Daily Sitka Sentinel

Wolves Get Past Wrangell in Close Game

    It wasn’t easy, but the Sitka High Wolves beat Wrangell Thursday to stay unbeaten in the Southeast Conference.
    The 65-56 victory improved the Wolves 9-0 in Region V play as they prepare for two more conference games this weekend against Craig.
    The Wolves were headed to Prince of Wales today to complete their four-game road trip.
    Coach Andy Lee, reached by phone in Wrangell, said the Wolves led the game Thursday pretty much from start to finish but were unable to put away the scrappy Wrangell squad.
    “This was a game in prior years we would have lost,” Lee said. “Senior leadership. The Barrow games. We’ve had enough tough games in hostile environments with guys in foul trouble. We knuckled down. It was a grind-it- out kind of game. Our experience really paid off.”
    Sitka got 22 points from Devan Romine, who continued his hot streak. Romine is averaging 20 points a game over Sitka’s last four, all victories.
    Jon De La Cruz chipped in with 14 points and Mik Potrzuski had 13 for the Wolves.
    Lee said sophomores Brian Way and Kendrick Payton gave the team “really good minutes” and combined for 10 points.
    Travis Bangs led Wrangell with 23 points, including five shots from downtown, Lee said.
    The Wolves are now 17-2 overall and 9-0 in Southeast play. After the games with Craig this weekend, the Wolves will host Mt. Edgecumbe next Wednesday to close out the regular season.
    With two wins on Prince of Wales, the Wolves can clinch the 3A Southeast regular season title and earn a first-round bye at the Region V tournament, which opens Feb. 29 in Ketchikan.

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