Sitka's Dailey leads Barracudas with five swim titles

Southeast sports roundup

Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2000

Alex Dailey of the Baranof Barracudas Swim Club in Sitka claimed five individual titles in the Speedo/Alaska Swimming Junior Olympic Championship April 14-16 at Bartlett High School swim pool in Anchorage.

Northern Lights Swim Club of Anchorage claimed the team title with 3,073 points, followed by Glacier Swim Club of Juneau with 1,568 points and Aurora Swim Club of Anchorage with 1,515 points. The North Pole Aquatic Club had 1,340 points and the Kachemak Swim Club of Homer scored 1,134 points to round out the top five teams.

Besides Glacier, five other teams from Southeast sent swimmers to the meet, with the Ketchikan Killer Whales taking eighth place with 785 points and the Baranof Barracudas were ninth with 772 points. The Craig Waverunners Swim Club took 11th place with 521 points, Viking Swim Club of Petersburg took 16th place with 299 points and the Haines Dolphins Swim Team took 20th place with 133 points. The meet had 28 teams and 464 swimmers.

Dailey, who competes in the boys age 10-younger division, lost out on the individual points scoring title in his age group to Glacier Swim Club's Kyle O'Brien. But he still picked up individual titles in the 100-yard individual medley, the 100 butterfly, the 100 breaststroke, the 200 IM and the 50 fly.

Benjamin Campen of Baranof claimed the boys age 10-younger 50 breast title, while Travis Watson of Baranof won the boys age 15-18 division 400 IM. Dailey, Campen, Gavin McGowan and Jamie Gorman teamed up to win the boys age 10-younger 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay.

Ketchikan was led by Ben Voetberg in the boys age 13-14 division, who posted victories in the 200 IM and the 200 free. Haines had victories from Anna Szymanski in the girls age 10-younger 50 free and the 100 back. Petersburg picked up a victory in the girls age 13-14 division 200 breast from Maren ``Rikka'' Brunner, while Craig had no individual victories.

Juneau was led by O'Brien, who posted victories in the 50 back, the 200 free, the 100 back and the 100 free. Jenna Rutecki won the girls age 10-younger 100 free and Helen Riemer won the age 10-younger 100 breast, plus those two teamed with Nellie Metcalfe and Kristin Jones to win the 200 medley and 200 free relays.

Other Juneau winners were Paul Hughes in the boys age 13-14 division 200 breast and the 100 breast and Hannah Robus in the girls age 15-18 division 200 breast. Hughes teamed up with Tyler Hennon, Kirk Fishel and Olin Robus to win the age 13-14 division 200 medley relay.

Charles BinghamThe Juneau Empire

Elks Hoop-Shoot regionals

Two young Southeast basketball players nearly made the national championships in the Elks Hoop Shoot, missing out on a chance to go to the James Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., for the national finals April 27-29.

Representing Alaska during the Pacific Northwest Regional Championships in Portland, Ore., March 15-18, Jesse LeBeau of Ketchikan and Michaela Silva of Petersburg both took second place in their age groups. The duo were among the six Alaska champions at the meet, four from Southeast.

LeBeau, who competed in the boys age 12-13 division, lost in a shootout for the regional title. Silva, who competed in the girls age 8-9 division and whose older sister Maria also reached the regional competition four years ago, finished two shots behind Idaho's Brittnee Johnson. Each shooter took five warm-up free-throw shots, that didn't count, then they each shot 10 free throws followed by another 15 shots for 25 total. LeBeau had to shoot five more shots in his shootout.

Amy Versteeg of Wrangell took fourth place in the girls age 10-11 division, while Juneau's Eric Gross took fourth place in the boys age 8-9 division. The other two Alaska champions to take part in the regional were from Seward and both took second place - Cody Beck in the boys age 10-11 division and Teal Hetrick in the girls age 12-13 division.

The six Alaska champions earned their way to the regional meet by competing in local Elks Hoop Shoot meets in December and January. Some 3,779 young basketball players took part in the various local Alaska competitions. The scores were then collated, and the top shooter in each age group was declared the state champion and earned a trip to Portland.

Juneau's local champions were Eric Gross (boys 8-9), Jamaal Bailey (boys 10-11), Matt Greely (boys 12-13), Luvonna Martin (girls 8-9), Talisa Rhea (girls 10-11) and Jessy Post (girls 12-13).

The local champions from Haines were Kyle Fossman (boys 8-9), Brian Combs (boys 10-11), Chad Stigen (boys 12-13), J.J. Lende (girls 8-9), Julie Johnson (girls 10-11) and Drew Fossman (girls 12-13). Ketchikan's local champions were Taylor Knight (boys 8-9), Tom Carlin (boys 10-11), Jesse LeBeau (boys 12-13), Cara Daniels (girls 10-11) and Genevieve Currall (girls 12-13), with no participants in the girls 8-9 division.

Petersburg's local champions were Gus Brunner (boys 8-9), Aaron Phillips (boys 10-11), Bryce Covington (boys 12-13), Michaela Silva (girls 8-9), Ruby McMahon (girls 10-11) and Britni Birchell (girls 12-13). Sitka's local champions were Stephan Rooen (boys 8-9), Scott Rooen (boys 10-11), Andrew Broschat (boys 12-13), Baily Standerwick (girls 8-9), Kristen Padgett (girls 10-11) and Natasha Ribidou (girls 12-13).

Skagway's champions were Lachlan Dennis (boys 8-9), Brent Beckner (boys 10-11), Jordan Kasler (boys 12-13), Erica Harris (girls 8-9), Leah Moore (girls 10-11) and Savannah Ames (girls 12-13). Wrangell's champions were Ryan Howell (boys 8-9), Andrew Versteeg (boys 10-11), Curtis Kautz (boys 12-13), Asia White (girls 8-9), Amy Versteeg (girls 10-11) and Laura McCay (girls 12-13).

Charles BinghamThe Juneau Empire

Basketball players head on trips

Basketball will be taking some Southeast athletes far from Alaska this summer.

Jasmine James, a junior at Yakutat High School, will be attending the Hoopsmart U.S.A. girls basketball camp in Hawaii in July. This camp brings together athletes from all 50 states as well as coaches from colleges of all levels.

``I think my coach (Joe Klushkan) nominated me,'' James said. ``I want to go to the camp just for the experience of playing with people from bigger schools and meeting people. I've always wanted to play college basketball and this is an opportunity to get closer to my goal.''

Several other Southeast basketball players will be going half a world away from Alaska to play hoops, they'll be going to the Gold Coast of Australia for the Fourth Annual Down Under Hoops Classic basketball tournament. Anthony Dolan of Kake, Ben Egolf of Haines, Byron Jack of Angoon and Mitchell Snyder of Skagway will be part of an Alaska team coached by Kotzebue High coach Brendon McMahon and Rich Calkins of Haines. Wrangell High girls coach Tami Meissner will also be coaching a team of Southeast girls, five from Wrangell, at the same tournament.

The athletes are trying to raise money to pay for their trips, which cost about $2,600 for the Hawaii trip and between $3,000 and $4,000 for the Australia trip. People wanting to make donations should contact the students through their respective high schools for information on how to help them raise funds for the trips.

Charles BinghamThe Juneau Empire

Elberson wins Sourdough Fun Run

Bill Elberson posted the top time April 15 to win the 5-kilometer Sourdough Fun Run in Ketchikan.

Elberson completed the course in 19 minutes, 7 seconds for the victory. Bob Weinstein was the next across the finish line, in 19:42, followed by the race's top female finisher, Sue Doherty, in 19:49. Amelia Ingersoll was next in 19:56, followed by Ken Arriola in 21:22 to round out the top-five finishers.

In the Sourdough 1-mile event, Jesse White, 12, posted a time of 7:21 to win the title. Alissa White, 10, took second place in 7:36, with Milisa Jakubek, 10, posting the same time of 7:36. Evan Bolling, 10, was next in 8:09, and Collette Peters, 9, posted a time of 8:27 to round out the top-five finishers.

The Ketchikan Daily News

Sitka hosts rope skipping meet

Sitka Skippers coach Karen Case made what she thought was a safe side bet with Stika High School junior Derek Hirai before the Southeast Alaska Invitational Jump Rope Tournament and the USA Jump Rope Federation Region Nine Qualifying Tournament 2000 were held on the same day March 25 in Sitka.

Case bet Hirai that he couldn't break 330 jumps in the three-minute endurance event. But Hirai gets to die Case's hair another color during the Sitka Skippers' summer camp this summer after hitting on 331 jumps. ``I named 330 figuring my hair was safe,'' Case said.

With his performance, Hirai, a defending national and world champion, earned a berth in the national championships with his effort during the region meet held in the morning March 25. The top three finishers in each event from that meet earned berths in the national meet. The regional meet featured 40 rope jumpers from Sitka, Juneau and Hoonah.

In the afternoon, 75 jumpers from Sitka, Juneau and Hoonah took part in the Southeast meet. The Southeast meet attracted more novice jumpers looking to move up to the higher levels of competition.

Complete results from the meets were not available, only those of Sitka residents.

Hirai won three individual events in the boys age 15-17 division for the region meet - the single-rope speed event, the three-minute speed endurance event and the single-rope freestyle event (which is a routine performed to music). The only other Sitka individual event winner was Kristen Case in the girls age 12-14 single-rope speed event and the three-minute speed endurance event. Several Sitka relay teams also won events.

In the Southeast meet, Sitka's Jessica Keaveny won the girls age 8 single-rope speed event, the single-rope freestyle and the double-unders, while Abigail Volmer won the girls age 7 double-unders event.

Chris BernardThe Daily Sitka Sentinel

Pickrell claims spring biathlon title

Kristian Pickrell, competing in the men's age 20-29 division, posted the top overall time April 15 in the Sitka Sportsmen's Association's Spring Cleanup Biathlon.

Pickrell completed the 5,000-meter course near the Robert LaGuire Indoor Shooting Range in 28 minutes, 59 seconds. Athletes ran the course, which featured stops where they used .22-caliber rifles to take five standing and five prone shots at their targets. If they missed a shot the athletes suffered a time penalty. Pickrell hit four standing and four prone targets.

Other male division winners were Terry Swiatkowski in age 40-49 with a time of 30:24 and Jack Ozment in age 60-older with a time of 39:14. Female division winners included Rhonda Ludamo in age 20-29 with a time of 39:46 and Judi lehmann in age 50-59 with a time of 65:16.

The Daily Sitka Sentinel

Women's Wellness Triathlon Saturday

The Sitka Women's Wellness Triathlon will take place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at Blatchley Middle School.

The swim-bike-run event has registration at 7:30 p.m. and the $10 registration fee provides athletes with a t-shirt. Individuals and teams can enter the race, and sons are invited to compete on teams with their mothers.

For more information, contact Kathryn Pierzala at Sitka Community School, 747-8670, or Chris Sterton at Sitka High School.

The Daily Sitka Sentinel

Julie Hughes Triathlon is May 20

The 16th Annual Julie Hughes Triathlon takes place on Saturday, May 20, at Hames Physical Education Center at Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka.

The race features a 1,000-meter indoor swim, a 10-mile bike and 5-mile run. Individuals and teams can register, and a reduced course of 500-meter swim, 3.5-mile bike and 1.5-mile run is available for athletes age 12-younger.

Entry fees are $15 and registration can be taken care of over the Internet at or, or on Friday, May 19, at Hames PE Center. All athletes age 18-younger must have a signature from a parent or guardian before being allowed to compete.

For more information, contact Kristy Totten at 747-3024 or at

The Juneau Empire

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