Skagway scores big at regional DDF meet

Skagway sent four students to the regional Debate, Drama and Forensics meet in Ketchikan, and Trevor Van Houten, Lary Martinez, Shelby Surdyk, and Erica Harris made the finals in eight of 11 events entered.
Senior Trevor Van Houten scored a “triple crown” with a first place in humorous interpretation of literature, a second in extemporaneous commentary, and a third in dramatic interpretation of literature.
Other top five finishers were:
• Junior Erica Harris and sophomore Shelby Surdyk – second place for duo interpretation of literature.
• Shelby Surdyk – third place for expository speaking, and fifth place for oration.
• Erica Harris – fourth place for expository speaking, and fourth place for oration.
This Saturday, Feb. 24, the Skagway DDF team will be performing on the Eagles stage at 8 p.m. The Haines DDF team will also be coming over to perform. These performances are to gear the teams up for the March 1-3 State meet in Anchorage. A $10 donation at the door is requested to help the team’s state travel expenses, and desserts also will be served.

Trevor Van Houten takes a break from practicing on the ferry down to Ketchikan. Liana Stegall

Wild finishes in Kake for SHS basketball teams

Skagway girls fall in overtime, recover to win by one; boys bashed, but not down

The Skagway girls bounced back from a rough series against Yakutat by earning a tough split at Kake last week. The boys took their lumps against the two top teams in the league, but continue to improve.
The Skagway teams were due to be at the Tok Tournament this week, but canceled due to the minus-50 weather in the Alaska Interior. Instead, they hit the road for games in Whitehorse and Haines (scores unavailable at press time).
The teams will close out the regular season with their final home games this Sunday and Monday against Thorne Bay.
The Lady Panthers played two close games against Kake, which previously had just three losses. Skagway fell in overtime the first night 35-30, but held on to a 32-31 win the second night.
Skagway had the win in its grasp the first night but made some mistakes in the overtime, scoring only two points, so the team was determined to come back strong.
Sierra Moran was the spark for Skagway. At the end of the third quarter of the second game, with Skagway down by four points, she stole an inbounds pass and hit a layup with two seconds on the clock. Then she started the final quarter with two 3-pointers to give the Lady Panthers the lead. Skagway led by as many as five down the stretch but Kake got some breaks with a pair of charging calls on Skagway. But the T-birds could not convert in the end, missing a potential game-winner at the buzzer.
“This was the first time we had put two good games in a row,” coach Lara Labesky said. “We should have won both.”
Labesky said they were looking forward to playing Haines again. “We’re a much better team than at the first of the season. We should surprise them.”
The boys also are improved, said coach Chris Wassman. Despite the lop-sided scores in Kake, the team came together. After their girls lost, the Kake boys were ready to take it out on the Skagway boys. But the Panthers scored the first four points and were in the game until midway through the second quarter. Then, Wassman said, the referees let the game get away. He said it got to the point where he pulled a player to keep him from getting injured further, and told those on the floor not to go inside. He called the situation “unfortunate” but was proud of his team for keeping their heads together.
Jake Henricksen knocked down some big shots, and Wassman said Thomas Etue “played the best game of his life. He was all over the palace, getting steals, hitting shots over big guys.”
The Panthers hoped to bounce back this week, where they will take on some JV teams. They are looking forward to the final home series with Thorne Bay (see game times in calendar).
“The boys are pretty proud of their team,” he said. “They feel they are better than the team last year. Things are starting to jell.” – JB

Tylor Forester shoots a running one-hander over the out-stretched arms of Yakutat defenders. JB

HOOP STATS (through Feb. 16)
GIRLS (4-10 overall, 4-8 league)
Feb. 9 – Yakutat 56, Skagway 25: YAK- H. Esbenshade 14, Vale 13, R. Fraker 11, Wheeler 6, E. Esbenshade 3, K. Fraker 2, Ryman 2, Schumacher 2; SGY- P. Hahn 12, C. Hahn 8, Herbig 3, Moran 2.
Feb. 10 – Yakutat 63, Skagway 8: YAK- E. Esbenshade 15, H. Esbenshade 14, Vale 12, R. Fraker 9, K. Fraker 6, Wheeler 4, , Schumacher 3; SGY- P. Hahn 5, Moran 2, C. Hahn 1.
Feb. 15 – Kake 35, Skagway 30 OT: KAK- Sternod 12, Aceveda 10, Westin 9, James 4; SGY- Moran 12, P. Hahn 12, C. Hahn 6.
Feb. 16 – Skagway 32, Kake 31: SGY- Moran 19, P. Hahn 9, C. Hahn 5; KAK- Sternod 13, Westin 8, Aceveda 6, James 4.

BOYS (2-10 overall, 2-8 league)
Feb. 9 – Yakutat 72, Skagway 34: YAK- Dierick 18, Klushkan 17, Sin 13, Adams 13, C. Ivers 7, K Ivers 3, Jackson 1; SGY- Wilson 9, Jo. Cotton 8, Ja. Cotton 5, Kirko 4, Dennis 4, Henricksen 2, Twitchell 2.
Feb. 10 – Yakutat 90, Skagway 38: YAK- K. Ivers 23, Sin 18, Adams 17, Dierick 13, C. Ivers 7, Klushkan 5, Jackson 5, Hensley 2; SGY- Henricksen 11, Wilson 10, Twitchell 5, Herbig 5, Kirko 4, Jo. Cotton 3.
Feb. 15 - Kake 70, Skagway 22: KAK- Cavanaugh 15, Rostad 13, D. Lee 11, Aceveda 10, Dolan 10, Doake 9, Willis 2; SGY- Jo. Cotton 9, Etue 4, Twitchell 4, Wilson 3, Ja. Cotton 2.
Feb. 16 - Kake 100, Skagway 31: KAK- Aceveda 26, Doake 20, D. Lee 16, Willis 12, Dolan 9, J. Lee 8, Cavanaugh 7, Rostad 2; SGY- Henricksen 11, Etue 10, Wilson 5, Dennis 3, Ja. Cotton 2.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.