The 59th annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Basketball Tournament begins today at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym with games in the Mighty B and Legendary C brackets.
Today's B Bracket games feature defending champion Kake Tlingit Heat taking on Yakutat at 11:30 a.m., Metlakatla against Haines ANB at 2:30 p.m., 2003 champion Haines Merchants against Klawock at 6 p.m., and Hydaburg Haida taking on Angoon ANB at 9 p.m.
In the C Bracket, the Juneau Southeast Native Veterans open the tournament against Klukwan 2 at 10 a.m., the defending champion Huna Totem Tribe play Juneau at 1 p.m., the Klukwan Chilkats play Juneau 2 at 4 p.m., and Kake LAB has a tentative matchup against Angoon at 7:30 p.m.
Today's B and C winners advance to play on Monday, while losing teams will play again on Tuesday as the fight to stay alive in the double-elimination tournament.
The Premiere Women's Bracket - featuring city/region teams this year as they alternate with village squads - opens on Monday with two games - Juneau Jeffus & Williams playing a team to be determined at 1 p.m., and Juneau Imperials facing Sitka BDK at 2:30 p.m. On Tuesday, the Juneau J & W-TBD winner will play Klawock P.O.W. at 1 p.m., while the Juneau Imperials-Sitka BDK winner faces Sitka/The Cellar at 2:30 p.m.
The Classic A Bracket opens play on Wednesday with two-time defending champ Juneau Marlintini's Arctic Lights taking on the Southeast All-Stars at 11:30 a.m., while Sitka ANS plays the Juneau Lakers at 2:30 p.m.
The Gold Medal Basketball Tournament is a fund-raiser for the Juneau Lions Club's college scholarship program, disabled ski program and other ventures.
Also this week, Juneau HoopTime will host the 2005 Southeast Shootout middle-school basketball tournament Monday through Friday, featuring boys and girls teams from across Southeast Alaska. Most games will be held at Floyd Dryden Middle School. For more information and schedules, look on the Web at http://www.juneau.com/hooptime/index.html.