John McCluskey, wth gloves on, finishes his State race. Photos courtesy of Klas Stolpe, Petersburg Pilot

McCluskey takes fifth at regionals
Competes at State with Candi Ketterman

By JEFF BRADY
Two Skagway runners qualified for the ASAA 1A-2A-3A Cross-Country Meet early this month after posting top 10 finishes at the regional meet.
Coach Gary Trozzo said both John McCluskey and Candi Ketterman turned in personal best times at regionals in Sitka on Sept. 29.
McCluskey, a senior, finished fifth in the boys race with a 17:59 time, just a second behind the fourth place finisher and only seven seconds behind the second place runner.
Last year Skagway sent Kyle Mulvihill to State as region champ, and after he left Skagway, McCluskey had an uphill battle to take his place, and steadily improved over the season.
“I was very glad for John to be able to compete up there (State),” Trozzo said.

Candi Ketterman sprints home.

For Ketterman, a junior, it was her second trip to State, having just qualified with a 10th place finish at regionals and a 22:38 time.
The State meet in Soldotna on Oct. 2 was “cold,” Trozzo said. It had rained hard the night before and the temperature dropped to 29 degrees just before the race, making the course slippery. Both runners ran well, but could have had better days, he said.
Despite not being able to find a pair of spikes in Anchorage that fit her, Ketterman was able to improve her standing by a couple of spots among Southeast runners, taking 52nd overall with a 23:58 time. McCluskey took 40th overall in the boys race with a time of 19:18.
Trozzo said he wished more Skagway runners could have qualified for State. The girls team finished fourth at regionals with 83 points, behind Haines (40), Craig (48), and Petersburg (66).

Here are some more Skagway times from regionals: GIRLS- Cierra Hahn, 24:10; Ali Doland, 24:32; Crystal Ketterman, 24:43; Anna Shiplova, 25:17; Florence Schlageter, 25:40; Teslyn Korsmo, 28:45. BOYS- Nate Herbig, 30:41.

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Volleyball & Wrestling Previews

Panther spikers warm up season with match in Sitka

The Skagway High School girls volleyball team leapt into action last weekend at a mini tournament in Sitka, playing well against teams from 3A and 4A schools.
The Panthers won two matches, lost two, and split three. The teams played just two games per match, and Skagway opened pool play with a loss to Juneau 1, but then split with Petersburg 2 and Petersburg 1. In bracket play, Skagway then topped Juneau 2 and Petersburg 2 before dropping its final match to Mount Edgecumbe.
“We looked very good for our first matches,” said coach Becky Jensen.
The Skagway team is led by a strong returning core of Savannah Ames, Candi Ketterman, Audrey Neitzer, Brandy Wilson, and Tiffanie Potter. New to the team are freshmen Erica Harris, C.C. Hahn, Teslyn Korsmo, and foreign exchange students Florence Schlageter and Veronica Guialevich.
“We look good and have a bit of break now to work on fundamentals,” Jensen said. “We hope to look strong at the seeding tournament here at the end of the month.”
Skagway will play home matches against 2A rivals Oct. 26-27. Based on how they perform, teams will be seeded for region tournament a month later in Klawock.
Jensen added that the volleyball kids would like to thank Dan and Eileen Henry for their help with the team’s fish fry two weeks ago at the Skagway Fish Co. The team raised about $2,000.

Great turnout for wrestling team

Since the wrestling season switched from spring to fall a few years ago, Skagway hasn’t seen a great turnout for wrestling, until this year.
Coach Josh Coughran has seven kids out for the team, a mix of veterans and newcomers to the sport. “It’s the most I’ve ever had,” he said.
Leading the team is senior Crystal Ketterman, who is hoping for an excellent final season and a trip to State, Coughran said. The other female on the team, junior Michelle Harris, is in great shape after running cross-country. Also returning are sophomores Ryan Forester, who gained about 20 pounds and is looking tough, and Shawn Landers, who hopes to bounce back from a toe injury that sidelined him last year.
New to the team are freshmen Tom Littlefield, the biggest kid on the team wrestling at 190 lbs., and Trevor Van Houten, who has a lot of determination, his coach said. Foreign exchange student Kahled Jezini is the quickest member of the squad, making the transition from jujitsu to wrestling.
“The practices haven’t been easy, but we’re getting there,” Coughran said.
The wrestlers open the season with matches in Petersburg Oct. 21-22.
The team would like to thank everyone who turned out for their “record burger feed” at the Elks last weekend, Coughran added. – JB