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Posted: Friday, March 26, 2004

Gold Medal 3-point shooting contest takes place Saturday morning

JUNEAU - Support the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team by participating in the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament's 3-point shooting contest at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym.

The event is open to the public, with a $5 entry fee per opportunity to shoot. The top finishers will have a shoot-off between the A Bracket and C Bracket championship games on Saturday, about 5:30 p.m.

The entry fee money will be put into a pot, with the winner splitting the proceeds 50-50 with the Crimson Bears. For more information, contact Robert Casperson at 321-2595.

Three Southeast wrestlers compete in state middle school meet

JUNEAU - Three Southeast wrestlers - Ian Otness and Philip Moser of Juneau and Sitka's Torin Lehman - competed in the Alaska State Middle School Wrestling Championships held March 5-6 in Fairbanks.

The meet featured 390 wrestlers from 24 schools. This is the state's largest wrestling meet, with more competitors than the state high school championships.

Moser, who attends Floyd Dryden Middle School, took second place at 148 pounds and was the top Southeast finisher with a 4-1 record. Lehman, who goes to Blatchley Middle School in Sitka, was third at 127 pounds (5-1) and Otness, another Floyd Dryden student, was fourth at 80 pounds (3-2).

"This is a great showing for Southeast wrestling," Floyd Dryden coach Geoff Harben wrote in an e-mail message. "At the seeding meeting we weren't given much respect, but after the tournament the coaches from Anchorage and Fairbanks took notice."

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