The 71st Gold Medal Basketball Tournament

Check back here for sports writer and photographer Klas Stolpe‘s coverage of the Juneau Lions Club’s 71st Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

2017 Gold Medal Championships

Haines and Hoonah players run up court during the Women’s Bracket championship of the Juneau Lions Club 71st Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School on Saturday. Haines won 52-30. (Photo courtesy Klas Stolpe)

Four champions were decided on Saturday night in the 2017 Juneau Lions Club 71st Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School. Haines topped Hoonah 52-30 for the Women’s crown, Hoonah edged Kake 80-78 for the Master’s title, Klukwan outlived Juneau’s James Gang 107-97 in three overtimes for the C-Bracket championship, and Haines out-paced Hoonah 79-73 in overtime for the B-Bracket bragging rights.

Women’s Championship

Haines 52, Hoonah 30

Haines captured their 13th Gold Medal championship, second for the women’s team, and defended their title from last year in a dominating performance led by tournament Most Valuable Player Alisa Beske in a 52-30 win over Hoonah on Saturday.

Peske scored eight of her 12 team-high points in the first half that helped Haines establish their inside presence for a 25-12 half-time lead.

Seven Haines’ players scored in both the first and second halves of play while Hoonah struggled to play their normally strong interior game that feeds off it’s outside shooting.

Haines defenders closed out on the Hoonah shooters limiting their open looks and defended the interior, not allowing second shots for Hoonah.

Lisa Shove added 8 points for Haines, Sarah Elliott and Kelly  Baumgartner 7 apiece, Fran Daly and Krista Kielmeier 6 each, Sabrina Sticker 4, and Stoli Lynch 1.

Taryn White led Hoonah with 13 points, Alice Johnson 5, Mariah Martin and Ladonna Johnson 4 apiece, and Brenna Johnson and Krissy Bean 2 each.

Haines (3-0 tourney record) went 3-4 at the charity stripe, Hoonah (2-2) 3-5. Haines made three 3-point shots, Hoonah 3.

Master’s Championship

Hoonah 80, Kake 78

The two communities with the most Gold Medal titles gave basketball fans the game of their lives on Saturday in the Masters Bracket championship at the Juneau Lions Club 71st Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Tournament Most Valuable Player Albert Hinchman scored two consecutive baskets, tying the score at 78-78 and giving Hoonah the lead at 80-78 with 46 seconds remaining, and then stole a pass off a Kake rebound from a missed Hoonah free throw with eight seconds left to seal the win.

This is Hoonah’s 27th Gold Medal title overall and third in the Masters Bracket, winning in 2011, 2015 and 2017.

Rudy Bean scored a game-high 38 points including seven in a row to put Kake up 75-69 with 3:25 remaining to play.

Hoonah’s Ken Willard hit a deep shot and was fouled on another, making two free throws, and Kip Howard scored for Kake, making it a 77-76 Kake lead with 2:17 left.

After Kake’s Jay Peterson hit one-of-two free throws for a 78-76 advantage, Hinchman tied the score with 1:45 left.

Garcia rebounded a missed shot and Hinchman scored again for an 80-78 Hoonah lead.

Another missed Kake shot and a rebound result in a loose ball scramble that Kake recovered and called time out. A set up play misfired and Kake was forced to foul, sending Garcia to the line. He missed the first shot of a 1-and-1 and Kake rebounded. The subsequent pass was picked off at half court by Hinchman and the title was cheered around the gym.

Hinchman led Hoonah with 21 points, Garcia and Willard added 13 apiece, Tierney Bible 9, Ed Mercer Jr. 8, Mike Mills 7, James Mercer 4, Louie White Sr. 3 and John Then Jr. 2.

Nick Davis added 11 for Kake, Kip Howard 9, Peterson 8, Lloyd Davis 6, Mike Martin 4, and Willis Cavanaugh 2.

Hoonah (3-0 tourney record) went 6-8 at the line, Kake (2-2) 20-33. Hoonah made eight 3-point shots, Kake 4.

C-Bracket Championship

Klukwan 107, James Gang 97 (3 OT)

It took tourney history for Klukwan to defend their Gold Medal title 107-97 over Juneau’s James Gang.

Never has the tournament seen a three overtime championship game and Klukwan sustained the extra 12 minutes for their community’s seventh title overall, and second in the C-Bracket.

Four James Gang players fouled out in overtime play.

James Gang led at the half 37-31 and kept at least a four point advantage through the second half.

Klukwan closed to within one point, 70-69, with 2:30 remaining in regulation on a Jessie McGraw shot and took the lead as tournament Most Valuable Player Andrew Friske and Stuart Dewitt forced a loose ball and Dewitt passed over his head and behind to a breaking Jason Shull for the 71-70 lead. James Gang missed a shot and fouled Jessie McGraw who hit both for a 73-70 lead. James Gang’s Billy Ehlers hit a long ball to tie the score and force extra time.

Jim Carson gave James Gang the lead in the first overtime while Michael Ganey hit a free throw for Klukwan. After a Ray Zimmer rebound and score put James Gang up 77-74, McGraw and Shull scored and Friske was fouled by Ehlers, his fifth and final, making both for a 81-77 lead. Carson made two free throws for James Gang and Ganey a basket for Klukwan to keep a 83-79 lead with a minute left. James Gang’s Sean Joslyn and Zimmer hit consecutive baskets to tie the score at 83-83 and force another overtime.

Klukwan’s Dewitt, Shull and Ganey alternated between deep scores from James Gang’s Zimmer and Doug Drazkowski and another put back by Zimmer for a James Gang 91-90 lead at the 1:52 mark. Zimmer was whistled for his fifth and final foul, resulting in Ganey hitting the front end of a 1-and-1 and Dewitt nailed a deep shot for a 93-91 Klukwan lead. Russ Stevens hit two free throws to tie the score and force another four minutes of play.

Tied at 93-93 starting the third extra period, Shull scored for Klukwan and McGraw was fouled by Stevens, his fifth and final, and hit one. McGraw then hit a deep three and Ganey had a steal and basket for a 101-93 Klukwan advantage. After James Gang’s Carson hit a free throw, Ganey scored again for a 103-94 lead. James Gang’s Joslyn hit a deep shot for their last score. Shull was fouled by Carson, his fifth and final, and made both. Shull then clinched the game with two more free throws for the 107-97 final.

McGraw led Klukwan with 25 points, Shull 23, Friske 22, Ganey 21, Dewitt 14, and David Buss 2.

Zimmer scored a game-high 26 points for James Gang, Carson added 23, Joslyn 20, Ehlers 13, Drazkowski and Stevens 6 apiece, and Al Tagaban 3.

Klukwan (4-0 tourney record) went 31-41 at the line, James Gang (4-2) 20-28. Klukwan made 12 3-point shots, James Gang 9.

B-Bracket Championship

Haines 79, Hoonah 73

Haines outlasted Hoonah 77-73 in overtime behind 29 points from tournament Most Valuable Player Kyle Fossman to earn their 14th Gold Medal title and sixth in the B-Bracket.

Fossman hit 12-13 from the charity stripe, including 7-7 in the overtime period.

Fossman hit two free throws with 1:20 left in regulation for a 67-65 lead and Hoonah’s David Lindstrom nailed a deep shot to take it back 68-67. Hoonah’s Richard Moore hit one-of-two free throws for a 69-67 advantage and Kyle Rush tied the game for Haines with 15 seconds left. Hoonah missed a shot at the end of regulation.

Haines’ Ben Egolf hit inside for the first basket of overtime and Fossman made it 73-69 with 1:39 left in the extra session. Rush missed the front end of a 1-and-1 but Egolf rebounded and found Fossman who was fouled by Lindstrom for a 75-69 lead.

Hoonah scored on baskets by Jon Torres and Jaylin Prince but each time between scores they fouled Fossman who hit all four, his last two with 11.6 seconds left for the 79-73 win.

Tyler Healy added 20 points for Haines, Egolf 16, Rush 9, Jordan Baumgartner 3, and Ryan Harms 2.

Torres led Hoonah with 25 points, Prince added 11, Brian Koening and Charles Carteeti 9 apiece, Richard Moore and Devin Moritz 6 each, Lindstrom 5, and George Fisher 2.

Haines (4-0 tourney record) went 16-20 at the line, Hoonah (3-2) 7-11. Haines made nine 3-point shots, Hoonah 12.

2017 Gold Medal Tournament Awards

Steve Brandner was presented with a trophy for his dedication to the Juneau Lions Club. Left-to-right are Lion Sasha, Lion Tim, Brandner and Lion Edward. (Photo courtesy Klas Stolpe)

2017 Gold Medal Hall of Fame

Stuart DeWitt (Klukwan), Nick Davis (Kake), Joe Thompson (referee, official).

2017 Walter A. Soboleff Achievement Award

Steve Brandner (Juneau).

Women’s Bracket

Champion: Haines, 52-30 over Hoonah.

All-Tourney: Sarah Elliot (Haines), Rose Fraker (Yakutat), Mariah Martin (Hoonah), Lisa Shove (Haines), Taryn White (Hoonah).

Sportsmanship: Roxann Braley (Angoon).

Most Valuable Player: Alisa Beske (Haines).

Master’s Bracket

Champion: Hoonah, 80-78 over Kake.

All-Tourney: Greg Garcia (Hoonah), Nick Davis (Kake), Frank Jack (Angoon), Jay Peterson (Kake), Ken Willard (Hoonah).

Sportsmanship: Willis Cavanaugh (Kake).

Most Valuable Player: Albert Hinchman (Hoonah).


Champion: Klukwan, 107-97 (3 OT) over James Gang.

All-Tourney: Willie Hayward (Metlakatla), Michael Ganey (Klukwan), Anthony Lindoff (Hoonah), Jim Carson (James Gang), Martin Sensmeier (Yakutat), Jesse McGraw (Klukwan), Sean Joslyn (James Gang), Jason Shull (Klukwan).

Sportsmanship: Kamal Lindoff (Hoonah).

Most Valuable Player: Andrew Friske (Klukwan).


Champion: Haines, 79-73 (1 OT) over Hoonah.

All-Tourney: David Lindstrom (Hoonah), Ryan Howell (Wrangell), Ben Golf (Haines), Clayton Edwin (Angoon), Vinny Edenshaw (Hydaburg), Brian Koening (Hoonah), Tyler Healy (Haines), Kyle Rush (Haines).

Sportsmanship: Eric James (Wrangell).

Most Valuable Player: Kyle Fossman (Haines).

Friday’s recap

Metlakatla’s Willie Hayward (20) scores against James Gang’s Ray Zimmer (34), Al Tagaban (21) and Jim Carson (20) during their C-Bracket elimination game in the Juneau Lions Club 71st Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School on Friday. James Gang won 84-74. (Photo courtesy Klas Stolpe)

Women’s Bracket

Hoonah 56, Yakutat 53

Hoonah (2-1) eliminated Yakutat (1-2) from Gold Medal tournament play 56-53 behind a game-high 20 points by Mariah Martin.

Hoonah led 30-23 at the half and Yakutat could never close within three points until late in the second half when Rose Fraker hit a deep 3-point shot to bring the score to 55-53 with under 15 seconds remaining. Taryn White hit a free throw to ice the game.

White added 11 points for Hoonah, Melissa Fisher 9, LaDonna Johnson 8, Brenna Johnson 6, and Paula Drake 2.

R. Fraker led Yakutat with 18 points, Nadine Fraker 9, Katrina Fraker 8, Kaitlyn Ivers and Jasmine James 4 apiece, Kim Buller and Lorena Williams 3 each, and Janie Jensen and Starr Jensen 2 apiece.

Hoonah went 7-20 at the line, Yakutat 3-6. Hoonah made five 3-point shots, Yakutat 6.

Hoonah will play for the championship against Haines (2-0) at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Hoonah has 26 Gold Medal titles, just one in the Women’s Bracket for 2015. Haines has 12 Gold Medal titles, one in the Womens, but are the defending tournament champions.

Master’s Bracket

Kake 94, Angoon 67

Kake (2-1) eliminated Angoon (1-2) from the Gold Medal tournament 94-67 behind 26 points from Jay Peterson and 24 from Nick Davis.

Frank Jack scored a game-high 27 points for Angoon, Marti Jack added 16, Edward Jack 10, Ben Johnson 8, Jay Booth and Kevin Mitchell 4 apiece, and Roger Williams 2.

Lloyd Davis added 13 points for Kake, Rich Austin 12, Tim James 6, Kip Howard and Mike Martin 4 apiece, Keith Nelson 3, and Willis Cavanaugh 2.

Kake was 6-16 at the line, Angoon 6-12. Kake hit eight 3-point shots, Angoon 5.

Kake advances to play Hoonah in the championship at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Kake has 19 Gold Medal titles, two in the Masters, and are defending champions.

Hoonah has 26 titles overall, two in the Masters including 2015.


James Gang 84, Metlakatla 74

Willie Hayward closed out his 2017 Gold Medal Tournament with 50 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists, 5 steals and at least one highlight dribbling performance in which, after stealing the ball, he hit top speed at half court where a defender waited and smoothly put the ball between the oppositions legs, got it back with the same hand and proceeded into the key where he made a shot and was fouled.

We hate to see legends not make the final and Metlakatla (2-2) fell 84-74 to James Gang (4-1).

Anthony Gogert added 10 points for Metlakatla, Nick Buchanan 8, Chevy Cook 3, Game Duckworth 2, and Archie Dundas 1.

Billy Ehlers led James Gang with 20 points, Jim Carson 19, Sean Joslyn 16, Russ Stevens 9, Al Tagaban 8, Ray Zimmer 6, Greg Huebschen, Sean Smith and Doug Drazkowski 2 each.

James Gang hit 9-11 at the line, Metlakatla 14-22. James Gang made nine 3-point shots, Metlakatla 7.

James Gang led 44-35 at the half.

James Gang advances to play Klukwan in the championship at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Klukwan has six titles overall, one in the C, and are defending champions. Juneau’s James Gang will be looking for their first title.


Hoonah 85, Wrangell 77

Hoonah held off Wrangell 85-77 in a B-Bracket Gold Medal elimination game to earn a trip to the championship.

Hoonah held a 41-37 lead at the half and both teams used balanced scoring, tough defense, and a “never-say-die” attitude that took the game down to the wire.

Brian Koening led Hoonah with 18 points, Jaylin Prince and DJ Lindstrom added 17 apiece, Jon Torres 12, George Fisher 11, and Charles Carteeti 10.

Wrangell’s Ryan Howell and Andrew Versteeg each hit a game-high 20 points, Tony Harding added 11, Jason Clark 9, Eric James 8, Robbie Marshall 7, and Spencer Stavee 2.

Hoonah went 15-23 at the line, Wrangell 13-17. Hoonah made 13 3-point shots, Wrangell 12.

Hoonah advances to play Haines for the championship at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Haines has 12 titles overall, including six in the A and five in the B. Hoonah has 26 titles, nine in the B.

Thursday’s recap

Klukwan’s Andrew Friske (44) scores over Metlakatla’s Chris Mowers (3) during their C-Bracket semifinal in the Juneau Lions Club 71st Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School on Thursday. Klukwan won 96-94. (Photo courtesy Klas Stolpe)


Wrangell 92, Angoon 81

Wrangell continued their run through the elimination games with a 92-81 dismantling of defending champion Angoon, sending the team representing the community on Admiralty Island’s west side home while the cheers from the fan base representing the shores near the Stikine River echoed loudly.

Team play, balanced offensive scoring and tireless defensive pressure earned Wrangell the win.

Ryan Howell led Wrangell with 25 points, Eric James 17, Jason Clark 16, Tony Harding 14, Andrew Versteeg 7, Mitch More 6, Robbie Marshall 5, and Spencer Stavee 2.

Angoon’s Clayton Edwin worked for each of his game-high 36 points, 14 below his tourney average, as Wrangell double-teamed, switched, and hounded the silky smooth forward. Edwin went to the free throw line 21 times and hit 19.

Steve Johnson added 17 points for Angoon, B. Johnson 9, Dustin Endicott and Duncan O’Brien 7 apiece, Jeremiah Jack 3, and Marcus Jamestown 2.

Wrangell led at the half 45-40 and by as many as 17 points in the second stanza.

Angoon closed the margin to nine points at the 2:25 mark of the second half on two Edwin free throws but Howell hit two of his own and Harding added one.

After a Bailey Johnson free throw and a Jamestown basket closed the margin to 86-77 Harding drained a deep 3-point shot, and then Howell and Harding combined to steal the ball and Harding hit another short shot for a 91-77 Wrangell advantage.

Two Edwin free throws and a Johnson bucket finished the Angoon scoring as time ran out with Wrangell’s James hitting the final free throw.

Wrangell hit 17-26 at the line, Angoon 21-29. Wrangell made seven 3-point shots, Angoon 10.

Wrangell advances to play Hoonah in an elimination game at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Haines 77, Hoonah 63

Kyle Fossman scored 34 points and Tyler Healey added 24 to lead Haines over Hoonah 77-63 in a B-Bracket semifinal.

George Fisher and Jon Torres topped Hoonah with 14 points apiece, David Lindstrom added 8, Richard Moore, Brian Koening, Charles Carteeti, and Jaylin Prince 6 each, and Devin Moritz 3.

Ben Golf added 8 points for Haines, Orion Falvey 6, Kyle Rush 3, and Jordan Baumgartner 2.

Haines went 9-9 at the line, Hoonah 4-6. Haines hit 10 3-point shots, Hoonah 13.

Haines advances to the championship game at 8 p.m. Saturday. Hoonah plays an elimination game against Wrangell at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Women’s Bracket

Haines 65, Yakutat 52

Fran Daly scored 20 points and Alisa Beske 18 as Haines outlasted Yakutat in their Women’s Bracket semifinal 65-52.

Rose Fraker scored a game-high 23 points for Yakutat, including five 3-point shots, four in a key run in the second half, and Nadine Fraker added 13 points, Kim Buller 10, Lorena Williams 3, Jasmine James 2, and Katrina Fraker 1.

Sarah Elliott added 15 points for Haines, Lisa Shove 6, and Stoli Lynch and Krista Kielmeier 3 apiece.

Haines went 12-25 from the line, Yakutat 4-8. Haines hit five 3-point shots, Yakutat 7.

Haines advances to the championship game at 2 p.m. Saturday and Yakutat plays an elimination game against Hoonah at 2 p.m. Friday.


Klukwan  96, Metlakatla 94

Klukwan came back from a 16-point deficit in the second half to defeat Metlakatla 96-94 and earn a day of rest before the C-Bracket championship game on Saturday.

Stuart Dewitt scored just eight points in the game but all came in a stretch with 2:59 remaining.

Dewitt hit two free throws to close Klukwan within 89-87, then drained a deep 3-pointer for a 90-89 lead.

Metlakatla’s Willie Hayward hit a basket to regain the lead 91-90 with 1:15 remaining.

Dewitt than hit another deep shot for a 94-91 advantage, Jason Shull added one free throw and Andrew Friske hit two free throws with 6.4 seconds remaining for a two possession advantage.

Metlakatla’s Anthony Gogert hit a deep shot as time expired for the final score.

Friske led Klukwan with a game-high 38 points, Shull 24, Jessie MaGraw 22, Dewitt 8, and Michael Ganey 4.

Hayward led Metlakatla with 32 points, Gogert 22, Game Duckworth 16, Nick Buchanan 12, Chevy Cook 7, Archie Dundas 3, and Chris Mowers 2.

Klukwan hit 17-21 at the line, Metlakatla 10-20. Klukwan made 13 3-point shots, Metlakatla 10.

Klukwan advances to the 6 p.m. Saturday title game, Metlakatla plays an elimination game against Juneau’s James Gang at 6 p.m. Friday.

James Gang 71, Hoonah 50

Al Tagaban and Sean Joslyn were on fire from 3-point land as James Gang eliminated Hoonah from the Gold Medal tournament 71-50.

Tagaban notched a game-high 17 points, including three 3-point shots in the first half, and Joslyn added another three in the second half while scoring 16 points.

James Gang led 31-23 at the half. Billy Ehlers added 12 points, Jim Carson and Ray Zimmer 7 each, Russ Stevens 6, Greg Huebschen 4, and Doug Drzkowski 2.

Lucas Johnson led Hoonah with 13 points, Travis Dybdahl added 12, Kamal Lindoff and Mike Schneeberger 10 apiece, and Donald Dybdahl 5.

James Gang hit 8-16 at the line, Hoonah 8-12. James Gang made 9 3-point shots, Hoonah 6.

James Gang plays an elimination game against ??? at 6 p.m. Friday.

Master’s Bracket

Hoonah 94, Angoon 67

Hoonah did everything they needed to defeat Angoon 94-67 in their semifinal game.

Everything except stop Frank Jack. Jack scored 35 points for Angoon in the loss. Ben Johnson added 10 points, Marti Fred 9, Edward Jack 6, Jay Booth 4, and Paul Johnson 3.

Hoonah’s Greg Garcia and Albert Hinchman scored 17 points apiece to lead the victors. Duane Jack Sr. added 12 points, Ken Willard 11, Louie White Sr. 7, John Thein Jr., Ed Mercer Jr. and Mike Miles 6 apiece, and Charles Matlock, Pete Schneeberger, and Tiernay Bible 4 each.

Hoonah was 6-12 at the line, Angoon 6-13. Hoonah made 18 3-point shots, Angoon 11.

Hoonah advances to the championship game at 4 p.m. Saturday. Angoon plays an elimination game against Kake at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Wednesday’s recap

Women’s Bracket

Angoon’s Carmaleeda Estrada (1) dribbles around Hoonah’s Alice Johnson (5) during their Womens Bracket elimination game in the Juneau Lions Club 71st Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School on Wednesday. Hoonah won 47-45. (Photo courtesy Klas Stolpe)

Hoonah 47, Angoon 45

Hoonah’s Taryn White rebounded a missed shot and scored on a last second ball that bounced on every inch of the rim, the top of the backboard and then the bottom of the net to eliminate Angoon 47-45 from the Women’s bracket at Gold Medal.

Angoon trailed 29-17 at the half and patiently worked their way back into the game, taking their first lead at 36-35 on a Carmaleeda Estrada free throw with 7:11 remaining to play.

Hoonah’s Mariah Martin tied the game at 37-37 on a pair of free throws and after Estrada hit one-of-two from the charity stripe Hoonah went on an 8-0 run to lead 45-38.

Angoon’s Roxann Braley hit a bucket and teammate Tasha Heumann was fouled on a made drive, sinking the free throw to pull within 45-43 with just over a minute remaining.

After a missed Hoonah free throw Heumann hit a basket to tie the game at 45-45.

Hoonah missed a shot and lost the ball out of bounds, but Martin stole the inbounds pass and drove to the hoop with 10 seconds left. Her shot missed and White battled for the rebound, gained possession and lofted a contested shot from under the basket that bounced high above the rim and came through as the buzzer sounded.

Amber White led Hoonah with 15 points, Martin 7, Alice Johnson, T. White, and Ladonna Johns 6 each, Melissa Fisher 5, and Krissy Lanyi 2.

Estrada scored a game-high 21 points for Angoon, Heumann and Natasha Kookesh added 11 apiece, and Braley 2.

Hoonah hit 10-27 from the line, Angoon 13-17. Hoonah had five 3-point shots, Angoon 4.

Hoonah advances to play an elimination game at 2 p.m. Friday against the loser of the Thursday’s semifinal between Yakutat and Haines.


Angoon 96, Kake 75

Angoon’s Clayton Edwin scored 46 points, 31 in the first half, in a 96-75 elimination game win over Kake.

Shea Jackson hit seven 3-point shots in the second half, and Tracy Jackson four, to bring Kake back into the game after trailing 48-32 at the break. The duo scored all but four of Kake’s second half points.

Duncan O’Brien added 16 points for Angoon, John Croasman Jr. 9, Stephen Johnson and Marcus Jamestown 8 apiece, Bailey Johnson 4, Michael Howard 3, and Jeremiah Jack 2.

S. Jackson led Kake with 30 points, T. Jackson 27, Deron Jackson added 10, Lance Drake 6, and Dean Cavanaugh 2.

Angoon hit 10-16 at the charity stripe, Lake 7-11. Angoon made 12 3-point shots, Kake 14.

Angoon advances to an elimination game against Wrangell at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Wrangell 87, Hydaburg 68

Hydaburg picked a poor tourney game to go cold, and Wrangell picked up a tall shade for their inside game with the addition of 6’10” Ryan Reeves.

Already a tourney powerhouse on defense the addition of Reeves in the paint for Wrangell proved to be a deciding factor against the hard driving Hydaburg players.

Reeves scored 22 points, including four dunks, blocked five shots and altered a number of others, and pulled down 9 rebounds.

Vinny Edenshaw led Hydaburg with 47 points but a first half deficit of 49-26 was too much to overcome. Forced to foul Hydaburg ended up with four players on the court including their coach Sid Edenshaw.

Eric James added 12 points for Wrangell, Tony Harding and Mitch Mork 11 apiece, Andrew Versteeg and Jason Clark 10 each, Robbie Marshal 6, and Ryan Howell 5.

Devin Edenshaw added 10 points for Hydaburg, Donald Edenshaw 5, Greg Frisby 4, and Sebastian Bowker 2.

Wrangell went 19-30 at the line, Hydaburg 23-28. Wrangell hit four 3-point shots, Hydaburg 5.

Wrangell now plays Angoon in an elimination game at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Master’s Bracket

Kake 67, Sitka 51

Kake eliminated Sitka 67-51 from Gold Medal action as four players reached double figures for a balanced offensive attack.

Rick Austin and Nick Davis led Kake with 13 points, Jay Peterson 12, Kip Howard 10, Lloyd Davis 8, Tim James 5, Mike Martin 4, and Tony Abbott 2.

Kake led 31-21 at the half.

Norm Staton tallied a game-high 22 points for Sitka, Steve Edenshaw added 15, Ray Kitka and Rich McAlpin 5 apiece, and Jeff Richards 4.

Kake hit 3-4 from the line, Sitka 2-2. Lake made four 3-point shots, Sitka 11.

Kake advances to play an elimination game at 3:30 p.m. Friday against the loser of Thursday’s semifinal between Hoonah and Angoon.


James Gang 70, Yakutat 62

Juneau’s James Gang outlasted Yakutat for a 70-62 Gold Medal elimination game win behind 21 points from Sean Joslyn. Doug Drazkowski added 12, Jim Carson and Russ Stevens 11 apiece, Billy Ehlers 6, Al Tagaban 5, and Ray Zimmer 4.

Jimmy Jensen scored a game-high 26 points for Yakutat. Martin Sensmeier added 14, Jerry Riddlington 7, and Ahpa Porter, Jonus Jensen and Ralph Wolfe 5 each.

Yakutat led 37-31 at the half.

James Gang hit 17-22 at the line, Yakutat 8- 18. James Gang made just one 3-point shot, Yakutat 6.

James Gang next plays an elimination game against Hoonah at 12:30 p.m., Thursday.

Hoonah 66, Filcom 62

Hoonah ousted Filcom from Gold Medal tournament play 66-62 after trailing 30-26 at the half and never taking more than an eight point lead in the second stanza.

Filcom’s Rob Ridgeway connected on four 3-point shots in the final 12 minutes, the first closing the score to 37-34, then again at 41-39 and 54-50 with 3:35 left.

Anthony and Kamal Lindoff countered with drives and free throws of their own to pace Hoonah.

After a common two-point shot Ridgeway hit again to bring the score to 64-62 with 12 seconds remaining but Hoonah’s Michael Schneeberger iced the game with two free throws.

Hoonah was led by A. Lindoff’s 21, Schneeberger 19, K. Lindoff 14, Authur Campbell 5, Donald Dybdahl 4, David Lindoff 2, and Lucas Johnson 1.

Steve Wall led Filcom with 17, Ridgeway 14, Christian Carpenter 13, Ronan Tagsip 11, and Toby Carandang 7.

Hoonah went 24-31 at the line, Filcom 11-14. Hoonah hit six 3-point shots, Filcom 7.

Hoonah advances to play Juneau’s James Gang in an elimination game at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Tuesday’s recap

Women’s Bracket

Angoon’s Carmaleeda Estrada (1) shoots against Yakutat’s Janie Jensen (23), Katrina Fraker (3) and Rose Fraker (20) during their Women’s Bracket game at the Juneau Lions Club 71st Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School on Tuesday. Yakutat won 61-41. (Photo courtesy Klas Stolpe)

Yakutat 61, Angoon 41

Rose Fracker hit three 3-point baskets in the first half, scoring 13 of her 17 game points as Yakutat opened a 36-20 advantage at the break and Katrina Fracker added five of her game-high 20 points in a key stretch to start the second half as Yakutat advances to a semifinal at 6 p.m. Thursday. Angoon plays an elimination game at 2 p.m. Friday.

Despite hot shooting from Carmaleeda Estrada and inside play by Tasha Huemann, Angoon could never get closer than nine points in the second half, closing to 43-34 with 11:20 remaining in the game before Yakutat’s Janie Jensen scored five straight points to take the momentum back. Jensen finished with 15, Kim Buller 6, and Lorena Williams 3.

Estrada scored 18 to lead Angoon, Huemann 9, Natasha Kookesh 9, Roxann Braley and Rosanna See 2 apiece, and Shiann Kookesh 1.

Yakutat was 10-18 at the line, Angoon 7-12. Yakutat hit three 3-point shots, Angoon 4.

Haines 62, Hoonah 55

Haines missed nine free throws with under a minute remaining, but Hoonah could not capitalize on their rebound possessions and fell 62-55 in Women’s Bracket play.

Mariah Martin had a game-high 24 points, including three 3-point shots in the second half, but Hoonah could not close a six-point deficit with 6:46 remaining in the game. Hoonah led at the half 25-23 and the teams had seven lead changes to start the second stanza.

Fran Daly led Haines with 15 points, including two 3-point shots in a key run in the second half, Alisa Beske added 14, Sarah Elliott 11, Lisa Shove 9, Stoli Lynch 8, Krista Kielmeier 3, and Tiffany DeWitt 2.

Taryn White added 14 points for Hoonah, Melissa Fisher 8, Alyce Johnson 4, Ladonna Johns 3, and Krissy Lanyi 2.

Haines went 14-35 at the charity stripe, Hoonah 2-9. Haines hit four 3-point shots to Hoonah’s five.

Haines advances to semifinal play against Yakutat at 6 p.m. Thursday. Hoonah plays Angoon in an elimination game at 9 p.m. Wednesday.


Angoon 84, Yakutat 76

Clayton Edwin was unstoppable in Angoon’s 84-76 elimination game win over Yakutat, scoring 55 points with a shot chart that resembled a successful Easter egg hunt. Edwin hit 6-8 from beyond the 3-point line, 15-21 inside the arch, and 7-8 from the charity stripe. No other teammate had double figures as Bailey Johnson and Duncan O’Brien hit 8 apiece, JJ Jack-Nixon and John Croasmun Jr. 4 each, Stephen Johnson 3 and Marcus Jamestown 2.

Yakutat had four players in double digits with Josh James hitting 22, Billy Brown 21, Robert Sensmeier 17 and David Brown 10. Jake Taylor scored three points, Westley Porter 2 and Adam Johnson 1.

Angoon hit 11-14 at the free throw line, Yakutat 13-16. Angoon had 7 3-point shots, Yakutat 9.

Angoon plays Kake in an elimination game at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Hydaburg 96, Metlakatla 88

Metlakatla put six players in double figures but it still was not enough to out-point the Hydaburg duo of Vinny and Devin Edenshaw.

Vinny Edenshaw scored 49 points, 18 from beyond the arch, and Devin tallied 25, 15 from deep, as Hydaburg put Metlakatla out of the Gold Medal B-Bracket.

Hydaburg led 59-49 at the half and countered every second half run by Metlakatla.

Donald Edenshaw added 11 points for Hydaburg, Greg Frisby 7, Sebastian Bowker and Nick Nix 2 apiece.

Ashton Hayward led Metlakatla with 19 points, Carson Winter and Franklin Hayward 13 each, Brian Hayward 11, Mike Henderson and Tristan Winter 10 apiece, Bradley Martinez 8, and Joshua O’Brien 4.

Hydaburg hit 22-29 at the line, Metlakatla 14-18. Hydaburg notched 14 3-point scores, Metlakatla 8.

Hydaburg plays an elimination game against Wrangell at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.


James Gang 88, Kake 52

Juneau’s James Gang pushed a 44-24 first half lead into an elimination game victory over Kake 88-52 despite a game high 23 points from Kake’s Brandon Jackson.

Sean Joslyn led James Gang with 20 points, Billy Ehlers and Ray Zimmer 12 apiece, Jim Carson and Al Tagaban 9 each, Doug Drazkowski 7, Greg Huebschen 6, Levi Hotch 5, Sean Smith 4, and Russ Stevens 3.

Paul Demmert added 13 points for Kake, Josh Jackson 11, Duane Brown 3, and Thomas Jackson 2.

James Gang went 12-19 at the line, Kake 3-8. James Gang hit 4 3-point field goals, Kake 5.

James Gang advances to play Yakutat in an elimination game at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Hoonah 88, Angoon 66

Hoonah hit seven 3-point shots in the first half, two each by Anthony Lindoff, Lucas Johnson and Michael Schneeberger, to take a 48-28 advantage over Angoon in their elimination game on Tuesday.

Lindoff had a game-high 26 points, Schneeberger 15, Author Campbell 12, Kamal Lindoff 11, Johnson and Donald Dybdahl 10 apiece, Johan Hinchman and David Lindoff 2 each.

Angoon’s Levi Johnson Sr. hit 17 of his team-high 24 points in the second half but Angoon could not close the gap.

Guy Hunter added 16 points for Angoon, Frank Lane 11, Demetrius Johnson 6, Stan Johnson 4, Lester Sitka 3 and James Wilson 2.

Hoonah hit 15-27 at the charity stripe, Angoon 14-24. Hoonah had 11 3-point shots, Angoon made 8.

Hoonah advances to an elimination game against Filcom at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Monday’s recap


Filcom’s Steve Wall looks to pass over the defense of Klukwan’s Jesse McGraw (33) during their C-Bracket game of the Juneau-Lions Club 71st Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School on Monday. Klukwan won 75-69. (Photo courtesy Klas Stolpe)

Hoonah 61, Kake 57

In one of the most athletic games of the 2017 tournament Hoonah and Kake traded basket for basket in a thriller that left fans on the edge of the bleachers.

Hoonah’s Brian Koenig hit five 3-point shots en route to a game-high 20 points while Tracy Jackson scored 11 of his team-high 18 in the second half to give Kake a chance to win.

The game was tied 27-27 at the half and 50-50 with four minutes remaining. Jonathan Torres hit his second free throw for a 51-50 Hoonah lead. An intentional foul gave the ball and two free throws to Kake. Tim Demmert hit one to tie the game and Dean Cavanaugh drained a deep shot beyond the arch for a 54-51 advantage.

Back-to-back 3-point shots by Jaylin Prince and Charles Carteeti put Hoonah up 56-54. Another Hoonah possession led to Prince hitting Torres inside for a basket.

Cavanaugh put in Kake’s final basket with under a minute to play. Hoonah spread the floor and Koenig hit 3-4 from the charity stripe down the stretch.

Hoonah advances to Thursday’s semifinal at 7:30 p.m. and Kake plays an elimination game at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Haines 82, Wrangell 52

Haines rode their six-player roster on full throttle and opened a 25-point lead, 50-25, going into halftime of their quarterfinal game against Wrangell, and eased into the 82-52 quarterfinal win.

Kyle Fossman, Tyler Healey and Ben Egolf tallied 70 points. Fossman hit six 3-point shots, five in the first half, and Egolf four, three in the second half.

Wrangell did not score a field goal until nearly five minutes into action when Mitch Mork scored six points in a row en route to 10 in the first half.

Haines advances to the semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Thursday against Hoonah. Wrangell plays in an elimination game at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.


Klukwan 75, Filcom 69

Klukwan took a 42-30 first half lead and expanded it to 20 points before Filcom’s Christian Carpenter went on an aggressive scoring binge, hitting 12 of his 22 points in the second half.

Klukwan withstood the charge with a balanced team spacing on the floor to find the open man each time Filcom closed under 10 points. Andrew Friske’s game-high 30 points and the team defense paved the way to the win and a date in Thursday’s C-bracket semifinal at 9 p.m. Filcom falls to elimination play at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Metlakatla 101, Yakutat 72

Metlakatla had five players score in double figures to down Yakutat 101-72 in a C-bracket quarterfinal with Willie Hayward hitting a game-high 27 points.

Martin Sensmeier scored 23 points for Yakutat, and Jimmy Jensen added 22.

Metlakatla led at the half 47-31.

Masters bracket

Hoonah 80, Kake 66

The older generation can still stroke the long bombs and Hoonah’s Greg Garcia and Albert Hinchman challenged the Kake defense from deep while Tierney Bible handled the paint.

Lloyd Davis gave Kake an outside threat to stay in contention and they trailed 34-32 at the half. Kake’s Nick Davis scored 15 of his 17 game points in the second stanza but four Hoonah players hit from deep and Hinchman scored 17 of his 24 after the break.

Hoonah advances to a semifinal at 2 p.m. Thursday. Kake plays an elimination game at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Angoon 65, Sitka 56

Frank Jack knocked down nine 3-point field goals and scored a game-high 28 points to lead Angoon over Sitka.

Steve Edenshaw nearly matched Jack shot-for-shot, hitting seven of his own from beyond the arch and tallying 24 points for Sitka.

Angoon advances to a semifinal against Hoonah at 2 p.m. Thursday. Sitka plays an elimination game against Lake at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Sunday’s recap


Kake’s Tracy Jackson (20) dribbles under pressure by Angoon defender JJ Jack-Nixon (3) during Kake’s 86-73 win on Sunday in the Juneau Lions Club 71st Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at JDHS. (Photo courtesy Klas Stolpe)

Klukwan 85, Kake 54

Defending champion Klukwan opened the 2017 Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Basketball Tournament with a 85-54 win over Kake on Sunday at Juneau-Douglas High School.

The boys from the Chilkat River hoops hot bed had four steals in the first five minutes of play, two by Jesse McGraw, to open a 17-6 lead and never looked back.

“It was a good run for all of us,” McGraw said. “Everybody seems to be in shape and healthy, and for our age that is a good thing.”

Klukwan notched eight 3-point shots in the first half, three by Stuart DeWitt and two by Dan Hotch, and Andrew Friske scored 14 of his game-high 18 points to open a 52-25 advantage at the break.

McGraw scored the first basket of the game and did the same to start the second half as Klukwan went on an 11-4 run to push the score to 63-29 en route to the 31-point win.

Michael Ganey and DeWitt added 12 points for Klukwan, Jason Shull 8, David Buss and Scott Forbes 7 apiece,  McGraw, Hotch and Jeffrey Klanott 6 each, and Daniel Klanott 3.

Brandon Jackson led Kake with 16 points, Josh Jackson added 13, Jess Ross 12, Duane Brown 11 and Burt Jackson 2.

Klukwan was 1-2 from the free throw line; Kake went 1-5. Klukwan hit 21 shots from beyond the arc and Kake 3.

Klukwan moves to winners’ pool play at 12:30 p.m. Monday. Kake faces an elimination game at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Filcom 59, James Gang 51

Filcom held off a late James Gang rally to win 59-51.

Rob Ridgeway led Filcom with 17 points, Christian Carpenter 15, Ronan Tagsip 10, Steve Wall 10, Toby Carandang 4, Franz Kugelmann 2 and Nino Bohulano 1.

Jim Carson led James Gang with 15 points, Doug Drazkowski 8, Levi Hotch 7, Sean Joslyn 6, Al Tagaban 6, Russ Stevens 4, Billy Elhyers 3, and Ray Zimmer 2.

Filcom was 18-32 at the line, James Gang 7-13. Filcom had 3 3-point shots, James Gang 4.

Yakutat 62, Hoonah 59

Yakutat’s Martin Sensmeier scored 17 points, including two contested shots in the final minute of play to give Yakutat a 62-59 win over Hoonah.

Sensmeier sank a driving, spinning mid-range jumper off the glass for a 59-58 advantage with 15 seconds remaining. Hoonah’s Anthony Lindoff was fouled with eight seconds left and hit the second shot of his bonus to tie the game.

Sensmeier then dribbled the length of the floor under hard defensive pressure and pulled up from beyond the arc to hit the game winner.

Apha Porter added 15 points for Yakutat, Jimmy Jensen 13, Jerry Riddlington 12, Ralph Wolfe 3 and Jonus Jensen 1.

Donald Dybdahl had 17 for Hoonah, Kamal Lindoff 16, A. Lindoff 14, and Lucas Johnson and Michael Schneeberger 6 apiece.

Yakutat went 9-19 at the line and Hoonah 18-30. Yakutat had 5 3-point shots, Hoonah 1.

Metlakatla 85, Angoon 72

Willie Hayward put up a game-high 36 points to lead Metlakatla over Angoon, 85-72.

Metlakatla broke open a 47-37 halftime advantage with scores by Hayward, Nick Buchanan and Gabe Duckworth to take control of the C-bracket contest.

Archie Dundas and Duckworth added 11 points each for Metlakatla, Buchanan 10, Chris Mowers 8, Anthony Gogert 5, and Chevy Cook and Dave Johnson 2 apiece.

Angoon was led by Levi Johnson with 20 points, James Wilson 16, Guy Hunter 14, Demetrius Johnson 7, Frank Lane 5, Lester Sitka 4, Stan Johnson 3, Kyle Johnson 2 and Travis See 1.

Metlakatla went 14-23 from the line, Angoon 9-15. Metlakatla hit 7 3-pointers, Angoon 9.


Kake 86, Angoon 73

Tracy Jackson scored a game-high 28 points, including 21 in the first half, to lead Kake past defending champion Angoon 86-73 in the Gold Medal B bracket opening action.

Shea Jackson added 16 points for the victors, Lance Drake 15, Deion Jackson 12, Xavier Friday 7, Tim Demmert 6 and Dean Cavanaugh 2.

JJ Jack-Nixon scored 26 for Angoon, Dustin Endicott 12, John Grossman Jr. and Stephen Johnson 10 apiece, Bailey Johnson 9, Duncan O’Brien 4 and Michael Howard 2.

Kake went 15-23 at the line, Angoon 13-22. Kake made seven 3-pointers, Angoon 8.

Kake plays in the winners’ pool at 3:30 p.m. Monday. Angoon faces elimination at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Hoonah 69, Yakutat 63

Yakutat’s Billy Brown and Josh James each scored 22 points but Hoonah’s balanced scoring gave them a 69-63 win.

George Fisher led Hoonah with 19 points, Brian Koenig 12, Charles Carteeti 10, David Lindstrom 8, Jonathan Torres and Devin Moritz 6 apiece, Richard Moore 4 and Jaylin Prince and Keith Nelson 2.

Robert Sensmeier added 16 points, Adam Johnson 3 and David Brown 2.

Hoonah hit 6-10 at the line, Yakutat 8-19. Both teams made seven 3-pointers.

Wrangell 84, Metlakatla 81

Wrangell’s Tony Harding hit two free throws with 2.9 seconds remaining to secure an 84-81 win over Metlakatla.

Robbie Marshall hit one of two free throws with 24 seconds left for an 81-79 advantage and Metlaktala’s Franklin Hayward tied the game on a power layup. Wrangell’s Eric James hit one of two from the line for an 82-81 lead. Harding grabbed a missed Metlakatla shot and was fouled, setting up the icing shots.

Harding had 19 to lead Wrangell, Andrew Versteeg 17, Eric James 16, Robbie Marshall 12, Mitch More and Jason Clark 7 apiece, Spencer Stavee 6.

Franklin Hayward led Metlakatla with 25 points, Mike Henderson 17, Tristan Winter 16, Ashton Hayward 11 and Joshua O’Brien 8.

Wrangell hit 21-29 at the line, Metlakatla 2-6. Wrangell had 11 3-point shots, Metlakatla 7.

Haines 86, Hydaburg 71

Haines and Hydaburg went shot for shot in the Sunday Gold Medal nightcap with Haines taking a 46-42 halftime advantage and extending their firepower for an 86-71 win.

Kyle Fossman had a game-high 27 points to lead Haines, Tyler Healey added 21, Ben Golf 20, Ryan Harms 10, Jordan Baumgartner 5, James Hart 3.

Devin Edenshaw led Hydaburg with 26 points, Vinny Edenshaw 25, Nick Nix 8, Sebastian Bowker 6, Donald Edenshaw 4 and Greg Frisby 2.

Haines hit 13-21 at the line, Hydaburg 10-12. Haines made 15 3-pointers, Hydaburg 9.

Game Schedule


  • M – Kake vs. Stika, elimination 12:30 p.m.
  • C – Yakutat vs. Juneau James Gang, elimination 2 p.m.
  • B – Kake vs. Angoon, elimination, 3:30 p.m.
  • C – Filcom vs. Hoonah, elimination 6 p.m.
  • B – Wrangell vs. Hydaburg, elimination 7:30 p.m.
  • W – Angoon vs. Hoonah, elimination 9 p.m.


  • C – Yakutat/James Gang winner vs. Filcom/Hoonah winner, elimination 12:30 p.m.
  • M – Hoonah vs. Angoon, semifinal 2 p.m.
  • B – Kake/Angoon winner vs. Wrangell/Hydaburg winner, elimination 3:30 p.m.
  • W – Yakutat vs. Haines, semifinal 6 p.m.
  • B – Hoonah vs. Haines, semifinal 7:30 p.m.
  • C – Klukwan vs. Metlakatla, semifinal 9 p.m.


  • W – Hoonah vs. Yakutat, elimination 2 p.m.
  • M – Kake vs. Angoon, elimination 3:30 p.m.
  • C – Metlakatla vs. James Gang, elimination 6 p.m.
  • B – Hoonah vs. Wrangell, elimination 7:30 p.m.

Saturday Championship

  • W – Haines (2-0) vs. Hoonah (2-1), 2 p.m.
  • M – Hoonah (2-0) vs. Kake (2-1), 4 p.m.
  • C – Klukwan (3-0) vs. James Gang (4-1), 6 p.m.
  • B – Haines (3-0) vs. Hoonah (3-1), 8 p.m.

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