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Seward boys win

Posted: Friday, March 06, 2009

Robert Perea scored a game-high 23 points and Dylan Beck added 12 in leading third-seeded Seward to a 63-40 win over Nikiski on Thursday in the first round of the Southcentral Conference tournament at Grace Christian School.

The Seahawks, who finished the regular season at 16-6 overall and 8-4 in the conference, jumped out to a 31-8 lead after eight minutes and never looked back.

"We were hoping for something like that," Seward coach Dan Krier said of the hot start. "We just kind of put it together and passed the ball well and got some good shots and good looks and rebounded really well.

"I was happy with the way we played together as a team."

The sixth-seeded Bulldogs hung tough in the second, though, getting outscored 12-11, and even strung together an 11-4 fourth quarter in keeping the game close.

Wiley Bennett scored nine points and Sheridan Olson and Justin Wik each had seven for Nikiski, which will now play seventh-seeded Su-Valley at 12:45 p.m. today for the right to take on Cordova in Saturday's fourth-place contest.

Seward, which hasn't advanced to state since the 1996-97 season, will look to do just that when it plays second-seeded Anchorage Christian Schools in a semifinal matchup at 4:15 p.m. today at Dimond High School.

ACS earned its spot by beating Su-Valley on Thursday.

The Seahawks topped the Lions on Saturday for the first time in Krier's eight years at the helm of the program.

"That's the key thing, you go to any tournament and you try to survive the first day and move on," Krier said. "You're always happy with a first-round tournament win. Tomorrow we've just got to get the job done."

In other boys action Thursday, Jeremiah Ridgeway scored 16 points and Andrew Miessner had 13 as fourth-seeded Heritage Christian earned a 49-39 win over fifth-seeded Cordova.

Cordova, which trailed 11-5 after the first and 25-16 at halftime, was led by Dane Meyer's 20 points. Christian Brockert also scored 11 points for the Wolverines, who will play on Saturday at 11:45 a.m. in the fourth-place game.

Heritage will now play top-seeded Grace Christian in today's 7:45 p.m. semifinal at Dimond. The winner earns a spot in the championship game and a state-tournament berth.

Grace Christian girls 39, Seward 24

Led by 11 points each from Mackenzie Fredrickson and Venessa Grace, the fourth-seeded Grizzlies advanced to today's semifinals with a win over the fifth-seeded Seahawks on Thursday.

Grace Christian, which led 14-4 after eight minutes and 21-6 at the break, will now try and topple top-seeded and defending Class 3A state champion Anchorage Christian Schools at 6 p.m. today.

Holly Ganser netted seven points for the Seahawks, while Kristina Atherton had six. Seward will take on sixth-seeded Su-Valley in the fourth-place game at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

In other girls action Thursday, Emma Roemhildt scored 12 points in leading third-seeded Cordova to a 66-17 win over Su-Valley.

Second-seeded Nikiski, which earned a bye in the first round, will play the Wolverines in a 2:30 p.m. semifinal today at Dimond. The Bulldogs beat Cordova three times this season.

Boys

Seahawks 63, Bulldogs 40

Nikiski 8 11 10 11 --40

Seward 31 12 16 4 --63

NIKISKI (40) -- Olson 7, Williams 4, Holloway 2, Bennett 9, Taylor 2, Wik 7, Thompson 5, Herrin 4.

SEWARD (63) -- Prochazka 7, Price 8, Beck 12, Thorn 4, Perea 23, Buchanan 9.

Eagles 49, Wolverines 39

Heritage Christian 11 14 8 16 --49

Cordova 5 11 10 13 --39

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (49) -- Hanks 2, Millar 11, Miessner 13, G. Vreeman 4, A Vreeman 3, Ridgeway 16.

CORDOVA (39) -- Brockert 11, Meyer 20, Reodica 3, Nolan 3, Johnson 2.

Girls

Grizzlies 39, Seahawks 24

Seward 4 2 9 9 --24

Grace Christian 14 7 8 10 --39

SEWARD (24) -- Ganser 7, Atherton 6, Kery 5, Draper 1, Fleming 5.

GRACE CHRISTIAN (39) -- Grace 11, Weddel 5, Savage 1, Mestas 5, Kopp 4, Fredrickson 11, Eckeman 2.

Wolverines 66, Rams 17

Su-Valley 7 4 6 0 --17

Cordova 22 17 21 6 --66

SU-VALLEY (17) -- Scott 2, O'Connor 2, Hunt 2, Pepersen 7, Reynolds 2, Matthews 2.

CORDOVA (66) -- Collins 4, Roemhildt 12, Beedle 4, T. Webber 4, Phillips 7, M. Webber 14, O. Kelly 8, Merritt 3, A. Kelly 4, Gilman 6.



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