Eastern Washington University may have won the National Division 1 Championship in football this weekend, but that wasn’t even a blip on the screen here in Shungnak. Here it was basketball, basketball, and more basketball. Yes, it was the Upriver Hunters (a conglomeration of Ambler, Shungnak, and Kobuk players) vs. Kotzebue JV Huskies.
Yes, that’s Hans’ classroom, where the visiting team slept, played video games, watched movies, and met during half-time (there was only one jersey and one red-hot chili peppers pair of shorts left behind).
As you can see, people came from mile (sic) around to watch the rivalry.
No tailgate parties here…
Bonnie spent most of the three games working the concession stand and had a close-up of the action since this window is about three feet away from out-of-bounds.
Since the Kotzebue team got weathered in they had a third game Saturday night and ended up flying out Sunday morning. The girls’ team was playing in Kotzebue so they returned on the back-haul.
Since Kobuk School doesn’t have a gym, they snowmachined the 12 miles down to Shungnak and back several evenings this week so they could practice with their teammates. They wanted at least a couple practices in before they had to actually play an opposing team.
All-in-all it was a good weekend. Just doesn’t feel like we had much down time.
How tough can it be?