Members of the Skagway High School wrestling team and the junior high practice squad watch coach Josh Coughran and assistant Chris Shockley demonstrate a takedown move from the standing position during a practice last month. -JB

Fairbanks, Ketterman go 3-1 in Petersburg

SHS wrestlers Kyle Fairbanks, Crystal Ketterman, and Michelle Harris improved their regional seeding with victories at a Petersburg meet Nov. 1-2.
Fairbanks, wrestling at 135 pounds, finished in second place overall with a 3-1 record. His only loss was 9-7 in a great championship match with Brian Newman of Petersburg. The two are developing a rivalry: Fairbanks beat Newman in another close match last month.
Crystal Ketterman and Michelle Harris also fared well in their matches, said coach Josh Coughran.
Ketterman took first in her 119-pound division and fourth overall, posting three wins, including a pin over a Wrangell boy, and two pins over Hydaburg girls. Ketterman accomplished one of her season’s goals by beating a girl who beat her last season.
Harris, wrestling at 152 pounds, took second in her division, barely losing 8-5 to a Thorne Bay kid.
And while Madeleine Nyhagen didn’t win a match, she wrestled more aggressively, her coach said, and he hopes to see her win by season’s end.
“She’s getting there,” Coughran said.
The wrestlers next head to Wrangell Nov. 8-9 and Juneau Nov. 22-23, their final tune-ups before the Region V Tourney in early December.
“We’re trying to get good seeds for regionals,” Coughran said. “You have to finish in the top three to go to State this year.”

Volleyball team still looking for first match win

At the Juneau All-Comers Volleyball Tournament Nov. 1-2, the Skagway girls bounced back from a winless start on the first day to go 3-7 in games during the tourney’s second round.
Round One Pool B results: Juneau #3 def. Skagway, 15-5, 15-9; Mt. Edgecumbe #1 def. Skagway, 15-0, 15-0.
Round Two Character Division results: Skagway split with Sitka #3, 10-15, 15-9; Skagway split with Juneau #5, 15-8, 14-16; Skagway split with Juneau #6, 12-15, 17-15; Juneau #4 def. Skagway, 15-12, 15-7; Ketchikan def. Skagway, 15-6, 15-5.
The team then traveled to 2A rival Hoonah for matches on Monday and Tuesday. The team lost to Kake and Thorne Bay, two games to one in both matches. And they failed to win a game in losses to Hoonah and Klawock.
Skagway residents will get to see the girls in action at home after all. Teams from Whitehorse and Hoonah will compete here Nov. 22-23.