Coach Ticaro and Thomas Etue between rounds at State. The coach told him to “cure his nervous bones by having fun.” Josh Cotton wrestles with a nose guard in his final match at regionals. Photos courtesy of Christophe Ticaro

Etue earns second trip to State meet

By JEFF BRADY
Sophomore Thomas Etue finished fourth in the 130-pound weight class at regionals Dec. 8 to earn a second straight trip to the State wrestling meet.
Etue had a tough draw in the first round against the eventual region champ, Brett Lopez of Petersburg, who pinned him in 44 seconds. But Etue recovered to win three straight matches to advance to the consolation finals. In the match for third place, he lost in a fall at the 2:12 mark to Barre Gadd of Wrangell.
“Thomas kicked it in that consolation round and barely lost the third place match,” said coach Christophe “Duppy” Ticaro.
Ticaro said he had hoped this was the year for seniors Josh Cotton and Tom Kirko to advance to state, but it was not to be. After first round losses, each senior did get a consolation win, and Cotton advanced to the fifth place match in the 160-pound class, despite breaking his nose.
“He was in pain but wanted to wrestle,” his coach said. Cotton lost in a fall at the 3:37 mark to a Mt. Edgecumbe foe.
Both seniors were honored on the all-academic and all-sport teams. Underclassmen Tylor Forrester and John Doland were out after two matches. Etue remained in Sitka for State Tourney the following weekend, where he lost in two matches to Dillingham and Galena opponents. Complete results for both tourneys are posted at www.akmat.org.
“This season the wrestlers displayed perseverance for their school, themselves, and their community,” Ticaro said. “I am honored to have been their coach.”
He added that a good foundation has been laid, and looks forward to having junior high wrestlers move up next season.
“I thank Dr. Dickens, Josh Coughran, Kathy Pierce, and all the parents for their support and confidence in me as a first year coach.”

TEAM SPIRIT


The Skagway High girls volleyball team huddles before its final match of the season against Klawock at the 1A-2A-3A State Tourney. The Panthers played close matches, getting one win to finish sixth. Here are results: Tok def. Skagway: 20-25, 18-25, 25-19, 25-15, 15-10; Skagway def. Nikolaevsk: 25-23, 25-15, 21-25, 25-21; Klawock def. Skagway: 25-11, 25-14, 19-25, 25-20.
Photo by Dimitra Lavrakas

Boyd Worley Jr. High Tourney Results

Dec. 14-17

GIRLS
Skagway 29, Porter Creek 22: SGY- Leaverton 16, Ford 10, Korsmo 2, O'Daniel 1; PC- Ferguson 6, Walker 6, Drinnan 2, Thompson 2, Andrew 2, Golobic 2, Blanchet 2.
Skagway 35, FH Collins 16: SGY- Leaverton 11, Ford 11, Ellis 6, Korsmo 4, Brown 2, Vogel 1; FHC- Abbot 14, Curtis 2.
Haines 49, Porter Creek 29: HNS- Young 10, Stevens 8, Erickson 8, Lynch 6, Wing 4, Braaten 4, As. Messerschmidt 4, Spud 3, Am. Messerschmidt 2; PC- Ferguson 10, Waker 5, Thompson 4, Rivest 4, Drinnan 2, Blanchett 2, Golubic 2.
Skagway 38, Porter Creek 17: SGY- Ford 18, Leaverton 16, Brown 4; PC- Andrews 4, Ferguson 3, Thomson 2, Walker 2, Hurlburt 2, Burness 2, Blanchette 2.
Haines 35, Skagway 27: HNS- Erickson 10, Wing 9, Stevens 6, Lynch 5, Young 3, Braaten 2; SGY- Leaverton 18, Ford 4, Castle 3, Korsmo 2.
Porter Creek 30, FH Collins 18: PC- Thomson 8, Andrews 6, Ferguson 4, Blanchette 4, Drinnan 2, Andrews 2, Rivest 2, Burnett 2, Golubic 2; FHC- Abbott 10, Philipson 4, Lindsey 2, Bandera 2.
Haines 47, FH Collins 19: HNS- Lynch 12, Stevens 8, Erickson 8, Young 4, Wing 2, Spud 2, Valentine 2, As. Messerschmidt 1; FHC- Abbott 13, Val 2, Maximnuk 2, Lindsey 2.

HEADS UP - Rebounders from Skagway and F.H. Collins look for the ball in last weekend’s Boyd Worley Tourney. Both Skagway teams won easily over Whitehorse opponents, but fell in close games to Haines. Fans can get a first look at the varsity teams during Saturday’s alumni games (see calendar) and the Don Hather Tourney Jan. 2-4. - JB

BOYS
Skagway 45, FH Collins 18: SGY- Moore 18, Ackerman 11, Klupar 9, Wassman 3, Eagan 2, Cochran 2; FHC- Kaprosky 14, Tlen 2, Berthiaum 2.
Haines 40, FH Collins 13: HNS- Hotch 15, T. Swinton 5, Badger 4, J. Swinton 4, Ward 4, Benassi 2, Gross 2, Turner 2, Clark 2; FHC- Charlie 4, Baristow 4, Tlen 2, Thomson 2.
Haines 48, Skagway 42: HNS- T. Swinton 15, Braaten 13, Taylor 8, Schnabel 4, Wilson 4, Simpson 2, Badger 2; SGY- Klupar 15, Ackerman 14, Moore 7, Wassman 2.
Skagway 33, FH Collins 13: SGY- Moore 13, Klupar 8, Cochran 6, Wassman 2, Ackerman 2, Henson 2; FHC- Kaprosky 7, Berthiaum 2, Thomson 2, Charlie 2.