Danny Moore wrestles against Mt. Edgecumbe’s Cody Sherman at the 152 lb. bracket. Klas Stolpe, Juneau Empire

Panthers wrestle in last meet before regionals next week in Sitka

By KATIE EMMETS

Last weekend, the SHS wrestling team participated in its third meet of the season, racking up more experience for the upcoming regional meet.
Senior Danny Moore came in fifth place out of about 25 athletes in the 152 lb. weight class.
Moore went 3-2 at the tournament, which was held at Juneau’s Thunder Mountain High School on Nov. 18-19. Seventeen Alaskan teams competed.
Coach Gregg Kollasch said Moore wrestled well and pinned a Mt. Edgecumbe wrestler who beat him in the first round, which he added was impressive.
Also wrestling in the tournament were Zack Wassman and Clark Germishuys.
The Juneau meet was Germishuys’ first competition of the season, and Kollasch said he wrestled strong under those circumstances, despite going 0-5.
Kollasch said Germishuys did very well against the wrestler who came in first in his weight class of 170 lbs. If Germishuys continues learning and improving, he might do well in the regional tournament, said his coach, adding that there aren’t many wrestlers in his class.
Kollasch said Wassman, who also went 0-5, improved and fought really hard against his opponents, adding that the 132 lb. class is tough, and has good, experienced wrestlers.
The Panthers are improving a little more each tournament, Kollasch said, and that he is pleased with how they are competing considering the short amount of time they had to prepare for this season’s tournaments.
Kollasch said there were some Skagwegians in Juneau the weekend of the meet, and it was nice for the Panther wrestlers to see familiar faces in the stands.
The regional meet will be held in Sitka Dec. 2–3.

Volleyball team third at seeding tourney, regionals next in Hoonah

By JEFF BRADY

 The Skagway High volleyball team was rolling toward a second place finish at the recent seeding tourney in Klawock, when a turned ankle changed the team’s fortunes.
Skagway went 2-1 during the first day of competition, posting wins over Hoonah and Thorne Bay after a tough opening loss against Klawock in three games. The Panthers beat Hoonah in a four-game thriller (27-25, 25-12, 31-33, 27-25).
The Panthers faced the same schedule on the second day of round-robin competition to determine seeding for next month’s region tourney. They were hoping for a better showing against top seed Klawock, but in the first game, senior setter Jayce Ellis rolled her ankle after stepping on the foot of a Chieftain player at the net.
Ellis was out for the rest of the tourney.
“It hurt us,” said coach Cindy O’Daniel. “We had to work in a whole new rotation on the fly.”
After losing again to Klawock in three games, the Panthers then faced Hoonah. The match went to four games, but this time Hoonah prevailed. Skagway did finish well by knocking off Thorne Bay to go 1-2 on the second day.
“We got third,” O’Daniel said. “Even though we split with Hoonah, they beat us by more than we beat them.”
The team played well, considering the circumstances, she added. “We have a really good feeling about regionals.”
Ellis was wearing a boot to support her ankle last week but returned to practice on Saturday. The team also welcomed back Polly Brown, who had been on vacation.
The team will be at full strength Dec. 2-3 when it goes to regionals in Hoonah. By finishing as the third seed, the Panthers will open against second seed Hoonah.
The tournament will be double elimination, with the champion and runner-up advancing to the state 1A-2A-3A West state tournament at Dimond High in Anchorage Dec. 8-10.

Second Skagway Marathon set for June

After last year’s turn-out of 50 runners, Tourism Director Buckwheat Donahue said he expects to have about 100 for the second annual Skagway Marathon.
There has been interest from several organizations that are interested in promoting this event.
Donahue wrote in his quarterly report that he has been in contact with a running company that would like to coordinate the Skagway Marathon as part of a cruise package with Holland America Line.
“Sport Yukon has agreed to include the Skagway Marathon on the Yukon’s list of activities for the upcoming summer,” Donahue writes. “This event and the ski race are the only two non-Yukon events allowed on their calendar.”
Sport Yukon will also be adding the Skagway Marathon to the Canadian marathon list for those who are interested in participating.
The race is scheduled for Saturday, June 9. – KE