Nick Ackerman hits a big shot in the key during the win over Hydaburg on Tuesday night. Jeff Brady

Skagway notches first league win over Hydaburg

By JEFF BRADY

The Panthers are on the board with a league win after knocking off Hydaburg 51-48 on Tuesday night. However, they stumbled against the Warriors Wednesday morning, losing 63-46.
The team now has a 1-5 league record going into Hoonah this weekend. The games were moved from Jan. 25-26 to this weekend at Hoonah’s request, and they will be live on KHNS at 8:30 a.m. Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday.
After the flurry of games last month, Skagway was able to get in a scrimmage at Vanier in Whitehorse last weekend to warm them up for the home games against Hydaburg.
Like Skagway, the Warriors are a young team, but they came out running and nailing 3-pointers to build a nine- point halftime lead in the opening game of the series. Skagway settled down in the second half, working more inside, and gradually chipped away at the Hydaburg lead, cutting it to 38-37 just before the end of the third quarter.
Skagway finally took the lead at the start of the final period, but both teams would have to finish the game without some key players. Skagway guard Zack Wassman fouled out late in the third quarter after making a key jumper, and Hannah O’Daniel drew a charge against Hydaburg’s William Carle early in the fourth quarter to knock him out. Unfortunately for Skagway, O’Daniel came down hard on her back and was also out for the rest of the game. Sophomore Donovan Henson, seeing his first action of the season, performed well. Polly Brown and Henson grabbed some key rebounds.
Skagway kept working the ball inside to Nick Ackerman (13 points) and Airk Cochran (17 points), and
Trevor Cox (15 points) also made some big buckets down the stretch. The Warriors stayed close and took the lead with about a minute to go on free throws by Curtis Cline, but Cochran got fouled the next two times down the floor for Skagway. He had missed from the line earlier, but at clutch time he made all four to give the Panthers a three- point lead, 51-48. Hydaburg had one last chance with 1.9 seconds left, but Cline’s shot from past half court grazed the front rim and Skagway had its first league win.
Coach Kent Fielding was happy with his team’s effort and how they came back to win.
In Wednesday’s game, the Warriors came out smoking from behind the arc in the first half, as Cline (26 points) and Carle (20 points) accounted for six treys, but Skagway stayed close with a good inside game by Ackerman, who would finish with a season-best 28 points. Skagway trailed 32-25 at the half, but the home team would manage just six points in the third quarter and let the game slip away. Hydaburg ran its lead up to 26 points midway through the final quarter, and both teams finished with reserves on the floor.
The game was rough at times, and Coach Fielding was not happy after the game, saying the Juneau officiating crew told him at the half that they would not be calling fouls in loose ball situations.
After the Hoonah series this weekend, the Panthers travel to Tok for a tournament Feb. 14-16. Skagway’s final homestand is against Yakutat on Feb. 22-23. Both games are scheduled for 6 p.m.

UPDATE: Skagway went on to sweep Hoonah on the road. See more photos and up-to-date scores and stats at: 2012-13 SHS Basketball Page.

Online registration begins for 27th annual Buckwheat Ski Classic

Registrations are now being accepted for the 2013 Buckwheat Ski Classic, which will be held on the Log Cabin Ski Trails north of Skagway on Saturday, March 23. Registration is available online at: www.buckwheatskiclassic.com .
The popular cross country ski race turned a new chapter last year following the “retirement” of race founder Buckwheat Donahue. After 25 years of running the race, he turned it over to a new non-profit, the Log Cabin Ski Society, comprised of Alaska and Yukon volunteers.
A record 381 skiers participated last year, and another big race is anticipated this year with a pirate- themed aid station and race shirts. Arrrgh!!!
The race is a fundraiser for LCSS, which maintains the Log Cabin Ski Trails with equipment and volunteers. The Log Cabin trails recently were
recognized as an official recreation area by BC Forestry. The society has been working closely with the agency on trail improvements, as well as with budget-strapped Parks Canada for keeping the rest room facilities open in the Log Cabin parking lot.
LCSS volunteers groom and set track on the ski trails prior to every weekend between now and the race, so skiers are encouraged to check trail condition updates on the site and use the area all winter.
Ski Club has started up again through the Skagway Rec. Center, and kids and parents can meet there at 11 a.m. Saturdays before heading up to Log Cabin or out to Dyea, depending on conditions.
The Buckwheat Ski Classic will again have 50K, 25K and 10K classic cross country ski races, as well as a 5K kids race. Racers can sign up by clicking on the Race Entry tab on the website and following the registration link.
There is a discount for registering early before the end of February, then fees go up in March.
Racers also have the option of joining the society for $10 per year and donating to the society’s grooming equipment fund. Print registration forms and membership applications also will be available at the usual locations: The Mountain Shop in Skagway, Coast Mountain Sports and Sport Yukon in Whitehorse, Lutak Lumber in Haines, and Foggy Mountain Outfitters in Juneau. Those registration forms may be dropped off at the Skagway and Whitehorse locations by March 19 or mailed directly to Buckwheat Ski Classic, Box 636, Skagway, AK 99840.
After the race, the fun moves down to Skagway for a fabulous awards dinner at the Skagway Recreation Center. Then the party shifts
downtown, where there will be music at local establishments. Watch the site or the LCSS Facebook page for updates.
Additional volunteers are always welcome. If you can help with race packet prep, dinner serving, race timing, serving breakfast, shirt sales, and aid station prep., please call Jeff Brady at 907-973-2354 or Su Rappleye at 983-2127.
Major sponsors and contributors of the Buckwheat Ski Classic include: Municipality of Skagway CVB & Rec. Center, Salree, Inc., The Mountain Shop, Alaska Shirt Co., Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Elliott Financial Management, Duff’s Backcountry Outfitters, The Skagway News. Co., PR Services, Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club, and Alaskan Brewing Co. – LCSS