Amanda Jensen crosses the finish line at State, and Mickey Wilson crosses a bridge during regionals.

SHS runners C.C. Hahn, Emily Herbig, Paige Hahn and Kaylie O’Daniel start out in the pack at State. Photos by Klas Stolpe

SHS girls runner-up in region, 4th in state
One boy also qualifies for state

“Watch out for those Skagway girls” was heard all over the cross-country circuit this fall, and when the time came to clock in at the big races, the Panther girls served notice that they are indeed the team of the future.
The girls team, led by mostly sophomores, are young and special. They could not quite catch Haines this year, but their season-ending second place finish at regionals and surprising fourth place finish at the state meet was phenomenal.
“I’m extremely proud of the girls’ team this year,” said coach Kent Fielding. “For a young team they showed a great deal of character. It’s easy to earn a spot at state and then take it lightly, but they went to state to run and prove something.
“State was the beginning of next year. They want a banner in the gym. They want their pictures in the hall. They want to do even better at state. This is a very talented and dedicated team and their future is going to be exciting to watch. I’m impressed on how they came together, run together, push one another, and cheered on both their teammates and other Southeast runners.”
While Haines took the top three spots at the region meet in Ketchikan on Sept. 22, Skagway had four runners in the rest of the top 10. Sophomore Amanda Jensen was fourth, followed by classmates Paige Hahn and Emily Herbig in eighth and ninth place, and freshman Kaylie O’Daniel in tenth. Senior C. C. Hahn was the next runner to score in 27th place, just ahead of sophomore Kaitlyn Surdyk, who was still slowed by a mid-season injury.
Skagway scored 57 points to Haines’ winning 22, but was well ahead of third place Petersburg’s 86 points.
At the 1A-2A-3A State meet in Palmer on Sept. 29 the Skagway girls finished with 127 points behind Seward with 45, Grace Christian 73, and Haines 79.
Jensen was 13th in the state, Paige Hahn 25th, Herbig 31st, O’Daniel 41st, Surdyk 54th, and C.C. Hahn 85th.
On the boys side, sophomore Mickey Wilson qualified for State, despite falling on the course. He was in third when he fell, but jumped right back up and ended up in fourth to qualify for the state meet. The next group of Skagway runners – Quinn Weber, Nate Herbig and Logan Weber – finished in the 40s.
Fielding said both teams “learned a great deal from Haines this year and would like to thank them. They look forward to running, working, and having fun with Haines next summer and fall.
The Skagway team will be looking into running camps for next summer and fund-raising for those camps, he added.
Complete team and individual times and results from regionals and state are posted here:

SE Region & State Cross-Country Results

Correction – Yes, we are big fans of cross-country star and former newsie Amanda Jensen, not Amber, as we called her in the last issue. Our sincerest apologies for the error.

SHS places at first DDF meet
Two students, coach off to Marshall Islands

Every member of the Skagway High Drama, Debate and Forensics team placed at the first meet of the season in Sitka last weekend. Here are the results:
Oration: 1st place - Erica Harris (also gave the command performance Saturday).
Expository Speaking: 2nd place - Cody Burnham; 3rd place - Shelby Surdyk.
Duo Interpretation of Literature: 2nd place - Shelby Surdyk and Erica Harris; 4th place - Cody Burnham and Sierra Moran.
Readers Theatre: 3rd place - Shelby Surdyk, Tom Kirko, Erica Harris, Cody Burnham.
Extemporaneous Commentary: 3rd place - Brandy Mayo.
Harris and Surdyk will be taking last year’s award-winning readers theatre piece “For the Good of Mankind” to the Marshall Islands next week. The pair have been fund-raising for the trip for six months. The piece draws attention to the plight of residents nearly 60 years after many were moved off their home islands for nuclear testing by the United States. Word of their perfomance reached the islands last spring and they were invited to come over.
Fielding will accompany the students, who leave this Friday. They have performances scheduled Oct. 17-Nov. 1 at several schools and youth centers on the islands. Audience members may include dignitaries like Senator Tomaki Juda, whom the pair interviewed while researching the piece, and the U.S. Ambassador, Fielding said. En route to and from the islands, the students also will meet with writers Robert Barclay, Daniel Kelin, Beverly Keever and Robert Kiste in Hawaii.