Pro choices, but why?

Why do I have to choose?


Here is an interesting dilemma (of course it has been fictionalized to not offend my non-existent third cousin and his new wife and kids, and my mother’s side).

My third cousin, on my mother’s side, has a new wife and her kids are going to be involved in some weekend activities.


The senior girl is playing volleyball for Thunder Mountain on Saturday at 8 p.m. It is senior appreciation night and she has worked her padded knees off for three years and my third cousin’s wife has driven her around for three years and my third cousin has listened to the volleyball talk for three years.

They all deserve some recognition, and rightly so.

That is scheduled for 7:45 p.m.

My third cousin’s wife also has a younger volleyballer playing on the junior varsity team. They are involved in the All-Comers Tournament Friday and Saturday and, since my third-cousin’s step kid has a lot of promise, they might be in the later stages of the tourney.

My third cousin’s wife also has two versatile swimmers at Thunder Mountain High School competing in the Region V swim and dive championships at the new Dimond Park Aquatic Center and Futuristic Looking Space Teleportation Pool.

Yikes, you may wonder, what was my third cousin thinking marrying a woman with four kids? Well, love does that and will be discussed in another column.

As for the swimmers, they are twins, seniors, and both swim in respective gender 400-meter freestyle relays and are probably headed for the state championships as well.

Relatives from far (oh say, Seattle) and wide (Gustavus) will be in town to honor the said third cousin’s new wife’s kids, match them up with future spouses, and just generally annoy us all. They are not poor relatives but also are not able to afford a trip to state as well, so they need to annoy us here and now.

Unfortunately, the swim and dive region championship finals do not start until 4:30 p.m. Saturday and last until after 8 p.m. when those twins touch their respective swim pool walls in the 400s.

Now every Region V swim and dive tourney I have covered before usually involved an earlier Saturday start so swimmers could compete, have medal ceremonies, a possible dance, catch ferries back home, and avoid relatives like my third cousin’s new wife’s… all before 9 p.m.

According to TMHS athletic director Rhonda Hickok, who I must say has been wonderful to work with this year (as has JD’s athletic director Sandi Wagner), “This is the City & Borough of Juneau pool scheduling, this is what they gave us for Region V.”

According to City and Borough of Juneau aquatics manager Kathrine Millhorn, who is also the JDHS swim coach, the activities and athletic directors throughout the state get together and decide the tournament dates.

“The fact that there is stuff scheduled in an overlapping fashion in Juneau is more at the AD level,” Millhorn said. “In the past we have worked with the high school teams and determined times that would be available in order to accomondate that and make the pools available to the public. So we were trying to find that balance.”

Wagner, also the JDHS volleyball coach and Region V representative on the ASAA board of directors, commented that historically the championship meets have always had early afternoon start times.

“That’s because the pools are city pools and they want to keep the community happy,” Wagner said. “You want to give it the best times for the parents and the fans. It is up to the community to determine how that is run.”

To complicate matters my third cousin had two previous marriages and the resulting spawn now compete for the JDHS volleyball team, and the Sitka and Ketchikan swim teams.

The JDHS volley team scheduled their senior night for Thursday so my third cousin is in the clear there, except for buying flowers for his senior and all her senior friends. And fans are in the clear there too as they can watch some powerhouse volley between JD and TM and catch the seniors from both teams in action (relatives from Burma and Spain do not arrive until Friday).

To further complicate the scheduling my third cousin’s wife, his second ex-wife, and his oldest daughter all skate for the Juneau Rollergirls. They roll on Saturday at 8 p.m.

Whew! I am glad I do not have any kids in school now and do not have to make choices of conflicting athletic events.

Whoops! I have two schools (at least) full of kids, and they have parents and cousins and…

Go seniors! And coaches! And athletic directors!


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