The Seldovia boys basketball team had to fight its way through a tough schedule this season, which made the Sea Otters look worse than they really were.
In the end, however, it paid off with the best end result at a state tournament.
Seldovia topped Shaktoolik 66-55 in the Class 1A tournament to grab third-place honors. The previous best finish for a Seldovia squad was fifth place in the 2008 tournament at the 2A level.
In a span of five minutes, Nikolaevsk basketball fans were dealt a loss and a victory Wednesday afternoon at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.
On one court, there was the Nikolaevsk boys team falling short in a 62-51 loss to the King Cove T-Jacks that determined the Class 1A boys consolation champion.
On the court next to it, separated only by a large, black curtain, there was the Nikolaevsk girls team cruising to a 45-26 win over conference rival Cook Inlet Academy to claim the Class 1A girls consolation crown.
The Soldotna Stars completed a stellar season Saturday night by winning the 2012 medium-schools state football championship, beating the Homer Mariners 62-20 at Tom Huffer Sr. Field at Chugiak High School.
The Mariners came out swinging, driving down the field on the team’s first possession with big runs of 19 yards from Joseph Cardoza and 12 yards from quarterback Sheldon Hutt, but came up short on fourth down with only inches to go.