Brandy Wilson concentrates on a dig, and Savannah Ames sets up the ball for Audrey Neitzer.
Panthers take second at tourney, aim for Hoonah rematch
By JEFF BRADY
Skagway High School hosted 2A schools from the Southeast region Oct. 26-27 for a seeding tournament. Skagway swept its first three matches over Thorne Bay, Klawock and Kake, but fell in three straight games to Hoonah.
The Braves, five-time defending region champs, remain the team to beat, but Skagway coach Becky Jensen said they are beatable.
With its victory over Klawock, the Panthers solidified a hold on second seed. The Panthers have a good team unit this year: strong hitters in Savannah Ames and Candi Ketterman; a great blocker in Audrey Neitzer; good servers and setters in Tiffanie Potter, Brandy Wilson, and Florence Schlageter; plus freshmen C.C. Hahn, Erica Harris and Hillery Lesh coming off the bench.
In Juneau, the following weekend, the team played well against a lot of 3A and 4A JV competition. Skagway was seeded third for the championship bracket, but fell to a Metlakatla team it split with earlier. Skagway then won its final consolation match over a Sitka squad.
2A Seeding Tournament
Skagway def. Thorne Bay: 25-12, 25-9, 23-25, 25-17; Skagway def. Klawock: 25-23, 25-10, 25-17; Skagway def. Kake: 25-9, 25-12, 25-9; Hoonah def. Skagway (25-20, 25-15, 25-22).
Juneau Allcomers Tournament
Pool play (two games): Skagway split with Ketchikan 1: 22-25, 25-10; Skagway split with Metlakatla: 16-25, 25-17; Skagway def. Juneau JV4: 25-16, 25-18; Juneau JV1 def. Skagway: 25-17, 25-6; Hoonah def. Skagway: 25-16, 25-18; Skagway def. Juneau JV3: 25-18, 25-23.
Gold bracket play (best of 3): Quarterfinal: Metlakatla def. Skagway: 25-18, 25-13; Consolation Match: Skagway def. Sitka: 17-25, 25-11, 15-13.
UPDATE - On Nov. 10 after this issue went to press, Skagway hosted Whitehorse Vanier in its only match of the month before heading to region tourney in Klawock Dec. 3-4. Vanier, which had just returned from doing well at a tournament in Toronto, swept the Panthers in three straight games, but an observer said Skagway played well against the strongest team it faced all year.
Two Skagway grapplers place fourth in Sitka
Skagway wrestlers just missed medals in their weight classes at the Sitka Invitational last weekend. In the consolation finals on Nov. 6 for third place, Skagways Crystal Ketterman (119 lbs.) was pinned by Kevin Conway of Sitka at the 1:45 mark, and Thomas Littlefield (171 lbs.) was pinned by Finn Straley of Sitka at the 55 second mark. The wrestlers head to Juneau Nov. 19-20 for their final meet before regionals.