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GCLL Juniors take districts!

The Gastineau Channel Little League juniors all star team beat Ketchican 10-5 on Wednesday night to win the best-of-three championship series two games to none and will travel to Anchorage for the state championship. A post game wrap up will run in tomorrow’s paper due to the late ending of the final game.

GCLL Majors win!

The Juneau Gastineau Channel Little League Majors All-Star team has won its opening game Wednesday at the District 2 tournament in Haines.

And they won big, posting a 23-0 mercy rule shortened game against Prince of Wales. Donavin McCurley pitched a complete game throwing 54 pitches.

Juneau had 16 hits to POW’s 3. Juneau batted their entire 12 man roster, scoring 11 runs in the 1st inning, followed by three in the 2nd and nine in the 3rd. The game ended after four innings due to the mercy rule, as Juneau was ahead by 10 runs.

Coaches stated Jacob Dale led the offense going 3-3 with two walks and two doubles and scoring three runs. Bryce Swofford hit a double and a grand slam for four RBIs. Zeb Storie walked three times and scored four runs. Michael Cesar had two RBIs and scored three runs as he was hit by a pitch. Luke Mallinger had a two RBI double. McCurley helped his own cause by going 2-3 at the plate with a double and scoring three times. The Majors play Sitka today at 3 p.m.

Hoop It Up!

The Juneau-Douglas High School Boys Basketball team and the Fast Break Club are sponsoring the Juneau Fast Break Basketball Camp, August 10-12. The camp is for boys and girls entering 2nd through 12th grades in the 2012-13 school year; 2nd through 6th grades attend the morning sessions and 7th through 12th grades attend the afternoon sessions. Friday’s sessions are: morning 8-11 a.m., afternoon noon-3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday sessions are: morning 9 a.m.-noon, afternoon 2-5 p.m.

The camp is held at the JDHS gymnasium. Cost is $75 per player.

The weekend will be filled with fundamental instruction focused on improving individual skills through drill work and competition. Players will be grouped by age and appropriate level. Current and former high school and college coaches and players will provide personalized instruction in a positive learning environment to promote skill development and confidence. The gym will be open 30 minutes prior to the start of each session and close shortly after the end of each session. For more information call 321-2595 or email

More Derby News! - The waters open to the Juneau Chums Salmon Derby, starting Friday, are: North to a line from Point Bridget at Berner’s Bay to Pt Whidbey at St. James Bay / South to a line from Point Couverden to Lizard’s Head Pt. just past Funter Bay / And southeast to a line from Twin Point to Pt. Styleman / Taku Inlet is closed above a line from Cooper Pt. to Greeley Pt. / Gastineau Channel is closed from Fish Creek to Juneau Douglas Bridge / Amalga Harbor is closed within a half mile of Peterson Creek Salt Chuck including the Salt Chuck and all waters surrounding the launch ramp area. For information on rules and regulations go to: or call 209-9018. Thunder Mountain Girls and Boys basketball, and baseball programs have teamed up to put on a fundraiser that no sports team in Juneau has attempted yet. For the first time ever there will be a Chum Salmon Derby in Juneau. We hope that this is a success and continues to grow each and every year. You can take your Chum salmon to be weighed in the round at either Taku Smokeries or Alaska Glacier Seafood’s. The three cash prizes are: 1st place $5000, 2nd place $1000, and 3rd place $500. We only have 250 tickets that will be sold so your chances are ridiculously high!! You can purchase tickets from any Thunder Mountain Girls or Boys basketball player or baseball player and also at Deharts and Western Auto. TMHS boys and girls basketball, and baseball, would like to extend a special thank you to its derby sponsors. Sponsors of this year’s derby include DIPAC, S.E. Charters Association, S.E. Seiners Association, Morris Engineering, and the Juneau Moose Lodge, Gaming Permit #42. Thank you to all the parents for helping organize the event, and thank you to these years’ participants. The derby is fun way to raise money for local youth sports programs, while giving people the opportunity to win some good cash prizes. Funds raised from the derby will help the three teams with travel expenses, gear, and equipment.

On This Date In Baseball History, July 19: - 1909 — Cleveland shortstop Neal Ball pulled off the first unassisted triple play in modern major league history.

1910 — Cy Young registered his 500th career victory as the Cleveland Indians beat the Washington Senators 5-4 in 11 innings.

1933 — Rick Ferrell of the Boston Red Sox hit a home run off brother Wes, pitching for the Cleveland Indians. Wes also homered in that game, marking the only time the two connected in the same contest.

1960 — Juan Marichal broke in with the San Francisco Giants by pitching a one-hit, 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

1974 — Dick Bosman of the Cleveland Indians pitched a no-hit, 4-0 victory over the world champion Oakland A’s.

1982 — In the first Old-timer’s All-Star Classic, played at Washington’s RFK Stadium before 29,000 fans, the AL won 7-2. Luke Appling, 75, led off for the AL and hit a home run over the shortened left-field fence off Warren Spahn.

1989 — Cleveland’s Joe Carter had the fourth three-home run game of his career, tying Lou Gehrig’s AL record, and drove in six runs, powering the Indians past the Minnesota Twins 10-1.

1994 — The Kingdome, home of the Seattle Mariners, was closed after four ceiling tiles fell nearly 180 feet into the stands behind home plate. The Mariners were forced into a 22-day road trip before the season was cut short by the players’ strike.

2001 — Randy Johnson struck out 16, a major league record for a reliever, and came within four outs of combining with Curt Schilling on a no-hitter as Arizona beat San Diego 3-0 in the completion of their suspended game. Wiki Gonzalez hit an opposite-field single to right with two outs in the eighth for the Padres.

2005 — Boston won its second straight 1-0 game, holding Kansas City to four hits. The last time the Red Sox won two straight 1-0 games at Fenway was 1916, when the ballpark was only 4 years old. Babe Ruth beat the New York Yankees on June 22 and Ernie Shore edged the Philadelphia Athletics the next day.

Today’s birthdays: Ernesto Frieri 27; Wilton Lopez 29; Tim Dillard 29; Phil Coke 30; Rick Ankiel 33; Yorvit Torrealba 34.

Sports Quote: - “Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is. - Bob Feller, American Baseball Player (pitcher), born 1918.


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