MAKING TRACKS ON DYEA FLATS

Aleutia the wonder dog leads Dorothy and Danny Brady on a ski trail by the mouth of the Taiya River in Dyea last weekend. The cross-country track was set on the flats by local trail crew volunteers . Skiing and snowmachining have been great everywhere in recent weeks, and local residents are taking advantage of the increased daylight. Jeff Brady

Juneau Access final EIS ‘vacated’ by judge’s ruling

Orders road shelved until state better examines improved ferry service with existing fleet, terminals

By JEFF BRADY

U.S. District Court Judge John W. Sedwick ruled Feb. 13 that the state’s Juneau Access final Environmental Impact Study violated the National Environmental Policy Act. He further directed that the Record of Decision by the Federal Highways Administration in favor of a road project be vacated.
Both the EIS and ROD supported the state’s preferred alternative, an East Lynn Canal road from Juneau to Katzehin, with shuttle ferry connections to Haines and Skagway. All action on that project has been enjoined, according to the court, until a valid EIS is presented. The judge focused on one argument in a suit brought by the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council and eight other plaintiffs in August 2006: that the EIS violated the NEPA by failing to consider reasonable alternatives besides new construction for improving transportation in Lynn Canal.
The 24-page ruling specifically stated that the “no action alternative” of improving the existing ferry system was not “rigorously explored.”
The order remanded the decision for further consideration to the U.S. Forest Service, which had granted a road right-of-way through Tongass National Forest based on the FHWA decision. The court further said its stay of the project would now require a reevaluation by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of the construction permit it issued last summer.
As of Feb. 25, neither the state Department of Transportation nor Governor Sarah Palin had commented on the ruling by the federal judge, who is based in Anchorage.
“We are still reviewing the court’s decision, and we are involved in
communicating with and receiving input from the Federal Highway Administration,” said DOT spokesman Roger Wetherell on Feb. 23. “We will comment further when we are able to consult with the Alaska Department of Law and review the decision more diligently.”
Jan Wrentmore, a member of the Skagway Marine Access Committee, one of the plaintiffs in the suit, said the EIS was “skewed from the beginning” by the previous administration of Gov. Frank Murkowski.
“They announced at the beginning of the process that the outcome would be a road, and they skewed the whole process to get that end result,” she said.
Wrentmore said she hoped the remaining money in the Juneau Access project account, about $65 million, would not be wasted and go toward improving the ferry system.
“Volumes of public testimony from all over Southeast explained why that road is not feasible,” she said. “It’s time to scrap the project and put money into the marine highway.”
What the state will do at this point is uncertain, but the order mandates that officials reexamine the no action alternative.
The court decision outlines the arguments. The plaintiffs contended the state violated NEPA by “failing to consider the ‘obvious alternative’ of providing improved ferry service using existing ferries and terminals.”
The state argued that the alternative considered a shuttle ferry between Haines and Skagway starting in 2007, but it said Lynn Canal service would eventually be reduced when two mainline vessels are phased out.
The judge said the state’s argument was “unconvincing” because both the EIS and ROD acknowledge that the alternative would reduce service. The federal decision even stated that the “no action alternative is a projection of how the state will reduce costs by providing somewhat reduced service.”
Sedwick elaborated: “Contrary to the federal defendant’s assertion, the FEIS did not include a reasonable alternative for improving ferry transportation using existing infrastructure, such as adjusting ferry schedules, increasing frequency of ferry runs, reducing unloading/loading times, reducing fares, or other improvements.”
The judge stated that the state should have examined the no action alternative with the same effort it put into the four ferry alternatives in the EIS, which required either construction of new ferries and/or terminals.
“Given that one of the purposes of the project is to reduce costs to the state, those capital costs make these ferry alternatives less attractive,” the judge stated.
The judge also noted examples of the need for better service from the state’s ferry system director, the federal EPA, and even a Juneau Access newsletter which recommended schedule adjustments in Lynn Canal.
Sedwick said the court recognized that an alternative using existing ferries and terminals to improve service was “both reasonable and obvious,”and that the “defendants failure to do so renders the FEIS inadequate.”
It also delved into the economics behind the state’s preferred alternative, citing plaintiffs’ concerns that the road would take away revenue from the marine highway system’s lucrative Lynn Canal run, and force the state to choose between higher subsidies or reduced service elsewhere to reduce costs. Defendants had no response to this argument, the ruling said.
The court relied on the violation of NEPA alone, and did not address plaintiffs’ arguments that the evidence had been skewed. Nor did it address improvements in ferry service that have occurred over the past couple years. The judge also did not address plaintiff arguments about a road leading to possible violations of the National Forest Management Act as it relates to protecting old-growth forest, the Bald Eagle Protection Act, and Endangered Species Act protection for Steller sea lions.
The preferred road-shuttle ferry alternative is due for another annual cost update as stipulated in the Record of Decision. A year ago, the cost was pegged at $350 million. In 2006, when the EIS was completed, the estimated cost was $238 million.
Gov. Palin reportedly has been holding off on any decision about future Juneau Access construction until seeing both the outcome of the lawsuit and updated costs. DOT recently contracted with an outside firm for an independent cost analysis.
Up until 2005, the state had supported an alternative with a road all the way to Skagway. After it was determined that the road right-of-way would cross the National Historic Landmark as it descended into Skagway – and kick in a federal highways requirement to explore other reasonable alternatives – a road to Katzehin became the state’s preference.
Now the state will have to look at that existing reasonable alternative after all.

Palin agrees to pay for kids coming to Skagway

By JEFF BRADY
Gov. Sarah Palin has agreed to reimburse the state for travel by her children on nine occasions, including a trip to Skagway in May 2007.
In a settlement released Feb. 24 by Tim Petumenos, who led an independent investigation for the Alaska Personnel Board, the Skagway trip was listed as one of nine in which it was agreed that the inclusion of children had more to do with personal interests than state business.
All total, 40 trips were examined in the ethics complaint brought against the governor last fall while she was campaigning for vice president.
During the Skagway trip, Palin’s three daughters accompanied the governor here for a weekend family retreat with her parents, Chuck and Sally Heath.
It was Palin’s first visit as governor to her first Alaska home. She stayed at the Chilkoot Trail Outpost in Dyea, where a potluck dinner was held and attended by friends of the first family. The Palins and Heaths were guests of the owners, Kathy and Fred Hosford, as the outpost was not yet open for the season, the Hosfords said.
They stayed one night with the Hosfords, who did not charge their friends. The Hosfords were later asked to submit a value of the stay, but the Hosfords maintained there was no value, as other friends stayed at the same time and were not charged.
A community reception also was held at Jewell Gardens in Skagway the following day. The governor greeted the public, met with media, gave a short speech, and presented local artist Barb Kalen with a legislative proclamation.
The governor’s family used the ferry and a state Dept. of Public Safety King Air. The costs of the children’s travel are being reimbursed.
For all nine trips agreed to in the settlement, the cost was about $6,800, according to the Anchorage Daily News. The settlement said there was no wrongdoing by the governor, and that there needed to be better written Protocol Travel guidelines.

Manager selection down to four finalists

The Borough Manager Selection Committee interviewed six candidates by phone last week and then met on Tuesday to whittle the list down to four finalists for face-to-face interviews in early March.
The four remaining candidates are:
• Ed Pefferman, recently an interim city manager in Seldovia. Earlier in the decade he spent less than a year as the manager in Nome, and before that was manager of Hoquiam, Wash. for four years. He currently lives in Issaquah, Wash. In his phone interview, Pefferman said he was very interested in the job. The committee liked his experience working with budgets and port development and his willingness to be a good listener.
• Thomas C. Smith, most recently city administrator for six months for Eagle Lake, Minnesota. Before that he was city administrator for Silver Bay, Minn. for seven years, had short stints in Pine City, Minn. and Reinbeck, Iowa, and five years as city manager in Palmer, Alaska. The committee liked his experience and how he was upfront about his resignation at Eagle Lake. Hill said he had problems with the city council conducting business via e-mail and potentially violating the state open meetings law. “I decided after a couple months that I did not want to be part of that,” he said. “Transparency in government is a good thing.”
• Eric A. Strahl, city manager for Menominee, Michigan for the past three years. He previously was manager in Hopkinton, Rhode Island for a year, and had five-year stints as manager in Kittery, Maine, Boyne City, Mich., and Berea, Kentucky. Before that, he was a finance director and personnel manager. Committee members liked his range of experience and his interest in the job, coming from a port town on the upper peninsula of Michigan. He asked a lot of questions about Skagway.
• Kenneth E. Venables, manager of Keystone Heights, Florida for the past year. Previously he was general service director for Palatka, Florida for two years, and fire chief for four years. The committee liked his previous management successes and his research on Skagway. He even asked about the fire chief’s departure, but said he wants to be manager.
Taking a cue from committee member Gary Danielson of White Pass, the committee will also invite spouses of the candidates to come up for the interviews. Danielson said the railroad invites spouses when hiring upper management, so they see the town. He said it helps for a smooth transition into Skagway.
Mayor Tom Cochran said there will be a public “meet and greet” with the candidates when they come to town.
It should be some time in the next two or three weeks.
Interviews with the committee will be open but the public will not be able to participate. The selection will be made following an executive session.

QUEST CHAMP – Sebastian Schnuelle of Whitehorse is interviewed in Fairbanks Tuesday morning after winning the Yukon Quest. - Jon Molson, Whitehorse Star

Quest goes to Sebastian
Former Dyea musher wins race over penalized Neff

By JON MOLSON
Whitehorse Star
FAIRBANKS - In one of the closest finishes in Yukon Quest history, Sebastian Schnuelle of Whitehorse held on to top spot with a new race record, edging American musher Hugh Neff by fewer than five minutes.
The two men both have Skagway connections, having worked “tourist dogs” in Dyea in recent summers. Neff still lists Skagway as his American residency, although he lives and trains with his partner at Annie Lake, Yukon.
This was Schnuelle’s sixth time competing in the 1,600-kilometre Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, in which he has placed no lower than 10th with the exception of his scratch in the 1999 event.
However, this is the first time the Whitehorse resident has won the race and the first time a Yukoner has finished as Quest champion since Frank Turner captured the honor in 1995, with what was then a new record 10 days, 16 hours and 20 minutes.
Schnuelle completed his championship run in nine days, 23 hours and 20 minutes, at just over four hours faster than the most recent trail record of 10 days, two hours and 37 minutes established in 2007 by four-time Quest champion Lance Mackey of Alaska.
The sounds of cheers, applause and bells could be heard as Schnuelle raced down the Chena River towards the finish line to put his stamp on the trek.
“Well, it sure kept me on the edge of my seat,” he said not long after crossing the finish line about the final run into Fairbanks. “I could tell (Neff) was getting close on the river. For every corner I looked around to see if he was there.”
Schnuelle, who listened to ACDC on the trip into Fairbanks, benefited from some good fortune late in the race, when he was able to make up a lot of time on the leaders after three mushers had trouble ascending Eagle Summit on Monday.
From Eagle Summit and on, he knew he had a shot at catching them for two main reasons: The number of leaders on his team and the amount of rest he had been giving them previously in the race.
“I had been resting a lot more than those guys, so I knew when it came down to speed, I should have some speed left,” he said, adding that Neff had a fast team too.
Schnuelle’s schedule for the majority of the race involved getting up early at around 5 a.m. and running until 11 a.m. or noon. He then would usually camp for the afternoon and then he would normally run from 5 p.m. to midnight.
“I kept on doing that no matter where I was,” he said. “So I didn’t see many people and I guess not that many people saw me.”
He said he wasn’t even in race mode until he came up to Eagle Summit and saw the three mushers who were ahead of him. The three mushers included William Kleedehn, Jon Little and Neff.
Schnuelle also benefited from a two-hour time penalty that was assessed against Neff earlier in the race for running his team on the road instead of the trail, while heading from Circle into Central’s checkpoint.
He was gracious about pointing that out.
“In all honesty, I really think that Hugh actually won this race,” Schnuelle said. “He would have been two hours ahead of me if it wouldn’t have been for his time penalty. He clearly had the better team, so he knows that and I know that. I think for us it’s the most important thing.”
Schnuelle plans to compete in the 2009 Iditarod in March and said he likes how his dogs look for that race.
With plans to retire from competitive dog mushing in 2010, Schnuelle didn’t hide the fact that this might be his final Yukon Quest sled dog race.
When asked if it would be difficult now that he is the defending champion to follow through on this statement, Schnuelle replied: “Well no. How much easier can it be? Step off on a good note. It’s perfect.”
With Schnuelle’s new record for fastest time, Canadians now hold records both fastest and slowest races.
The late Bruce Johnson of Atlin won the 1986 Quest in a time of 14 days, nine hours and seven minutes.

Meade heli alternatives reviewed
TEMSCO seeks to maintain glacier landings, avoid goats

By ANDREW CREMATA
Tourists seeking a helicopter adventure to a nearby glacier while visiting Skagway may have to make other plans if the National Forest Service does not approve future landings. Local heli-glacier tour operator TEMSCO is seeking to move 2,800 landings from the rapidly eroding West Creek Glacier to the more landing-friendly Meade Glacier.
While the West Creek Glacier was under the management of Bureau of Land Management, the Meade Glacier falls under the jurisdiction of the NFS, prompting TEMSCO to request the change in landing destination.
Meetings conducted in both Haines and Skagway on Feb. 20 and 21 were meant to address public concerns about the landings and review an Environmental Assessment conducted by Seattle-based Meridian Environmental, Inc.
The key issues addressed in the EA, presented by Jeff Boyce of Meridian, dealt with noise issues for Haines and Dyea residents, visitors to Klondike Gold Rush National Park, hunters and anglers in the Katzehin River Valley, and mountain goats. The total allocation of landings was also cited.
The report indicated that even though TEMSCO would increase its landings on NFS land from 4,006 to 6,806, there would be no change in the total number of landings on all federal lands around Skagway.
The EA outlined five alternatives designed to represent all who could be affected by the change in landing sites and frequency of landings:
• Alternative A called for no action.
• Alternative B, TEMSCO’s original proposal, would simply move the 2,800 additional landings to the Meade glacier.
• Alternative C would restrict those landings to dates between June 16 and Sep. 15 in an effort to avoid mountain goats and hunters, and would also create a no-fly zone south of the Katzehin River.
• The fourth alternative would allow for the additional landings, but they would be distributed to other glaciers in the region. No glacier would see more than a 10 percent increase in overall landings.
• The final proposal would allow for incremental increases in glacier landings over a four-year period, allowing more time to monitor the overall effect.
There was no preferred alternative. All of the options included avoidance and protection of mountain goats, and develop and maintain an exhibit so guests can be made aware of appropriate aircraft behavior in regards to wildlife.
Pete Griffin of the NFS said the deadline for public comment would be Feb. 27, but letters received after this time would also be considered in the final decision. The EA said the Juneau District Ranger could make a decision “any time after the close of the comments period.”
Griffin said public comment would be the ultimate determining factor as the NFS had no preferred alternative.
Public turnout at the Skagway meeting on a Saturday night was nil, other than this News reporter. Griffin said some concerns from Haines residents had been voiced regarding noise issues, and there were “conservationists” who were against any use of the glaciers whatsoever.
Anne Hutchinson of TEMSCO said they were willing to work with the NFS no matter which alternative was ultimately chosen.
Griffin closed by saying, “Anybody can write to us at any time and we’ll take that into account.”
Comments may be e-mailed to: mdriscoll@fs.fed.us

Burro Creek hydro study funded
The joint Legislative Budget and Audit Committee on Feb. 17 approved the first round of Renewable Energy Grant Fund Projects. Included on the list is $48,000 for a Burro Creek Hydro Feasibility Study.
Jan Wrentmore, owner of Burro Creek Holdings, said the money will be used to see if it is feasible to connect her small hydro operation to the power grid in Skagway via submarine cable.
But the first effort will be exploring how the system can operate year-round. The current run-of-river system draws water from the third falls, about 1,400 feet up the creek, to a small power house by the residence. The system was installed by former owner Gene Richards in 1983, but it experienced winter freeze-ups.
“I’d like to establish whether we can have running water 12 months of the year,” Wrentmore said. “We’ve had our own freeze-up issues too.”
Wrentmore said she will bring in the team of John Floreski and Darrell Maple, who have designed small hydro systems in the Haines area, to do the study. It will take about a year to complete.
She said the study will begin by monitoring 12-month stream lines, then look at design options and costs, as well as costs of connecting to Skagway.
She said AP&T staff visited the site a few years ago and estimated there could be a potential for up to 2 MW of electricity generated. That compares with the 3 MW Kasidaya project.
Right now, it’s generating only 25 KW, but that’s enough to power Burro Creek.
“It’s pretty magical when you walk in there and the water hits the pipes and the lights come on,” she said.
At a minimum, she wants a redesigned system that is easy to turn on and off.
Wrentmore added that she does not want a huge hydro development on the site, and wants to preserve the scenic and recreational value of the property and falls.
“My goal is to have an objective report with all the options,” she said. “In the end it will say if it’s cost effective…. If it proves not feasible to sell to Skagway, then we won’t.”
Still under consideration for the second round of grant funding is $6.8 million for a West Creek Hydro study. It was jointly submitted by the Skagway Borough and AP&T. The utility has four other Alaska projects submitted, including Connelly Lake near Haines. – JB

NEW SEAL – Mayor Tom Cochran opens the Feb. 19 meeting under the new stained glass borough seal by local artist Debbie Ackerman. He is flanked by assembly members Colette Hisman and Mike Korsmo. THe decorative seal cost the municipality $600. Photo by Jeff Brady

BOROUGH

Dedman Collection goes to 3rd reading

The Skagway Borough Assembly on Feb. 19 voted to separate the $150,000 purchase of the Dedman’s Photo Collection from final reading of a budget amendment ordinance, and carry it to a third reading.
Assembly member Colette Hisman said she had “more questions than answers” about what was in the collection and its value, and wanted more time for an inventory by National Park Service and city museum staff.
David Hunz agreed, saying “It’s too ambiguous, what are we getting for $150,000?”
A Jan. 12 letter from the owner of the collection, Averill Harp, explained that it includes 111 years of photos of Skagway history and includes photo equipment from the gold rush, including glass plate negatives and a camera that her great grandfather took over the Chilkoot Trail. They would like $50,000 up front and the remainder this summer.
Theresa Thibault of the National Park Service, which was first offered the collection, said their policy is the owner sets the price and then the park decides if it’s being offered at fair market value and if they can afford it. She said the park wanted the collection and had agreed on the $150,000 price, but that it would have had to wait till the next federal budget cycle. They then suggested the municipality be contacted, which Harp did in December.
Assembly members looked at the museum’s acquisition policy, which requires an inventory list, evaluation of objects by staff, independent appraisal to determine fair market value, and legal verification of ownership. Even though Museum Director Judy Munns informed the assembly that her staff could work quickly, there was a concern by members that the valuation could not be accomplished in two weeks, and that they should just go ahead with the purchase so the collection would stay in town.
“My worry is they want to move this along quickly,” said L.C. Cassidy. “Time is of the essence.”
Dan Henry agreed, saying the municipality never had a complete inventory of the Rapuzzi Collection before deciding to buy into it.
An initial motion to remove the Dedman Collection from the ordinance ran into a tie vote by the full assembly. Mark Schaefer, Hunz and Hisman voted for the exclusion, and Mike Korsmo, Henry and Cassidy voted against it. Mayor Tom Cochran then cast the tie-breaking no vote. He said the borough had been advised about the collection in December and should have started doing an inventory then. He didn’t want it broken up and sold to someone else.
Hisman then made a motion to separate the collection acquisition for a third reading to give staff more time to inspect the collection. This won over Cassidy and it passed on a 4-2 vote, with Henry and Korsmo casting the two no votes.
The main ordinance with $47,619 for clinic dental equipment, $5,000 for Taiya River stream gauge operation, and $150,000 from a state grant for the West Creek trail bridge passed second reading unanimously.

Bank of STIP resolutions pass
The assembly passed four resolutions worth of projects they want added to or retained on the State Transportation Improvements Project list that is being updated by the Department of Transportation.
One of the new projects was sewer treatment plant improvements. When asked how that was a transportation project, Mayor Tom Cochran quipped, “We’re transporting sewage, we’re moving it along.”
He then explained that for a project to be included on the state’s list for federal stimulus money, it had to be on the state’s STIP list.
The treatment plant was the borough’s top priority project on one list, followed by: small boat harbor waver barrier (bid ready); basin dredging for improving the boat harbor entrance; harbor renovations; new Nahku road to Dyea Point subdivision; Capt. Moore bridge replacement; gateway pedestrian improvements; bike path from Pat Moore Bridge to Liarsville road; Skagway River bridge replacement; new Broadway railroad crossings; and port area connector pathway.
Separate resolutions also nominated Taiya River Bridge replacement, ferry dock repair or replacement, and a host of Klondike Highway projects from widening the shoulders all the way to the summit to a complete rebuild of State Street. The mayor added language about the highway’s future importance as an industrial use highway that will be needed for transporting materials for the construction of the Alaska Highway Gas Pipeline. He plans to invite DOT officials to Skagway to discuss this.

ACTIVITIES

Skagway teams head to tourney

The Skagway varsity basketball teams ended the regular season at home this week, but not they way they wanted. Yakutat came in and took all four games against the Panthers.
Now the focus is on region tourney in Sitka next week. The boys are seeded seventh and will play at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 4. The Panther girls are seeded second and received a bye into the semifinal round. They will play at 6:15 p.m. Thursday. All games can be heard on KHNS and scores will be updated on the News website.
The Panther girls were unbeaten in league play and riding a six-game win streak entering this week’s showdown. They came close to knocking off undefeated Yakutat on Monday night. The teams were within a couple points of each other through the first half, but Skagway came out cold in the second half and allowed the Yakutat cutters some easy buckets. Skagway had a nine-point run to start the fourth quarter and was just a point down with 1:31 to play. But the Eagles scored on an offensive rebound and then made five-of-six free throws in the final minute for the 50-42 win. Yakutat coach Charlie Russell said that was the closest anyone had played the defending state champs all season.
The next night was a different story. Yakutat rained in four 3-pointers in the first quarter for a commanding 24-7 lead. Skagway made nice runs to end the half and the third quarter, but they never could get any closer than 15 points. The Eagles won 69-44.
Next week, the Skagway girls wil be shooting for another date with Yakutat in the region finals, and locking up a trip to state with a championship.
The Skagway boys had some rough road games at Kake and Angoon, playing with injured or fouled-out players on the bench for part of those series. All healed in Skagway, the boys came back to beat a tough Vanier team but they did not match up well against Yakutat, and the losses further dropped Skagway in the standings.
Skagway played the Eagles close for a quarter the first night, getting some breaks against the press. But the Yakutat boys shot treys just like their girls, knocking down six in the second quarter for a 44-18 lead at the half. Skagway closed the gap some at the end of the third quarter, but lost 62-38. In the second game, Yakutat jumped out to a 13-0 lead and never looked back, winning 86-48.
The boys will see Yakutat again in the tourney’s first round game. The Eagles are the second seed at tourney and are in Skagway’s bracket. Klawock is the top seed on the other side of the bracket. The Skagway boys proved to be a good tourney team last year, taking third, so their motivation next week will be to do better and earn a trip to state in the double elimination format.

VARSITY GIRLS – 12-4 overall
Skagway 44, Kake 43 (scoring unavail.)
Skagway def. Kake by 18 (scoring unavail.)
Skagway 40, Angoon 29 (scoring unavail.)
Skagway 47, Angoon 36 (scoring unavail.)

Skagway 35, Vanier 33: SHS- Ford 12, H. O’Daniel 6, Korsmo 5, Leaverton 3, Jensen 2, Ja. Ellis 2, Kang 2, Vogel 2, Brown 1; VAN- Campbell 9, Tait 7, Noseworthy 5, Mills 4, Wheelton 4, Ausiku 4.
SHS 7-10-6-12=35
VAN 11-5-11-6=33

Skagway 41, Vanier 36: SHS- Ford 14, Korsmo 10, Jensen 4, Leaverton 4, H. O’Daniel 3, Ja. Ellis 2, Brown 2, Brown 2, Vogel 2; VAN- Wheelton 14, Tait 12, Ausiku 6, Mills 2, Austin 2.
SHS 12-5-6-18=41
VAN 4-8-16-8=36

Yakutat 50, Skagwayk 42: YAK- R. Fraker 13, Es. Esbenshade 13, El. Esbenshade 8, K. Fraker 6, T. Esbenshade 6, Wheeler 4; SHS- K. O’Daniel 16, Je. Ellis 13, Leaverton 7, Korsmo 2, Surdyk 2, Ford 2.
YAK 8-11-17-14=50
SHS 7-10-9-16=42

Yakutat 69, Skagway 44: YAK- R. Fraker 22, El. Esbenshade 14, Wheeler 12, Es. Esbenshade 10, T. Esbenshade 4, K. Fraker 2, Ryman 2; SHS- Ford 10, O’Daniel 9, Surdyk 9, Je. Ellis 8, Leaverton 5, Korsmo 3.
YAK 24-18-14-10=69
SHS 7-16-11-10=44

Final Conf Record: 8-2
Second seed bye at region tournament, will play Thurs. March 5 at 6:15 p.m. against winner of 3rd seed Kake ??? and 5th seed Hoonah??


VARSITY BOYS – 8-11 overall
Kake 67, Skagway 59 (scoring unavail.)
Kake def. Skagway by 6 (scoring unavail.)
Angoon 79, Skagway 58 (scoring unavail.)
Angoon 87, Skagway 69 (scoring unavail.)


Skagway 51, Vanier 43: SHS- Etue 23, Wilson 12, Jones 8, Klupar 6, Fairbanks 2; VAN- Mauro 16, McLochlan 10, Cordero 6, Clarke 4, Kedziora 4, Sutherland 3.
SHS 13-16-9-13=51
VAN 10-8-8-17=43

Skagway 52, Vanier 49: SHS- Wilson 29, Etue 12, Jones 3, Klupar 3, Fairbanks 3, Rorester 2; VAN- Mauro 15, Kedziora 9, Clarke 8, McLochlon 7, Cordero 4, Sutherland 2, Hougen 2, Jacobs.
SHS 13-13-8-18=52
VAN 14-7-14-14=49

Yakutat 62, Skagway 38: YAK- Adams 18, Brillhart 11, Newlin 9, Ivers 8, Karsunky 8, Brown 3, Jackson 3, Fraker 2.; SHS- Wilson 14, Jones 11, Etue 6, Moore 3, Doland 2, Fairbanks 2.
YAK 16-28-14-10=62
SHS 7-11-14-6=38

Yakutat 86, Skagway 48: YAK- Adams 25, Brillhart 19, Brown 12, Ivers 9, Jackson 7, Fraker 6, Newlin 4, Karsunky 2; SHS- Etue 23, Wilson 19, Jones 4, Klupar 2.
YAK 20-21-23-22=86
SHS 7-20-10-11=48

Final Conf. Record: 4-10
Sixth seed at region tournament, will play at 6:15 p.m. on Wed. March 4 against 3rd seed Angoon???

JV BOYS
Vanier JV 53, Skagway JV 37: VAN- Jacobs 14, Kedziora 11, Mahar 8, Ford 6, Lane 6, Schmidt 6; SGY- Wassman 8, Ackerman 7, Moore 6, Klupar 5, Cochran 4, Jones 4.
VAN JV 12-16-15-10=53
SHS JV 4-9-10-14=37

Vanier JV 51, Skagway JV 33: VAN- Jacobs 14, Kedziora 14, Lane 8, Mahar 6, Schmidt 6, Huggard 3; SGY- Moore 8, I. Klupar 5, Cochran 4, Ackerman 4, A. Klupar 4, Wassman 2, Fairbanks 2, Jones 2, Doland 2.
VAN JV 9-14-14-14=51
SHS JV 0-9-14-10=33

Net Results
updated weekly on website. Listen to tourney games on KHNS

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