award for the Men’s A division was captured by Gabe’s Boys. Second and third place went to Flashbacks and Golovin Beachcombers. The Wells Fargo/NSEDC/Ravn Alaska Team Sportsmanship Award honoring Clarence Trigg went to Fish River. The All Tourney Team went to Tyler Eide, Casey Sherman, Adam Lewis, Tyler Yoder, Frank Amaktoolik Jr., Jeremy Nassuk, Jay Adams, Jens Irelan, Donald Weyanna and Troy Weyiouanna. The Charlie Hungerford MVP went to Christian Leckband of Gabe’s Boys.