Cox got air in his takedown of Jonah Patrick of Gustavus. Jeff Brady

Cox goes 5-3 at home tourney; next up are regionals in Haines Nov. 30


Skagway wrestler Trevor Cox gave the home fans plenty to cheer about during the Skagway Invitational Tournament Nov. 9-10, which featured 49 wrestlers from nine schools.
The Skagway freshman finished with a 5-3 record against some tough competition in the crowded 132-pound division, and every match was exciting.
Cox scored a pin in his first match against Hunter Boyer of Thunder Mountain, but then lost on a pin to one of the region’s best wrestlers, Jason Young of Mt. Edgecumbe.
That set up a long-anticipated match between Cox and Cory Piper of Haines. It went down to the wire as neither could gain much of an advantage over the other over the three periods, but Piper prevailed on points, 4-3.
Cox bounced back with a pin over Jonah Patrick of Gustavus, but then faltered against Zachary Rossman of Haines, getting pinned in just 41 seconds.
Not down at all, Cox won his next three matches to close out the tourney. He scored a pin over Juneau-Douglas wrestler Braiden Heif a minute into the match, and then followed that up with probably his best match of the day against Tommy Togiak of Mt. Edgecumbe.
Cox shot out to an early 8-6 lead and stayed ahead 13-8 going into the final period. After Togiak cut the lead to 13-10, Cox was in trouble momentarily, but then scored a reversal and takedown in the final minute to win 16-10. His coaches Duppy Ticarro and Gregg Kollasch were urging him on the whole way, and the Skagway crowd went wild.
In the “Face-off” round to end the tourney, Cox again faced Heif of Juneau. The Skagway wrestler got off to a good start with a 7-4 lead after the first period, and then scored the winning pin at the 1:06 mark of the second period.
Afterward, Cox said he felt like he had a good tourney and improved a lot as it went on.
“There’s a couple more I wanted to win against Cory Piper and Zack Rossman,” he said. “Those were my first two matches I ever had (with them).”
He could get another chance against them at the Southeast 1A-2A-3A Region Tournament, which will be in Haines on Nov. 30 and December 1.
It’s not far away, and coaches are hoping there will be a good Skagway contingent cheering Cox on in Haines.

Skagway coaches Duppy Ticarro and Gregg Kollasch (with daughter Lucy on lap) shout instructions to Skagway wrestler Trevor Cox; and Shane Sims, ready with towel, checks the time before tapping the referee on the shoulder at the end of a match between wrestlers from Pelican and Haines; and in a battle of capital city heavyweights, Rick Johnson of Thunder Mountain pins Timothy Tulensa of Juneau-Douglas. Photos by Jeff Brady

Junior high hoop teams begin season

The basketball season began early for the junior high Panther teams, who traveled to Yakutat for a series of games early this month.
Yakutat swept the Panther boys and girls teams by fairly easy margins, but the Skagway teams showed improvement over the three games, said coach Reid Lawson.
“They did pretty well,” he said. “It was the first games for both teams, and pretty tough, but both teams improved each game, mostly with their rebounding, and they turned the ball over less each game.”
The boys, behind the scoring of Nathaniel Leggett (13.5 points per game) and Alex Ackerman (9 ppg.) closed the Yakutat lead to single digits in one game.
The girls’ team had trouble with the Yakutat press and got in a hole in their games, but finally was able to get the ball into the frontcourt and make some plays work. They defended well and are working on scoring more points, Lawson said.

Colton Belisle leads the break for the Panther boys as Micah Cook and Nathaniel Leggett sprint ahead, and coach Reid Lawson applauds his team’s effort in a huddle. Kiara Selmer, Skagway School

Lawson and assistant coach Jimmy Cook said the kids were well-behaved, and they had a fun day at the beach posing for pictures in their uniforms and playing on the old World War II armaments.
The teams are made up of:
• Boys - eighth graders Colton Belisle, Alex Ackerman and Nathaniel Leggett; seventh grader Micah Cook; sixth graders Danny Brady, Shame Sims, C.J. Dormido, Wyatt Belisle, and Matthew Leggett.
• Girls - eighth graders Hailey Jensen, Denver Evans and Kiara Selmer and Dainean Teeluk; seventh grader Kara Whitehead; and sixth graders Madison Cox and Rebecca Hollander.
A smaller coed J-high team will be traveling to Juneau Dec. 6-8, as some members are involved in the robotics tourney the same weekend. The teams will then have a break until February when they travel to a tourney in Haines and host some teams from Whitehorse.
SHS varsity basketball practice begins next week. With the shortage of high school students, there will be just one team this year, a coed team that will play other SE boys teams in the new 1A division. A season preview will appear in a December issue. – JEFF BRADY