Photos by Cody Jennings

2011-2012 Season • Skagway News coverage

SN Photo Pages: Don Hather Tourney, Kake-Alumni-Yukon, Hoonah-Senior Night , SE 2A Tourney

SN Sports Coverage: Dec. 21 issue, Jan. 18 story, Feb. 10 story, Feb. 24 story, March 9 story (tourney game reports below)


Final 2011-2012 SEASON RECORD as of 3/3/12: 16-8 overall, (6-4 conference, 3-2 postseason): third place in SE 2A

SE TOURNEY UPDATES: Mt. Edgecumbe girls bracket

Feb. 29 - Skagway 54, vs. Hoonah 25 - After giving up the first bucket, the Lady Panthers went on a 19-0 run to take a commanding lead midway through the second quarter. The SHS girls employed good ball movement to get good shots for Anna Korsmo and Rori Leaverton and rebounded strong on both ends of the floor. Skagway led 25-6 at the half, and then got three-pointers from Leaverton and Hannah O'Daniel and a pair of buckets from reserve Zoe Wassman to start the second half. Polly Brown had an exceptional game on the boards with more than 10 rebounds, and Jayce Ellis and Jade Cook also were strong underneath and made some key shots in the first round win. Skagway scoring (unofficial): Leaverton 21, Korsmo 7, Brown 7, Ellis 6, Wassman 6, Cook 4, O'Daniel 3. Next up is Yakutat in the semifinals for a shot at the region championship game.

Other girls scores: Angoon 35 Thorne Bay 31.

March 1 - Semifinals: Yakutat 48, Skagway 36 - Skagway started off great with seniors Rori Leaverton and Anna Korsmo working together to get shots in the first quarter. The Lady Panthers led 10-9 at the end of quarter one. Yakutat's Nadine Fraker hit a 3-pointer to give her team the lead to start the second quarter, but Skagway answered with a trey by Leaverton and another bucket by Hannah O'Daniel. Skagway held on to a slim 16-15 lead at the half. Then Yakutat really got hot behind Tina Esbenshade and Fraker, outscoring Skagway 17-0 over the first four minutes of the third quarter. Skagway finally got some shots to fall, but were down by 17 to start the final period. Then it was the Lady Panthers's turn to step up the defense and show they had a run left in them. Behind Leaverton and Korsmo, they started chippng away, outscoring the Eagles 13-2 over the next six minutes. Jayce Ellis cut the lead to six on a strong rebound and put-back with about two minutes to go. But that was as close as Skagway would get. Kaitlyn Ivers made a big shot and converted at the free throw line to give Yakutat enough of a cushion to hold off Skagway and advance to the championship game Friday night against Klawock. Skagway will have to win three straight in the losers bracket to get back to state tournament. Skagway scoring: Leaverton 16, Korsmo 11, O'Daniel 4, Ellis 2, Cook 2, Brown 1; Fraker and Esbenshade led Yakutat with 19 and 17 points respectively, followed by Ivers 6, Adams 4, and 1 each from Kluskan and Mapes.

Other girls semifinal: Klawock 74, Angoon 36.

March 2 - Losers bracket: Skagway 35, Thorne Bay 12 - After a sluggish first half, the Lady Panthers did something they had seen the night before. They came out hot in the third quarter and put a team away. Skagway could manage just a few inside buckets early as they led 7-4 after the first quarter. Hannah O'Daniel was having a great defensive game for Skagway, which got a couple buckets by Rori Leaverton and birthday girl Anna Korsmo to close out the half up 13-7. Thorne Bay got the first point of the third quarter, and then it was all Skagway, starting with a pair of free throws and a steal by Polly Brown and then a big trey by Leaverton. The points kept coming on fast breaks and inside as Skagway mounted a 20-1 run to go up 33-8 at the end of the third quarter. Skagway's three seniors sat out most of the final period to rest them for tomorrow, but the birthday girl came back in to score the game's final points to shouts of her nickname, "Googie!!" from the Skagway faithful. Skagway scoring: Korsmo 13, Leaverton 11, Ellis 4, Cook 3, Brown 2, O'Daniel 2. Taylor Nyuet and Amy Jensen had 5 each for the Wolverines and Taysha Tipple had 2. The Lady Panthers advanced to Runner-up Saturday, where they will need to win two games, a feat they last accomplished back in 2009.

Other girls scores: Losers bracket: Angoon 48, Hoonah 47; Championship: Klawock 62, Yakutat 57 OT.

March 3 - Losers bracket: Skagway 59, Angoon 19 - The Lady Panthers woke up early and it took just a quarter to get warmed up and jump out to a big lead on Angoon to advance to the Runner-up Final. Skagway was up 9-4 after the first quarter and then got a big 3-pointer from Polly Brown, who finally found her shooting touch. That ignited a 19-5 run bolstered by six inside points by Anna Korsmo and a string of fast break lay-ups from Rori Leaverton, Hannah O'Daniel and Brown. Skagway was up 31-11 at the half, and co-coaches Lara Labesky and Mark Jennings sat seniors Leaverton, Korsmo and Jayce Ellis for much of the second half, inserting them only for a few minutes toward the end of the third quarter when it looked like Angoon might be chipping away too much at the lead. Up 45-19 entering the final period, the five underclassmen took over and had their best quarter of the season, holding the Eagles scoreless and sharing the basketball so each of them scored. They went up by 40 to set the running clock in motion for the final minute. Skagway scoring: O'Daniel 15, Leaverton 13, Brown 11, Korsmo 10, Cook 4, Ellis 2, Hoover 2, Wassman 2. Angoon was led by MariRay Gonzales-Willis with 9, Natasha Kookesh 8 and Domonique Demmert 2.

March 3 - Runner-up Final: Yakutat 39, Skagway 28 - The Lady Panthers started off well in its rematch against Yakutat, going up 7-2 to open the game. Skagway was up 7-4 at the end of the first quarter and region 3-point champ Rori Leaverton hit another trey-ball to start the second quarter. But that would be Skagway's only points of the quarter, as Yakutat slipped past the Panthers for a 11-10 lead at the half. Skagway was down by as many as seven points in the third quarter, and another 3-pointer by Leaverton cut the lead to 21-19 going into the final quarter. But as they had done in their previous three meetings, the Eagles pulled away with some big buckets and free throws down the stretch, while Skagway went cold. Yakutat led by as many as 15. Leaverton, despite playing with sore ribs, wouldn't quit and got some big shots to fall in the final minute, but they came too late. Final score was 39-28. The Lady Panthers will be absent from state tournament for the first time since 2008. Scoring: Skagway- Leaverton 18, Korsmo 6, O'Daniel 4; Yakutat- Esbenshade 19. Israelson 9, Fraker 7, Ivers 2, Kluskan 2.

Awards: Leaverton, Jayce Ellis and Anna Korsmo played their last game for the Lady Panthers, ending a great career that saw back-to-back state championships. All three were named to the all-academic team, and Leaverton and Korsmo were also on the girls all-conference team. Leaverton won the 3-point shooting contest in a shoot-off, and Korsmo made 23-of-25 to win the free throw contest. Polly Brown and Jade Cook were named to the Great Sports team from Skagway.



Dec. 19-21 at Thunder Mountain Christmas Tournament in Juneau: SHS girls defeated two junior varsity teams from Thunder Mountain by large margins and then beat Wrangell 33-32 in the championship (scoring unavailable).

Dec. 27-29 at Clarke Cochrane Tournament in Ketchikan: SHS girls lost to Ketchikan varsity 52-37, lost to Sitka varsity 46-23, and then defeated Petersburg 37-35. (scoring unavailable).

Jan. 4: at Skagway 53, Angoon 9: SGY- Leaverton 19, Brown 13, Korsmo 10, Ellis 4, Wassman 3, O'Daniel 2, Hoover 2; ANG -O'Brien 4, Demmert 3, Gonzales-Willis 2. SGY 17-12-16-8=53, ANG 0-3-6-0=9.

Jan. 5-7 - Don Hather Tournament (SHS girls results): at Skagway 48, Vanier 30: SGY- Korsmo 16, Leaverton 14, Brown 11, Wassman 3, O'Daniel 2, Ellis 2; VAN- Fortune 9, Prenoslo 7, Clarke 6, Boyko 6, Lafferty 2. SGY 10-17-8-13=48, VAN 7-5-10-8=18. Skagway 47, Porter Creek 11: SGY- Leaverton 17, Korsmo 16, Brown 7, O'Daniel 5, Ellis 2; PCK- Mervyn 4, Milner 3, Klassen 2, Kazemi 2. SGY 15-6-18-8=47, PCK 4-1-4-2=11. Skagway 48, FH Collins 21: SGY- Leaverton 29, Korsmo 9, Brown 4, O'Daniel 4, Wassman 2; FHC- Bendera 8, Curtis 7, Wright 3, Bailie 2, Philipsen 1. SGY 15-5-14-14=48, FHC 5-7-5-4=21.

Other DHT girls scores: FH Collins 40, Angoon 26; Thunder Mountain JV 46, Porter Creek 13; Thunder Mountain JV 41, FH Collins 31; Vanier 43, Angoon 14; Porter Creek 27, Angoon 10; Vanier 41, Thunder Mountain JV 40. Final records: Skagway 3-0, Vanier 2-1, Thunder Mountain 2-1, Porter Creek 1-2, FH Collins 1-2, Angoon 0-3. Final Standings: USA 5-4, Canada 4-5.

Jan. 9: at Skagway 61, Angoon 18: SGY- Leaverton 22, Korsmo 9, Brown 4, Ellis 2, Wassman 2; ANG -Kookesh 7, O'Brien 6, Gonzales-Willis 3, Demmert 2, . SGY 16-14-13-18=61, ANG 4-4-5-5=18.

Jan. 18-19: Skagway 42, at Thorne Bay 20; Skagway 49, Thorne Bay 9 (scoring unavailable).

Jan. 20-21: at Klawock 64, Skagway 37; Klawock 60, Skagway 16 (scoring unavailable).

Scrimmage (Jan. 26): Skagway 39, Yukon AWG 20: SGY- Leaverton 19, Korsmo 15, Brown 3, Ellis 2; YUK- Fortune 7, Prensolo 6, Blanchette 5, Roots 2. SGY 3-8-18-10=39, YUK 4-2-4-10=20.

Scrimmage (Feb. 4): Alumni 38, Skagway 35: ALU - Ames 23, Potter-Ames 6, Emmets 4, Mason 2, Harris 2, Bricker 1; SGY- Korsmo 17, O'Daniel 10, Leaverton 6, Brown 2. ALU 13-8-12-5=38, SGY 8-9-2-16=35.

Feb. 8: at Skagway 64, Hoonah 21: SGY- Leaverton 27, Korsmo 13, O'Daniel 13, Brown 5, Wassman 2, Hoover 2, Cook 2; HNH- Geise 12, Roberts 6, Jack 2, Smith 1. SGY 18-15-23-8=64, HNH 6-1-0-14=21. Feb. 9: Skagway 62, Hoonah 21: SGY- Leaverton 22, Brown 18, Korsmo 13, Cook 5, Ellis 4; HNH- Geise 17, Roberts 4. SGY 20-14-19-9=62, HNH 6-3-2-10=21.

Feb. 13: at Yakutat 46, Skagway 30; Feb. 14: Yakutat 50, Skagway 38 (scoring unavailable).

SE 2A REGION TOURNEY: Feb. 29 - March 3 at Mt. Edgecumbe (see above tourney report)

ASAA STATE TOURNEY: March 12-14 at Anchorage (must finish in top 2 in SE Tourney, did not qualify)


FINAL 2011-2012 SEASON RECORD as of 3/1/12: 8-14 overall (5-9 conference, 0-2 postseason)

SE TOURNEY UPDATES: Mt. Edgecumbe boys bracket

Feb. 29 - Quarterfinals: Klawock 44, Skagway 29 - This game was tight much of the way, as neither team found its shooting touch. The teams were tied 9-9 at the end of the first quarter before Klawock moved ahead 22-13 at the half. Skagway had plenty of chances in the second half to cut into the Klawock lead, especially after the Chieftains got into foul trouble. The Panthers were in the bonus for the final 10 minutes of the game but converted just 11 of their 19 free throws in that stretch and never got closer than eight points. Skagway scoring: Danny Moore 14, Blake Fletcher 9, Nick Ackerman 4, Airk Cochran 2. Klawock had a balanced attack led by Sam Rew with 12 points and James Mills with 11.

Other boys scores: Hydaburg 61, Angoon 40; Yakutat 66, Kake 16; Thorne Bay 38, Hoonah 36.

March 1 - Losers bracket: Angoon 32, Skagway 30 - Skagway jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead, getting fast break buckets from guards Danny Moore and Zack Wassman and led 14-7 after one quarter, but both guards would be in foul trouble by the end of the first half. Angoon outscored Skagway 8-3 in the second quarter to pull within two points at the half, 17-15. The Eagles played a box-and-one on Skagway's Blake Fletcher, which limited his shots. After Moore and Nick Ackerman made nice buckets to start the third quarter, Duncan O'Brian of the Eagles hit for six points to give Angoon its first lead of the game, and they led 24-23 going into the final period. Moore sat out half of the third quarter after picking up his fourth foul, and then fouled out early in the fourth quarter. His senior leadership was missed down the stretch, especially against the Angoon press. Ackerman made big buckets to get the lead back for Skagway twice, but O'Brien continued hitting shots to recover the lead for Angoon. Down three, Fletcher kept trying to tie the game from long range, and was fouled on a three-point try in the final seconds. He made two-of-three to cut the lead to 31-30, and the Panthers fouled to try to get the ball back but just ran out of time. Angoon added a free throw, and a desperation full court heave by Ackerman missed. The heart-breaking loss ended the Skagway boys' season. Skagway scoring: Ackerman 14, Moore 8, Cochran 4, Fletcher 2, Wassman 2. Only three Eagles scored, led by O'Brien with 17, Forest Braley 8, and Jamil Guanzon 7.

Awards: Moore made the all-academic team and Fletcher made the boys all conference team. Clark Germishuys and Trysten Burnham were named to the Great Sports team.

Other boys scores- Losers bracket: Hoonah 53, Kake 41; Semifinals: Yakutat 70, Thorne Bay 43; Hydaburg 46, Klawock 40.

March 2 - Boys losers bracket: Hoonah 34, Klawock 26; Thorne Bay 62, Angoon 41; Championship: Championship: Yakutat 55, Hydaburg 52 2OT

March 3 - Losers bracket: Thorne Bay 55, Hoonah 54; Runner-up Final: Hydaburg 66, Thorne Bay 37.



Dec.19-21 at Juneau Christmas Tournament: SHS boys defeated two junior varsity teams from Thunder Mountain by large margins, and lost to Haines 39-26 (scoring unavailable).

Jan. 4: Angoon 62, at Skagway 46: ANG- Guanzon 16, O'Brien 10, Braley 25, Jack 6; SGY- Ackerman 20, Cochran 16, Fletcher 6, Burnham 4. ANG 12-17-24-9=62, SGY 14-13-9-10=46.

Don Hather Tournament (SHS boys results): Vanier 50, Skagway 31: VAN - Prenoslo 12, Gray 8, Huggard 7, Berg 5, Koltun 4, Hare 4, McKearse 2, Slough 2, Park 2; SGY - Cochran 19, Fletcher 10, Ackerman 2. VAN 16-12-16-6=50, SGY 7-6-11-7=31. Porter Creek 51, Skagway 46: PCK - Hanson 22, Bonnycastle 18, Demys 4, Fisher 4, Weyner 2, Stinson 1; SGY - Fletcher 22, Ackerman 12, Cochran 9, Mayo 3. PCK 13-13-6-19=51, SGY 8-15-9-14=46. Skagway 41, FH Collins 31: SGY- Ackerman 21, Fletcher 12, Cochran 5, Mayo 3; FHC- Hedstrom-Langferd 12, Thomson 9, Wallace 5, Charlie 5. SGY 4-14-15-8=41, FHC 8-4-11-8=31.

Other DHT boys scores: Angoon 47, FH Collins 45; Porter Creek 59, Thunder Mountain JV 54; Thunder Mountain JV 52, FH Collins 22; Vanier 62, Angoon 28; Porter Creek 52, Angoon 32; Vanier 63, Thunder Mountain JV 51. Final records: Vanier 3-0, Porter Creek 3-0, Angoon 1-2, Skagway 1-2, Thunder Mountain 1-2, FH Collins 0-3. Final Standings - Canada 6-3, USA 3-6.

Jan. 9: Angoon 50, at Skagway 47: ANG- Guanzon 10, O'Brien 29, Braley 2, Jack 8, McCluskey 1; SGY- Ackerman 23, Cochran 5, Fletcher 10, Mayo 9. ANG 9-8-18-15=50, SGY 11-11-8-17=47.

Jan. 18-19: at Thorne Bay 47, Skagway 37; Thorne Bay 45, Skagway 37 (scoring unavailable).

Jan. 20-21: Skagway 47, at Klawock 46; Klawock 74, Skagway 42 (scoring unavailable).

Jan. 22-23: at Hydaburg 56, Skagway 53 OT; Hydaburg 61, Skagway 37 (scoring unavailable).

Feb. 3: at Skagway 58, Kake 15: SGY- Moore 24, Mayo 9, Ackerman 8, Cochran 7, Fletcher 6, Wassman 4; KAK- Bennum 5, N. Kadake 3, Copsey 3, Ashenfelter 2, T. Kadake 2. SGY 17-18-21-2=58, KAK 6-2-5-2=15. Feb. 4: at Skagway 58, Kake 20: SGY- Moore 19, Wassman 11, Ackerman 8, Cochran 7, Fletcher 5, Henson 3, Mayo 3, Burnham 2; KAK- N. Kadake 6, Copsey 4, T. Kadake 4, Bennum 2, Vantrease 2, Jackson 2. SGY 19-16-14-9=58, KAK 4-5-7-4=20.

Feb. 8: at Skagway 40, Hoonah 38: SGY- Moore 15, Ackerman 14, Cochran 7, Wassman 4; HNH- Wolfe 12, Philips 10, Smith 10, Jack 3, Koenig 3. SGY 12-10-11-7=40, HNH 13-9-12-4=38. Feb. 9: at Skagway 57, Hoonah 42: SGY- Fletcher 16, Ackerman 13, Wassman 11, Moore 9, Cochran 6; HNH- Wolfe 20, Smith 8, Jack 7, Koenig 5, Phillips 2. SGY 19-12-14-12=57, HNH 10-11-9-12=42.

Feb. 13: at Yakutat 60, Skagway 23; Feb. 14: Yakutat 52, Skagway 33 (scoring unavailable).

SE 2A REGION TOURNEY: Feb. 29 - March 3 at Mt. Edgecumbe (see above tourney report)

ASAA STATE TOURNEY: March 12-14 at Anchorage (must finish in top 2 in SE Tourney, did not qualify)