The day after commencement, the Skagway Panthers hoops groups began the lengthy slog to Sitka to take part in a regional event… form 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 women’ semi-final recreation: 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 only one.3 seconds left on the clock.
That’s sufficient time for a shot, however all indicators pointed to additional time.
“Final yr after we acquired bumped out of regionals by Hoonah, Iraida took the final shot after we have been down by three. And she or he 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). And so they simply forgot about Iraida,” mentioned Jennings.
So the coach drew up a play to place senior guard Iraida Hisman in the identical spot she acquired 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 trustworthy went loopy.
The Panther boys took a special path to the finals. After successful their first three video games, Skagway confronted the Angoon boys within the championship recreation. Coach Ross Barrett mentioned it was a hard-fought recreation, each groups performed effectively, however Angoon simply saved hitting the clutch pictures.
“They shot lights out, they performed exhausting too. And simply it was a detailed recreation. It got here right down to the wire, it got here right 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 recreation, acquired the ball and acquired an honest look to tie the sport. However with an opponent’s hand in his face, his shot fell brief, and Skagway took second place.
“I need to give props to all these guys. They’ve made enormous leaps this yr. Each single certainly one of them, you understand, they’ve improved immensely. They actually got here collectively as a group this yr. And I’m actually pleased with them for all the things they did,” mentioned Barrett.
Within the vast world of out of doors sports activities, Garrett “The GM,” Montgomery says the Haines’ native disc golf membership, in coordination with a couple 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 position the hampers inside about 30 ft of the prevailing keg targets and broaden the course to 40 holes.
“It’d be actually good to have an official course with baskets. And yeah, it might drive extra folks from Juneau, when Whitehorse reopens folks 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. After all, they’re hoping to schedule extra.