Skagway’s Danny Moore, right on mat, positions himself for a pin against Haines wrestler Walker Blair.
Matt Davis, Chilkat Valley News

Panther wrestlers continue to improve with each away meet


The Panthers’ wrestling team had its second meet of the season last weekend, competing against six other Southeast schools.
Senior Danny Moore went 4-1, while sophomores Zack Wassman was 1-4 and Donovan Henson went 0-5.
“It was a huge improvement from the first meet,” said co-coach Gregg Kollasch.
The Panthers had their first meet of the season on Oct. 7, and Kollasch said all three wrestlers improved “leaps and bounds” over the last two weeks of practice.
Last weekend’s meet in Haines took place over the course of two days with each wrestler participating in two matches on Friday and three on Saturday.
Moore pinned four of his opponents and was on target to beat his fifth, a wrestler from Craig, but was pinned in the end.
“He could have beat him,” Kollasch said. “But he was in a headlock.”
Moore is the Panthers’ only returning wrestler.
“We have high hopes for Danny to make it to State,” Kollasch said.
The Panthers’ next meet is Nov. 11 in Juneau.

Left: Jayce Ellis passes the ball while the team practices their rotations against members of the community. Right: assistant coach Katie Emmets tells Jade Cook and Zoe Wassman where to stand before a serve. Jeff Brady

Volleyball team ready for action in Juneau


The Skagway High School volleyball team will see its first action of the season this weekend in Juneau. The team has been practicing since early October and recently tested some new strategies in a scrimmage against local women.
Cindy O’Daniel is back as head coach this season and is being assisted by Katie Emmets.
“Katie’s doing a great job,” said O’Daniel. “She’s helping us learn some of the technical aspects of the game.”
Emmets was an all-state volleyball player in high school in Florida and played some college volleyball before turning her focus to journalism. She is the new full-time reporter at The Skagway News, and breaks away to practice at 4 p.m. weekdays to help O’Daniel with the team.
“We’re implementing a new rotation this year which will benefit each player’s strongest assets,” Emmets said.
Making up the team are seniors Rori Leaverton, Anna Korsmo, and Jayce Ellis; juniors Polly Brown and Amanda Hoover; sophomores Hannah O’Daniel and Jade Cook; and freshman Zoe Wassman. Leaverton is the only returning all-conference player, but O’Daniel said a couple players should make the team this season.
During last week’s scrimmage Emmets would stop play and make sure the girls had their positions down, on offense and defense. She said they have picked it up quickly.
“Although I’m new and have never seen these kids play (a match), in the two or three weeks that I’ve been helping coach, I have seen each one of them improve leaps and bounds,” Emmets said.
Skagway’s goal will be a return to state tournament as one of the region’s top two small school teams. Again, the team to beat in Southeast will be Klawock, which did well at the recent Juneau JIVE tourney. Skagway was the runner-up to Klawock the past three seasons.
This will be the last year of Skagway competing in 2A girl’s volleyball as the small Southeast schools will be sliding back to 1A classification next year, where schools play coed Mixed 6 volleyball.

UPDATE: the girls finished first in the silver division in Juneau (details in Nov. 11 issue). They will be in action at home Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m. against a community team. This will serve as their Senior Night as well.