Travel woes plague Bear boys

Posted: Friday, January 28, 2005

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team picked up lots of bonus miles Thursday while trying to get the Anchorage for Bartlett High School's Sheri Stears Memorial tournament.

The Crimson Bears were scheduled to play the Lathrop Malemutes at 4 p.m. in Thursday's opening round of the six-team boys bracket, but fog-related travel problems postponed the game.

The team was scheduled on the early morning direct flight to Anchorage. But fog in Juneau prevented that plane's departure and the Crimson Bears took another plane to Seattle to see if they could have better luck getting to Anchorage by that route.

"Our first flight to Anchorage couldn't get here," Juneau senior co-captain Tom Derbsey said by cell phone shortly after the team arrived in Anchorage on Thursday night. "Then we flew to Sitka, Ketchikan and Seattle, then back to Juneau and on to Anchorage."

The Crimson Bears finally arrived in Anchorage about 9 p.m., then headed immediately over to Bartlett to see if they'd be able to play a late game on Thursday night. Juneau wasn't able to play, but the players were able to watch part of the Bartlett vs. Evergreen (Seattle) game before they headed to check in at their hotel.

The Juneau-Lathrop game will be played at a time TBA this afternoon, then both teams will play in late games at times TBA and against teams to be determined. No score was available for the Bartlett-Evergreen game, won by Bartlett, and in the other boys game Thursday, Wasilla trounced Deep Valley Christian School (Redwood, Calif.) 76-27.

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