The Region V-Class 2A basketball tournament is coming back to Juneau.
The tournament, which had been scheduled to take place in Ketchikan, was switched to Juneau during a recent meeting of Region V athletic directors after no rooms were available in Ketchikan because of a naval exercise.
"Once schools tried calling, that's when we found out about it," Ketchikan High School athletic director Ed Willburn said. "I guess there's some big Naval-Marine exercise going on. They're bringing in 1,200 men for a three-week exercise in March, and they've taken every decent hotel room in town."
Juneau, which hosted the tournament last year, will host this year's Region V-2A tournament on March 22-24. The top two boys teams and top two girls teams will advance each advance to the Class 2A state tournament March 29-31 at Anchorage's Service High School. Last year, the Angoon boys beat the Kake boys in the Class 2A state championship game.
Willburn said the naval exercise came as a surprise to officials at Ketchikan High School.
"We had no clue," Willburn said. "There were people in town that knew about it, but nobody at the school. It wasn't a clandestine operation, but it wasn't something they advertised. It's disappointing we can't accomodate the tournament this year. We hosted it two years ago and did well with it and we do support small schools basketball."
Ketchikan boys edge Metlakatla
The Ketchikan High School boys basketball team had to hold off a late charge, but the Kings managed to claim a 59-51 victory over the Metlakatla Chiefs in non-conference action last Thursday in Ketchikan.
The Kings, a Class 4A team, jumped out to a 16-9 lead after the first quarter and still led 30-25 at halftime. Ketchikan started to pull away early in the fourth quarter, but Class 3A Metlakatla closed to within five points midway through the final period before Ketchikan wore the Chiefs down.
"We survived, we won," Ketchikan coach John Brown told the Ketchikan Daily News. "We didn't play as well as we could have."
Kenny Terpsma scored 19 points with three 3-pointers to lead Ketchikan. Jesse Richardson added 15 points for the Kings and Brandon Nicholas added 10.
Apollo Marsden led Metlakatla with 16 points, while Chevy Hayward added 10 points and Chris Bryant scored eight.
Ketchikan is off this week, then travels to Anchorage to play East Anchorage on Jan. 31 and Dimond on Feb. 1. Ketchikan will also play Colony in Palmer on Feb. 2-3.
Sitka boys edge Craig
The Sitka boys basketball team had four players each score 10 points in the second half as the Wolves held off the Craig Panthers 75-68 in non-conference action last Thursday in Sitka.
Greg Blankenship, Brett Haavig, Mike Schneeberger and Brian Friske each scored 10 points in the second half for Sitka, a Class 4A team. Blankenship finished with 25 points to lead all scorers, while Haavig and Schneeberger each scored 15 and Friske scored 12 for the Wolves.
Raymond Douville scored 17 points to lead Craig, a Class 3A team, while Fred Hamilton added 14 and Craig Carter scored 10.
The Panthers hit nine 3-pointers, while Sitka hit none from outside the arc. Hamilton nailed four treys to lead Craig's outside shooting attack. Sitka hit 28 of 33 free throws for the game, while Craig only made three of four shots from the line. Craig was called for 21 fouls to just five for Sitka.
Haines girls sweep Petersburg
The Haines girls basketball team held Petersburg scoreless in the fourth quarter Friday as the Glacier Bears rallied for a 38-31 victory over the Vikings in Region V-Class 3A action in Haines. On Saturday, Haines completed the sweep of the two-game series with a 39-29 victory.
In Friday's game, Petersburg led 31-21 entering the fourth quarter. But Haines outscored the Vikings 17-0 in the period to claim the victory. Petersburg's top player, Amber Beardslee, had 15 points through the third quarter but didn't play in the fourth and didn't play in Saturday's game. Beardslee was on crutches at school this week.
Lori Sele scored 12 points to lead Haines on Friday, with sister Lisa Sele adding 11 points and Penny Fossman scoring eight points for the Glacier Bears. Beardslee had 15 points to lead Petersburg while four other Vikings had four points apiece.
On Saturday, Lori Sele led Haines with 13 points and Lisa Sele added 11. Krystyna McKay scored 14 points to lead Petersburg and Hollie O'Neal added seven points.
Mount Edgecumbe girls beat Craig
The Mount Edgecumbe girls basketball team used its depth to wear down the Craig Panthers 62-35 in Region V-Class 3A action Friday in Sitka. Mount Edgecumbe and Craig only played one game instead of the usual two-game series since Craig is down to just seven players.
Adrienne Taalak scored 20 points to lead Mount Edgecumbe, while Melanie Beans added 14 points and the duo of Prema Warren and Sara Squartsoff added eight points apiece.
Meggie Haydu and Heather Douville each scored 11 points to lead Craig, which only trailed 34-26 at halftime.
Klawock boys beat Craig JV
Shawn Yates scored 18 points and Jared Williams added 10 as the Klawock Chieftains boys varsity basketball team claimed a 49-44 victory over the Craig Panthers JV squad Tuesday night at Klawock.
Tony Mackie led Craig with 13 points, while Michael Hoffman added 11 and Louis Isaacs scored 10 points for the Panthers JV.
Skagway boys sweep Hydaburg
Mitch Snyder scored 32 points Saturday as the Skagway Panthers claimed a 97-50 victory over the Hydaburg Warriors in Region V-Class 2A boys basketball action in Skagway. The victory completed a two-game series sweep since Skagway also won 87-54 on Friday.
In Saturday's game, Ray Hosford added 13 points for Skagway while Thomas Cochran chipped in 10, Orion Caposey had nine and the duo of Stan Bush and Kyle Ellis scored eight points each for the Panthers. Jamall Travis scored 18 points to lead Hydaburg and freshman George Peratrovich added 16.
On Friday, Snyder scored 24 points to lead the Panthers while Caposey and Ellis added 11 each, Hosford had nine and Cochran eight points. Peratrovich led Hydaburg with 26 points.
Skagway girls sweep Hydaburg
Kristina Knorr and Ashley Law combined for 50 points Friday as the Skagway Panthers beat the Hydaburg Warriors 58-23 in Region V-Class 2A girls basketball action in Skagway. On Saturday, Knorr and Law combined for 52 points as Skagway won 53-26 to complete the two-game series sweep.
In Friday's game, Knorr scored 32 points and Law added 18 for the Panthers. Miranda Adams scored 19 points to lead Hydaburg.
On Saturday, Knorr led Skagway with 31 points and Law chipped in 21. Adams led Hydaburg with 15 points and Sandi Edenshaw added nine.
Yakutat boys sweep Hydaburg
Skye Endicott scored 24 points Monday as the Yakutat Eagles claimed a 65-39 Region V-Class 2A boys basketball victory over the Hydaburg Warriors in Yakutat. Yakutat won 67-60 on Tuesday night to complete the two-game series.
Jake Endicott added 12 points for Yakutat on Monday, while Derek James chipped in 10 points, Kris Karsunsky scored nine and Martin Sensmeier added eight. George Peratrovich led Hydaburg with 19 points and Jamall Travis scored 13.
On Tuesday, Yakutat used a 30-11 second quarter to pull away from the Warriors. James scored 15 points to lead the Eagles, while Sensmeier and Jake Endicott each chipped in 12 points, and the trio of Karsunsky, Dustin Endicott and Skye Endicott added eight points each for Yakutat. Travis scored 20 points to lead Hydaburg, with Peratrovich adding 17 and Nathan Olsen scoring 13.
Yakutat girls sweep Hydaburg
Led by 26 points from Samantha Johnson, the Yakutat girls basketball team claimed a 51-18 victory over the Hydaburg Warriors in Region V-Class 2A action Monday in Yakutat. The Eagles won again 64-14 on Tuesday to complete the two-game series.
Stephanie Johnson added eight points for Yakutat on Monday, while Breanna Sharp scored seven and Sheena Nelson added six. Miranda Adams led Hydaburg with 14 points.
Nelson scored 20 points to lead Yakutat on Tuesday, with Sam Johnson scoring 17 points and Steph Johnson 10. Billie Carle scored seven points to lead Hydaburg, which played the game without Adams.
Hoonah girls sweep Skagway
Alice Lee scored 12 points and Katie Lee added eight Monday as the Hoonah Braves girls basketball team claimed a 41-37 Region V-Class 2A victory over the Skagway Panthers in Hoonah. Hoonah won 47-34 when the two teams completed the two-game series on Tuesday.
Kristina Knorr led Skagway on Monday with 21 points and Ashley Law scored 14.
On Tuesday, Stacy Skaflestad scored 12 points to lead Hoonah, while Alice Lee added 10 points, Trissa Barros scored eight and Katie Lee added seven. Law scored 10 points to lead Skagway, with Knorr and Crystal Ackerman each adding nine.
Skagway boys sweep Hoonah
Mitch Snyder scored 21 points as the Skagway Panthers had four players hit double figures Monday, helping the Panthers claim a 71-32 Region V-Class 2A victory over the Hoonah Braves in Hoonah. Skagway beat Hoonah 83-42 to finish their two-game series on Tuesday.
Ray Hosford added 13 points for the Panthers in Monday's game, while Jerod Moore added 11, Thomas Cochran scored 10 and Orion Caposey hit for eight for Skagway. Jarrett Brown scored 10 points to lead Hoonah and Don Dybdahl added nine.
On Tuesday, Snyder led Skagway with 21 points while Kyle Ellis added 15, Tyson Ames and Caposey each had 10, Cochran scored nine and Hosford added eight for the Panthers. Brown and Dybdahl each scored 14 points to lead Hoonah.
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