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Nanook Basketball Kicks Off Season Against Redington

The Nome Nanooks, in white, take on the Barrow Whalers, in purple, on the basketball court at Nome-Beltz Junior-Senior High School

The Nome Nanook basketball season started late last month with a varsity exhibition game versus Redington. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams played, with the boys’ team taking home a win to start their season.

Pat Callahan, the coach for the boys’ basketball team, and Nome-Beltz activities director, says that he speculated they would barely have enough players to take the court.

“We thought we were only going to suit up five guys – we actually, I think, we suited up six guys. We fouled one guy out, ended up with five. Thought we might get down to playing three or four guys towards the end of that game.”

– Pat Callahan

Regardless of numbers, one Nome player had a record-setting day according to Callahan.

“Dawson Schaeffer scored 42 points in that game, which matched the school record.”

– Pat Callahan

The Nanook boys would go on to win 85-52.

On the girls side, the final score was 48-43 in favor of Redington. Brooke Anungazuk led the Nanooks with 18 points. Lady Nanooks coach Joe Musich did not return a request for comment before the airing of this story.

As the basketball season is underway, Nome-Beltz basketball will be hosting the Subway Showdown today, Friday, and Saturday with Soldotna, Unalakleet, and conference rival Kotzebue coming into town.

Image at top: The Nome Nanooks boys hosting a conference game at NBHS. Photo from Janeen Sullivan, used with permission. (2018)