The day after commencement, the Skagway Panthers hoops groups began the lengthy slog to Sitka to take part in a regional event… type of. Not one of the groups on this tourney performed within the regional “State” event due to COVID protocols.
Each the Panther groups ended up within the finals, and each misplaced the championship video games to their counterparts from Angoon.
The event noticed its share of drama. Take the ladies’ semi-final sport: The Girl Panthers have been tied with Hoonah with 7.9 seconds on the clock. Hoonah tried to inbound the ball below the Skagway basket.
However Skagway stole the ball on the inbounds play. Girl Panther Coach Nate Jennings began yelling wildly for a timeout. Sadly, the officers didn’t see him till there have been just one.3 seconds left on the clock.
That’s sufficient time for a shot, however all indicators pointed to additional time.
“Final yr once we received bumped out of regionals by Hoonah, Iraida took the final shot once we have been down by three. And he or she was simply contained in the three-point line, and it went in for 2 and we misplaced by one. So Iraida was devastated, all of us have been devastated. With 1.3 left I knew they’d be specializing in Tatum (Seger). They usually simply forgot about Iraida,” mentioned Jennings.
So the coach drew up a play to place senior guard Iraida Hisman in the identical spot she received the ball final yr. The cross got here in clear, she was open, and this time, with each ft behind the three-point line, she nailed the game-winning shot. The buzzer sounded whereas the ball was nonetheless within the air. The ball circled the rim and fell in, and the Skagway devoted went loopy.
The Panther boys took a unique path to the finals. After profitable their first three video games, Skagway confronted the Angoon boys within the championship sport. Coach Ross Barrett mentioned it was a hard-fought sport, each groups performed nicely, however Angoon simply stored hitting the clutch pictures.
“They shot lights out, they performed exhausting too. And simply it was a detailed sport. It got here all the way down to the wire, it got here all the way down to a last-second shot. And sadly, the ball simply didn’t bounce our approach,” mentioned Barrett.
Senior guard Silas Myers, who’d scored 23 factors within the first quarter of the semi-final sport, received the ball and received an honest look to tie the sport. However with an opponent’s hand in his face, his shot fell quick, and Skagway took second place.
“I wish to give props to all these guys. They’ve made big leaps this yr. Each single certainly one of them, you recognize, they’ve improved immensely. They actually got here collectively as a staff this yr. And I’m actually happy with them for the whole lot they did,” mentioned Barrett.
Within the huge world of out of doors sports activities, Garrett “The GM,” Montgomery says the Haines’ native disc golf membership, in coordination with a number of companies on the town, set out final month to safe official disc golf baskets for the course on the Southeast Alaska Fairgrounds, referred to as The Raven’s Bowl. The plan is to put the hampers inside about 30 ft of the prevailing keg targets and increase the course to 40 holes.
“It’d be actually good to have an official course with baskets. And yeah, it might drive extra individuals from Juneau, when Whitehorse reopens individuals can come down and play. We are able to even have a sanctioned PDGA event,” mentioned Montgomery.
PDGA stands for the Skilled Disc Golf Affiliation, the nationwide governing physique for disc golf. For now, the one tourney the membership has lined up is on August 1, on the Sunday of the Southeast Alaska State Truthful weekend. In fact, they’re hoping to schedule extra.