Sports in brief
Kotzebue boys, girls fall to Barrow
The Kotzebue varsity basketball teams endured a tough weekend against the Barrow Whalers.
The KHS girls dropped a pair of contests with the Lady Whalers, falling by a 59-46 margin on Friday and 41-22 on Saturday.
The Kotzebue boys suffered a 61-13 setback to Barrow on Friday, and fell 64-31 on Saturday.
The Kotzebue teams will return to action against Nome this weekend. The Lady Huskies will host Nome in the Dawghouse, while the Huskies will travel to Nome.
Kotzebue JV splits games with Barrow, Upriver
The Kotzebue High School Lady Huskies' junior varsity split its four games this weekend with Barrow and Upriver.
Kotzebue, which had suffered a 47-9 setback to Barrow early on Friday, notched a 33-19 win over Upriver.
On Saturday the KHS girls defeated Upriver, 27-20, before dropping a 44-20 decision to Barrow.
Whalers sweep pair of rival Huskies
It took more than a month, but Barrow High School head coach Jeremy Arnhart believes his team has started to turn the corner.
Barrow, backed by solid performances from Lawrence Kaleak, Glenn Suvlu and Raquan Lisbourne, claimed a pair of big wins over rival Kotzebue over the weekend in Western Conference action.
"I saw some positive improvements in our overall game," said Arnhart. "We had a pretty solid defensive effort, creating several turnovers.?I thought our transition game was much better. We are not were we want to be, but we are getting much closer."
Barrow didn't waste any time in getting its offense in gear against Kotzebue. The Whalers pushed in 23 points in the first quarter of Friday's series opener and never looked back while rolling to a 61-13 victory.
After grabbing a 23-4 lead in the first, the Whalers all but cinched the win with a staggering 27-2 spree in the second.
Barrow held a commanding 50-6 advantage at the half.
Suvlu led all BHS scorers in Game 1, netting 14 points. Kaleak and Lisbourne added 12 and nine, respectively.
The Whalers closed out the weekend twinbill on Saturday by taking a 64-31 decision.
Kaleak and Suvlu both turned in stellar outings in the win, Kaleak tallied a game-high 13 points, while Suvlu turned in a double-double with 10 points and 10 steals.
Lisbourne and David Elavgak also played well, scoring nine and eight points, respectively.
"We had solid performances from several players, with Lawrence and Glenn leading the way," said Arnhart. "Our role players stepped up and gave us great energy and point production."
Barrow will return to play this week when they host the 2013 Whaler Invitational. Among the teams set to join Barrow in the tournament are Skyview, Grace and North Pole.?