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1950-51 JHS Northern Division, Southeast Champs

Posted: November 7, 2012 - 1:03am
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Juneau High School principal Les Avrit, seated at far left, watches the Crimson Bears'  Elton Engstrom (7), and Herb Martin (6) battle against Ketchikan in the 1950-51 Southeastern Alaska championships in Juneau.
Juneau High School principal Les Avrit, seated at far left, watches the Crimson Bears' Elton Engstrom (7), and Herb Martin (6) battle against Ketchikan in the 1950-51 Southeastern Alaska championships in Juneau.

The 1950-51 Juneau High School Crimson Bears took the Northern Division title by defeating Sheldon Jackson Junior College in two games, the second clincher was 55-54.

JHS then stopped the Ketchikan Polar Bears in a best two-out-of three series for the Southeast title.

Ketchikan took the first game 39-30. Juneau turned the tide in the second game 54-46. The third game was a score-fest that saw JHS win 74-63.

Juneau lost the best-of-three series for the All-Alaska championship to the Anchorage High School Eagles. JHS dropped the first game 77-57 and the second 59-58. The teams played a third game and Juneau won in a three-minute overtime period 67-66.

The entire Juneau roster, JV through Varsity included Gary Horton, Ernie Kronquist, George Graves, Ray Wilson, Roy Peratrovich, Bill Orme, Ralph Treffers, Dave Graves, Albert Carlson, Joe Ninnis, Jerry Wade, Don MacKinnon, Elton Engstrom, Dick Forrest, Jeff Pegues, Herb Martin, Gerald Shaw, Erling Skaflestad, Art MacKinnon, Greg Ripke, Jack Hermie, Russell Nelson, Mason Beach, Bruce Casperson, Arnold Soley, Dick Allen, LeRoy West, Sandy Blanton, John Burdette, Don Morrison, Dale Osterman, George Messerschmidt and first year coach Arnold Soley.

Some events from 1951 included the death of 115-year-old Aunt Sally Fox on April 18. Fox died at the Government Hospital in Juneau. She was the wife of Jimmie Fox. Aunt Sally was born at Taku Harbor about 1838 and lived in the Gastineau Channel area all her life.

On May 10, the new mill for the Juneau Lumber co. was running on the site of the Juneau Spruce Mill. President and manager B. C. Canoles had 45 men producing 30,000 board feet of lumber daily with an increase expected to 50,000 board feet.

On May 15 the semi-finals of the marble tournament, sponsored by the Lions Club were held. Winners were (age 9 and under) James Huff, Bobby Meyer, Bob Rusher, Robin Fritchman, Jimmy Costa, Lee Newell, Joe Thomas, Bobby Barber, Gary Graham, Tommy Blanton, Larry Matheny, Tommy Epperson, Mike Korhonen, Kirk Blackerby, John Ebert, Jeffry Mauger, with Mickey Robins high point; (ages 10-11) Bobby Bowman highpoint, Arthur Davis, Myron Igtanlock, David Marshall, Jim Hobbs. (ages 12-14) Norman Clark high point, Joe Albayalde, Joe Abel, Marcus Bacon, Robert Peters. Officials were Jack Gucker, Bob Scott, Reynolds Young and Chairman W. A. Soboleff, Joe Werner, Alva Blackerby and Ralph Wright.

On May 18 Pan American World Airways new summer schedule called for eleven weekly flights from Seattle to Juneau, and ten southbound, according to Fred Dunn the district traffic and sales manager here.

On May 24, two deer have been invading the meadows of Sherwood’s Dairy Farm for feed, apparently knowing the hunting season isn’t open. Grass had not started on the upper slopes and the deer know where the grass first appears. But there are six ponies and two or three horses in the dairy meadows that don’t like the neighborliness of the deer.

On June 1, gillnetting closed on the Taku river at 6 o’clock with one of the best king salmon seasons ever recorded. When all records are in at the Fish and Wildlife Service, C. Howard Baltzo, regional director, said it may be a record season. He also said that the fish were of unusually fine quality and average around 25 pounds, at an average price of $7.50 per fish.

On June 24, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Hurlock and six young sons arrived on the Princess Louise. They were from Baltimore. Hurlock saw an advertisement in the Empire of property for sale out on the Loop Road and wired George Sundborg, of the Alaska Development Board, to purchase it for him. On their last visit here they arranged to have a home built which is now under construction.

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