DDF team members (from left) Shelby Surdyk, Mickey Wilson, Jayce Ellis, Alini Jashiki, and Brandy Mayo at the recent “Voices in the Wind” night in Skagway. JB

Mayo scores a first at DDF meet

The Skagway Debate, Drama and Forensics team participated in its first meet of the season Oct. 10-11 in Juneau and brought home some awards:
• Sophomore Brandy Mayo finished in first place for dramatic interpretation of literature.
• Freshman Jayce Ellis finished in second place for expository speaking.
• Senior Shelby Surdyk finished third in expository speaking, and also was a finalist with Mayo in extemporaneous commentary.
The next DDF meets are Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in Sitka, and Nov. 21-22 in Haines. Skagway will host a meet in February.

Etue off to strong start for wrestlers

Skagway took just three wrestlers to its first meet of the season in Kake Oct. 10-11, but each came away with at least one win. More wrestlers will travel to upcoming meets over the next two weeks. Junior Thomas Etue, who will be vying for this third straight trip to State this year, finished 3-1 in the 145-pound class. His only loss at Kake came to Juneau’s captain by a couple of points, “which is really good,” said head coach Duppy Ticaro.
Sophomore John Doland also picked up two wins, and freshman Danny Moore earned his first win. Ticaro said the younger wrestlers performed well and are gaining confidence. Now that they all have enough practices, the majority of the team will travel to Mt. Edgecumbe this week with interim coach Jared Henley, who is taking the team on trips for the first half of the season.
In addition to Etue, Doland, and Moore, Skagway also will send Ian Klupar, Tylor Forester, Devin Fairbanks, and possibly Mickey Wilson. They then travel to Petersburg Nov. 7-8. Henley said the kids are working real hard in practice and are committed to the team. “I’m more proud of their attitude,” he added. “I heard it from a few different coaches in Kake – how well behaved they were and willing to help out.”

Volleyball team takes third in Ketchikan

The Skagway team saw its first action of the season last weekend at the huge Small Schools Tournament in Ketchikan, which also drew a number of larger schools. The small schools did very well – defending 2A champ Klawock won the tournament, and Skagway took third.
New Panthers coach Ashley Bowman said they had a terrific tournament, losing only to Klawock and Juneau’s top team.
Prior to the tournament, she had only seen the Skagway girls in practice scrimmages against wrestlers. “They impressed me for sure,” Bowman said. “It was really cool to see them in games and see how well they can do.”
Sophomore Jessie Ellis was the team MVP for the tourney, she said, and Paige Hahn, Elise Doland, Emily Herbig, and Kaylie O’Daniel also had strong statistics. In all, there are 13 girls on the squad, including Rori Leaverton, Kaitlyn Surdyk, Amanda Jensen, Jayce Ellis, Nikita Ford, Anna Korsmo, Kayla Henricksen, and Soo-Bin Kang.
Skagway will host the 2A north seeding volleyball tournament Nov. 2-3 at the SHS gym.
Bowman expects a good tourney. She said Hoonah also did well in Ketchikan, and Klawock is beatable. “We gave them a run for the money,” she said. “We are looking forward to seeing them again.”


K.C. Mayo tries to muscle a shot over Jake Grieser. Jasmyne Briggs leads a fast break down the court.

Gavin Murphy and Alex Ackerman fight for loose ball. Jade Cook gets a shot off in traffic.

Check out more action every Tuesday and Thursday night at the gym. Photos by Jeff Brady