Panther teams get ready for Ketchikan
Boys sweep Angoon, may jump to 3rd; girls drop pair

By JEFF BRADY
Skagway’s varsity basketball teams will take the long boat ride to Ketchikan next week for the Region V 2A Tournament, hoping to snag at least two wins each and a trip to State tournament.
The Panther teams closed out the regular season last weekend at home against Angoon. For the first time in nearly a decade, the Panther boys swept the Eagles, but the Lady Panthers weren’t able to get a win, despite some gritty play.
Currently, the boys are in fourth place, but have a legitimate shot at ending up in third after other teams finish out regular season play this week. In the opening round, Skagway will play either Kake or Angoon - teams they beat this season.
“I think we’ll be all right,” said coach Lee Hartson. “The first game shouldn’t be a problem, but no matter who we play, it won’t be easy.”
Against Angoon, Stan Bush and Aaron Neitzer were the enforcers down low in the first game, getting 24 and 19 points respectively. Angoon made some adjustments the second night to make it closer, but guards Kyle Ellis and Jerod Moore kept control of things, combining for 31 points.
If the boys get past the first round, it gets a lot tougher – with the likely semifinal opponents being Hydaburg or Yakutat, who have beaten up most teams in the conference this year.

Kyle Ellis defending against Angoon's Stephen Johnson and Savannah Ames pulls the trigger while Milinda Joseph closes out.

“They will be tough,” Harston said. “We’ll have to play our best to beat them ... but we’re capable with the whole team down there.”
Skagway’s lineup wasn’t at full strength when it faced both of those teams on the road this season. Recently, against Yakutat, the team played without power forwards Russell Bush and Neitzer. R. Bush is recovering from a broken nose suffered during a scrimmage, but he will be ready for next Thursday’s tourney tip-off, his coach said.
Skagway’s Lady Panthers also have been fighting off injuries and are currently in fifth place. Their likely first round opponent will be either Hoonah or Angoon.
“We hope to catch some good breaks at Regionals and get past the first round,” said coach Gary Trozzo. “If it’s Hoonah, we have a good chance, and if it’s Angoon, I know we can play against this team.”
The final scores against Angoon weren’t good indications of how close the games were. In the second game, Skagway had a 10-point run at the start of the final quarter to pull within six. The team stepped up the pressure and rebounded well in the zone against the taller Eagles, and the long shots started dropping for Savannah Ames, who scored 34, and Ashley Law, who netted 10 on a bad ankle. However, Angoon was able to hold on for the win.
“It was a good team effort,” Trozzo said. “I just wish we came out on the winning end.”
Tourney games can be heard on KHNS March 21-23, and the Skagway News will have complete tourney coverage in the next edition.

Seniors were honored during their final home game, (top) Lee Hartson talks about seniors Christopher Shockley, Stan Bush, and Tyson Ames and Gary Trozzo (bottom) remembers the previous four years with his seniors Kristin Brown, Crystal Ackerman, and Ashley Law. Photos by Jeff Brady

NET RESULTS

Varsity Girls (10-12 overall, 5-7 conf.)
March 1- at Yakutat 66, Skagway 39: YAK: Nelson 17, J. James 16, Anderstrom 15, Sa. Johnson 7, M. James 6, St. Johnson 5; SKG: Ames 30, Boswell 4, Collechi 2, Law 2.
March 2- at Yakutat 76, Skagway 39: YAK: Sa. Johnson 19, Anderstrom 16, Brantely 14, St. Johnson 13, J. James 12, Nelson 2; SKG: Ames 14, Boswell 8, Law 8, Collecchi 2, Brown 2, Ackerman 2, Co. Ketterman, Cr. Ketterman 1.
March 8- Angoon 75, at Skagway 55: ANG: Jamestown 25, Kearns 13, Estrada 10, Howard 10, Joseph, Gamble 6, George; SKG: Ames 39, Law 8, Collechi 2, Boswell 2, Ackerman 2, Cr. Ketterman 2.
March 9- Angoon 66, at Skagway 51: ANG: Kearns 17, Estrada 17, Joseph 15, Jamestown 5, George 4, Howard 4, Gamble 1; SKG: Ames 34, Law 10, Cr. Ketterman 4, Boswell 2, Blanchard 1.
Varsity Boys (13-9 overall, 8-6 conf.)
March 1- at Yakutat 66, Skagway 35: YAK: Schmidt 14, J. James 14, Sensmeier 10, J. Endicott 10, Karsunky 7, Johnson 6, S. Endicott 3, D. James 2; SKG: Ames 11, S. Bush 8, Ellis 8, Moore 4, Kilburn 2, Shockley 2.
March 2- at Yakutat 90, Skagway 53: Yak: S. Endicott 22, Schmidt 11, J. James 10, D. Endicott 10, Johnson 8, D. James 8, Ramey 6, Sensmeier 4, Karsunky 3, J. Endicott 2, Brown 2; SKG: Ellis 24, S. Bush 8, Moore 8, Schokley 7, Ames 6.
March 8- at Skagway 81, Angoon 49: SKG: S. Bush 24, Moore 19, Ellis 11, Neitzer 10, Shockley 6, Ames 4; ANG: Jack 19, C. Riley 15, S. Johnson 5, B. Riley 4, K. Johnson 2, Frank 2, Sands 2.
March 9- at Skagway 57, Angoon 51: SKG: Ellis 17, Moore 14, Neitzer 9, Ames 8, S. Bush 6, Henery 2, Shockley 2; ANG: C. Riley 19, S. Johnson 11, Silva 8, K. Johnson 6, Jack 3, Kookesh 2, Sands 2.

REGION V-CLASS 2A BOYS STANDINGS
Region Overall
W L Pct. W L Pct.
Hydaburg 13 1 .929 16 4 .800
Yakutat 12 2 .857 17 5 .773
Klawock 7 5 .583 12 6 .667
Skagway 8 6 .571 13 9 .591
Angoon 5 7 .417 6 9 .400
Kake 5 7 .417 6 9 .400
Hoonah 4 14 .222 4 12 .200
ThorneBay 0 14 .000 0 18 .000
REGION V-CLASS 2A GIRLS STANDINGS
Region Overall
W L Pct. W L Pct.
Yakutat 11 1 .917 16 5 .762
Kake 8 2 .800 10 3 .769
Angoon 7 3 .700 7 6 .538
Hoonah 7 7 .583 7 11 .389
Skagway 5 7 .417 10 12 .455
Klawock 2 10 .183 4 14 .222
Hydaburg 0 12 .000 0 12 .000
Standings courtesy Juneau Empire