Petersburg Vikings sweep both titles in the inaugural Little Norway Invitational

Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2004

Petersburg junior Aaron Phillips tipped in a shot at the buzzer to tie the game in regulation, then the Vikings ran away from the Cordova Wolverines in overtime as the Petersburg High School boys basketball team claimed the title of the inaugural Little Norway Invitational with a 63-50 victory Saturday in Petersburg.

Saturday's final game pitted the two teams with the best records after the first two days of the round-robin tournament. In Saturday's other boys game, the Nome-Beltz Nanooks beat the Kake Thunderbirds 55-46 to take third place.

The Petersburg girls also got the best of Cordova on Saturday, claiming the title in their half of the tournament with a 43-31 victory in a game that also pitted the two teams with the best records. In Saturday's other girls game, Nome beat Heritage Christian School 63-26 to claim third place.

In the boys title game, Petersburg trailed 47-45 with eight seconds left when the Vikings spread the floor so senior Jeb Phillips could take the final shot. Jeb Phillips missed the shot, but his younger brother was there for the tip-in as time expired.

Then, senior Blake Buotte scored eight of his 10 points in overtime as Petersburg outscored Cordova 16-3 in the extra period. The Vikings made 14 of 16 free throws in overtime. Sam Jensen scored 17 points to lead the Vikings, while Jeb Phillips added 14 and Aaron Phillips scored six.

Cordova's Tyson Bendzak scored 13 points and was named the boys MVP for the tournament, but he was one of four Wolverines to foul out in overtime. Kellen Hawley scored 14 points and Craig Kuntz added nine for Cordova.

In Nome's victory over Kake, Brons Olanna scored 20 points and Brendon Tran added 17 to lead the Nanooks. Tim Demmert scored a game-high 27 points to lead Kake, including a 6-for-7 performance from beyond the 3-point arc.

In the girls finale, Petersburg senior Gillian Severson earned MVP honors as she scored a game-high 14 points. Her senior teammate Lynsey Richards added 12 points, while sophomore Callie Bell scored six. Meagan Newirth scored 10 points to lead the Wolverines.

In Friday's boys games, Kuntz scored eight points to lead Cordova to a 43-35 victory over Kake, which was led by 19 points from Demmert and nine from Shawn Jackson. Jeb Phillips scored 18 points and Jensen added 13 as Petersburg beat Nome 60-38.

In girls games on Friday, Bell scored 11 points to lead Petersburg to a 45-26 victory over Nome, while Cordova beat Heritage Christian 59-31 in the other game.

On Thursday, the Petersburg boys were too much for Kake as Jensen scored 17 points, freshman Cameron Severson added 14 and Jeb Phillips scored 13 in an 80-29 victory. Demmert scored 10 points to lead the Thunderbirds, who also got six points from Trevor Morris. Cordova beat Nome 56-49 in the other boys game.

In girls action Thursday, Hannah Meucci scored 13 points, Emily Moran had 11 and Bell scored eight as the Vikings beat Heritage Christian 59-17. Cordova edged Nome 43-37 in the other girls game.

Sitka boys, girls finish second

at Joe Floyd/Era Christmas Classic

The Sitka boys and girls both posted 2-1 records to take second place at the Joe Floyd/Era Christmas Classic in Kodiak on Saturday.

In the boys tournament, Sitka lost its opener 47-44 to the host Kodiak Bears on Thursday as Sitka senior Andrew Broschat's 3-pointer at the buzzer rolled off the rim and Kodiak's Eddie Ngeunhahak grabbed the rebound and dribbled out the clock. Sitka's Manfred Bekeris scored 14 points to lead the Wolves and Broschat added 12, while Mark Putney scored 23 and Zack Keplinger added 11 for the Bears.

The Wolves came back to beat Skyview 69-59 on Friday as Broschat scored eight of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and the duo of Bekeris (15) and Mark Manuel (14) combined for 29 points for Sitka.

On Saturday, Sitka beat Crescent High of Joyce, Wash., 66-49 as Broschat, who was named to the all-tournament team, scored nine of the Wolves' 30 points in the third quarter to break the game open. Broschat's game total wasn't available, but Bekeris scored 14 points and E.B. Crow added 13.

The Wolves had a chance to go into a three-way tie-breaker for the title as Skyview threatened to beat Kodiak in the tourney finale, but Kodiak pulled out a 54-50 victory as Keplinger scored 28 points and won tournament MVP honors for the boys. Had Skyview won, it would have joined a tie with Kodiak and Sitka at 2-1.

In the girls tournament, Sitka junior forward Kim Dodson won MVP honors but Sitka dropped a 40-35 decision to tourney champion South Anchorage in Saturday's finale.

Dodson scored 25 of Sitka's 35 points on Saturday, including 14 in the fourth quarter as the Wolves tried to rally after scoring just 10 points in the first half. Shuree Millar scored 11 points to lead the Wolverines.

On Friday, Natalia Potrzuski scored 18 points and Dodson added 11 as Sitka beat Skyview 49-31. In Thursday's opener, Dodson scored 19 points as the Wolves knocked off the host Kodiak Bears 50-31.

"We came out really pumped up. We were just really excited," Dodson told the Kodiak Daily Mirror after the victory Thursday, when Sitka took a 21-7 lead at halftime and led 35-17 entering the fourth quarter.

Ketchikan boys are 1-3 in

Mission Prep Christmas Classic

The Ketchikan boys made a valiant comeback on Tuesday, but they still wound up on the wrong side of a 59-50 score against the Monte Vista Mustangs (Danville, Calif.) in consolation bracket action at the 22-team Mission Prep Christmas Classic in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

In Tuesday's game, the Kings trailed 28-11 at halftime but hit seven 3-pointers in the game to pull within 45-36 entering the fourth quarter. Rick Higgins scored 15 points to lead Monte Vista, while Jesse LeBeau scored 15 to lead Ketchikan.

On Wednesday, Ketchikan lost 65-42 to Morro Bay (Calif.) to close out the tournament before heading home. LeBeau scored 10 points to lead the Kings, who fell to 1-3 in the tournament and 3-3 overall.

Ketchikan lost its opener, 83-46, on Saturday to the White Rock Christian School Warriors of White Rock, British Columbia, a small school of 150 students (including 6-foot-6 senior Tyrell Mara, who is being recruited by several NCAA Division I basketball teams). No game details were available.

After taking Sunday off, the Kings claimed a 49-46 victory over the Notre Dame Knights of Sherman Oaks, Calif., in an 8 a.m. game Monday morning. Derek Clark scored 19 points to lead the Kings, while LeBeau added 10 points and Tyler Richardson had nine.

Mount Edgecumbe boys finish

sixth at Cougar Tip-Off Classic

The Mount Edgecumbe boys basketball team only scored eight points in the second half as the Heritage Christian School Eagles broke open a close game and claimed fourth place with a 74-44 victory Saturday at the Cougar Tip-Off Classic at Anchorage's Service High School.

The loss gave the Braves a 1-2 record in the tournament and sixth place. Defending Class 4A state champion West Anchorage beat Lathrop in the title game.

In Saturday's game, Trenton Millar scored 19 points to lead Heritage Christian, which led 40-36 at halftime. Josh Thomas led Mount Edgecumbe with 16 points and Max Shellabarger added 13.

On Friday, the Class 3A Braves knocked off the Class 4A and tournament-host Service Cougars 66-46 as Josh Thomas scored 32 points and Brandon Thomas added 11.

In Thursday's opener, Mount Edgecumbe dropped a 64-49 decision to Newport Harbor of Costa Mesa, Calif., the lone out-of-state team in the tourney. Taylor Young scored 16 points and Brett Perrine added 14 to lead Newport Harbor, while Josh Thomas scored 18 points before fouling out of the game to lead the Braves.

Mount Edgecumbe girls

open season with victories

The Mount Edgecumbe girls basketball team has a roster full of new players, but the Braves still managed to open their season with a 53-31 victory over the visiting Kotzebue Huskies last Wednesday in Sitka. Mount Edgecumbe won Thursday's rematch 64-47.

The Braves have nine new players and just four from the team that went to state last year. One of the new players, junior Skeeter Aktorak, led Mount Edgecumbe with 19 points on Wednesday, despite sitting much of the first half with foul trouble. Ellie Jackson, one of the returners, added eight points for the Braves, while Ashley Baker scored 10 points to lead Kotzebue.

Carlotta Evan scored 16 points to lead the Braves on Thursday, and Jen Evan added nine.

Delta Junction sweeps titles

in Mount St. Elias Invitational

The Delta Junction Huskies swept to the boys and girls titles at the Mount St. Elias Invitational in Yakutat that ended Saturday. Both Delta teams posted perfect 3-0 records.

The Ketchikan JV boys took second place with a 2-1 record, followed by host Yakutat at 1-2 and Seldovia-English was winless at 0-3. The Yakutat girls took second place in their round-robin tournament with a 2-1 record, while the Ketchikan JV took third at 1-2 and Northway was winless at 0-3.

In the boys tournament, Delta opened the tournament on Thursday with an 81-46 victory over the Ketchikan JV as the Huskies had six players reach double-figure scoring and eight players with at least nine points each. Chad Bunselmeier scored 13 points to lead Delta and Patrick Hanlon added 12 for the balanced attack. Jesse White scored 12 points to lead the Ketchikan JV and Clayton Milton added nine.

In Thursday's other boys game, Kyle Dierick scored 29 points and Sam Ferguson added 17 as Yakutat beat Seldovia 67-57. Jimmy Payton scored 20 points to lead the Sea Otters.

On Friday, Milton scored 34 points as the Ketchikan JV rallied from a seven-point deficit entering the fourth quarter to edge Yakutat 68-64. Weston Carporan added 15 points and White scored 14 for the Kings, and Milton, Carporan and White combined for all 32 of Ketchikan's fourth-quarter points. Ben Dunbar led Yakutat with 19 points, while Jack Klushkan and Doug Ross scored 10 each.

In Friday's other boys game, Milo Wrigley scored 20 points to five Huskies in double figures as Delta beat Seldovia 88-67. Payton scored 30 to lead the Sea Otters.

On Saturday, Delta led Yakutat by just two points entering the fourth quarter but Bunselmeier scored 14 of his 24 points in the final period as the Huskies claimed a 79-61 victory over the host Eagles. Cameron Bynum, who was selected the tournament MVP, added 21 points for Delta. Dierick scored 22 points and Dunbar added 17 for Yakutat.

In Saturday's other boys game, Corporan scored 17 points and Jared Azure added 10 as the Ketchikan JV beat Seldovia 70-49. Payton led the Sea Otters with 30 points, giving him 80 points for the tournament.

In the girls tournament, Delta and Yakutat both took unbeaten records into Saturday's finale, which the Huskies won 37-28 in a game that saw no scorer reach double digits. Melissa Jackson and Caitie Milligan scored nine points each to lead Delta, while Ashton Schmidt scored eight points and Sylvia Schumacher added seven to lead the Eagles.

In Saturday's other girls game, the Ketchikan JV trio of Karin Voetberg, Kristin Peterson and Krissy Galloway scored eight points each as the Kings claimed third place with a 56-37 victory over Northway. Sheree Nutting scored 19 points to lead the Warriors.

On Friday, Yakutat edged the Ketchikan JV 40-38 as Schmidt hit the game-clinching bucket for the Eagles for her only two points of the game. Jacquoi James scored 18 points to lead Yakutat, including two big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, and Heidi Esbenshade added 10 for the Eagles. Peterson scored 10 of her 12 points in the fourth quarter for the Ketchikan JV, while Voetberg added eight points.

In Friday's other girls game, Milligan scored 24 points to lead Delta to an 83-48 victory over Northway. Nutting scored 16 for the Warriors.

On Thursday, Delta beat the Ketchikan JV 65-56 as the Huskies outscored the Kings 13-4 in overtime. Milligan scored 24 points to lead the Huskies, with Marki Adams adding 17 and Patsy Cummings 10. Heather Gatti scored 16 points to lead the Ketchikan JV, while LySandra Bell added 13.

In Thursday's other game, Yakutat held Northway to just six points in the first half as the Eagles cruised to a 46-21 victory. Esbenshade scored 12 points to lead the Eagles and Magen James added 10. Dena Paul scored seven points to lead the Warriors, who trailed 21-6 at halftime.

• The Juneau Empire's weekly Southeast Hoops Roundup feature is compiled by Charles Bingham and Andrew Krueger from results sent to the Empire by school athletic directors and team coaches. Scoresheets and/or game highlights should be faxed to 1-907-586-3028 (attention sports) or e-mailed to by noon on Monday so this feature and region standings can be compiled. For more information, call the Empire sports desk at 1-907-586-3740.

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