BRHS Head Coach David Cronk liked his veteran ball club. The Warriors boast four seniors and a three-year starting junior.
“Our seniors are Austin Miller, Carlie Romer, Elliott Hoffman, Kyle Koester and Charles Strickland. Those guys have been together as a group. This is their third year. Ito Naneng has been a part of that group. He’s a year younger, but he’s been on varsity since his freshman year,” Cronk said.
He likes his team’s speed and toughness. He doesn’t mind the hot shooting either. The last home game versus Barrow, Carlie Romer lit up the scoreboard for 26 points.
Coach Cronk said he’s happy with his team’s toughness and defensive presence.
This week Bethel hosts Unalaska, Nome and Seward at home in the Donlin Gold Classic.
Cronk said his boys are looking for a bit of revenge.
“We went up to Nome a couple weeks ago and we lost. We kind of struggled offensively that night and they played us well. They’re a great team. They played a great defensive game against us. Looking hopefully at getting back at them and getting a win here.”
The tournament starts Thursday at 2pm and features boys and girls squads from Nome, Seward, Unalaska and Bethel. It runs through Saturday at BRHS.
The Warriors hope to come out of the tournament on a winning streak. Regionals are in early March and the state tournament is two weeks later.
But even with all those games ahead, Cronk said his team has a special eye on the Saturday night game with the Nome Nanooks.
“We just have to come out and play a good game. If we come out and play a good game against them, the way our kids are capable of, we can beat them. If we come out and have a bad shooting night, it could go the other way also. We’ve got to come out and play a good game.”