Juneau's biggest Holiday Cup ever draws to a close

Tournament will switch venues next year

Posted: Thursday, January 03, 2008

Five champions were crowned as the biggest Holiday Cup indoor soccer tournament to date drew to a close Monday at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

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Volunteer tournament organizer Leslie Houston said this year's tournament featured 36 teams and 410 participants. The players ranged in ages from 9 to their 50s and 60s.

"That is the most," Houston said. "The highest number we had was in 2004. There were a lot of teams in the upper divisions."

The 2007 Holiday Cup featured a huge diversity of divisions, ranging from elementary age teams to the masters division.

One of the closest contests of the tournament was the Elementary Division final as the third-seeded Cheetahs nipped the second-seeded Green Team 1-0. The Terminators won the bracket while the Icekickles took fourth and the Musketeers finished fifth.

In the Middle School Division final, the Mud Dogs upended the Tsunami 2-0 in a shootout. The shootout game happened after the score was tied 2-2 at the end of regulation. The Hedgehogs took third while Out of Bounds placed fourth in the division.

In the Middle School B bracket, Beckham took first, Arsenal placed second, the Shredders finished third while the Juneau Mafia claimed fourth place overall.

The Ruff Ryders clamed the Junior Division title after topping the Thundercats 5-2. Rossoneri placed third, the Sharp Shooters took fourth, Blue Magic finished fifth while the Blizzard placed sixth in the Junior Division.

In the Senior Division final for players ages 17-20, the Galaxy topped Post-Cotty 4-2. The Rice Cookers took third, the Avalanche placed fourth, Wacey took fifth, the Owls ended up sixth and Campbell finished seventh to round out the division.

The Parks and Rec All-Stars won the Masters Division with a 5-2 victory over S. Magallanes in the final. The Evergreen Gang took third and Holiday Fools finished fourth.

In addition to the 20007 tournament being the biggest on record, it also marked the last one at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

The tournament sponsored by the Law Firm of Dillon & Findley will move to the new indoor facility by Dimond Park in 2008.

"In 2008, we'll bring some changes," Houston said. "It'll be bigger, more spectator friendly. We're going from a gym floor to a turf surface so everything will change."

• Contact sports editor Tim Nichols at sports@juneauempire.com or 523-2228.

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