Sitka boys split with Palmer, while girls sweep Moose

Wolves use balanced scoring against Moose to salvage split in boys series

Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Just two days after being doubled-up by Juneau-Douglas, the Palmer High School Moose traveled to Sitka and had better luck against another Southeast Conference-Class 4A opponent.

The Palmer and Sitka boys basketball teams split a pair of non-conference games over the weekend at Sitka High School, with the Moose winning Friday's series opener 41-38 and the Wolves winning Saturday's finale 41-37. On Wednesday, the Moose hosted Juneau and lost 74-37.

In Friday's game, guard David Doerr scored 16 points and hit three-3-pointers to lead the Moose to victory. Willie Ratcliff added seven points for Palmer (3-3 overall).

Senior forward Andrew Broschat was the only scorer to reach double figures for Sitka (6-2 overall), scoring 23 points while Manfred Bekeris added eight. Only four Wolves scored as Sitka was adjusting to not having point guard Mark Manuel in the lineup due to disciplinary reasons.

Sitka fell behind 15-8 in the first quarter and the Wolves were down 26-22 at halftime, but they rallied to take a 33-31 lead into the fourth quarter. Doerr scored five points in the period as Palmer outscored Sitka 10-5 in the final quarter to win the game.

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In Saturday's rematch, the Wolves had a more-balanced offense as Bryn Calhoun scored 11 points to lead Sitka to victory. Bekeris added eight points, while Broschat scored seven before he left the game with an injury in the second quarter.

Aaron Kohring scored 10 points to lead Palmer, while Ratcliff added nine points and Doerr scored eight. Palmer fell behind 12-4 in the first quarter, but rallied to take a 21-19 halftime lead. The game was close after that, as Sitka led 25-24 entering the fourth quarter. Zack Carlson scored all six of his points in the fourth quarter and Calhoun added five as the Wolves outscored Palmer 16-13 in the final period.

Sitka girls sweep Palmer

The Sitka girls found a different go-to player each night as the Wolves swept a two-game non-conference series from the Palmer Moose this weekend in Sitka.

In Friday's game, Kim Dodson scored 27 points as the Wolves (7-1 overall) claimed a 48-29 victory. Joy Ribao added eight points for the Wolves, who had nobody else score more than four points. Brittany Heck and Cambria Houtte scored eight points each to lead Palmer.

In Saturday's rematch, the Moose held Dodson to just one field goal and seven points total. So Natalia Potrzuski, who scored one point Friday, took over and scored 25 points to lead the Wolves to a 62-42 victory. Leslie Berberich scored 10 points to lead the Moose.

Ketchikan girls go 3-1 on road trip

The Ketchikan girls knocked off the Class 3A Barrow Whalers 53-34 on Saturday to close out the Lady T-Bird Classic with a 2-1 record this weekend at East Anchorage High School.

The victory gave the Kings (10-1 overall) a 3-1 record for the road trip, which opened with a 45-20 victory over the Class 3A Houston Hawks at Houston on Wednesday. Tory Edwardson scored nine of her game-high 12 points in the first quarter to spot Ketchikan to a 17-7 lead. Rachel Stewart scored eight points to lead Houston.

The Kings opened the Lady T-Bird Classic with a 42-40 victory over Colony on Thursday, then lost 50-37 to Chugiak on Friday before beating Barrow. Scoresheets were not available on all of those games, and some details appeared in Friday's and Sunday's Empire. The Ketchikan boys (7-3 overall) were idle last week.

Petersburg, Metlakatla boys split series

Sam Jensen scored 31 points on Friday as the visiting Petersburg boys beat the Metlakatla Chiefs 66-50 in the opening game of a two-game Southeast Conference-Class 3A series in Metlakatla. On Saturday, Clifton Guthrie scored 25 points as the Chiefs edged the Vikings 58-54 to split the series.

In Friday's game, Jensen was the only scorer to reach double figures for Petersburg (5-2 overall, 2-2 conference), with Blake Buotte adding nine points. Jensen's performance overshadowed a 28-point scoring effort by Donald Tompkins for Metlakatla (2-5 overall, 1-1 conference), while Guthrie added 15 points for the Chiefs.

On Saturday, Guthrie led the Chiefs while Tompkins scored 12 points and Bradley Martinez added 10. Buotte scored 14 points to lead the Vikings, while Jensen and Trevor McCay scored 13 points each.

The Petersburg and Metlakatla girls also were supposed to play a two-game series over the weekend in Petersburg (5-0 overall, 2-0 conference), but the Misschiefs (1-3 overall, 0-0 conference) didn't make the trip because of a conflict with Academic Decathlon. No details were available about potential makeup dates for the series.

Mount Edgecumbe boys sweep Haines

Josh Thomas scored 33 points - including four 3-pointers - as the Mount Edgecumbe boys beat host Haines 79-55 on Friday.

On Saturday, Eric Stickler scored 15 points and Thomas chipped in 11 as the Braves beat the Glacier Bears 66-47 to complete a sweep of the Southeast Conference-Class 3A series.

Brandon Thomas added 11 points for Mount Edgecumbe (3-2 overall, 2-0 conference) on Friday as the Braves took a 37-18 lead at halftime. Bryan Combs scored 22 points - including six 3-pointers - and David Berry added 16 points for Haines (2-4 overall, 2-4 conference).

Tommy Stasenko chipped in 10 points for Mount Edgecumbe in Saturday's game, which the Braves led 42-30 at the half. Daniel Stickler scored 12 points and James Blilie scored 11 - including three 3-pointers - for the Glacier Bears.

Mount Edgecumbe girls sweep Haines

Jennifer Evan scored 17 points, Ellie Jackson added 15 and Kimberly Rychnovsky chipped in 11 points for the Mount Edgecumbe girls as the Braves rallied to beat visiting Haines 66-60 on Saturday and complete a sweep of their Southeast-Class 3A series.

In Friday's opener, Evan, Rychnovsky and Skeeter Atoruk scored 14 points apiece as the Braves cruised to an 80-47 victory.

On Saturday, Mount Edgecumbe (4-0 overall, 2-0 conference) trailed 27-26 at halftime before outscoring Haines 26-10 in the third quarter. Ivanca Jones scored 22 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead Haines (1-5 overall, 1-5 conference), while Drew Fossman added 17 points and Kim Ferrin scored 12.

The Braves led 37-15 at halftime on Friday as Jolene Jackinsky and Jackson added eight points apiece. Ferrin and Fossman scored 17 points apiece to lead Haines.

Yakutat girls sweep Hydaburg

Jacquoi James scored 11 points in each game to lead the Yakutat girls to a sweep of the Hydaburg Warriors in a two-game Southeast-Class 2A series in Yakutat. The Eagles won 52-34 on Friday and 42-13 on Saturday.

In Friday's game, Ashton Schmidt added 10 points for the Eagles (8-1 overall, 6-0 conference), while Heidi Esbenshade and Sylvia Schumacher added eight points each. Mary Cline scored 19 points to lead the Warriors (1-6 overall, 0-4 conference), while Stasha Guthrie added 11.

On Saturday, Esbenshade added 10 points for Yakutat, which had no other scorers with more than four points. Cline scored five points to lead Hydaburg.

Yakutat boys sweep Thorne Bay

The Yakutat boys found different leaders each night as they swept the Thorne Bay Wolverines in a two-game Southeast-Class 2A series in Yakutat. Sam Ferguson scored 24 points as the Eagles won 58-28 on Friday, then Jay Sin and Kyle Dierick led five double-figure scorers with 19 points each as Yakutat won 84-32 on Saturday.

In Friday's game, Ben Dunbar scored 10 points and was the only other player in double-digit scoring for the Eagles (6-3 overall, 5-1 conference). Jesse Grant scored 11 points to lead the Wolverines (2-5 overall, 2-2 conference).

On Saturday, Ferguson scored 12 points, Dunbar added 11 and Jack Klushkan chipped in 10 points for Yakutat's balanced offense. Ryan Gray scored eight points to lead Thorne Bay.

Skagway girls sweep Hydaburg

Savannah Ames scored 15 points, Tiffanie Potter added 13 and Audrey Neitzer chipped in 11 points as the Skagway girls beat visiting Hydaburg 61-18 on Jan. 11 to complete a Southeast-Class 2A series sweep.

On Jan. 10, Ames scored 23 points as the Panthers beat the Warriors 47-12.

Skagway (5-0 overall, 2-0 conference) outscored Hydaburg 11-0 in the first quarter of the Jan. 11 game, and kept building its lead. Samantha Fawcett scored eight points to lead Hydaburg (1-6 overall, 0-4 conference).

The Panthers led 12-2 after the first quarter, and 36-2 after three quarters in their Jan. 10 victory. Sierra Moran chipped in six points for Skagway, while Mary Cline led Hydaburg with six points.

Thorne Bay boys sweep Skagway

Jesse Grant and Ryan Gray scored 12 points apiece as the Thorne Bay boys rallied to beat host Skagway 34-20 on Jan. 11 for a sweep of their Southeast-Class 2A series.

Grant scored 17 points and Gray had 12 as the Wolverines edged the Panthers 36-33 on Jan. 10.

Thorne Bay (2-5 overall, 2-2 conference) trailed 13-8 at halftime on Jan. 11 before outscoring Skagway 26-7 over the final two quarters. John McCluskey scored eight points for Skagway (0-5 overall, 0-2 conference), which struggled with foul trouble.

In the opener, Skagway led 23-16 at halftime and 27-25 after three quarters before Thorne Bay stormed back. McCluskey scored 16 points to lead the Panthers, including two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Jake Henricksen and Trevor Cochran added six points apiece for Skagway.

Hoonah, Angoon boys and girls games called off

The Angoon boys and girls basketball teams' games at Hoonah last weekend were canceled as Angoon continues to work on organizing its teams.

The Hoonah boys and girls will receive two forfeit wins in the Empire's standings. However, the games may be rescheduled for a later date, and records will be adjusted if that happens.

• The Juneau Empire's weekly Southeast Hoops Roundup feature is compiled by Charles Bingham and Andrew Krueger from results sent to the Empire by school athletic directors and team coaches. Scoresheets and/or game highlights should be faxed to 1-907-586-3028 (attention sports) or e-mailed to by noon on Monday. For more information, call the Empire sports desk at 1-907-586-3740.

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