The Ketchikan boys basketball team broke a halftime tie and cruised to a 60-48 victory over the Sitka Wolves on Friday, then the Kings jumped on top early and ran away with Saturday's game 62-42 to complete a sweep of a two-game Region V-Class 4A series at Ketchikan High School's Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.
Meanwhile in Sitka, the Ketchikan girls basketball team was winning by nearly identical scores each night - beating the Wolves 44-27 on Friday and 45-27 on Saturday - to sweep its two-game Region V-Class 4A series.
The victories solidified the grip on second place in the region held by both Ketchikan teams as they prepare to face the region-leading Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears this weekend. The Ketchikan boys will play at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in Juneau, while the Juneau girls will play in Ketchikan on the same two nights.
The Crimson Bears boys and girls teams can clinch the regular-season titles by sweeping Ketchikan this weekend, which would earn both Juneau teams first-round byes at the Region V-Class 4A tournament March 12-15 at Ketchikan.
In Friday's boys game in Ketchikan, Ketchikan and Sitka were tied 29-29 at halftime but Bob Boyd scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half to lead the Kings to victory.
Calin Bjur scored 17 points to lead Ketchikan in scoring, while Tyler Richardson added 14 points for the Kings.
Karl Stedman scored 17 points to lead Sitka, with 13 coming in the second half and nine in the fourth quarter. Cody Campbell added 12 points and Karel Uddipa scored 11 for the Wolves.
In Saturday's rematch, Ketchikan jumped out to a 17-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and the Kings led 31-13 at halftime as they cruised to victory.
Boyd led Ketchikan in scoring with 17 points, while Bjur added 16 points and Richardson scored 14 for the Kings.
Andrew Broschat scored 14 points to lead Sitka, with Stedman adding 11 points for the Wolves.
In Friday's girls game in Sitka, Anne Elliott scored 12 of her 13 points in the second half as used a 17-0 third quarter to pull away from the Wolves, who trailed by one point, 19-18, at halftime. Aleesha Hayward added eight points and Raquelle Pahang scored seven for the Kings, who also had Maria Swaim and Tory Edwardson scored five points each.
Sidney Wyman scored six points to lead Sitka, while Miranda Whitson, Natalia Potrzuski and Marley Gordon added five points apiece for the Wolves.
In Saturday's rematch, Elliott made three 3-pointers in the second quarter as Ketchikan took a 23-13 lead at halftime. Elliott scored 26 points to lead all scorers, while Pahang added seven points for the Kings.
Chelsea Young scored nine points to lead Sitka, which had no other players score more than four points.
Craig boys sweep Metlakatla
Raymond Douville scored 25 points on Friday as the Craig boys basketball team claimed a 75-55 victory over the Metlakatla Chiefs. On Saturday, Douville scored 26 points as the Panthers won 82-59 to earn a sweep of their Region V-Class 3A series in Craig.
In Friday's game, Fred Hamilton scored 14 points and Jordan Savage added nine for the Panthers. Chris Bryant led Metlakatla with 23 points and Beau Hayward scored 10 points for the Chiefs, who trailed 38-23 at halftime.
On Saturday, Eric Hamilton and Fred Hamilton scored 14 points each and Ryan Jones added 11 for Craig, which took a 46-36 halftime lead after the game was tied 24-24 at the end of the first quarter. Bryant led Metlakatla with 21 points and Hayward scored 17 for the Chiefs.
Craig girls sweep Metlakatla
Led by Heather Douville's 21 points on Friday and 18 on Saturday, the Craig girls basketball team claimed a sweep of a two-game Region V-Class 3A series with the Metlakatla Misschiefs in Metlakatla. The Panthers won 59-41 on Friday night and 48-36 on Saturday.
In Friday's game, Jerian Kampnich scored 14 points and Jill May added 12 for Craig. Christina Brendible scored 11 points to lead Metlakatla, while Latonya Galles and Jodi Boyd added 10 each.
On Saturday, Vanessa James scored 14 points for the Panthers and Kampnich added eight. Galles led the Misschiefs with 12 points, while Danann Blandov and Kandi McGilton scored seven each.
Petersburg boys sweep Wrangell
The Petersburg boys basketball team got scoring from all 12 players on Friday as the Vikings knocked off the Wrangell Wolves 75-57 in the opening game of a two-game Region V-Class 3A series in Petersburg. On Saturday, Petersburg completed the series sweep with a 67-52 victory.
In Friday's game, Jeb Phillips scored 18 points to lead the Vikings, while Danny Montgomery added 15 points and Kyle Skinner scored 11 points. Greg Wilson scored 12 points to lead Wrangell, which also had 11 points from Tony Marriott and 10 from Mitch Michener.
On Saturday, Aaron Severson scored 17 points to lead Petersburg, which also picked up 15 points from Jon Randrup, 14 from Skinner and 10 from Montgomery. Marriott led the Wolves with 18 points and Gordon McCloskey added 12.
Petersburg girls sweep Wrangell
Kayleigh Short led the Petersburg girls basketball team to a two-game Region V-Class 3A series sweep over the Wrangell Wolves, scoring 16 points on Friday as the Vikings won 54-33 and scoring 15 on Saturday in a 53-23 victory in Petersburg.
Britni Birchell scored 12 points for Petersburg on Friday, while Krista Birchell and Autumn Streuli both scored seven points. Laura McCay led Wrangell with 17 points and Michelle Michener added eight.
Brandy Cole scored 10 points for the Vikings on Saturday, with Britni Birchell adding eight and Tessa Bergmann seven. McCay scored 13 points to lead the Wolves, who had no other players with more than four points.
Mount Edgecumbe boys sweep Haines
The Mount Edgecumbe boys basketball team outscored the Haines Glacier Bears by 21 points in the third quarter on Friday as the Braves cruised to a 79-54 victory. On Saturday, Mount Edgecumbe won 73-59 to complete a sweep of the two-game Region V-Class 3A series at Mount Edgecumbe in Sitka.
The Mount Edgecumbe girls also swept a two-game Region V-Class 3A series from Haines, but scores were not available from the games at Mount Edgecumbe.
In Friday's boys game, Haines was still within striking distance at halftime, trailing 43-35, but Mount Edgecumbe outscored the Glacier Bears 23-2 in the third quarter to blow the game open. George Beans scored 21 points to lead the Braves, who picked up 15 points from Matt Mercier and 13 from Chris Boskofsky. Fred Chambers scored 17 points to lead Haines, while Chad Stigen added 10 points and Matt Blood scored nine.
On Saturday, Beans scored 15 of his game-high 20 points in the first quarter to lead the Braves. Peter Jorgensen added 14 points for Mount Edgecumbe, while James Paukan added 12 points and Mercier scored 10. Stigen led the Glacier Bears with 17 points, Blood added 16 and Tim Kaloostian scored 10.
Skagway boys win Tok Tournament
Jarret Brown, Jerod Moore and Aaron Neitzer all made the all-tournament team after leading the Skagway boys basketball team to the title in the Tok Invitational Tournament in Tok.
The Panthers posted a 3-0 mark at the tourney, beating the Wainwright-Alak Huskies 74-33 on Thursday, knocking off the host Tok Wolverines 66-61 on Friday and closing out the tournament with a 75-56 victory over the Matanuska Christian School Eagles.
In Thursday's game, Kyle Fairbanks scored 23 points to lead Skagway, which also had 17 points from Scott Lesh. Shawn Oktollik and Clayton Aguvluk scored nine points each to lead Alak, the only Class 1A team in the tournament. Skagway, which is a Class 2A team, had a 42-7 halftime lead and played its bench most of the game.
On Friday, Skagway took a seven-point lead, 17-10, at the end of the first quarter and held it the rest of the game. Brown scored 35 points and Fairbanks added 19 to lead the Panthers. Mike Thomas scored 24 points to lead Tok, while Bjorn Olson and Kenny Bernhardt added 16 points each.
In Saturday's tourney finale, Brown and Moore scored 20 points apiece, Neitzer added 11 and Fairbanks scored 10 for the Panthers, who led 48-24 at halftime. Daniel Unfreid scored 17 points and Chris Gedricks added 16 to lead Matanuska Christian.
Skagway girls tie for Tok title
Savannah Ames was named tournament MVP and was joined on the all-tournament team by her Panther teammate Tiffanie Potter as Skagway finished in a three-way tie for top honors at the Tok Invitational Tournament in Tok.
Skagway posted a 2-1 record in the tournament, the same as Tok and Wainwright-Alak, but there was no tie-breaker to determine a winner and the three teams involved in the tie split their games. The Panthers needed double-overtime to beat Wainwright-Alak 61-54 on Thursday, lost to Tok 56-49 on Friday and beat Vanier Christian School of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, 51-34 on Saturday.
In Thursday's opener, Ames scored 47 points to lead Class 2A Skagway over the defending Class 1A state champions. Ames, who missed Skagway's two games earlier in the week because of an ankle injury, scored 16 of her points in the two overtime periods. Candi Ketterman added nine points for the Panthers. Krystle Ahmaogak scored 22 points to lead Alak, while Lorial Matoomealook added 14 points and Tammilynn Ahmaogak scored 10 for the Huskies.
On Friday, Ames scored 33 points and Potter added six for Skagway. Cassie Lamphear scored 16 points to lead Tok, while Angie Gingue and Romanie Rodin added 10 each for the Wolverines.
In Saturday's finale, Ames scored 28 points and Michelle Harris added seven points for the Panthers. Bonnie Feliciano scored 14 points to lead Vanier Christian.
Juneau JV boys go 3-0 at Icy Strait
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys junior varsity basketball team claimed a pair of victories over the host Hoonah Braves and also knocked off the Angoon Eagles once to post a 3-0 record at the Icy Strait Tournament in Hoonah. The Mount Edgecumbe JV team was supposed to be at the tournament to make a four-team field, but a ferry breakdown kept the team home in Sitka.
Without the Mount Edgecumbe JV and with Angoon and Hoonah scheduled to play a pair of Region V-Class 2A games early this week, the tournament was reduced to the Juneau JV team playing its three games against Hoonah and Angoon. The Crimson Bears beat Hoonah 62-46 on Friday, then beat Angoon 71-62 and held off a late rally to edge Hoonah 46-45 on Saturday.
In Friday's victory over Hoonah, Thomas Derbesy scored 19 points and Kyle Huntsman added 10 to lead the Juneau JV team. Dustin Bowen led the Braves with 26 points.
In Saturday's victory over Angoon, Huntsman scored 20 points and Derbesy added 17 as the Crimson Bears pulled away in the fourth quarter. Stephen Johnson scored 21 points to lead Angoon, while Loren Sands added 18 and Stuart Jack scored 16 for the Eagles.
In Saturday's rematch with Hoonah, Huntsman clinched the one-point victory with a late free throw and scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Juneau JV, which also got 14 points from Derbesy. Bowen and Sean Kveum scored 10 points each to lead the Braves, who trailed by seven points entering the fourth quarter.
Juneau JV girls go 3-0 at Icy Strait
The Juneau-Douglas girls junior varsity basketball team posted a perfect 3-0 record in the abbreviated Icy Strait Tournament in Hoonah, beating the Hoonah Braves twice and the Angoon Eagles once.
The Crimson Bears knocked off Hoonah 45-43 on Friday, then beat both Angoon 47-33 and Hoonah 42-39 on Saturday. The Mount Edgecumbe JV team was supposed to be at the tournament, but couldn't leave Sitka because of a broken-down ferry.
In Friday's victory over Hoonah, Ashley Larson scored 14 points and Mary Rehfeld added 12 to lead the Juneau JV team. Amy Wright led the Braves with 12 points and Augustine Hinchman added 11.
In Saturday's victory over Angoon, Rehfeld and Lexi Garvey scored 11 points each to lead the Crimson Bears. Amber Jamestown scored 18 points to lead the Eagles.
In Saturday's victory over Hoonah, Rehfeld led the Juneau JV with 13 points while Larson scored eight. Wright led the Braves with 12 points.
Hydaburg boys sweep Thorne Bay
Darren Edenshaw scored 30 points on Friday to lead the Hydaburg boys basketball team to a 79-34 victory over the Thorne Bay Wolverines in Hydaburg. On Saturday, the Warriors completed the sweep of the two-game Region V-Class 2A series with a 99-44 victory in Thorne Bay.
In Friday's game, Vinny Edenshaw scored 24 points and Ben Young added 13 points for Hydaburg. Donny Gray led Thorne Bay with 12 points and Matt Howell scored 11. No details beyond the final score were available from Saturday's game.
Yakutat boys sweep Klawock
Bailey Johnson led the way as the Yakutat boys basketball team swept a two-game Region V-Class 2A series from the Klawock Chieftains last weekend in Yakutat. Johnson scored 24 points on Friday as the Eagles won 71-55 and had 36 on Thursday as Yakutat won 67-61. Klawock only had six players make the trip to Yakutat.
In Friday's game, Russell Ramey added 21 points and Mike Hills scored 12 for Yakutat. Shawn Kato-Yates scored 20 points to lead the Chieftains, while Jared Williams added 11 points.
On Thursday, Ramey scored 13 points and Hills scored nine for the Eagles. Stephen Ellison scored 19 points to lead Klawock, while Kato-Yates had 16 points and Curtis Demmert scored 10.
Klawock girls sweep Yakutat
The Klawock girls basketball team cruised to a 50-20 victory over the Yakutat Eagles on Thursday, but the Chieftains had a tougher time in Friday's rematch, winning 37-33 to claim a sweep of the two-game Region V-Class 2A series in Yakutat.
In Thursday's game, Natalie Wangerin scored 18 points to lead Klawock, while Kaleigh Ryno added nine points and Amber Demmert scored eight. Magen James scored six points to lead Yakutat.
On Friday, Ryno led the Chieftains with 11 points, while Wangerin, Janelle Macasaet and Erin Anderson added six apiece. Breanna Sharp and Shivonne Johnson scored eight points each to lead the Eagles, while Amanda Bremner scored six.
Skagway boys sweep Yakutat
Kyle Fairbanks and Jarret Brown combined to lead the Skagway boys basketball team to a sweep of a two-game Region V-Class 2A series with the Yakutat Eagles in Skagway, scoring a combined 45 points to lead the Panthers to a 68-51 victory on Tuesday and teaming up for 39 points in a 74-55 victory on Monday.
In Monday's game, Fairbanks scored 22 points and Brown added 17 to lead Skagway, which also got 12 points apiece from Aaron Neitzer and Scott Lesh. Bailey Johnson led the Eagles with 22 points, while Mike Hills scored 14 points and Russell Ramey added 10.
On Tuesday, Brown scored 24 points and Fairbanks had 21 to lead the Panthers, who got another 10 points from Jerod Moore. Johnson led Yakutat with 22 points and Ramey scored 13.
Skagway girls sweep Yakutat
Led by Savannah Ames, the Skagway girls basketball team swept a two-game Region V-Class 2A series from the Yakutat Eagles in Skagway. Ames scored 25 points as the Panthers won 49-30 on Monday, then led the team with 17 on Tuesday in a 48-29 victory.
In Monday's game, Candi Ketterman added 11 points for Skagway. Hannah Esbenshade scored 11 points to lead the Eagles, who picked up eight more points from Magen James.
On Tuesday, Crystal Ketterman scored nine points for the Panthers and Candi Ketterman added seven. Ashton Schmidt scored 12 points to lead Yakutat, while Breanna Sharp and Esbenshade both chipped in seven each.
Hoonah boys sweep Angoon
Devin Moritz and Dustin Bowen scored six points each in the fourth quarter as the Hoonah boys basketball team held off a late rally by the Angoon Eagles to claim a 66-64 victory on Monday in Hoonah. In Tuesday's rematch, the Braves claimed a 59-49 victory for a sweep of the two-game Region V-Class 2A series.
In Monday's game, Moritz scored 18 points to lead Hoonah, who picked up 13 points each from Bowen and Brion Mills and 11 points from Sean Kveum. Loren Sands led the Eagles with 19 points, while Stuart Jack scored 18, Stephen Johnson had 16 and J.P. Silva scored 11.
Bowen led the Braves in Tuesday's rematch with 21 points, while Gerard White scored 16 points and Mills added 12. Jack scored 18 points to lead Angoon, which had 17 points from Johnson and 10 from Sands.
Angoon girls sweep Hoonah
Amber Jamestown scored 12 of her game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter as the Angoon girls basketball team held off a late rally to edge the Hoonah Braves on Tuesday in Hoonah. On Monday, Teresa Dyson led the Eagles to a 57-41 victory with 25 points as Angoon swept the two-game Region V-Class 2A series.
In Tuesday's game, Jamestown scored 18 of her 19 points in the second half to lead the Eagles, including all 12 of Angoon's fourth-quarter points, while Dyson added eight points. Branda Skaflestad scored all eight of her points for Hoonah in the fourth quarter, while Amy Wright had eight for the Braves. Hoonah trailed 26-21 entering the fourth quarter.
On Monday, Dyson scored 25 points and Carmen Estrada added 18 to lead Angoon. Augustine Hinchman scored 12 points and Kristi Skaflestad added 11 to lead Hoonah.
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