Thomas Etue, left, eyes an opening for a takedown in a match last month at the local Don Hather Tournament. JB

Etue qualifies for State
Wrestlers take home sportsmanship award

By JEFF BRADY
All Skagway wrestlers placed in the top six of their weight classes at the Southeast 1A-2A-3A Tourney in Craig – including a fourth place finish by freshman Thomas Etue that qualified him for this week’s state tournament in Wasilla.
The Skagway team also won the region sportsmanship trophy for the first time, said Coach Josh Coughran.
Coughran said he believes Etue is the first Skagway freshman to advance since Jerod Moore. He got two wins, including one by pin to land him in the consolation final of the 112-pound division. Etue lost the third place match to a Hoonah opponent.
With fifth place finishes by Tylor Forester, Mickey Wilson, Josh Cotton and Tom Littlefield, the team scored 29 points, the most by a Skagway team in a long time, Coughran said.
The matches were close, and two of them were close to getting wins and qualifying for state.
“They all wrestled really tough,” he added. “I was impressed by the effort they put forth.”

Paige Hahn (5) makes a set during at game this season.

Volleyball team takes third place,
Hahn sisters make all-conference
The Skagway volleyball team took third place in last weekend’s regional 2A volleyball tournament at Thorne Bay.
Coach Becky Jensen said her team opened with a win in its first game against Kake, but then lost the next three “just like we had all season.”
However, they would bounce back in the double-elimination format to knock off Thorne Bay in four games, and then get its revenge against Kake.
After Kake dropped to the loser’s bracket with a loss to Hoonah, Skagway swept the T-birds in three games, knocking them off for the first time this season.
Skagway had a chance to go to State if it knocked off Klawock, but the Chieftains prevailed in three games and then went on to exact revenge on Hoonah in two matches for the region title.
She said it was the first time Hoonah had been denied the region title in over a decade.
Junior C.C. Hahn and freshman Paige Hahn were named to the all-conference team. Paige also won the serving contest, and C.C. won the passing contest.
Jensen said the month-long break between matches before regionals was too much, but her team showed improvement over the long season by finishing higher than its fourth seed.
She said all team members should be back next season, and the addition of three good junior high players should help. – JB