Crystal Ketterman with her All-Academic award. Skagway School photos

Crystal Ketterman takes 3rd in region

Win secures coveted trip to state meet in Seward

Skagway High School senior Crystal Ketterman fulfilled a dream of making it to the state wrestling meet by winning the consolation finals at the Southeast Region 1A-2A-3A Tournament last weekend.
Ketterman was knocked out of the championship round in her 119-pound division, but came back to win the consolation round in convincing fashion.
She won a majority decision over Konrad Frank of Angoon, 23-10.
“She was just two points away from a technical fall,” said coach Josh Coughran. “She wrestled great. This is her reward for four years of hard work.”
As a third place finisher from Southeast, Ketterman will likely draw a top seed when the ASAA State Tournament begins today in Seward, but Coughran was optimistic. He said there appear to be a lot of freshmen in her weight class, so her experience could help her.
“We hope to be able to surprise some people,” he said.
Coughran also was proud of the efforts of his other wrestlers in Sitka. Kahled Jezni took fifth place in the 145-pound division, winning his match 11-5 over a Petersburg wrestler who had pinned him earlier in the season.
Michelle Harris went the distance in her final match and Tom Littlefield also looked strong against some tough competition, Coughran said. “It’s nice to see that kind of improvement.”

Crystal Ketterman, left, wrestles to a win at regionals. Photos courtesy Skagway School

Results from the Southeast Class 2A/3A wrestling tournament held last Friday and Saturday at Mount Edgecumbe High School. Results listed are the team scores and for the championship and consolation finals. Top three wrestlers in each weight class qualify for the state tournament.
Team scores — 1. Mount Edgecumbe (MtE), 197; 2. Petersburg (Psg), 190; 3. Wrangell (Wrg), 86.5; 4. Craig (Crg), 79.5; 5. Hoonah (Hnh), 75; 6. Metlakatla (Met), 44; 7. Klawock (Klw), 40; 8. Kake (Kak), 37; 9. Hydaburg (Hyd), 12; 10. Skagway (Skg), 8; 11. Angoon (Ang), 4.

103 pounds — Jon Garrison (Wrg) def. Thomas Norris (Hnh), forfeit. 112 — Spencer Beckman (Crg) maj. dec. Mitchell Zarazua (Hnh), 13-1. 119 — Ernest Keith (MtE) dec. Caleb Caulum (Psg), 4-2. 125 — Earl Alstrom (MtE) maj. dec. Bobby Egen (Psg), 19-7. 130 — Levi Newman (Psg) pin. Ian Concillus (MtE), 0:43. 135 — Drew Eyon (Wrg) pin. Killian Skaflestad (Hnh), 1:43. 140 — Rafael Ramirez-Ruiz (Klw) dec. Josh Dunham (Psg), 8-2. 145 — Brent Cole (Crg) dec. Sean Larson (Psg), 5-4. 152 — Neil Jenny (Psg) dec. Sam Carney (MtE), 7-5. 160 — Jake Mork (Wrg) maj. dec. Justin Gardiner (MtE), 15-2. 171— Nick Shellabarger (MtE) dec. Kris Edfelt (Psg), 7-1. 189 — Max Shellabarger (MtE) dec. Torin Smith (Hnh), 17-9. 215 — Chris Nathan (Met) dec. Roberto Medina (Klw), 7-4. 275 — Matthew Ashenfelter (Kak) pin. Aaron Nicoli (MtE), 1:00.
103 pounds — Rans McIntosh (Psg) pin. Joe Peete (MtE), 2:52. 112 — Alenna Nilsen (Psg) pin. Misa Beans (MtE), 3:33. 119 — Crystal Ketterman (Skg) maj. dec. Konrad Frank (Ang), 23-10. 125 — Marita Tolson (Hyd) dec. Patrick Welsh (Hnh), 11-3. 130 — Jasmin Simeon (MtE) pin. Stephanie Fawcett (Hyd), 0:59. 135 — Trevor Killian (Psg) dec. Ryan Cole (Crg), 9-4. 140 — Eric Dock (MtE) pin. Matt Towarak (MtE), 2:28. 145 — Martin Pate (Kak) pin. Gusty Wassily (MtE), 2:24. 152 — J.J. Tipton (Crg) maj. dec. Kolby Skaflestad (Hnh), 10-0. 160 — Brian Newman (Psg) dec. Chris McMurren (Wrg), 5-1. 171 — Claude Young (MtE) dec. Creighton Boyd (Met), 6-1. 189 — Dan Sims (Wrg) dec. Cole Anderson (Crg), 10-2. 215 — Scott O’Neil (Psg), by default (no opponent). 275 — Perry Nageak (MtE) pin. Lyle Coutlee (Hnh), 0:55. - Juneau Empire

Skagway’s three all-conference players, Audrey Neitzer (5), Savannah Ames (13) and Candi Ketterman (7) get ready to fire back a shot against Hoonah at the Southeast Region Tourney. Skagway School photo

Volleyball team takes second
Panthers fall to Hoonah after Klawock forfeits

The Skagway volleyball team qualified for this week’s ASAA 1A-2A-3A-West Tournament by a strange set of circumstances.
To begin with, Skagway and Hoonah elected not to travel early to Prince of Wales Island for a pre-regional qualifier, and this turned the seeding upside down, said Skagway coach Becky Jensen.
The Panthers still opened against Klawock as expected, but were unable to defeat the Chieftains on their own court, a reversal of what occurred in Skagway.
“We played well but we let a call that went against us get us down,” Jensen said. “We have to keep our heads in it.”
Oddly, that would be the only match Klawock would play.
Skagway went on to defeat Thorne Bay, and, with another victory in the double elimination format, still had a chance to advance to the championship.
They expected a rematch with Klawock. But the Chieftains only had six players eligible for the tournament, just enough for a team. When one of those players had to be medivaced out with appendicitis before the semifinal match with Hoonah, Klawock was forced to forfeit not only that match, but also a rematch with Skagway.
“Back at the hotel, we were getting ready to go to the game and the Hoonah coach told us, ‘you’re going to state with us,’” Jensen said. “We couldn’t believe it.”
Jensen said Skagway really wanted to “beat Klawock the right way, like we did here.”
With Klawock’s forfeits, Skagway advanced to the championship against Hoonah but was unable to upset the five-time region champs, losing 10-25, 15-25, and 17-25.
“Now we get to play the state champs,” Jensen said Monday during a 24-hour turnaround in Skagway before flying up to Anchorage.
Skagway drew 3A power Barrow in the first round Thursday afternoon. In this odd state tourney format, the top 1A and 2A girls volleyball teams are matched against 3A teams from the western regions of the state. Other teams from 3A regions play in a different tournament with 4A schools in the fall.
KUDOS - The trio of Candi Ketterman, Audrey Neitzer and Savannah Ames made the Southeast Region 2A All-Conference squad. Ames, a senior, also was named to the All-Academic team. Cierra Hahn and Florence Schlageter represented Skagway on the regional Good-Sport team.

Triple OT thriller in Haines
J-high boys take second, girls win a couple
Jacob Cotton coolly made three free throws with no time left on the clock to send the boys championship game into overtime at the Paul Potter Memorial Jr. High Basketball Tournament in Haines on Nov. 27.
It took three overtimes to settle on a winner, as both teams took turns at the lead. Skagway had a chance to win at the end of the second OT period but gave up a basket in the last 20 seconds. Haines then took control in the final overtime period to claim the title in front of a wild hometown crowd.
Skagway, playing without one of its star guards, Thomas Etue, upset top seed Floyd Dryden of Juneau to get to the finals, said coach Mark Jennings. Forward Bryce Jones and playmaker Mickey Wilson made the all-tourney team, and Cotton was “Mr. Clutch.” He also won the free throw contest.
The Skagway J-high girls had a boost in confidence, taking its first two seeding games, but they lost in the opening round of tourney play to Floyd Dryden by a couple. Paige Hahn made the all-tourney squad.
The junior high teams wrap up their short season at the Juneau Fast Break Tourney this weekend.