Local Briefs

Posted: Friday, December 10, 2004

Hoonah spikers win state tourney opener

The Hoonah High School volleyball team overcame some early jitters to win its opening match against Ninilchik on Thursday at the Class 1A-2A-3A (West) state tournament in Anchorage.

The Braves were a little nervous when they hit the court for the first time at Dimond High School, but wound up sweeping the Wolverines 25-19, 25-14, 25-14. Hoonah will play in the semifinals today against the winner of Thursday's late match between Dillingham and Susitna Valley.

Southeast's other state volleyball teams did not fare as well on Thursday. At the Class 1A-2A-3A (West) tournament, Skagway managed to take one game from defending state champion Barrow, but the Panthers lost to the Whalers in four games. Skagway faces Koliganek in the consolation round today.

At the mixed-six coed tourney, Gustavus was swept in three games by Unalakleet. The Foxes will play a consolation-round game against today against Mountain Village. Scores for the Skagway and Gustavus matches were not available.

Juneau wrestlers head to Sitka meet

The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team will compete against region rivals today and Saturday in Sitka.

The Crimson Bears will face the host Wolves and the Ketchikan Kings in a series of dual matches. Juneau and Sitka are coming off trips to meets in the Seattle area last weekend.

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