Airk Cochran pulls up for a baseline jumper against Thorne Bay, and Kaitlyn Surdyk looks for the outlet pass after pulling down a rebound. - JB

Panthers’ home finale this weekend
Teams getting hot for tourney

The Skagway High basketball teams are peaking at just the right time.
Despite a wave of sickness that left them with limited numbers of active players, both teams have been racking up big wins over the past two weeks.
The girls remained undefeated in league play, easily dispatching Thorne Bay and Angoon. And the boys, after losing on a last-second shot in its opener against Thorne Bay, have reeled off five straight wins, including four on the road at Angoon and Kake last week.
They will have a huge series this weekend at home against Yakutat, and the community is urged to show up and give them a boost. If you wear blue and gold, you get in free to the games, which begin at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday night.
Saturday will be Senior Night and the last time to see John Doland, Jesse Ellis, Devin Fairbanks, Bryce Jones, JR Madden, Sam Madden, Kaylie O’Daniel, and Kairlyn Surdyk at home in their varsity uniforms.
Then it’s off to the Region V 2A Tourney in Ketchikan March 2-5, with the girls aiming to repeat as champions and the boys hoping to improve on last year’s third place finish. The top two teams in the region advance to State in Anchorage March 14-16.
Tourney games will be on KHNS.

RECENT SCORES (through Feb. 21)

SHS Girls (16-2, 6-0 conf.) – Feb. 11: at Skagway 46, Thorne Bay 9: SGY- Surdyk 18, Ja. Ellis 13, Je. Ellis 12, Cook 3; TB- O'Malley 5, Avila 2, Englert 2. SGY 10-9-14-13=46, TB 2-0-4-3=9. Feb. 12: Skagway 30, Thorne Bay 12: SGY- Je. Ellis 15, Surdyk 7, Ja. Ellis 4, H. O'Daniel 2, Buschmann 2; TB- Englert 7, Tripple 2, Copin 2, O'Malley 1. SGY 7-14-9-0=30, TB 2-4-3-3=12. Feb. 17: Skagway 50, at Angoon 17 (scoring unavailable). Feb. 18: Skagway 75, Angoon 24 (scoring unavailable). Games against Kake were cancelled due to shortage of T-bird players.
SHS Boys (7-11, 5-7 conf.): Feb. 11: Thorne Bay 44, at Skagway 43 TB- Nyquest 16, D. Rawding 13, Minnillo 9, A. Rawding 2, Wagner 2, Cabe 2; SGY- Madden 12, Doland 10, Moore 8, Fairbanks 7, Cochran 4, Mayo 2. TB 7-16-4-17=44, SGY 12-7-10-14=43. Feb. 12: Skagway 45, Thorne Bay 40 SGY- Doland 17, Moore 9, JR Madden 8, Fairbanks 5, Cochran 4, S. Madden 2; TB- Nyquest 19, Minnillo 10, Wagner 5, D. Rawding 4, A. Rawding 2. SGY 9-22-6-8=45, TB7-6-17-10=40. Feb. 17: Skagway 43, at Angoon 27 (scoring unavailable); Feb. 18: Skagway 64, Angoon 25 (scoring unavailable); Feb. 20- Skagway 57, at Kake 24 (scoring unavailable); Feb. 21- Skagway 65, Kake 40 (scoring unavailable).
Upcoming: SHS hosts Yakutat Feb. 25-26; Region tourney at Ketchikan March 2-5. See complete results, tourney links and photo galleries on the SHS Basketball Page at

UPDATE: The Panther girls earned the top seed in the Region Tourney with a sweep of Yakutat at home, while the boys lost to a young, talented Eagles team. The boys finished in fifth place in the regular season. See photos from the Yakutat Series and Senior Night .