Catching J-High Fever at the Boyd Worley Tourney

Top, Bryce Jones skies past a Juneau Floyd Dryden player in the lane for a bucket, and the Skagway girls scurry to celebrate after their dramatic come-from-behind victory over a strong Juneau Christian club team in the tourney opener. Below, Michael Brown drives the base line, and Devin Fairbanks defends against the three-point shot. The teams also did well in Yakutat last weekend. The girls won all three of their games against the Eagles, and the boys won two of their three contests. Next up for the J-High teams is the annual Fast Break Tourney in Juneau in early December. Photos by Jeff Brady

Boyd Worley Jr. High Basketball Tourney
Nov. 10-12, 2006 • Skagway

Nov. 10
Girls - Skagway 24, Juneau Christian 21 (scoring unavailable).

Nov. 11
Boys - Floyd Dryden C 46, Haines C 16; Floyd Dryden B 57, Haines B 51; *Skagway 9th 83, Floyd Dryden A 62 (SGY-Wilson 22, Etue 17, C. Grussendorf 17, Franzen 12, M. Brown 11, Forester 4; FDA-Hotch 18, Godfrey 15, King 8, Maka 6, Wiard 4, Baldwin 4, Hurtle 3, Kelly 2, Campbell 2); Skagway 47, Floyd Dryden C 21 (SGY- Jones 21, Moore 9, Doland 6, Castle 6, Fairbanks 5; FDC- Fenlimiai 8, Johnson 4, T. Grussendorf 2, Patja 2, C. Gould 2, Petrie 2, K. Gould 1).

Girls - DZ 24, Haines C 2; JCS 27, Haines 22; Skagway 44, DZ 32 (SGY-Je. Ellis 11, O’Daniel 10, Surdyk 9, Ford 4, S. Brown 4, Leaverton 2, Vogel 2); DZ-Tingley 16, Logan 4, Reeder 4, Garcia 4, Fitka 4;

Nov. 12
Boys - Haines B 64, Floyd Dryden C 40; Skagway 48, Haines 22 (SGY-Castle 20, Jones 12, Moore 8, Doland 4, Ackerman 4; HNS- Baltzell 8, Simeson 8, Hotch 4, Olsen 2); *Skagway 9th 63, Floyd Dryden A 61 (SGY- Wilson 30, Grussendrof 17, Franzen 8, Cotton 6, Etue 2; FDA- Hotch 14, Hutle 10, Ibesate 8, Vadao 7, M. Maka 5, King 5, Ashenfelter 4, Godfrey 2, Kelly 2, Pusich 2, Baldwin 2); Skagway 41, Floyd Dryden B 53 (SGY- Jones 20, Doland 8, Castle 8, Fairbanks 2, Ackerman 2, Moore 1; FDB- Vadao 14, Shaw 10, Stanger 8, Fenumiai 7, Clark 6, Kelly 2, Pusich 2, Romling 2, Hill 2).

Girls- Skagway 29, Haines B 14 (SGY-O’Daniel 17, Surdyk 6, Je. Ellis 6; HNS B- Rasmussen 6, Jones 4, Wing 2, Huntsman 2); Skagway 24, Haines C 9: (SGY-Leaverton 7, S. Brown 6, Ford 5, Ja. Ellis 4; HNS C- Braaten 6, Young 2, Lynch 1); JCS 23, DZ 16.

* The Skagway 9th grade team included two Juneau players.

Regionals next for Panther spikers, grapplers
The Skagway wrestling and volleyball teams will have to forego extra helpings tomorrow as they try to stay in shape for regionals next week on Prince of Wales Island.
Skagway wrestlers last weekend participated in their final meet of the regular season at the Brandon Pilot Invitational Tournament in Juneau. According to the Juneau Empire, Skagway scored 10 points in competition with several large schools, but details were unavailable for our early deadline on Monday.
The wrestlers will be heading to Craig Dec. 1-2 for the Southeast Region 1A-2A-3A Tournament. If any kids qualify for state meet, they will travel on to Wasilla Dec. 8-9.
The Skagway volleyball team also will be heading to Prince of Wales next week. The Panthers last saw action back in late October when they went 3-3 at the Juneau Small Schools Tournament.
The Panthers will be looking to improve its seeding with other 2A schools at a tournament in Klawock Nov. 28-29 before heading over to Thorne Bay for regionals Dec. 1-2.
Klawock has emerged as the team to beat, but Skagway, Kake and Hoonah all have a shot at reaching the region championship and a berth to state tournament in Anchorage Dec. 8-9.

Registration opens for 2007 Yukon River Quest
Northern teams urged to sign up early

Registrations are being accepted for the ninth annual Yukon River Quest, the longest annual canoe and kayak race in the world, which will be held June 27 to July 1, 2007.
The 740-kilometer (460-mile) wilderness adventure paddling marathon is held on the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City in Canada’s Yukon Territory. Entry forms and other information can be found on the race website,
Deadline for entries is May 26, 2007, but teams are encouraged to register soon to the growing popularity of the event. There is a new limit of 85 canoe and kayak teams, plus voyageur teams.
This increase from last year’s limit of 70 teams allows two new classes: an open standard canoe racing class, and an experimental solo canoe class. All boats must meet the specifications defined in the YRQ rules on the race website.
There also is a limit of 25 solo kayak and five solo canoe teams. As of Nov. 15, 41 teams had already registered, and the solo categories were almost full.
Entry fees remain $700 (CAD) for tandem canoes and kayaks, $400 for solo canoes and kayaks, and $200 per person for voyageur canoe teams of six or more paddlers. Each team also must post a refundable $200 rescue deposit in the event that they, along with their gear, have to be evacuated by safety boat.
With the additional classes, the total 2007 race purse has been increased to $26,500 (CAD) from $20,250 in 2006.
As always, the Skagway Alpine Club canoe is available for use by a Skagway team in the stock canoe class. If interested, contact YRQ Alaska rep. Jeff Brady at 983-2515.