Four Skagway kids get gold

All wrestlers place at Sitka tourney

All seven Skagway participants placed in the State Girls Wrestling Tournament in Sitka Feb. 9-11, and four of them took home top medals in their divisions.
The girls were placed in different groups according to their age and size, and then wrestled everyone in their pools.
When the records were tallied, Michelle Harris, Sydney Brown, Kaylie O’Daniel, and Rori Leaverton took first place medals.
Taking second place in their divisions were Paige Hahn and Jessie Ellis, and Kaitlyn Surdyk took third in her pool.
“All seven got in the top three, ..” said Skagway coach Josh Coughran. “They all wrestled aggressively, throwing everybody around.”
The girls attended a camp run by Olympians Tela O’Donnell and Sara McMann, who signed posters for the girls. They also stood within 10 feet of an eagle at the Raptor Center and went whale watching.
“It was a really neat experience for all the girls,” Coughran said.
The tourney drew more than 60 girls from all over the state, and there is interest in having another tourney next year in Sitka or Kodiak.

Polly Brown and other Skagway kids line up at the start. Stuart Brown

Two Skagway kids place first at Marsh Lake
Five members of the Skagway Ski Club Jackrabbits medaled in the 2.5 kilometer midget races at the Marsh Lake Classic on Feb. 11.
Mickey Wilson won the Midget Boys with a time of 13:45, and Thomas Etue finished third at 16:53. Just out of the medals was Devin Fairbanks in 18:24.
In the Midget Girls category, Amanda Jensen was first with a time of 16:15, and Mandy Castle took third at 24:13.
In the Mini Midget Boys race, Skagway’s Danny Moore took third place in 17:51.
Other notables included Wyatt Nelson with a time of 23:53 in his first race over the 2.5-K course., and seven-year-old Gavin Murphy who covered 1K in seven minutes.
In all, 16 Skagway kids participated. The Jackrabbits’ next race is the Northwestel Loppet in Whitehorse on March 4.

Skagway nets first league win
Hoop team in Tok Tourney this week

The Skagway Panthers opened their road trip to Prince of Wales earlier this month with their first league win of the year over Klawock, but dropped the rest of their games.
“We played really well the first night at Klawock,” said co-coach Mark Jennings. “Trevor (Cochran) had a dozen assists, 13 points and was close to a triple double with his rebounding.”
Skagway was down 18-16 at half, but Cochran responded with a nine-point third quarter as Skagway outscored the Chieftains 28-9 in the second half. Tom Littlefield and Lachlan Dennis had their best scoring games of the season, and Michelle Harris and Josh Cotton were a force underneath.
Harris continued her stellar play the next night, leading the team with 14 points, but Klawock wasn’t going to let Skagway get away with a sweep. The Chieftains’ Ryan Armour broke open a tight game, scoring 14 of his 29 points in the final quarter. Coach Jennings questioned some calls but the referees weren’t receptive, and made sure he wasn’t able to see the end of the game. Klawock won 60-39.
In the final game on the island, Skagway ran into probably the best team tiny Thorne Bay has ever assembled. Even with just six players, the Wolverines are equal or better than Kake and could even challenge top-ranked Yakutat for the league title, Jennings said. The inside-outside duo of Jesse Grant and Josh Christy combined for 37 points and every player scored in the 73-16 win over the Panthers. Tiffanie Potter led Skagway with five points.
That was enough for Skagway, which had to forfeit its next game due to the ferry schedule. “We either had to catch a ferry or wait another five days,” Jennings said.
Skagway came home and started preparing for this week’s Tok Tourney. Jennings said Skagway has a good shot at coming home with a couple more wins before region tourney. Skagway opened the round-robin tourney Thursday afternoon against Northway. They face Kenny Lake at 9:30 a.m. Friday, and Tanana at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
The three girls on Skagway’s traveling squad this week - Harris, Tiffany Potter, and Teslyn Korsmo will challenge girls from other teams in a 3-on-3 tourney. These will be Skagway’s final games until the Southeast 2A Tourney in Sitka March 9-11.

NET RESULTS (1-11 conf., 2-13 overall)
Feb. 6 - Skagway 44, at Klawock 27:
SGY- Cochran 13, Littlefield 9, Harris 7, Dennis 7, Cotton 6, Potter 2; KLA- Armour 8, Hall 6, Colcord 6, Kato 3.
Skagway 9-7-14-14=44
Klawock 6-12-5-4=27

Feb. 7 - Klawock 60, Skagway 39: KLA- Armour 29, Colcord 14, Sanderson 4, Stocton 4, Kato 4, Hall 3, Fifield 2; SGY- Harris 14, Potter 9, Cochran 6, Littlefield 6, Cotton 2, Twitchell 2.
Klawock 14-17-8-21=60
Skagway 9-10-14-6=39

Feb. 8 - at Thorne Bay 73, Skagway 16: TB- Christy 20, Grant 17, McDougal 13, Howell 11, Gray 9, Carl 3; SGY- Potter 5, Harris 4, Cochran 3, Cotton 2, Moran 2.
Thorne Bay 20-18-13-22=73
Skagway 2-7-4-3=16

Feb. 9 - Thorne Bay def. Skagway (forfeit).