Team loses three close games at Tok Tourney, primed for upset
The Skagway Panthers drew second seed Yakutat in the first round of the Southeast Region 2A Basketball Tournament at Mount Edgecumbe High School in Sitka.
The opening round game was played Thursday night after this issue was printed.
Skagway finished just ahead of Klawock in the final regular season standings to stay out of the cellar, but drew the team that beat them the worst all season. Kake beat Yakutat to snag the first seed in the tourney.
Coaches worked the team against a press the past two weeks to get ready for Yakutat, and the Skagway players were upbeat at a pep rally this week about their prospects for an upset over the Eagles. During the Tok Tourney, Skagway almost defeated a ranked opponent that took the Panthers lightly.
In its last game against Tanana, Skagway opened up with a 15-2 run and was up at half-time 19-14, but the Wolves came back in the third quarter and eventually won the game, 50-34.
Senior Trevor Cochran had the hot hand for Skagway, said coach Mark Jennings, scoring more than 70 points in his three games. He might have been the high scorer for the tournament, Jennings said.
Skagway also lost close games to Northway, 44-32, and to Kenny Lake 44-38. In that second game, the Panthers were down double-digits midway through the final quarter, but got some big buckets by Cochran and Josh Cotton to cut the lead to three with less than a minute to play.
Even if Skagway cant pull off the upset, Jennings said the team feels good about its chances of getting a win in the consolation round, especially if it sees Klawock.
If Skagway won Thursday, it moved to the semifinal round Friday night. If the Panthers lost, they would move to a consolation round game at 11 a.m. Friday.
Skagway also will be sending seven cheerleaders to the tournament for judging. Advisor Linda Calver said this is the first time that they will have a full squad at a game, but they are doing a really good job.
Elks Honors Students for Work in Class, on Court
Skagway Elks Lodge 431 presented several awards to students during a pep rally at the school March 7.
Top left, Bryce Jones and Jestin Ellis pose with their trophies for finishing first in the state in the age 12-13 division in the Elks Hoop Shoot. They represented Alaska at regionals in Oregon late last month whear each finished fourth.
Top right, Taylor Eagan accepts her trophy for taking third in the state in Elks Soccer Shoot.
Bottom, Kaitlyn Surdyk (3rd place), Kaylie ODaniel (2nd place) and Devin Fairbanks (1st place) pose with certificates for their top essays on the subject, What the American Flag Means to Me. They also will receive gift certificates to Radio Shack. - JB