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Wrangell takes series from Bears


The Haines High School boys’ varsity basketball team traveled to Wrangell last week for a rematch with the Wolves, but found a similar result.

Wrangell again took both varsity games, 56-46 and 45-42, less than a week after going 2-0 in Haines.

The Haines girls were scheduled to host Wrangell last weekend, but poor weather pushed those games back to Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 11-12.

Senior Caullen Taylor was a bright spot for the Glacier Bear boys at Wrangell, draining five three-pointers one night and four the next. He led the team in scoring both nights.

“It was really good for him and the rest of the team to see somebody making them from the outside,” said coach Steve Fossman.

The Wolves led by a bucket at halftime on Friday, extending the margin in the third quarter on their way to a 10-point victory.

Taylor paced Haines with 18 points, followed by junior Justin Swinton, 10; junior Chevy Fowler, 6; junior Kai Sato-Franks, 5; junior James Morgan, 3; senior Chris Olsen, 2; and junior John Gross, 2.

Wrangell held a 23-13 edge at intermission on Saturday, but the Glacier Bears stormed back to make a game of it, falling only three points short at the finish.

“It seemed like we controlled the tempo for the game,” Fossman said. “The second night, we definitely had a lot of opportunities. We gained a lot of confidence to go there and play them tight on their home court.”

Scoring for Haines were Taylor, 13; Sato-Franks, 11; Olsen, 10; Swinton, 6; and sophomore Keegan Sundberg, 2.

Fossman said Haines forced many turnovers off its full-court pressure.

The Wolves also won the junior varsity series, 60-41 and 47-31. Combined scoring for both games included junior Chris Turner, 16; freshman Harley Morden, 14; Gross, 9; sophomore Jordan Badger, 8; junior Isaac Wing, 6; sophomore Keanu Lynch, 6; senior Russell Clark, 5; Morgan, 3; freshman Matthew Green, 3; and Sundberg, 2.

Haines boys play Craig here on Friday and Saturday.