School drama in February

Skagway School thespians will be on stage twice this month.
The Skagway Drama Club will present the play “Ditch Day”, directed by Blaine Mero, at the school’s Elma McMillan room during the evenings of Feb. 16 and 17. On Friday, a chicken dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7 p.m. Cost is $10. On Saturday there will be just the show at 7 p.m. for $5.
Mero said the play is set in a high school, where seniors try to ditch school the day before prom but get caught up in a treasure hunt that turns into a jewelry heist. It’s a farce “with as much cheese as possible,” he said.
In addition, the Skagway Drama, Debate and Forensics team is going to display their talents and hard work on the Eagles Theatre stage on Saturday Feb. 24 from 8-10 p.m. They are asking for a $10 donation. The Haines DDF team is coming over as guests. The Skagway team will be performing winning humorous and duo pieces, and winning speeches and dramatic pieces. The team was in Ketchikan this week for SE regionals.take some winning pieces to state in Anchorage March 1-3.

UPDATE: The DDF team won one first place award, two second place awards, and two third place awards at regionals. Details in Feb. 23 issue.

Gen Wiley fights for the ball with Hoonah players during the recent Don Hather Tourney in Skagway. Andrew Cremata

Skagway girls split again at Angoon

Homestand this weekend with league-leading Yakutat

The young Skagway girls team continues to split with league opponents but will have its biggest test of the season this weekend at home against league-leading Yakutat.
During their first road trip of the season Jan. 25-26, the girls defeated Angoon by two points but fell the next night by about 10 points (actual scores unavailable at press time).
Coach Lara Labesky said her young team did not start out well in either game, falling behind early. But they were able to make second half comebacks. In the first game, Skagway players drove to the bucket in the final quarter, drawing fouls, and eventually fouling out all but two Eagle players. However, the Lady Panthers missed 20 free throws and allowed Angoon to keep it close.
During the second game, after another second half charge, Skagway trimmed the Angoon lead down to two, but wasn’t able to get some calls, Labesky said, which zapped their energy, and the crowd was loud.
Many girls on the team “had not traveled before,” she said. “The noise in their gym was outrageous, and they were wondering why our fans aren’t as enthusiastic. I had no answer for that.”
The team was missing guard Sierra Moran, but will have her shooting skills back this weekend. In addition to practicing free throws, they have been working on boxing out.
“We’re short so we need to box out,” she said. “When we do, we get the calls and the rebounds.”
Labesky said her team will need to do all the basics to be able to beat Yakutat, but other teams in the league have been able to play them close. “Yakutat’s not out of reach,” she said. “but we can’t psyche ourselves out before we get on the court.”
It will be the first meeting between the two rivals in two years. Skagway defeated Yakutat for the region titles in the 2004 and 2005. The Panthers did not field a girls team last year and Yakutat ascended to the region crown. They come to Skagway as the defending region champ and a favorite to repeat.
Its boys team is even stronger. After getting nipped by Kake in the region championship last year, the Yakutat boys vanquished all the competition in Anchorage for its first 2A state title, and they have most of that team back.
A loud crowd at home will be needed not only for the girls, but for the Skagway boys to pull off a huge upset for its first victory of the season. It will be the Skagway boys’ first game in a month, although they scored a couple of wins by forfeit. The Panther boys did not go to Angoon, which could not field a boys team. Coach Chris Wassman has had his team scrimmaging a local men’s team to get ready.
Games this weekend begin at 6 and 7:30 p.m. The girls play first on Friday and the boys first on Saturday.
After facing Yakutat, the teams travel to Kake Feb. 15-16, and then head to the Tok Tournament Feb. 21-23. The final home games of the season against Thorne Bay have been moved to Feb. 25-26.