Zack Wassman, Trevor Cox and Polly Brown wear their all tourney medals in Tok. Photo by Stuart Brown

Panthers sweep Hoonah, Tok teams
Two narrow losses at Tok tourney; Senior Night at home this Sat.

By JEFF BRADY

The Skagway High varsity coed team made big improvements over the past two weeks as it entered the final phase of the regular season.
The Panthers scored two big wins on the road Feb. 8-9 in Hoonah, 59-30 and 52-33. They then headed to Tok, where they first toppled the home team in a scrimmage by 25 points.
Skagway was one of the better teams at the Feb. 14-16 tournament, putting a lot of points on the board, but they dropped two close games which they could have won.
In the quarterfinal, Skagway fell 63-62 to Effie Kokrine, a Fairbanks area private school. In the double elimination format, the Panthers played Tok next, and dismantled the Wolverines, 67-57. This advanced them to a game against Fort Yukon, which the Panthers lost in another nail-biter, 60-59.
“We played well and Tok was a good warm-up for regionals,” said Skagway Coach Kent Fielding. “The two games we lost were wake-up calls about clock management.”
He also noted that the team endured “a lot of harassment” at Tok due to having girls playing on a boys’ team.
“The tournament showed how tough Polly (Brown) and Hannah (O’Daniel) can be, and how well the team played together; we had three different leading scorers,” Fielding said.
Skagway landed three on the all-tourney team, including a girl: Brown, Zack Wassman and Trevor Cox.
The Panthers host Yakutat this weekend in their final homestand of the season. Game time each night is 6 p.m. Saturday is Senior Night and the final home games for Brown, Airk Cochran, Nick Ackerman, and Jake Grieser.
Next week the Panthers hit the road again for games at Angoon Feb. 26-27 and Kake Feb. 28-March 1. Then comes Southeast 1A Tourney week in Juneau March 6-9. All games will be broadcast on KHNS and the News will have complete coverage in the March 15 issue.

UPDATE: Skagway fell to a good Yakutat team at home, and then lost all four of their road games, though they were all fairly close. See scores at: 2012-13 SHS Basketball Page.

Boyd Worley J-High Tourney Returns

Results Feb. 8-10 • Skagway

BOYS
Juneau 5th Blue 32, Juneau 5th Red 23; Juneau 6th 30, Skagway 25 (C. Belisle 8, Ackerman 12, N. Leggett 8, Cook 2); Juneau 8th 31, Haines 27; Haines 25, Skagway 23 OT (Ackerman 7, C. Belisle 6, N. Leggett 6, Dormido 2, Sims 2); Juneau 6th 31, Juneau 5th Blue 13; Juneau 7th Blue 62, Haines 14; Juneau 8th Blue, 31, Juneau 7th Red 7; Juneau 6th Blue 29, Juneau 5th Red 17; Skagway 28 (C. Belisle 8, N. Leggett 8, Ackerman 8, Sims 2, Dormido 2), Juneau 5th Red 15; Juneau 7th Blue 43, Juneau 7th Red 34; Juneau 8th Blue 39, Juneau 8th Red 20; Skagway 25 (Ackerman 10, N. Leggett 8, C. Belisle 7), Juneau 5th Blue 23; Juneau 7th Red 29, Haines 7.

GIRLS
Juneau Blue 27, Haines 26; Juneau Red 32, Skagway 8 (Jensen 6, K. Whitehead 2); Juneau Red 16, Haines 10; Juneau Red 25, Juneau Blue 24; Haines 21, Skagway 11 (Jensen 8, K. Whitehead 3); Juneau Blue 33, Skagway 16 (Jensen 6, K. Whitehead 4, Teeluk 2, Cox 2, Selmer 2).

UPDATE: The Junior High Panthers finished their season Feb. 22-23 at the Triple Threat Tourney in Haines. The Skagway boy's team went undefeated and won the C Division Championship. The girl's team notched its first win of the season over Haines, but dropped three other games against Juneau teams.

Photos by Jeff Brady