Noatak advances to Mixed-Six state tournament
Noatak is headed to volleyball's 'Promised Land' for the first time in school history.
Noatak pulled off an impressive outing this weekend and nailed down the Northwest Arctic Borough School District's conference tournament crown. With the win, Noatak capped a fairy tale run and clinched its first-ever trip to the state Mixed-Six tournament, which will be held on Dec. 6-8 at Dimond High School in Anchorage.
Noatak, which had entered the conference tournament as the No. 3 seed, went 3-0 in the tournament, which was held on Friday and Saturday in Ambler.
Noatak opened the tournament with a first-round win over Deering, the No. 6 seed.
Following its win over Deering, Noatak pulled off an upset by downing second-seeded Noorvik in the semifinals.
In the championship bout, the NHS spikers defeated Kiana.
Noorvik rebounded from its loss to Noatak in fine fashion. The Bears defeated Ambler/Shungnak in the third-place game.
Buckland, following a first-round loss to Noorvik, rallied to back-to-back wins in the consolation bracket to finish fifth. Buckland defeated Kivalina in the consolation finals.
Kivalina took the Team GPA honors. The Qavvik's cumulative grade point average was 3.1964.
Deering earned the Sportsmanship accolades.
2012 All-Tournament teams
Danny Wells Noorvik
Shield Stalker Kivalina
Jasen Stalker Kiana
Anthony Ashby Kobuk
Colton Ramoth Ambler/Shungnak
Hannah Cleveland Noorvik
Corilyn Adams Kobuk
Jenny Westlake Kiana
Cheryl Adams Kivalina
Christina Norton Kobuk