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  • State champs cross country team gets ready for new season

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Jul 17, 2024

    The Wrangell Wolves cross country boys team outran strong competition last year to take home their second state championship title in a row, and head coach Mason Villarma has high hopes for the runners returning for a new season. “I’m hoping to keep the culture alive,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of excellence in the program right now, particularly on the boys’ side.” Villarma is still working on building the girls’ program, and he hopes that the addition of middle school teacher Laura Davies as the team’s new assistant coach will help to attract...

  • No softball for Lady Wolves this year

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 5, 2024

    Varsity softball coach Marsha Ballou said the Wrangell Lady Wolves team was unable to compete in their scheduled games in Juneau this season “due to unforeseen circumstances” beyond their control. She did not elaborate on what forced the team to cancel its Juneau games. The squad’s only game this year was the informal alumni fundraiser April 27 at Volunteer Park. “We deeply regret any disappointment this may cause to our team, supporters and the community,” Ballou said in an email May 28. She said they are committed to overcoming the challenge...

  • Senior Jack Roberts competes in final swim meet

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|May 8, 2024

    The only member of the Wrangell Swim Club to qualify, senior Jack Roberts competed and set several personal bests at the Alaska Swimming State Championship, a four-day meet held at the Bartlett High School pool in Anchorage on April 25-28. Twenty-two teams from around the state competed in this end-of-season swim club tournament. Roberts swam preliminaries and advanced to the finals in all of his events. In the 50-yard freestyle, he placed fifth with a time of 22.17 seconds. In the 100-yard...

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  • Girls softball team gets ready for new season

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Apr 24, 2024

    Amid the rigors of state testing and preparations for prom, members of the Wrangell Wolves girls softball team turned out for informal practice after school with head coach Marsha Ballou at the baseball field near Volunteer Park on Thursday, April 18. While softball season officially started for Southeast high schools on March 4, the Wolves won't start their season until May 9-13 when they travel to Juneau for games. They will return to Juneau near the end of May to play regionals. There are no...

  • Swim club members compete at regional meet in Juneau

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Apr 24, 2024

    Young swimmers from Wrangell joined others from across Southeast, winning some top spots and with most of the team setting personal bests at a regional swim meet in Juneau. Eight members of the Wrangell Swim Club competed with almost 200 swimmers from across the region April 5-7 at the Dimond Park Aquatic Center in Juneau for the 2024 Savanna Cayce Southeast Championship. The team swam a total of 45 individual events and two relays, out of which 41 individual swims and relays featured personal-b...

  • Little League opener Saturday; volunteers still needed

    Sentinel staff|Apr 24, 2024

    It’s almost time for more than 100 Little Leaguers to start their session, with the opening ceremony set for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at Volunteer Park. And while the kids are getting ready, league officials still need volunteers for the twice-a-week games. The season will run through the second week of June, and volunteers can sign on for as few or as many games as they want, said Briana Schilling, who is in her eighth year as league president. It takes at least three people each night to run the concession stand, with volunteers also n...

  • Wrangell team places 2nd in middle school volleyball tournament

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Apr 17, 2024

    One of Wrangell's two teams placed second in the Stikine Middle School Invitational Volleyball Tournament, losing to Klawock in the final, while a Petersburg team took first place in the other bracket after defeating a different squad from Klawock. The two-bracket competition of 13 teams from middle schools across Southeast was held at the Wrangell high school and community center gyms on Friday and Saturday, April 12-13. The teams included two from Wrangell, one from Craig, one from...

  • After 25 years as coach, Wrangell grad Archie Young leaves Mt. Edgecumbe

    Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News|Mar 27, 2024

    Archie Young likes to joke that August is like Christmas for the coaches at Mt. Edgecumbe, full of surprises for the season ahead. The state-run public boarding school in Sitka has new students coming in and departing each year, and it isn't until classes start and the dust settles that the coaches know who might be representing the school on various athletic fields and courts. In 25 years as a teacher and coach, Young has thrived as a stabilizing force in those unpredictable circumstances. But...

  • Tight defense under the basket

    Mar 27, 2024

  • Wolves finish season with loss to Unalakleet at state tourney

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Mar 20, 2024

    After three days of challenging games on the court, the Wrangell Wolves boys varsity basketball team's loss to the Unalakleet Wolfpack on the morning of Saturday, March 16, left them in sixth place at the state Division 2A championship in Anchorage. The Petersburg Vikings took the title for the first time since 2017. The Metlakatla Miss Chiefs won the girls tournament. Wrangell head coach Cody Angerman posted on Facebook after the game: "As disappointing as our last (tournament) game was, it...

  • Wrangell boys defeat Metlakatla at regionals, earn a trip to state tournament

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Mar 13, 2024

    Despite a rocky start at the regional tournament, the Wrangell boys varsity basketball team defeated Metlakatla in their final game Saturday to take second place in Southeast, earning a spot at the Division II state tournament. Head coach Cody Angerman felt that one goal for the team all season was to work toward being at their best at regionals. "I think that as the season went on, we got better," he said. Entering the tournament in Sitka as the No. 3 seed, the Wolves lost their first game on...

  • Early losses at Southeast end tough season for Lady Wolves

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Mar 13, 2024

    The Lady Wolves’ struggle through a difficult season ended at the Southeast basketball tournament at Sitka. The game last Wednesday was a tough loss to the Haines Lady Bears, 43-42. Then on Thursday, Wrangell lost to the Craig Lady Panthers, 37-31, and was eliminated from the tourney. The Metlakatla Miss Chiefs won the tournament, with Haines taking second place. Both are headed to the state championships in Anchorage this week. In the first game, Wrangell trailed Haines at halftime by eight points but bounced back to take the lead in the t...

  • Middle schooler wins top spot at state wrestling tournament

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Mar 13, 2024

    Wrangell eighth grader Kourtney Barnes earned the top spot in her weight bracket for the second year in a row at the state's biggest middle school wrestling tournament. It was the third time in three years that she faced Jordynn Colby of North Pole in the finals. Two of Kourtney's schoolmates placed second and fourth at the tournament. "We had a capstone weekend to our wrestling season," said head coach Jack Carney, who added that the wrestling community considers the Tanana Invitational...

  • Lady Wolves get a split in tight games against Craig

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Feb 28, 2024

    The Wrangell varsity girls split against Craig in tight games last weekend, ending their nine-game losing streak in the second game. The team ended the regular season with a 3-and-9 record. Craig hosted Wrangell on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24. In the first game, the home team beat the visiting Lady Wolves 52-48, but Wrangell came back on Saturday to defeat the Lady Panthers 49-41. Both games were tight contests. The first one could have easily gone in their favor, but it was in the second game’s fourth quarter where Wrangell steadily p...

  • Wrangell varsity and JV boys enjoy double victories at Craig

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Feb 28, 2024

    The Wolves varsity team scored decisive victories in their final regular-season games this past weekend as the visiting team against the Craig Panthers. It makes three wins in a row for Wrangell, now at 6-6 for the season. Craig hosted Wrangell on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24. In the first game, the varsity team won 73-52, and the Wolves scored another win the second night, 76-63. The junior varsity team also earned double wins against Craig, winning their game on Friday 36-12, and the Saturday game 29-19. “The lead always felt c...

  • Wolves boys split against Metlakatla, breaking Chiefs' win streak

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Feb 14, 2024

    The Wolves varsity boys basketball team split against top Southeast team Metlakatla last weekend, Feb. 9-10. Wrangell lost to the Chiefs in their first matchup but came back determined the following day and dealt the Chiefs their first loss after eight straight victories. Initially, the Wolves held their own on Friday afternoon and by the end of the first half Metlakatla was ahead, 31-29. However, in the second half, they pulled further ahead until the Chiefs won 65-51. "In the first game, the...

  • Varsity girls lose both games against Metlakatla

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Feb 14, 2024

    The girls varsity basketball team suffered two blowout defeats at home to Metlakatla last weekend. "I thought our girls really put in a lot of effort, defensively," said head coach Christina Good. "We're a young team; we're still learning. ... I'm really proud of our girls for keeping their heads up and putting in the effort. I feel like both nights they did that." The Lady Wolves knew that the MissChiefs would be tough opponents. Before the Feb. 9-10 games in Wrangell, the Metlakatla girls had...

  • Lady Wolves lose two at home to Haines

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Feb 7, 2024

    The girls varsity basketball team lost twice at home to Haines on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 1-2. The Lady Bears beat the Lady Wolves in a tight game on Thursday, 46-39, and then Haines came back even harder the second night, soundly defeating Wrangell 61-43. Lady Wolves head coach Christina Good felt her team had their best game of the season on Thursday. "I felt like they really played well as a team," she said. "They really had that chemistry as a team and worked really hard at both ends for...

  • Boys varsity scores double victory at home against Haines

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Feb 7, 2024

    The Wolves' varsity boys basketball team won two games at home against the Haines Glacier Bears despite losing their star player to injury halfway through the first game. Starting a day earlier than originally scheduled, Wrangell hosted Haines on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 1-2. In the first game, the Wolves defeated the Glacier Bears 68-50. Then on the second night, the Wolves scored another decisive win, 57-36. The junior varsity team got a split, winning their first game 33-30 but losing the...

  • Wolves split against Petersburg in varsity and JV basketball

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Jan 31, 2024

    After losing two games to Petersburg in Wrangell's homecoming weekend earlier this month, the Wolves' varsity boys basketball team was ready for a rematch during the Vikings' homecoming celebration. The result was a split, with Petersburg winning the first game, 40-32, on Friday, Jan. 26, while the Wolves came back on Saturday, Jan. 27, soundly defeating their opponents 50-39. Wrangell's junior varsity team also took home a split, winning Friday 45-35 but losing Saturday 40-31. "For me, it...

  • Varsity girls endure narrow losses at Petersburg; JV gets a win

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Jan 31, 2024

    The Lady Wolves' varsity girls basketball team visited Petersburg during their homecoming weekend, hoping to duplicate the two wins they scored against the team earlier this month in Wrangell. But it ended in two heartbreaking losses, as the Vikings defeated the Lady Wolves on Friday, Jan. 26, 31-28, then squeaked out another win on Saturday 35-34. "The girls played great defense, and our press went well, but sometimes it just doesn't work out," said Lady Wolves head coach Christina Good....

  • Basketball teams suffer multiple defeats at Metlakatla

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Jan 24, 2024

    The Wrangell boys and girls varsity basketball teams had a tough weekend Jan. 19-20 at Metlakatla, both enduring two losses. The Wolves were soundly defeated by the Chiefs on Friday, 83-53, while Metlakatla won Saturday's rematch 56-50. The Lady Wolves were dealt a blowout from the MissChiefs on Friday, 80-20, then lost by a smaller margin on Saturday, 54-34. The junior varsity boys fared better on Friday, defeating Metlakatla 47-23, but the junior varsity girls lost 42-22. Head boys coach Cody...

  • Boys open season with varsity losses to Petersburg; JV splits 2 games

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Jan 10, 2024

    The Wolves had a rough start to the boys basketball season as they faced the Petersburg Vikings in the high school gym on homecoming weekend. While the junior varsity team split two close games, the varsity squad was soundly defeated both nights. Both teams lost on the season-opening night Friday, Jan. 5, starting with the JV Wolves who played a tight contest only to fall short by two points against Petersburg, 32-30. The varsity players had a tougher time, as the Vikings won 41-32. Head coach...

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