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Little trouble for Knights in Sitka

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Schoenbar Middle School basketball team headed to Sitka this past weekend to face the Huskies and teams from Wasilla. The Knights boys A team defeated Wasilla, 43-14, due in large part to balanced scoring.

Noah King and Jordan Sader led Schoenbar in scoring with eight points each, but the Knights also got points from Jake Smith (6 points), Jack Carson (6), Jackson Pool (5), Harvey Villaflor (4), Danny Marsden (4), and Shakim Bauer (2). Wasilla’s Briston Conaway led both teams in scoring with 11.

The Knights went on to beat Sitka, 31-26. Scoring for Schoenbar were Marsden (6 points), Carson (6), Smith (5), Villaflor (4), Sader (4), Erickson (3), and Pool (3). Sitka’s Marjo Vidal scored a game-high nine points.

The two teams played to another 31-26 final, with the Knights coming out on top again. Marsden led all scorers with nine points, and Schoenbar also got buckets from Villaflor (6 points), Sader (6), Carson (5), Smith (4), and Erickson (2). Vidal led the Huskies in scoring, again, with eight points.

Girls A

The Schoenbar girls A team went 4-0 in Sitka, beating both Sitka’s and Wasilla’s A teams twice. The Knights beat Wasilla 48-21 with Monika Seludo leading all scorers with 11 points.

Rounding out the scoring for Schoenbar were Brittany Slick (10 points), AJ Dela Cruz (8), Shania Majors (7), Drew Hoyt (6), McKenzie Harrison (4), and Autumn Davis (2). Carissa Vasquez scored seven points to lead Wasilla.

In the teams’ second game, strong defense led Schoenbar to a 49-6 victory. Dela Cruz paced the Knights with 15 points, followed by Seludo (10), Majors (10), Slick (8), and Davis (6). Vasquez led Wasilla in scoring again, with three points.

Schoenbar got a game-high eight points from Slick to beat Sitka, 25-24. Dela Cruz (7 points), Davis (6), and Seludo (4) also notched buckets for the Knights. Marlis Boord led the Huskies with six points.

The two teams played another close contest, and again the Knights came out on top, 22-21. Ten points from Dela Cruz led the way, as Slick (5 points), Harrison (4), and Seludo (3) rounded out the scoring for Schoenbar. Ayanna Tippens scored a team-high eight points for Sitka.

Boys B

Defense was the key, as the Schoenbar boys B team beat Sitka’s B squad twice, by a combined score of 71-16.

In the first game, a 30-6 win, Damiyen Porter and Max Ludwigsen both scored eight points. The Knights also got scoring from Joey Rhoads (4 points), Noah King (4), Pablo Orta (4), and Conner Simons (2). Sitka’s Jake Treschmell led the Huskies with four points.

The Knights then beat the Huskies, 41-10, behind 16 points from Orta, and 12 from Rhoads. Porter (9 points), Simons (4), and King (2) rounded out the scoring for Schoenbar.

Girls B

The Schoenbar girls B team followed in the footsteps of its A team, going 2-0 against Wasilla’s B squad. The Knights won the first contest, 44-31, getting double-digit points from Drew Hoyt (10) and Kyra Welker (10). Schoenbar also got buckets from Sarah McClennan (7 points), Shania Majors (6), Lezille Sargado (6), Shaelynn Painter (2), Hannah Maxwell (2), and Tori Seley (1). Wasilla’s Alex Mathis led all scorers with 12 points.

Seley led the way in Game 2, scoring 12 points as Schoenbar beat Wasilla, 40-21. Rounding out the scoring for the Knights were Sargado (7 points), Welker (6), Hoyt (4), Painter (2), Majors (2), and McClennan (2). Cherie Vrougn led Wasilla in scoring with six points.

The Knights split the series with Sitka’s B team, winning the first game, 30-4. Welker scored 10 points, and Schoenbar got buckets from Hoyt (6 points), Seley (6), Sargado (4), and McClennan (1). Karina Subay and McKenzie Campell each scored two points for Sitka.

The Huskies bounced back, however, to beat the Knights, 23-19, thanks to a game-high eight points from Marlis Boord. Hoyt led Schoenbar with seven points, and the Knights also got scoring from Welker (6 points), Majors (4), and McClennan (2).

Schoenbar will have the weekend off before traveling to Prince of Wales Island Nov. 30.