What an exciting time it must have been.
Juneau and Douglas were rivals in every sport.
A rivalry that dates back to 1904 when the first football game between Juneau and Douglas saw the Islanders win, than the Juneau Hilltoppers won the rematch on Thanksgiving.
There were teams from Treadwell, Juneau Athletic Club, Sitka Athletics, Arctic Brotherhood, Perseverance Mines, and more; they played baseball and ran track.
Juneau took a basketball championship in 1914 over Douglas, Sitka, JAC, and White Pass Athletic Club.
In 1916 Juneau stopped the Douglas Kamera Klub 31-0 in football and won the basketball title again in 1918 over startup, Thane, Hoover Boys, Metlakatla and Sitka.
Douglas dominated the 1921 track and football clashes. Juneau barely scraped by with two wins in 1922 over Fort Seward and the Wrangell “Lazy Five.”
In 1925 the Hilltoppers won three of the five clashes with Douglas and lost three straight to Ketchikan.
Juneau won the local league in 1926 and all of southeast in 1928, and the channel cup in 1930 over Douglas followed by a four game loss to Ketchikan.
Douglas took the channel championship in 1931 and 1932, but Juneau won in track, baseball and tennis.
And in 1933 Juneau boasted a first team of senior George Karabelnikoff (snappy guard with a close checking game and the teams captain), senior Boyd Marshall (steady as a rock with long arms that break up plenty of plays), senior Bob Henning (most accurate of shooters), senior Bill Nikish (center who graduated halfway through the season and had to exit the team per rule five of the SE Alaska High School Association that all students having had eight full semesters in school are not eligible for athletic competition), junior Hilding Haglund (the spark plug of aggressiveness), and junior Frank Behrends (nicknamed ‘Dutch’ and is swift death on long shots. The second team featured Paul Hansen, Spiro Paul, Buddy Lindstrom, Freddy Harris, and Art Ficken. They were coached by E. G. Wentland.
Juneau beat Douglas three out of four, Skagway twice and Ketchikan twice.
Douglas boasted senior dead shot senior Rex Fox, tough as nails defender senior Roy Williams, James Doogan, John Mills, Albert Wilson, Albert Stragler, Clifton Hayes, Richard Kilburn, and Lloyd Guerin. They were led by coach Rinden
Douglas beat their 1922 Alumni, Skagway, Juneau, De Molays, United Meat; and lost to D.F.D., Haines, Juneau three times and Skagway.
The Juneau girls featured junior’s Eve Rocovitch(the backbone of the team), Marg Hanson (She’s plenty fast and her cool shooting brings home bacon), Rhoda Minzgohr (Fine floor work), Liz Terhune (Her tip off control knocked the pins out from under a lot of opposing offenses), and Barb Winn (A fighting goal tender), senior Jiggs Ulrich (Hard to get a better guard). The second team was Esther Jackson, Gene Carlson, Lillian Peterson, Dana DeVighne, and Annette Folta. The were coached by Enid Burns.
The Douglas girls featured Helen Pusich, Astrid Loken, Phyllis Lundell, Jessie Fraser, Tyrra Wahto, Elsa Lundell and Mary Pearce. They were led by coach Pepoon.
The Juneau girls swept their alumni and Douglas. Douglas defeated Skagway and Haines.
Some games were cancelled in the Channel League and High School series due to the closing of the schools on account of prevalent epidemics of whooping cough and influenza.
When the two teams battled ferries would make two trips with fans both ways.
Since Juneau won more of its games against Douglas, they challenged Haines (the Lynn Canal festival of sport winners) for the northern title. Haines, however, was upset by Skagway, so the Juneau team won 26-18 and 29-26 for northern bragging rights.
Next up was Ketchikan, a team that dropped opening games to Petersburg and Wrangell but came back to beat them both for the southern title. They would not have such luck against the Crimson Bears who won both games by the identical score of 45-23.
Alma Olsen was the proprietor of Lahikainen’s Boarding House (the house of good eats); J. V. Hickey owned Seaplane Mitkof (for charter to Anywhere Southeast Alaska); The Gastineau was the hotel of Alaskan hotels (Our services to you begin and end at the gang plank of every passenger-carrying boat); phone numbers were 6 (Alaska Electric Light & Power Company - 18 in Douglas), or 39 (Alaska Meat Co. and Tony Simon delivery in Douglas), or 23 (Juneau Drug Co - with cold preparations such as Pinemulsion for persistent coughs, Corax tablets to break colds, Navap inhalant for head colds, Vick’s nose drops, and Takies for throat irritation).
A 1931 Packard eight DeLuxe Sedan in A-1 condition was selling for $300 and a steam heated room was renting for $34 a month.
The Bergmann Dining Room in the Bergmann Hotel opened under the management of Mrs. J. Grunning. A feature of the opening was fried chicken dinner, complete from crab cocktail to strawberry jello with whipped cream, for fifty cents.
Alaska Southern Airways was selling 40-mile excursion flights over Mendenhall Glacier and other scenic areas in its seaplane Baranof at $2.50 per person.
G. J. Paul, owner of the Gastineau Grocery, opened the Capitol Beer Parlor in the Pigg Building on Front Street next to the AEL&P company offices.
And the Juneau Crimson Bears were basketball champions.