Posted: Thursday, February 19, 2004

Juneau girls move up in state hoops poll

JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team moved up a spot in the latest Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Poll, released today.

The Crimson Bear girls jumped over East Anchorage to claim the No. 5 ranking among Class 4A girls teams this week with 10 points. Juneau (11-5) went 3-0 on a road trip to Anchorage last week, and plays a two-game series at Ketchikan this weekend.

Wasilla is ranked No. 1 for Class 4A girls this week, with 47 points.

Meanwhile, the Petersburg girls narrowly edged out Barrow to take the No. 1 ranking in Class 3A. The Vikings, sporting a 15-1 record, earned four first-place votes and 37 total points. The Whalers, 15-1 and last week's No. 1, earned three first-place votes and 36 total points.

Other Southeast teams among the top five in their divisions this week are:

• Class 3A boys: Metlakatla, second; Mount Edgecumbe, fifth.

• Class 2A girls: Skagway, third.

• Class 2A boys: Hydaburg, fifth.

Sports manager hired for Kenai winter games

KENAI - After a nationwide search, the Kenai Peninsula 2006 Arctic Winter Games Host Society has hired an Anchorage man as the games' sports manager.

Chris Hayes - an Anchorage School District employee with an extensive background in youth athletics - was chosen out of more than 30 applications from the United States and Canada.

"It was an outstanding choice," said host society board president and borough mayor Dale Bagley. "Chris brings an excellent background to this very important job and will organize a first-rate set of events."

According to the host society, Hayes has led the Far West-Region IV Boys Olympic Development Soccer Program and served as administrator of the Alaska State Youth Soccer Boys and Girls Olympic Development Program. He also has headed Team Alaska soccer.

Hayes will be responsible for organizing and completing all aspects of the 20 different Arctic Winter Games.

He will travel to the 2004 Arctic Winter Games in Wood Buffalo, Alberta, Canada, to observe all 20 sports events. He officially will begin work in June of this year.

The March 2006 games are expected to bring more than 2,000 athletes and cultural performers and 1,500 special guests from seven participating circumpolar nations.

The weeklong event will require more than 3,000 volunteers and is expected to attract between 6,000 and 8,000 spectators.

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