Eielson High School plans to host home basketball games this season

Published: Jan. 13, 2021 at 6:22 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Basketball is just around the corner as teams in the Fairbanks North Star Borough prepare for the COVID-shortened season. Eielson High School will also be participating this year, and they are planning to host home games on the Air Force base.

Eielson High School (EHS) opened their basketball practices this week. Currently on the schedule provided by Eielson, they will have six home games at the high school starting on February 5 when the Ravens take on the North Pole Patriots, as Eielson is set to host six home games.

“We’re going to try and host them here on base,” said EHS Principal Bruce Bell. “We’re still wondering if we play Monroe cause we normally get a fairly, good crowd. We might look to have the game at North Pole High [School].”

Eielson Ravens tentative basketball 2021 schedule:

January 23@West Valley11:00/12:30/2:00/3:30
January 26@Lathrop4:30/6:00/7:30
January 28@North Pole4:30/6:00/7:30
February 2@Hutchison4:30/6:00/7:30
February 5vs North Pole4:30/6:00/7:30
February 6@Delta1:00/2:30/4:00/5:30
February 9vs West Valley4:30/6:00/7:30
February 12vs Hutchison4:30/6:00/7:30
February 19@Valdez4:30/6:00/7:30
February 20@Valdez4:30/6:00/7:30
February 23vs Delta4:30/6:00/7:30
February 26vs Lathrop4:30/6:00/7:30
February 27@North Pole12:00/1:30/3:00
March 5vs Monroe4:30/6:00/7:30
March 6@Monroe4:30/6:00/7:30

According to Bell, the Eielson Ravens’ plans for home games where a crowd might show up and it exceeds their restrictions, they will move the game to North Pole. Last semester, the Ravens’ football program played their home games at North Pole High School.

While the world still deals with the COVID-19 global pandemic, many student-athletes saw a varying degree of sports last semester. Football played their regular season before state competition was cancelled while cross country running was able to finish their season out. This semester still faces challenges in having athletics being played with limited spectators, masks being worn on the bench and COVID-mitigation plans.

“We’re definitely cautious but anxious that we want to offer as much as we can to students and to do it safely,” said Bell. “We’re excited to be able to get them connected to the school again with sports and activities.”

Eielson open their season on January 23 on the road against the West Valley Wolfpack.

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