Juneau's Kayla Walton scored a goal as the Team Alaska juvenile female indoor soccer team won its opening game Sunday, the first day of competition at the 2004 Arctic Winter Games in Fort McMurray, Alberta.
Walton's team - which also includes Juneau players Jessy Post, Lindsey Kato and Margaret Sekona - beat Team Yukon 2-1.
Alaska's other girls indoor soccer teams fared well on Sunday. The junior female team - which includes Juneau's Monica Daugherty - beat Northwest Territories 4-1, and the intermediate female team - including Juneau's Greta Thibodeau and Laura Flynn - defeated Nunavut 6-0.
Colin Flynn of Juneau scored a goal, but his Team Alaska juvenile male indoor soccer team lost to Team Yukon 8-2 on Sunday. Alaska's junior male team - including Juneau's Nils Domke and Matthew Walton - lost twice, 5-2 to the Russian region of Magadan and 5-1 to Northwest Territories.
In table tennis competition - the only other Sunday event involving Southeast athletes - Team Alaska's junior table tennis team, featuring Juneau's Ryan Hart and Eric Pak, went 3-2 in round-robin competition.
Opening ceremonies were held on Saturday. Medals were awarded in various Arctic sports (Inuit and Dene games) on Sunday, with Team Alaska and Team Yukon tied for the lead at four medals apiece. The medals are in the shape of ulus, the traditional knife of the Arctic.
The Arctic Winter Games - a combination of sports and cultural events - are held every two years. They are open to young athletes from Alaska, northern Canada, Greenland, several Siberian Russian regions and far northern Scandinavia.
Thirty-seven Southeast Alaska athletes, coaches and team officials are participating in the 2004 Games. Besides indoor soccer and table tennis, Southeast athletes are competing in volleyball, basketball, gymnastics and snowshoeing.
For more information and results from the Arctic Winter Games, look on the Web at www.awg2004.com.
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