Skagways Don Hather was in the spotlight last month as a member of the Class of 2007 Alaska High School Hall of Fame. Right, he holds a plaque with his wife Betty after being recognized at the banquet in Anchorage. Hather was honored for his years of coaching in Hoonah, Tok, and Skagway, and his continuing efforts in retirement to help youth. With him is the family of one of his former Tok players, Jeannie Hebert-Truax (left), now a coach who led Wasilla to a state basketball championship this year. Hather was the speaker at Thursdays SHS Awards Night, which will be covered in the next issue.
SHS track team fielded
Skagway High will be sending some kids to track meets in Haines and Juneau this month, thanks to a couple of fund-raisers that allowed some kids to compete. Coach Kent Fielding called it a kick start for cross-country.
Mickey Wilson will compete in the 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 races. Quinn Weber will compete in the 800, 1600 and 3200 meter events. Lachlan Dennis, Jake Henricksen and Tom Kirko will compete in the 100, 200 and discus, and Kirko also will compete in shot put. Trevor Van Houten will compete in the 400, 800 and discus.
The Skagway team will be at Haines this weekend, and then head to the region meet in Juneau May 18-19. Kent Fielding is coaching the team.
Time to play ball!
There will be a Little Leagu meeting today at the school at 5 p.m. and a softball meeting at the Pizza Station at 7 p.m. to get ready for the upcoming season on the ballfield.
UPDATE - The seasons start after Memorial Day weekend.
Early registration has begun for the 15th annual Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay, which will be held on June 16.
The annual bike race from Haines to Haines Junction is open to solo, 2-person, 4-person, and 8-person teams.
Registrations must be completed online at www.kcibr.org. Those registering before May 19 will avoid a late registration fee.
YRQ canoe & kayak slots still available
The Yukon River Quest, the longest canoe and kayak race in the world, still has about 10 slots left for tandem teams in this years race from Whitehorse to Dawson, June 27-July 1.
If anyone from Skagway is interested in competing in the canoe division, the local Alpine Club canoe is available for this event at no charge. Contact Jeff Brady for more information at 983-2515.
The YRQ registration deadline is May 26. Race and regisration information is available at www.yukonriverquest.com.