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2011 Sports Year in review, Part II

Posted: January 3, 2012 - 1:01am
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Juneau Ski Club members stand in various costumes at the top of Hilary Run during their final slalom race of the season at Eaglecrest on Sunday.  Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire
Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire
Juneau Ski Club members stand in various costumes at the top of Hilary Run during their final slalom race of the season at Eaglecrest on Sunday.

APRIL 2011

• April 1: Skagway’s Buckwheat Classic cross country skiing race is highlighted as founder Buckwheat Donahue steps down. Guy Thibodeau raced to 11th place in 50K, Odin Brudie 16th and Skip Elliott 19th. Dann Fremgen was 5th in 25K, Greg Patz 19th, Will Metcalf, Eric Olsen, Ed Neal and Mark Kelley right behind. Sarah Schoen was 11th in 25K, Anne Johnson, JJ Volnweider, Sharon Fisher, Gail Blundell, Kari Anderson, Amy Volz, Rebecca Busch, Jan Beauchamp, Monica Witter and Stephanie Hoag competed. 10K Classic Juneau finishers included Johnny Elliott, Chris Frank, Johnny Staub, Chuck Guthrie, Ron Clarke, Megan Ahleman, Linda Mancuso, Shelly Deering, Kathy Kartchner, Christine Kennedy, Teresa Tolbert, Diana Paul, Nancy Jones, and Jennifer Watson.

• April 6: JDHS defending state soccer champs are rated 25th nationally by ESPNRISE.com.

• April 8: Heli-skiing and heli-boarding are highlighted as inexpensive winter sports for Juneau residents.

• April 12: JDHS sophomore prep cheerleader Taylor Daniels was invited to attend the 10th Annual CheerHawaii USA Summer Invitational Camp.

• April 13: Island Pub wins the Tier A Juneau Adult Hockey Association championship game 4-2 over the Tigers.

• April 15: As part of the 100th Anniversary Celebration for the Girl Scouts of America, the first honorary troop will be established in the 49th State. Inaugural Members of Honorary Troop 49 will include Senators Bettye Davis, Linda Menard, Lesil McGuire and Cathy Giessel, Representatives Anna Fairclough, Berta Gardner, Sharon Cissna, Lindsey Holmes, Mia Costello, Beth Kerttula, Charisse Millett, Cathy Muñoz, Peggy Wilson and Tammy Wilson, Commissioners Susan Bell, Cora Campbell and Becky Hultberg, as well as, First Lady Sandy Parnell. Senator Bettye Davis and Representative Anna Fairclough will serve as co-chairs for Troop 49.

• April 18: Local Juneau business owner Leann Thomas, 42, ran in the Boston Marathon as did Hilary S. Young and Scott E. Watts.

• April 20: TMHS’ Cameron Fronimos and Ben Hotch commit to play football at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed, Calif.

• April 24: The TMHS boys and JDHS girls win team titles at Ketchikan Track Invitational.

• April 28: 15 seniors return to JDHS softball team that won three of last four large school state titles.

• April 29: TMHS wins first softball game in school history with a 4-1 complete game shutout from pitcher Anna Bullock over North Pole.

• April 29: Outdoors editor Abby Lowell begins a column entitled “Running For 2,” a first person tell-all about staying fit while pregnant.

MAY 2011

• May 1: JDHS girls, TMHS boys win Juneau Invitational track meet. JDHS soccer, TMHS baseball and JDHS baseball win games.

• May 2: TMHS senior track and field standout Sydney Thorne plans on the medical field for college and will go on extension of Florida State University in Panama City.

• May 3: Juneau’s Riley Leary, 16, made the cut for the Alaska Selects Girls’ hockey team and will attend the Pacific District Selects tryout among selections from Alaska, Nevada, Calf., Wash. and Ore.

• May 9: Al “Mean Machine” Valentine unretired to win the Heavyweight Championship belt in Roughhouse Friday’s 11th Annual Southeast Showdown at Marlintini’s Lounge over Ketchikan’s Tyson “Cane” Duckworth. Anchorage’s Dalton “Dirty D” Smart won the Lightweight Division over Tawn Green, and Rudy Gallant the Middleweight title of KTN’s Jack “Jack Hammer” Duckworth.

• May 10: JDHS and TMHS baseball seniors were honored. They included Eric Fagerstrom, Brendan Daugherty, McLean Cannon, Alex Campbell, Justin Brooks, Xavier Dunn, Jon Correa, Anies Sadighi, and Miles Bedford.

• May 17: Eaglecrest Ski Area received the top marketing award at the National Ski Areas Association annual conference in Carlsbad, Calf. No other Alaskan resort won.

• May 20: The JDHS boys and girls track teams won region titles and qualified for state. TMHS qualified 12 individuals.

• May 22: JDHS’ Emily Sharp finishes second at state track championships in 100-meter hurdles for the third straight year. TMHS 4-x-200-relay team was disqualified for a lane exchange infraction after winning state title.

• Long time Gold Medal fan, supporter, and Tlingit elder and native spokesman Dr. Walter Soboleff passes at the age of 102.

• May 29: The JDHS boys soccer team takes back-to-back state title with a 1-0 win over South Anchorage. Max Smith got the lone goal. The JDHS girls defeat Chugiak 2-1 for third place.

• The JDHS boy’s baseball team took the Region V title over Sitka. Ketchikan eliminated TMHS. Lance Ibesate, Miles Bedford, James San Miguel, Ryan Kelly, and Xavier Dunn on all-tourney team.

JUNE, 2011

• June 3: JDHS falls to South 8-3 at state baseball tourney.

• June 5: JDHS softball drops both games at state tourney, 6-3 to West and 3-2 to East. Sitka won the small schools championship with an 8-0 win over Homer.

• JDHS’ Colin Gozelski earns full ride football scholarship to Western Oregon.

• June 27: Ben Blackgoat’s love of running highlighted in 15th annual Perseverance Trail race named in his honor. David Francis won the 7-mile race in 44:53.

JULY 2011

• July 1: Juneau Youth Sailing announces summer racing schedule featuring weekly series for all ages.

• July 6: Kikkan Randall won the annual Mount Marathon run in Seward with US Olympic cross-country skiing teammate Holly Brooks second.

• July 7: Grant Linsell wins the Midsummer Night Run with a 41:33 over 10K.

• July 18: Gastineau Channel Little League Majors softball team swept Nunaka Valley in three games to earn a Western Regional bid.

• July 22: TMHS’ Cole Bossio earns football scholarship to Trinity International University, an NAIA school in Deerfield, Ill.

• July 24: Gastineau Channel Little League Majors All-Star baseball team wins Alaska District 2 Baseball Tournament at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

• July 29: Gastineau Channel Little League Majors softball team was eliminated from Western Regions. Anchorage’s Abbott-O-Rabbit beat GCLL major’s baseball 14-0 in first game of state tourney at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. The GCLL junior’s softball team was swept by Nunaka Valley.

• Juneau runners hold pace at 28th Annual Crow Pass Crossing, 24-mile race along the Crow Pass Trail near Girdwood that ends at Eagle River. Ultra marathoner Geoff Roes won third straight CPC crown, John Bursell finished 15th, Guy Thibodeau, 60, finished 36th and set new 60-69 age group record, and Glenn Frick, 72, finished 73rd and set 70-79 age group record. Local runners included Rachel Phelps, 27th, Bryan Hitchcock, 28th, Dan Lesh, 49th, and John Nagel, 61st.

• July 31: Anchorage’s Abbott-O-Rabbit swept GCLL majors baseball team at state tourney at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

• MJ Engel wins the Frank Maier Marathon.

AUGUST 2011

• Aug 1: Bill VonderMehden, 34, a seasonal employee at McKinley Creekside Cabins in Denali Park, ran the entire 92.4 miles of the Denali National Park road in 25 hours and 20 minutes.

• Aug. 5: Naomi Welling, 13, and Brendan Pietz, 14, represented Juneau in the Hershey’s Track & Field Games 34th Annual North American Final in Hershey, Pa. Pietz competed the softball throw and Welling the standing long jump.

• Mount Roberts Trail received summer work by Trail Mix Inc. to improve and create sustainability on a trail that receives just about as much foot traffic as a downtown summer sidewalk.

• Aug. 8: Gastineau Channel Little League Juniors All-Stars just missed out on the Western Regional semifinals with a 5-2 loss to host Laguna Niquel in Irvine, Calif.

• JDHS softball manager Dave Massey and assistant coach Glen Alt were recognized for community contributions at a party in their honor at Melvin Park, celebrating their seven-plus decades of coaching local youth in softball and baseball.

• Aug. 12: JDHS football history was highlighted. The year’s seniors are Lah Fifita, Alec Calloway, Adam Soto, Junior Nauer, Sean Niumataevalu, Alex Matheson, Jerick Ibias, Dylan Skrzynski, Matt Vandor, Warren Eckland, and Velepoto Enele.

• The brown bears of the Pack Creek Bear Viewing Area in the Pack Creek Wilderness Sanctuary are highlighted.

• Aug. 14: JDHS rolls over TMHS 68-0 in first-ever Glacier Bowl football game at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

• Aug. 19: The U.S. Forest Service and SAGA spent six-weeks refurbishing the 26-year-old USFS public use cabin and site at Peterson Lake.

• The TMHS football team lost to the Homer Mariners 84-20 at TMHS’ Falcons Field.

• Aug. 21: The JDHS football team beat the North Pole Patriots 57-0 at Fairbanks.

• Aug. 22: The Rocky Mountain Hockey Camp was held at Treadwell Arena.

• Aug. 23: Pat’s Douglas Inn played Valley Paint in the Capital City Soccer League 2011 Summer Season Tournament championship game at TMHS.

• Aug. 25: JDHS begins cross-country season for the first time without 35-year coach Guy Thibodeau. Co-Coaches Merry Ellefson and Tristan Knutsan-Lombardo at the helm. TMHS graduated just three seniors and coach Scott May has 33 runners.

• Aug. 26: TMHS doubles swim roster from a year ago, due in part to the opening of the new Dimond Park Aquatic Center – a Speedo’s throw from the high school – and coach Jason Wilson is at the helm. JDHS swim coach Kathie Millhorn has a quality team of talented newcomers and state experienced swimmers.

• No Man Left Behind follows a first time extreme runner into the far back mountains of Juneau with a trio of high-altitude running gurus.

• Juneau Community Garden Harvest Festival is highlighted.

• Aug. 28: JDHS senior co-captains Sid Browning and David Francis begin the first of their season sweeps at the Capital City Invitational Cross-Country meet.

• JDHS football starts 3-0 while TMHS begins 0-3.

• Aug. 29: JDHS sweeps opening swim meet, TMHS in the mix. JDHS volley goes 5-0 in KTN Jamboree.

SEPTEMBER 2011

• Sept. 1: JDHS volley returns just one starter, Falcons return five.

• Sept. 2: Naa Tla’a, Tlingit for Clan Mother, is a female black bear that experts believe is oldest bear to frequent Step Creek area and is a teacher, mother and, of course, a bear.

• Sept. 8: Juneau’s Gary Murdoch, 62, plays in the U.S. Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship at Virginia’s Kin Loch Golf Club.

• Sept. 9: TMHS Falcons Care Night game proceeds go to Cancer Connection.

• Trekkers Erin McKittrick and Bretwood Higman, of Seldovia, begin a two-month expedition on Malaspina Glacier with children Lituya, 8 months, and Katmai, 2-1/2.

• Sept. 16: Discover Eaglecrest Day offers locals a taste of things to come on the mountain and resort for the snow season.

• Sept. 21: New sports editor wants to play on the Juneau fan’s teams.

• Sept. 23: Juneau’s Richard McCormick, 83, catches two salmon on one hoochie while trolling during the Aug. Golden North Salmon Derby.

• Sept. 25: ‘King’ David, ‘Queen’ Sidney crowned champs. JDHS’ David Francis and Sidney Browning win Region V cross-country titles, JDHS wins team titles, TMHS sends four to state.

• TMHS Falcons football wins Southeast Conference and home playoff rights.

• Sept. 26: JDHS football seniors honored: Lah Fifita, Alec Calloway, Adam Soto, Junior Nauer, Sean Niumataevalu, Alex Matheson, Jerick Ibias, Dylan Skrzynski, Matt Vandor, Warren Eckland, Velepoto Enele, Pawel Kierski.

• Sept. 27: Local football head referee Guy Warren throws his last flag for local Juneau sports. A fixture on the fields since 1980. Warren said he started officiating growing up around the neighborhood sandlot games when the last person was picked and sides were chosen for games, “Neither team wanted me so I wound up being the referee.”

• Sept. 30: The first cross-town swim competition between JDHS and TMHS begins. The ‘Ugly Cup’ will be displayed in Falcons trophy case until next year.

• JDHS wins Region V tennis titles.

OCTOBER 2011

• Oct. 2: JDHS football beats Lathrop to ensure home playoff game.

• Oct. 3: JDHS’ David Francis finishes third at state cross-country meet, leading the entire race until the final 50 yards. JDHS boys fourth, girls 10th, both teams win Academic Award. JD’s Sid Browning finishes 39, TMHS’ top boy James Steeves 61, top girl Katie Jones 87.

• TMHS football seniors honored: Aaron Corcoran, Kirstian Eyre, James Gilchrest, Jordan Hakala, Dylan Mielke, Erik Reyna, Paul Strickler, Camden Thomas, Jorge Vasquez, Matt Abrahms, managers Janessa Sanbei and Kassandra Eyre.

• Oct. 5: Senior football cheerleaders honored, JDHS’ Kelsea Kilgore, TMHS’ Megan Clough, Kaity Wyatt, Alexa Duran, Kasie Johnston, Dawn Shane, Alex Kenyon, Asya Claflin.

• Oct. 6: MMA star, Sitka’s Richie Whitson, recounts Ninja Turtle’s and growing up to be a contender around the world.

• Oct. 7: Managing mountain goats in Alaska is featured.

• Oct. 8: Southeast Alaska Regional Health Constortium’s Ethel Lund Medical Center administrator Dr. Janice Sheufelt wins the Furnace Creek 508 ultramarathon cycling race.

• Oct. 9: TMHS’ football season ends at home with 46-6 playoff loss to Homer. JDHS opens playoff season at home with 7-6 win over East.

• Oct. 10: JDHS loses to Palmer and TMHS to Haines in respective volleyball championship brackets of JIVE.

• Oct. 12: JDHS running awards. Lyndon Ellefson Spirit Award - Jesse miller, Mali Tamone; Guy Thibodeau Excellence – David Francis, Sid Browning; Looking To Future – Leah Liebelt, Riley Moser, Johnny Elliot; Most Improved – Martina Miller, Tal Norvell; Leading By Example – Ian Andrews, Karissa Jackson.

• Oct. 13: Juneau’s John Bursell, 47, competes in Hawaii Ironman World Championships.

• Oct. 14: JDHS quarterback Philip Fenumiai and defensive coordinator father Al, will be pitted against Service’s defensive back Matthew Ilalio and his father, assistant coach of the year Numi Ilalio, they are Fenumiai’s cousins.

• Oct. 16: Service shocks JDHS football team in 64-14 Mercy Rule finish at state semifinals.

• Oct. 17: Emma Good, Rebekah Badilla, Edric Carillo, Cassidy Davenport, Billy Holbrook, Marlena Sloss, Marc Heifetz and Johnny Joyce compete at state tennis championships. Alternates are Colin Zheng, Dorothy Brent. Good and Joyce fall in doubles finals. Davenport and Sloss in doubles semis.

• Juneau Youth Football League senior champ Hurricanes beat North Pole 45-13 and runner-up Red Raiders beat Ketchikan 56-38. Gators beat Bulldogs 12-6 for Junior title, Vikings beat Seahawks 18-0 for Cub title.

• Oct. 18: Island Pub wins gold medal at Huntsman World Senior Games Softball Championships.

• Greg Frank wins Walk A Mile In Her Shoes awareness run for domestic violence.

• Oct. 19: Juneau’s Laurie Balstad, 12, places fourth at NW Pacific Regional Figure Skating Championships.

• Annual ADF&G Hunter Education and Firearms Safety Course, founded by 4-H Outdoor Skills Club and sponsored by UAF teaches middle school students.

•Oct. 23: Katie Krehlik is spotlighted as a UAA runner in Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships.

• Oct. 26: TMHS’ Ben Jahn selected to medium division first team all-state football team. Camden Thomas, John Jolly, Villi Tupou, Eric Reyna, Josh Tupou, Joe Ia, Jorge Vasquez second team.

• Oct. 27: JDHS’ Lah Fifita selected 2011 Defensive Player of the Year for large school football. Coach Rich Sjoroos selected to coach 34th annual North/South game, including Crimson Bears Warren Eckland, Fifita, Jerick Ibias, Alex Matheson, Junior Nauer, Sean Niumataevalu.

• Oct. 28: Juneau Roller Girls’ teams Kilkats and Raven Lunatics are highlighted.

• Juneau Mountain Rescue step up scenario based search and rescue drills with training at Eaglecrest.

• Oct. 30: JDHS girls win Region V swim championship, Sitka edges TMHS boys for title. Haley Mertz, Ciera Kelly, Kenny Fox, Matt Seagren, Nathan Messing, Calder Otsea, Claressa Ullmayer, Dakota Isaak get individual crowns. 13 JD and 12 TM swimmers qualify for state.

• Oct. 31: TMHS and JDHS senior volleyball players honored: Bercem Eren, Emily Ropp, Jeslie Villaverde; Jean Cumlat, Solana Ashe, Sierra Tagaban, Taylor Vidic, Nicole George, Krista Bontrager.

NOVEMBER 2011

• Nov. 1: 2011 grad Sarah Tarver selected to All-Big Sky Conference soccer team at Northern Arizona University, the first true freshman to earn the honor for the Lumberjacks.

• Nov. 3: JDHS hockey begins with three seniors: Christian Jacobsen, Bill Holbrook and Zach Bicknell.

• Nov. 6: Nathan Messing wins two state swim titles, 100 fly and 100 back, and JD finishes fourth as team.

• JDHS volley team wins Region V title. TMHS takes Kayhi to five games before falling for third.

• Nov. 10: Crimson Bears/Falcons wrestling season begins, ‘one house, two clans, and three teams fighting for state.’

• Nov. 11: Former JD grads honored. Linfield College senior Zach Farrington was selected to the 2011 All-Northwest men’s soccer team. UAA’s Katie Krehlik to Great Northwest Athletic all-academic team.

• Nov. 13: JDHS places sixth at state volley tournament. Chelsea Peterson selected all-tourney, team wins academic award.

• Former JDHS spiker and Sandy Beach volleyballer Amber Walker is highlighted at Northern Illinois University as she wins multiple Mid-American Conference volleyball defensive player awards. Walker led the Huskies to the MAC title and a berth in the NCAA tourney.

• Nov. 14: JDHS grad Talisa Rhea is highlighted as she plays her final hoops year at Seattle University after transferring from successful play at Oregon State. Rhea is winning multiple player of the week awards at SU.

• Nov. 15: Glacier Swim Club dominates November Rain Invitational.

• Nov. 20: Brandon Pilot Invitational Wrestling Tournament is held at TMHS. Falcon Thomas Riley takes a second, JD’s David Dumesnil third.

• Al ‘Mean Machine’ Valentine wins a rematch over Thor ‘Thunder’ Soder at Roughhouse Fridays.

• Nov. 21: 3-on-3 World Cup youth tournament held at Dimond Park Field house. A ‘no coaching rule’ is the main ingredient besides having fun. Uruguay, Denmark, Costa Rica, and Scotland win titles.

• Nov. 24: Juneau Soccer Club youth coach Jeremy Gleason named Alaska Youth Soccer Association Coach of the Year.

• JDHS grad Kirsten Jorgensen, running at Harvard, is previewed for story.

• Nov. 25: Houston Laws wins annual Turkey Trot Thanksgiving run.

• Nov. 28: Craig/Petersburg men top Southeast Hoopers for Black Friday hoops classic, Nizich Dental beat Fairbanks for women’s title.

• Nov. 29: A column reminds locals that snow angels are not fun to make if dogs are left unleashed and unscooped.

• Nov. 30: JDHS hockey puts Pink Flamingos in community yards.

DECEMBER 2011

• Dec. 5: Glacier Swim Club dominated Southeast Alaska Regional age group team championships. Dakota Isaak top individual point scorer.

• Kikkan Randall continues to win at the Cross Country World Cup in Germany.

• Dec. 7: The Gold Medal Basketball Tournament was inducted as the “event” of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012.

• Dec. 11: Ella Goldstein, Isaak Avenson, Briana Sievenpiper and Preston Perfors receive 2011-12 Hilary Lindh Season Pass Scholarships.

• Dec. 17: 19th Annual Holiday Cup soccer tournament begins, runs through 31st.

• Dec. 22: JDHS JV win Southeast Holiday Hoops tourney at TMHS.

• Dec. 23: Former pro hockey players Steve MacSwain and Kimbi Daniels to instruct clinic at Treadwell Arena.

• Dec. 25: Alaska BeatDown brings fund raising aspect to local MMA sport at Centennial Hall. Helping to raise money for Juneau Combat sports Academy and Juneau Tornados Youth Wrestling.

• Dec. 28: Juneau’s Lenka Craigova, 17, makes her third U18 Women’s World Championships as goalie for the Czech Republic.

• Dec. 30: Column notes that Eaglecrest is getting something major ski resorts the world over are not, snow.

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