Willis Washington

Hydaburg's Willis Washington takes to the basket while Klawock's Nevan Yockey, left, and Ruben Hoppe, right, look on Thursday in Region V 1-A tournament play. Photo by Hall Anderson

Hydaburg overcomes Klawoc: Advances to finals

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Few moments exemplified the sportsmanship that’s shared between the Klawock Chieftains and Hydaburg Warriors like midway through the fourth quarter.

Hydaburg junior Herbert Nix had fouled out, and the entire Klawock bench came over to the Warriors’ side to high five Nix before he took a seat.

That’s the Klawock-Hydaburg rivalry in a nutshell — friends off the court. But on it, they’re fiercely competitive.

And such was the case during Thursday’s Region V 1A boys’ semifinal.

Hydaburg eventually won, 55-38, advancing to the regional championship game set for 6 p.m. on Friday. But throughout the contest, the two teams were quick to share a laugh or high five each other at the free throw line.

The Warriors jumped out to a quick 17-6 lead after the first eight minutes. Hydaburg senior Willis Washington knocked in two of his three 3-pointers, and had 10 points in the first quarter. He finished the game with 20 points.

Klawock junior Nevan Yockey also hit the 20-point plateau. Yockey only had one point in the first quarter and finished the half with four — all coming from the free throw line. But he was a perfect 6-for-6 from the line in the second half, and had five field goals.

The Chieftains’ Michael Sanderson hit a pair of threes in the second half, and both Sean Joseph and Emett Fairbanks drained 3-pointers. But no matter what the Chieftains did, they couldn’t slow down the Warriors.

Hydaburg’s Cadence Peele and Trever Olsen hit double figures, scoring a dozen points apiece. And they both did it the same way — 2-for-2 from the line and five field goals.

As a team, Hydaburg hit 55% of its freebies.

Yockey knocked in Klawock’s only free throws, as the Chieftains were 10-of-15 from the line.

Klawock drops to the consolation bracket of the regional tournament, and will play at 11 a.m. on Friday.

Scoring Line

Hydaburg: Willis Washington 20, Cadence Peele 12, Trever Olsen 12, Herbert Nix 6, Adrian Diaz 5.

Klawock: Nevan Yockey 20, Michael Sanderson 6, Ruben Hoppe 4, Sean Joseph 3, Emett Fairbanks 3, Jacob Isaacs 2.

*Names and stats courtesy of the official scorebook.

No. 1 Thorne Bay rolls past Kake

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Just as they had done 24 hours earlier, the Thorne Bay Wolverines jumped out to an early lead on Thursday and rolled to another victory in the Region V 1A tournament.

The Wolverines passed the 20-point plateau before the Kake Thunderbirds got on scoreboard. Thorne Bay carried a 17-0 lead after the first quarter, and had a 34-5 lead at the half. The Wolverines eventually won the regional semifinal 52-38.

Kake got rolling after the break. The Thunderbirds outscored the Wolverines 33-18 after the intermission.

Kake eighth grader Tristan Ross-Shaquanie scored all 12 of his points in the final two frames. And freshman Brandon Ward hit all eight of his, as the duo combined for 20 of the Thunderbirds’ second-half tallies.

Eighth grader Sidney Austin chimed in with a 3-pointer for the Thunderbirds in the second half, as well.

But even with the offensive outburst in the second half, Kake couldn’t overcome the deficit.

Thorne Bay senior Gilles Mascart led the way for the Wolverines, knocking in 11 points. He did most of his damage in the first half, scoring 10 in the first two quarters.

All 11 Wolverines listed on roster for the game got on the scoreboard. And all seven 3-pointers in the game came from seven different players.

In addition to Austin’s longball, Ross-Shaquanie and Ethan Kadake hit 3-pointers for Kake.

Thorne Bay sophomore Kyle Congdon drained one of four Wolverines’ 3-pointers.

Ben Moots, Joseph Vondoloski and Lance Alva also hit threes for Thorne Bay.

Thorne Bay will play the Hydaburg Warriors for the regional championship at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Kake drops to the consolation bracket, and will play at 2:30 p.m. on Friday.

Scoring Line

Thorne Bay: Gilles Mascart 11, Kyle Congdon 9, Jacob Congdon 8, Lance Alva 7, Guillermo Luengo-Montes 4, Joseph Vondoloski 3, Ben Moots 3, Payton Cottrell 2, Stockton Schwab 2, Gavin Hills 2, Brandon Ehorn 1.

Kake: Tristan Ross-Shaquanie 12, Brandon Ward 8, Nicholas Davis 5, Mausali del Fierro 4, Ethan Kadake 3, Sidney Austin 3, Bryce Knudsen 2, Dominic Ross 1.

*Names and stats courtesy of the official scorebook.

Big Klawock game hits Gustavus

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Gustavus Foxes had three players with double-figure scoring on Thursday. The Skagway Panthers had two. But it was Skagway that prevailed on Thursday, besting Gustavus 52-40 to advance in the Region V 1A tournament consolation bracket at Ketchikan High School.

The Panthers led 12-9 going into the second quarter and managed to hold the Foxes at bay for the rest of the game.

The one aspect of the contest in which Gustavus maintained an advantage was at the free-throw line. The Foxes shot 11 of 15 — 73% — from the line, while Skagway broke even with nine of 18 (50%) shooting.

Skagway was paced by Silas Myers, who scored during each quarter of the contest while posting a game-high 20 points overall. Gavin Goebel scored 17 points for the Panthers.

For Gustavus, it was senior Faith Wagner who led the Foxes with a team-high 15 points, including hitting two three-pointers and seven of her nine free throws. Gustavus senior Jacob Patrick ended the game with 12 points and junior David Shatswell scored 10.

The fifth-seeded Skagway moves on to play either Klawock or Hydaburg at 11 a.m. on Friday.

Scoring Line

Skagway: Silas Myers 20, Gavin Goebel 17, Austin Bricker 7; Nathan Ozuzun 3, Jake Sager 3, Benjamin Burnham 2.

Gustavus: Faith Wagner 15, Jacob Patrick 12, David Shatswell 10, Skyler Glenn.

*Names and stats courtesy of the official scorebook.

Angoon advances against Yakutat

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — A balanced scoring attack lifted the Angoon Eagles to a 62-21 victory over the Yakutat Eagles on Thursday morning.

All six players on the Angoon roster scored in the Region V 1A tournament consolation bracket contest — with three players hitting double figures.

Angoon roared to a 22-6 lead in the first quarter and extended the margin to 36-12 by the half. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that Angoon slowed the pace of its scoring, but the Eagles outpaced their Yakutat opponents in the final frame, as well.

Angoon freshman Julian Duncan paced the Eagles with a game-high 16 points. Senior Caleb Riley hit six baskets and went two-for-three at the free throw line to finish with 14 points. Angoon eighth grader Kyle Johnson hit three 3-pointers and a bucket to add 11 points to the Eagles’ total.

Yakutat freshman George Valle IV had a team-high nine points in the game.

The contest’s outcome concluded Yakutat’s season, while the seventh-seed Angoon is moving on to the consolation bracket’s quarterfinal round with a game against the fourth-seed Kake at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Scoring Line

Angoon:  Julian Duncan 16, Caleb Riley 14, Kyle Johnson 11, Levi Johnson 9, Justice Chase 8, Garrison Willis 4.

Yakutat: George Valle IV 9, Raymond Wooten 7, Patrick Baker 3, Matthew Grace 2.

*Names and stats courtesy of the official scorebook.

Skagway bests Hoonah in early game

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Skagway Panthers were ready to roll at 8 a.m. Thursday.

As Day 2 of the Alaska Region V 1A basketball tournament got underway, Skagway lit up the scoreboard with 38 points in the first half en route to a 59-25 win over the Hoonah Braves.

The Panthers’ Gavin Goebel hit four straight free throws in the first quarter to start Skagway’s scoring run. Goebel scored 22 points in the first half and finished the contest with a game-high 34 points.

Hoonah had difficulty generating offense in the first half, which ended with the Braves trailing 38-8. They more than doubled their offensive output in the second half, led by a pair of 3-pointers by Christian Austin.

Thursday morning’s loss ended the tournament for the ninth-seeded Hoonah Braves.

Skagway’s win moved the fifth-seed Panthers forward in the boys consolation bracket. They went on to play the six-seed team from Gustavus early Thursday afternoon. Skagway won that game 52-40.

Scoring Line

Skagway: Gavin Goebel 34, Silas Myers 8, Nathan Ozuzun 7, Austin Bricker 6, Jake Sager 4.

Hoonah: Christian Austin 6, Ethan Ruerup 6, Tyrell Cromner 5, Copper Ross 4, Duane Jack 4.

*Names and stats courtesy of the official scorebook.