Author: Suzanne Ashe

Wayne Greenstreet presented 30th Helen B. Clark Award

This year’s Helen B. Clark Award was presented to Wayne Greenstreet, a pillar of the Skagway Volunteer Fire Department for the past 25 years. During this time he has served as Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief, Search & Rescue Captain, a fire hall mentor, and has been “one of the most consistent responders, year-in and year out,” said former News publisher Jeff Brady during the presentation at the Yuletide Ball on Dec. 17. Quoting from Greenstreet’s nomination letter,  “Those who have traveled around to Alaska to the many fire and emergency service conventions and symposiums over the years will know that Skagway’s volunteers are among the most well-trained and capable responders. This is due in large part to the training and leadership of tonight’s winner who has spent countless hours designing and running training sessions, creating and managing budgets, maintaining and repairing equipment, and developing dependable personnel in our volunteer department,” Brady said. “Skagway has a strong, dedicated core of responders and is a better place because of Wayne Greenstreet.” The late Helen Clark was the first recipient of Skagway’s Community Service award 30 years ago and agreed to have it named for her so generations would remember her volunteer spirit.  The award recognizes outstanding volunteer deeds in our community. It is now jointly sponsored by Skagway Book Co. and The Skagway News.  Every fall, nomination letters are accepted...

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Sportsmanship award for SHS volleyball

The SHS volleyball team ended its season at regionals in Klawock Dec. 2-3 by dropping two matches. They lost to top seed Petersburg (runner-up at both the regional and state tournament) in the opening round, and then fell to rival Haines. At the close of the tournament, the team was awarded the regional Sportsmanship Award. “To a coach, or at least to this one, this award means more than a title,” said coach Aarong Scmidt. “It recognizes that even though we lost all of our division contests, we raised the level of play. We continue to forge strong connections with other teams, and our prospects for the future are bright. I see us as the ‘Cool Hand Luke’ of Southeast volleyball…though that is a decidedly masculine analogy. Perhaps it’s better said with help from Maya Angelou: ‘You may trod us in the very dirt But still, like dust, we’ll rise.’ “ Meanwhile, all five seniors won all-academic honors: Hailey Jensen, Sienna Johnson, Delaney Rau, Kiara Selmer, and team manager McKenna Rau. –...

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Whitehead, Cook top speakers again at DDF meet

Skagway High School’s DDF team again placed all five of its students in finals at a meet. In Ketchikan Dec. 9-10, juniors Kara Whitehead and Micah Cook finished first and second respectively in Expository Speaking for the second straight meet. Junior Steaven McKnight finished in third place in Mime. Senior team member Dainean Teeluk also took fifth in Dramatic Interpretation of Literature, and combined with Whitehead for a new Duet Acting piece that finished fourth. Finally, the trio of Cook, McKnight and Danny Brady took fifth in Readers Theatre. While coach Jonathan Baldwin has been away with his wife having a baby, former coach Kent Fiedling has stepped in to lead the team’s practices and took them to the Ketchikan meet. “I’ve been impressed with the team’s work ethic,” Fielding said.  “Losing Dom Rotier and Al Weber (to graduation), I wasn’t sure who would step up, but Danny, Steaven and Micah have put together an outstanding Readers Theater that could make a run during the State Tournament; Kara and Micah have been impressive in expository speaking finishing first and second again; and Dainean has made finals twice with her D.I.  Overall, it’s been a productive and exciting year.” Over the holiday break former SHS state DDF champion Shelby Surdyk is returning and will work with the team, and Baldwin returns in January.  The team’s next outing is the big...

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Panther boys start early, girls await home openers

The Skagway High School boys plunged into the season after just two weeks of practice with a trip to the Lumen Christi Invitational in Anchorage Dec. 15-17. While the boys lost all three games by larger margins each outing, they showed improvement, said coach Scott Lesh. Skagway’s closest game was the opener against host Lumen Christi Catholic High School. After a “super jittery” first quarter, Lesh said they climbed back in the game, eventually falling 36-28. The Panthers then lost to Birchwood of Eagle River, 41-26. But in their tourney finale against a strong JV team from 3A Bethel, the Panthers were hot out of the gate and were down 12-8 after one period. “It was one of the best first quarters since I’ve been coaching here,” Lesh said. Bethel poured it on after that quarter en route to a 61-28 win, but the Skagway coach saw a lot of things that will help the team prepare for its Jan. 3 home opener against Klawock and the Don Hather Tourney. “We did well for the amount of time we’ve had to work on things in practice,” Lesh said, noting that during those first two weeks some players had a DDF tournament and senior leader Ethan Goebel was wresting at regionals and state. Other seniors on the squad are Alex Ackerman, who made all-tourney in Anchorage, and Colton Belisle. There...

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Goebel wins SE wrestling, takes third at State

Ethan Goebel, Skagway’s lone high school wrestler this year, came on strong at the end of the season by dominating opponents at regionals in Sitka for a SE title in the 182-pound class. He followed that up with a strong showing at the ASAA 1A-2A-3A Meet in Anchorage Dec. 16-17, winning four of his five matches and placing third in the state. Coach Duppy Ticarro said Goebel wrestled in just two meets prior to regionals due to some academic issues and an injury sustained at the Haines meet, but he had lost only one match outright. Ticarro was the...

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