Empire Archives: 1979 - Bear boys roll past Haines

Posted: Sunday, January 11, 2004

A look back at a Juneau basketball series sweep from 25 years ago...

Juneauites brought out the best of everything for Governor Jay Hammond's second inauguration this weekend.

And high school basketball was no different.

The Crimson Bears, without their leading scorer Dennis Edwards, dazzled the home crowds with their performance in beating Haines, 61-52, on Friday and again on Saturday, 80-72.

The double victory gave Juneau-Douglas a 9-3 mark in the Southeast and placed the squad at the top of the standings...

The full house crowds, lively student participants and close games added to the weekend festivities while the double victory made the number one Crimson Bear, Jim Hamey, a very happy coach.

"Everybody played well at times this weekend," said Hamey, whose squad's overall mark is now 11-6. "Both games to me were true team victories. ..."

Both schools entered the Friday night game with a cold hand and fumbling fingers as the slow moving contest was marred with turnovers and mental mistakes.

Steve Fossman, Chester Reeves and Roger Sele all combined for baskets to give the Glacier Bears an opening 6-0 lead. Juneau battled back with four points from Steve Brandner to end the quarter down 12-8. ...

Juneau-Douglas broke loose in the beginning of the third quarter ... for a 32-25 lead. ...

Despite a weaker bench Haines stayed right behind the Crimson Bears in the final period and at 4:08 Scott Pryse scored to make the tally 47-46.

The game, however, was won at 2:15 in the fourth quarter. With the crowd sitting on the edge of its seat, Doug Keller scrambled for a loose ball and hit Brandner striding down court.

The 6-foot-5 senior went into the air (and) stuffed the bucket with a solid dunk shot to the roaring approval of the crowd. ...

Saturday's game was nothing short of what one would expect from the top two teams in the Southeast.

A fast moving game with outstanding passing on both sides of the court, the Crimson Bears ... finally took control of the tempo of the outing midway through the second quarter with a full court press and at 3:59 Pat Costello scored for Juneau's 28-23 lead. ...

With 29 seconds left the score was still close at 74-72, but Juneau managed to hold Haines scoreless while accounting for six points.

- Southeast Alaska Empire, Jan. 15, 1979

And, looking a little further back, this "Channel Series" game report from 75 years ago...

In the second game of the season of the Channel Series, played last night in the Juneau High gymnasium, the Douglas girls scored over the Juneau sextette 42 to 9, in a game that from beginning to end was hard fought and sportsmanlike, but the Hilltoppers more than evened the honors for the evening when they outplayed the Douglas boys and hung up a final score of 23 to 13.

The gym was crowded to capacity and the fans witnessed one of the best played battles ever staged on a local floor.

The double header started with girls from both sides of the Channel on the floor who, at the touch off, went into the fray with a spirit that gave evidence of a close final score. As in the game played in Douglas a week ago the Fraser sisters (Mae and Roberta) were easily the stars of the Douglas team and from the first whistle their plays were speedy and well-executed. Elsie Jensen and Ada Minzhor of the Juneau girls were outstanding players of the local team. ...

- Daily Alaska Empire, Jan. 12, 1929


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