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Scandling, Freeman named all-Americans
Two sophomore baseball players from Juneau-Douglas High School -- pitcher-first baseman-outfielder Evan Scandling and second baseman-rightfielder Matt Freeman -- received rookie all-American honors at the Baseball Factory's all-American weekend Jan. 12-14 at DodgerTown in Vero Beach, Fla.
Scandling, who was selected as a left-handed pitcher, and Freeman, who earned the all-American honors at second base, were selected as being among the top freshmen and sophomore baseball players from around the country by a panel of professional scouts and Baseball Factory staff members.
The players were then invited to the Baseball Factory's all-American showcase camp, which gave Scandling and Freeman a chance to play in front of professional scouts and college coaches. Over the past two years, 33 Baseball Factory all-Americans have been selected in baseball's amateur draft. The Baseball Factory also selected all-American teams for both high school seniors and high school juniors, but no Alaskans were selected to either of those two all-American teams.
A third Juneau sophomore, shortstop Joe Ayers, was also invited to the camp but wasn't able to attend because of a conflict with the Juneau-Douglas High School basketball team. Ayers is a point guard for the Crimson Bears, who were playing in a tournament that weekend in Anchorage. Juneau was one of the few communities from around the country represented by more than one player at the camp.
The scouting report for Scandling, which is posted on the Baseball Factory's Web site, said Scandling is a "fundamentally sound two-way player." The report on Freeman is he is a "great athlete" who "drives the ball well." Both Scandling and Freeman homered in games played at the camp.
No snow sends Juneau skiers to Alyeska
Despite a lack of snow in Juneau, the Juneau Ski Club made a strong showing in slalom and giant slalom races Jan. 20-21 at Alyeska Ski Resort in Girdwood.
Donny Peterson, a J-4 (age 11-12) skier, won his age group in both Sunday's slalom race and Saturday's giant slalom. Peterson also led a 1-2-3 finish in the giant slalom by Juneau skiers, with Zachary Young taking second place and Blaze Roloff third. In the slalom, Peterson won, Young took third, Roloff was fourth and Cody Heppner took sixth place.
Mark Harmon, a J-2 (age 15-16) skier, also won his age group in both the slalom and giant slalom races. In Sunday's slalom, Harmon won followed by JSC teammates Richard Isett Jr. in second place, J.C. Grochow in fifth, Brian Nowlin in sixth, Nick Yankee in seventh and Kyle White in ninth. On Saturday, Harmon won, Nowlin was fourth, Grochow took seventh, Isett was eighth and White was 10th.
In the J-3 (age 13-14) boys, Don Meiners took second place in Saturday's giant slalom race, with Gerrad Craig sixth and Charles D. Williams eighth. On Sunday, Meiners was seventh, Craig was eighth and Williams 10th.
In the girls J-2 races, Heidi Denton took second place in Saturday's giant slalom, with Akemi Kunibe eighth and Kristin Barrett not finishing (DNF). On Sunday, Denton took third place and Kunibe was seventh.
In the girls J-3 races, Lisa Wilson took third place in Sunday's slalom, followed by Elise Wahto in fifth place, Julia Nave in seventh, Kristen Brandner in eighth, a DNF for Elizabeth Nowlin and a disqualification for Lizzie Barrett. On Saturday, Nave took third place, Wahto was fifth, Brandner took seventh and the trio of Wilson, Barrett and Nowlin all had DNFs.
Only one Juneau skier competed in the J-4 girls races, with Gabrielle Wahto took third place in Sunday's slalom and was fifth in Saturday's giant slalom race.
Juneau Tennis Association created
The Juneau Tennis Association has been created to promote tennis in Juneau, especially for youth.
The JTA is a non-profit organization that will help send Juneau tennis players to tournaments in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and throughout the United States, plus it will help provide scholarships for local players wanting to pursue tennis in college. The JTA will also provide some free citywide tennis opportunities for kids, and will provide tennis equipment for young players who can't afford it.
The JTA will host its first tournament, the Cabin Fever Doubles tennis tourney, on Feb. 23-25 at the Juneau Racquet Club's Valley location. This tournament is primarily a youth fund-raiser to help offset travel and lodging costs for the Youth (age 10-18) U.S. Tennis Association-sponsored qualifying tournament in late-March in Anchorage.
For information on upcoming events and how to help sponsor the Juneau Tennis Association, contact the Juneau Racquet Club at 789-2181.