Yakutat opens season with win

Defending Class 2A boys state champs take host tournament

Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The Yakutat boys basketball team opened its season over the weekend by winning the Mount St. Elias Tournament at home.

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The Eagles (3-0) defeated Dimond's junior varsity 60-54 on Saturday in the championship final.

Kyle Dierick scored a game-high 31 points to lift the defending Class 2A state champions. Jack Klushkan had 10 points, Jay Sin added nine, Shea Jackson and Carl Bogren scored four each while Aaron Hensley and Keith Ivers posted two each for Yakutat.

Leo Abello led the Lynx with 15 points. Zachary Raybung had nine and Abdullah Elomari scored seven points.


Yakutat 65, Angoon 38

Yakutat raced to a 35-12 halftime lead and never looked back in a Friday win over Angoon.

Jack Klushkan had 21 points and Kyle Dierick poured in 19 points to lift the Eagles. Shea Jackson and Keith Ivers scored six points each, Lucas Wheeler had four, Terry Johnson added three while Clinton Ivers, Carl Bogren and Stephen Adams added two each in the win.

Angoon's John Croasmun scored 17 points in defeat. Michael Howard had 14 points, Kendrick Demmert four, Roger Williams two and Edward Jack one in the loss.

Dimond JV 75, Craig 59

Michael Dupree', Ross Houle' and Joseph Loganson poured in 14 each for Dimond's JV in a win over Craig on Friday.

Leo Abello added nine points for the Lynx.

Matt Carpenter led Craig with 18 points while Nick Mackie had 11 and Houston Vaughan scored 10.

Scott Hamilton and Adam Sadler added seven each, Zach Thibodeau hit a 3-pointer, Jeff Whicker made two free throws and Brad Balcorn scored one point for the Panthers.

Yakutat 76, Craig 54

The defending Class 2A state champions received 24 points from Kyle Dierick to upend Craig on Thursday.

Jack Klushkan scored 15 points with three 3-pointers and Jay Sin added 11 for the Eagles.

Shea Jackson posted nine points, Carl Bogren posted seven, Stephen Adams had four while Keith Ivers, Clinton Ivers and Aaron Hensley scored two each in the win.

For Craig, Scott Hamilton led his team with 14 points.

Matt Carpenter contributed 10 points in the loss, Nick Mackie and Brad Balcorn scored seven each, Adam Sadler had five, Jeff Whicker and Zach Thibodeau chipped in with four each and Houston Vaughan scored three points for the Panthers.

Dimond JV 69, Angoon 44

John Croasmun's 23 points weren't enough for Angoon as Dimond's JV upended the Eagles on Thursday.

Joseph Loganson's 17 points and Abdullah Elomari's 16 lifted the Lynx to a first-round win in the Mount St. Elias tournament in Yakutat.

Michael Dupree' had nine points, Leo Abello scored seven, Travis Thompson posted six while Zachary Raybung, Tim Brown and Ross Houle' had four each in the win.

Michael Howard had 14 points for Angoon to go with Edward Jack's five and Kendrick Demmert's two points.


Yakutat 31, Dimond JV 24

Yakutat captured Mount St. Elias Tournament on Saturday by nipping Dimond's junior varsity at home.

The Eagles took a 22-13 halftime lead and held on for the victory as Heidi Esbenshade led Yakutat with 13 points.

Rose Fraker had 10 points, Esther Esbenshade contributed four points while Sylvia Schumacher and Lorena Williams had two each in the win.

Mel Gimeno led Dimond with nine points while Taylor Adams and Symphony Bagsby scored four each in defeat.

Dimond JV 63, Craig 44

Four Dimond players scored in double-figures Friday as the Lynx upended Craig.

Symphony Bagsby had 14 points, Taylor Adams scored 13, Katie Behm added 11 and Nyesha Joseph scored 10 in the win.

Liz Thomsen led Craig with 23 points and Jen Haydu had 13 points in defeat.

Kelsey Sheakley scored six points and Nicole Parker chipped in two points for the Panthers.

Yakutat 59, Angoon 24

Sharnel Vale's 17 points lifted Yakutat past Angoon on Friday.

Rose Fraker and Esther Esbenshade posted eight points each, Heidi Esbenshade and Katrina Fraker scored seven each, Sylvia Schumacher had five points, Justyne Wheeler added four and Lorena Williams contributed three points in the win.

Shiann Braley led Angoon with 11 points while Samantha Williams had nine and Ladanna Johnson added four.

Yakutat 69, Craig 28

Three Yakutat players scored in double-figures Thursday to rout Craig in the Mount St. Elias basketball tournament.

The Eagles' Heidi Esbenshade led all scorers with 15 points while Lorena Williams and Sharnel Vale added 14 each in the win. Esther Esbenshade had nine points, Sylvia Schumacher added six points, Katrina Fraker posted five, Rose Fraker added four and Justyne Wheeler scored two in the win.

Liz Thomsen led the Panthers with 13 points while Jen Haydu added 11 in the loss.

Kelsey Sheakley and Nicole Packer scored two points each for Craig.

Dimond JV 46, Angoon 36

Dimond's junior varsity rushed to 21-12 lead and held on for a Thursday win in the Mount St. Elias tournament.

Katie Behm scored a team-high 12 points for the Lynx. Symphony Bagsby had 11 points, Nyesha Joseph posted nine while Mel Gimeno, Taylor Adams, Deborah Morales and Gabby Gobaleza all recorded point for the Dimond JV.

Angoon's Samantha Williams poured in a game-high 14 points and teammate Shiann Braley had 13 points in defeat.

Christina King and Vivian Croasmun combined for nine points for the Eagles.

• Editor's note: This is the season premier of the Southeast Conference basketball roundup. Boys and girls basketball coaches from Class 2A, 3A and 4A are encouraged to send their scores and game reports for publication in the Juneau Empire. Scores can be faxed to (907) 586-3028 or e-mailed to sports@juneauempire.com. Also, photos of Southeast games will be accepted for either publication or will be featured on spotted.juneauempire.com.

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