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3A boys: ACS, Monroe, Mt. Edgecumbe, Bethel win

Barrow defeated Seward 50-30 in 3A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Barrow defeated Seward 50-30 in 3A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
Barrow defeated Seward 50-30 in 3A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
Barrow defeated Seward 50-30 in 3A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
Barrow defeated Seward 50-30 in 3A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
Barrow defeated Seward 50-30 in 3A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
Barrow defeated Seward 50-30 in 3A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
Barrow defeated Seward 50-30 in 3A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
Barrow defeated Seward 50-30 in 3A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
Barrow defeated Seward 50-30 in 3A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
Barrow defeated Seward 50-30 in 3A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
Barrow defeated Seward 50-30 in 3A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
Barrow defeated Seward 50-30 in 3A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
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The Colony High Knights defeated Thunder Mountain boys 60-56 in 4A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
The Colony High Knights defeated Thunder Mountain boys 60-56 in 4A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
The Colony High Knights defeated Thunder Mountain boys 60-56 in 4A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
The Colony High Knights defeated Thunder Mountain boys 60-56 in 4A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
The Colony High Knights defeated Thunder Mountain boys 60-56 in 4A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
The Colony High Knights defeated Thunder Mountain boys 60-56 in 4A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
The Colony High Knights defeated Thunder Mountain boys 60-56 in 4A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
The Colony High Knights defeated Thunder Mountain boys 60-56 in 4A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
The Colony High Knights defeated Thunder Mountain boys 60-56 in 4A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
The Colony High Knights defeated Thunder Mountain boys 60-56 in 4A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
The Colony High Knights defeated Thunder Mountain boys 60-56 in 4A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
The Colony High Knights defeated Thunder Mountain boys 60-56 in 4A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
The Colony High Knights defeated Thunder Mountain boys 60-56 in 4A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
The Colony High Knights defeated Thunder Mountain boys 60-56 in 4A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
The Colony High Knights defeated Thunder Mountain boys 60-56 in 4A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
The Colony High Knights defeated Thunder Mountain boys 60-56 in 4A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
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The Juneau-Douglas cheer squad performs as the Crimson Bears take on Wasilla at the 4A girls state basketball tournament Thursday March 21, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Savannah Burke of Wasilla goes up for a shot against Juneau-Douglas during action at the 4A girls state basketball tournament Thursday March 21, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Gabi Fenumiai of Juneau-Douglas scores over Cassidy Edwards of Wasilla during action at the 4A girls state basketball tournament Thursday March 21, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Marissa Brakes of Juneau-Douglas goes to the basket around Jenna Ford of Wasilla during action at the 4A girls state basketball tournament Thursday March 21, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Alexis Imoe fires a shot from the corner against Juneau-Douglas during action at the 4A girls state basketball tournament Thursday March 21, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Marissa Brakes of Juneau-Douglas escapes pressure from Wasilla defenders to pass the ball during action at the 4A girls state basketball tournament Thursday March 21, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Kayla Balovich of Juneau-Douglas grabs a rebound despite interference from Machia Towes of Wasilla during action at the 4A girls state basketball tournament Thursday March 21, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Emily Winters of Juneau-Douglas launches a shot against Wasilla during action at the 4A girls state basketball tournament Thursday March 21, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Daniel Head of Nome and Augustus Simmers of ACS reach for a rebound during action at the 3A boys state basketball tournament Thursday March 21, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Jenna Ford of Wasilla puts up a shot against Juneau-Douglas defender Kaitlin Fagerstrom during action at the 4A girls state basketball tournament Thursday March 21, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Calvin Hoffman of ACS dribbles between Nome defenders during action at the 3A boys state basketball tournament Thursday March 21, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Jalen Terry of ACS goes up for a shot against Nome during action at the 3A boys state basketball tournament Thursday March 21, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Dominique Hall of Nome battles ACS defenders to put up a shot during action at the 3A boys state basketball tournament Thursday March 21, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Nome fans encourage their team in a game with ACS during action at the 3A boys state basketball tournament Thursday March 21, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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The Colony High Knights defeated the West High Eagles 44-35 in 4A Alaska state Championship girls basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
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The Colony High Knights defeated the West High Eagles 44-35 in 4A Alaska state Championship girls basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
The Colony High Knights defeated the West High Eagles 44-35 in 4A Alaska state Championship girls basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
The Colony High Knights defeated the West High Eagles 44-35 in 4A Alaska state Championship girls basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
The Colony High Knights defeated the West High Eagles 44-35 in 4A Alaska state Championship girls basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
The Colony High Knights defeated the West High Eagles 44-35 in 4A Alaska state Championship girls basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
The Colony High Knights defeated the West High Eagles 44-35 in 4A Alaska state Championship girls basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
The Colony High Knights defeated the West High Eagles 44-35 in 4A Alaska state Championship girls basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
The Colony High Knights defeated the West High Eagles 44-35 in 4A Alaska state Championship girls basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
The Colony High Knights defeated the West High Eagles 44-35 in 4A Alaska state Championship girls basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
The Colony High Knights defeated the West High Eagles 44-35 in 4A Alaska state Championship girls basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
The Colony High Knights defeated the West High Eagles 44-35 in 4A Alaska state Championship girls basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
The Colony High Knights defeated the West High Eagles 44-35 in 4A Alaska state Championship girls basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
The Colony High Knights defeated the West High Eagles 44-35 in 4A Alaska state Championship girls basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Lynette Hepa, of the Barrow Whalers, blocks the shot of Jasmine Perea, of the Seward Seahawks, in 3A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena. Barrow defeated Seward 50-30.
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Dana Chrestman, of the Barrow Whalers, goes up to block the shot of Jasmine Perea, of the Seward Seahawks, in 3A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena. Barrow defeated Seward 50-30.
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Hunter Eisenhower, of the Colony High Knights, makes a move with the ball as Vili Tupou, of Thunder Mountain, defends with Nathan Unbarger, of Colony being defended by Ben Jahn, of Thunder Mountain. Colony went on to a 60-56 win over the Thunder Mountain Falcons in 4A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Colony High Knights head coach Tom Berg talks to his players during a time out as the Knights are on there way to a 60-56 win over the Thunder Mountain Falcons in 4A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena.
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David Stepovich of the Monroe Rams, blocks the pass of Hans Karlberg, of the Grace Christian Grizzlies, as he tries to get rid of the ball from the floor in 3A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena. The Rams defeated the Grizzlies 50-29.
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Tyler Wells, of the Monroe Rams, goes out of bounds chasing a loose ball against the Grace Christian Grizzlies in 3A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena. The Rams defeated the Grizzlies 50-29.
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Frank Ostanik, head coach of the Monroe Rams, yells out instructions to his team against the Grace Christian Grizzlies in 3A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena. The Rams defeated the Grizzlies 50-29.
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Theyyoung Pauy, of the West High Eagles, and Izzy Tweed, of the Colony Knights, go for the ball in 4A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena. The Knights defeated the Eagles 44-35.
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Shiccia Harris-Grant, of the West High Eagles, drives past Audrey Michaelson, of the Colony Knights, in 4A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena. The Knights defeated the Eagles 44-35.
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Jennifer Solano, of the Colony Knights, gets her hands on the ball as she and teammate Audrey Michaelson and West High's Shemeah Keisala-Jones, Chamira Cockerham, and Alistie Aguilar go for the ball in 4A Alaska state Championship basketball on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena. The Knights defeated the Eagles 44-35.
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Jasmine Bourne of West Valley tries to split Dimond defenders during fourth-quarter action at the 4A girls state basketball tournament Thursday March 21, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Hannah Mattson of West Valley loses the ball while defended by Ione Fischer of Dimond during fourth-quarter action at the 4A girls state basketball tournament Thursday March 21, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Caitlyn Brice and her West Valley teammates absorb a tough 42-41 loss to Dimond at the 4A girls state basketball tournament Thursday March 21, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Dimond celebrates escaping with a comeback 42-41 win over West Valley at the 4A girls state basketball tournament Thursday March 21, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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The ball gets away from Theresa Sample of West Valley, left, as she is defended by Tara Thompson of Dimond during fourth-quarter action at the 4A girls state basketball tournament Thursday March 21, 2013 at Sullivan Arena. Dimond fought back to claim a 42-41 win.
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Leo Ford of Mt. Edgecumbe, left, challenges Jacob Perez of Valdez for the ball during first-half action at the 3A boys state basketball tournament Thursday March 21, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Valdez fans cheer on their Buccaneers during first-half action against Mt. Edgecumbe at the 3A boys state basketball tournament Thursday March 21, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Donald Edenshaw of Mt. Edgecumbe puts up a shot against Valdez during first-half action at the 3A boys state basketball tournament Thursday March 21, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Mark Morry of Mt. Edgecumbe is tightly defended under the basket during first-half action against Valdez at the 3A boys state basketball tournament Thursday March 21, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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The Valdez cheer squad encourages the Buccaneers during first-half action against Mt. Edgecumbe at the 3A boys state basketball tournament Thursday March 21, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Alan Fisher of Mt. Edgecumbe avoids drawing a foul while defending Alec MacDonald of Valdez during first-half action at the 3A boys state basketball tournament Thursday March 21, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Alex MacDonald of Valdez hauls in a full-court pass during first-half action against Mt. Edgecumbe at the 3A boys state basketball tournament Thursday March 21, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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The Mt. Edgecumbe cheer squad encourages the Braves during first-half action against Valdez at the 3A boys state basketball tournament Thursday March 21, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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An early version of this story had incorrect times for Friday night's semifinals. ACS plays Mt. Edgecumbe at 7 p.m. and Monroe meets Bethel at 8:45 p.m.

Anchorage Christian and Monroe Catholic, teams that have battled in the last two Class 3A state championship games, are on track for a third straight showdown after cruising to first-round tournament victories Thursday at Sullivan Arena.

In their way are formidable opponents -- Mt. Edgecumbe for ACS, and Bethel for Monroe. ACS will play in Friday's 8:45 p.m. semifinal game, and Monroe meets Bethel at 7 p.m.

In its 68-48 romp over Nome, ACS showed that even while blessed with the considerable talent of two-time Player of the Year Gus Simmers, it is by no means a one-man show.

Simmers, a 6-foot-4 senior who contributed nine points and five rebounds, was the Lions' fourth-leading scorer.

Jalen Terry led ACS, the 2011 state champion and the 2012 runner-up, with 21 points on 9 of 15 shooting. He also handed out three assists.

Immanuel Lopez (12 points) and Nathan Simmers (10) each netted a pair of 3-pointers for the Lions, who connected on 25 of 58 shots.

Calvin Hoffman turned in a solid all-around effort -- seven points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals. ACS stole the ball a dozen times.

Dominique Hall piled up 19 points and five rebounds for Nome, which also got nine points apiece from Tyler Eide and Cass Mattheis.

 

Mt. Edgecumbe 68, Valdez 46

John Peterson, a senior from Golovin, poured in 31 points in Mt. Edgecumbe's 68-46 pounding of Valdez.

Peterson drained four of eight shots from 3-point range in a 9-of-12 shooting performance. He added four rebounds and had three of 10 steals amassed by the Sitka boarding school.

Mt. Edgecumbe piled up 25 points off 18 Valdez turnovers. Ryan Morgan of Aniak had three steals to go along with 16 points and seven rebounds for the Braves, and Leo Ford of Hooper Bay added 10 points.

Levi Auble's 18 points and seven rebounds topped Valdez. Jacob Perez netted 14 points and Caj Roher scored 10.

 

Monroe 50, Grace 29

Monroe Catholic destroyed Grace Christian with depth and deadly shooting in a 50-29 rout.

Monroe got more than half its points -- 26 -- from its bench. Nine players scored and seven collected rebounds.

Jalon McCullough knocked down five of 10 shots from behind the 3-point line to lead the Rams with 21 points.

As a team, Monroe buried 11 of 23 3-point attempts. Scooter Bynum hit 3 of 4 on his way to 11 points.

Trevor Osborne's nine points and Kyle Markel's nine rebounds led the Grizzlies.

 

Bethel 42, Seward 32

Theodore Naneng racked 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists in Bethel's 42-32 win over Seward.

It was a five-point game midway through the half before Bethel decided things with a 9-4 run in the final three minutes.

Brett Smith made all five of his shots to add 10 points for Bethel.

Seward got a lift from Matthew Moore's 13 points and Jon Thomassen's eight rebounds.

 

 


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