Juneau, Douglas and Auke Bay will be well represented at the 2008 Arctic Winter Games in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, on March 9-16.
In fact, so many participants made various teams that two planes will be needed to get all 36 local athletes to Canada. The competitors will represent Alaska in eight different sports.
The sport featuring the most local talent is girls indoor soccer. Nine girls will play on the threefemale teams.
Juneau's Carly Lehnhart, Margaret Sekona, Rachel Tarver and Kayla Walton will play on the intermediate team while Shawnee Good, Annika Ord and Sarah Tarver will participate on the junior team. On the juvenile team, Juneau's Solana Ashe and Melissa Skan will play for Alaska.
In boys soccer, Juneau's Raphael Betit, Joe Slagel and Max Smith will play on the junior team while Jackson Lehnhart, Colin Zheng, Andrew Lawson and Johnny Joyce will participate on the juvenile squad.
The junior boys volleyball team features six players from Juneau as Scott Bergmann, Andrew Hart, Luke Kirkham, John Loverink, Nickolas Martin and Bill Sarandria all made the squad.
Kristie Ely serves as Juneau's lone representative on the junior girls volleyball team.
For the first time in the Arctic Winter Games' 38-year history, Alaska's ice hockey teams will feature Juneau talent. Zack Bicknell and Lenka Craigova' made the boys bantam team while Albert Svensson and Logan Miller made the boys midget team. Craigova' is the lone girl on the boys team.
In table tennis, Douglas residents Curtis Mangusso and Jenoa Mangusso will join Juneau's Edward Hurtte in Yellowknife.
Rebekka Ord will be Juneau's lone gymnast in Yellowknife. She made Team Alaska's junior gymnastics squad.
Snowshoe competitors Leah Francis, David Francis, Hunter Brown, Zack Bursell, Sidney Browning and Abigail Query will represent the state with coach Merry Ellefson.