Gustavus spikers win region mixed-six title
The Gustavus volleyball team earned its third straight trip to the state coed mixed-six volleyball tournament with a pair of wins over host Yakutat on Friday.
In what served as the region tournament - Gustavus and Yakutat were the only teams competing for Southeast's sole state berth - the Foxes beat the Eagles 25-8, 25-8, 25-11 in Friday's first match and 25-13, 25-18, 25-13 in Friday's second match.
The games were supposed to be held on Thursday and Friday, but mechanical problems with a plane delayed Gustavus' arrival and forced the competition to be completed in a single day. After the two matches, the teams combined to scrimmage against their coaches and other community members.
Mixed-six volleyball is an option for small schools in Alaska who have trouble filling a traditional all-girls roster. The state tournament will be held Thursday through Saturday at Dimond High School in Anchorage.
Hoonah, Skagway volleyball teams reach state tournament
Hoonah won its fifth straight Southeast Class 2A volleyball title on Saturday, sweeping Skagway in the finals of the region tournament at Klawock. Both teams qualified for this week's state tournament.
The Braves beat the Panthers 25-10, 25-12, 25-17 in Saturday night's final.
Skagway's road to the championship match had some unexpected turns. The Panthers lost their opening match to Klawock, then beat Thorne Bay to set up a rematch with Klawock in the semifinals.
However, Klawock had to forfeit after several players were unable to participate - one due to appendicitis. That sent Skagway into the final, where it was guaranteed one of the region's two spots at the state Class 1A/2A/3A (West) tournament, to be held Thursday through Saturday at Dimond High School in Anchorage.
Skagway coach Becky Jensen said her team had mixed emotions about the final result.
"It's just a weird way to get to state," she said.
Skagway placed three players on the all-Southeast squad - Savannah Ames, Audrey Neitzer and Candi Ketterman. Other award-winners and tournament details were not available Saturday night, and will be published in the Empire later this week.
Mount Edgecumbe Braves win region wrestling crown
Mount Edgecumbe narrowly edged two-time defending champion Petersburg to claim the Southeast Class 2A/3A wrestling team title Saturday in Sitka.
The Braves, who hosted the region tournament, beat the Vikings 197-191 to win the team crown. Brothers Nick and Max Shellabarger, who wrestled at 171 and 189 pounds, respectively, won individual titles for Mount Edgecumbe, along with Ernest Keith (119) and Earl Alstrom (125).
Additional results were not available Saturday night. They will be published later this week in the Empire.