Education | Sports

Alaska Native team wins state basketball title for 3rd year

The boys basketball team from the Alaska Native village of Point Hope is hoping to make history again this season.

The Tikigaq School Harpooners have won the Class 2A Alaska State Basketball Championship each year since 2009. That's a record in the state and a big feat for a team that has to fly to all of its away games.

“This is where I grew up,” Denzel Tooyak, a senior guard, told The New York Times. “Everything I do, I do for the whole community and my people.”

The team is hoping for a fourth consecutive win under new head coach Leonard Barger. The season begins next month.

Get the Story:
Tracking Caribou, Shooting Hoops, Winning Trophies (The New York Times 11/6)

Join the Conversation