Sports Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, April 28, 2004

JDHS soccer teams begin swing to Mat-Su, Anchorage, Homer

JUNEAU - The undefeated Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls soccer teams leave town today for their first trip north this season.

For the Crimson Bear girls (5-0-0), it is the team's first trip outside of Southeast this year. It's the first trip north this season for the Juneau boys (8-0-1), although they traveled to Spokane, Wash., earlier this month.

Both Crimson Bear teams will play Wasilla this afternoon. On Thursday, the girls will face West Anchorage while the boys are scheduled to play Homer at a location to be determined. The trip will conclude on Friday, as the boys play Chugiak and the girls face Homer.

Last season, the Crimson Bear girls beat Wasilla 3-1 and swept a trio of home games from Homer by a combined score of 18-2. Juneau did not play West last year.

The Juneau boys defeated Wasilla 2-0 last season, and swept Homer in a two-game home series by a combined score of 17-1. Juneau beat Chugiak 3-1 at home earlier this month.

In their most recent games, the Juneau girls notched a pair of wins at Ketchikan early last week, while the Juneau boys won a key home matchup against Service last Friday.

While several Crimson Bear boys had to leave last weekend's game due to injuries, coach Gary Lehnhart said the team is healthy as it embarks on this week's trip.

JDHS scholar-athletes honored for their efforts on, off field

JUNEAU - Sixteen Juneau-Douglas High School students received National Student Athlete Awards last week for their combined efforts in athletics, academics and the community.

One award winner was selected from each sport at the high school. Recipients ranged from sophomores to seniors, and all had to have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Award recipients were:

• Girls cross-country running: Greta Thibodeau

• Boys cross-country running: Tristan Knutson-Lombardo

• Football: Jake Ritter

• Girls swim/dive: Robyn Grayson

• Boys swim/dive: Olin Robus

• Volleyball: Julie Heard

• Wrestling: Dennis Hall

• Girls basketball: Alida Bus

• Boys basketball: Adam Nelson

• Girls track and field: Elizabeth Stickel

• Boys track and field: Tyler Dinnan

• Girls soccer: Laura Flynn

• Boys soccer: Alex Newton

• Softball: Nicole Bavard

• Baseball: Christopher Dillon

• Cheerleading: Erin Kelly

Report: UW doctor gave softball players painkillers, relaxants

SEATTLE - A Washington softball player once was so overmedicated, she gleefully pretended to swim on the dugout floor. Teammates recalled a drugged player stumbling into the head coach's arms.

When pregame muscle relaxants took too much of a toll, leaving a player too drowsy to take the field, she might receive a "focus pill" - Ritalin or over-the-counter caffeine stimulants.

An alarming picture emerged Tuesday as the University of Washington released an internal report examining the practices of a former team physician and athletic trainer assigned to the softball program.

"The welfare of our student athletes is a fundamental responsibility," university president Lee Huntsman said. "We failed, and this is deeply troubling and painful."

The report determined no one intended to harm the players, yet investigators found that athletes' health was indeed at risk.

Dr. William Scheyer and former trainer Craig Moriwaki routinely provided painkillers and muscle relaxants before games, according to the report. Players gave Scheyer nicknames: "Dr. Feel Good" and "The Candy Man."

Scheyer's lawyer denied his client did anything improper. Efforts to reach Moriwaki at his last known job in Hawaii were unsuccessful.

The university also reported a possible NCAA violation to the Pacific-10 Conference. Investigators learned players received the drug Ritalin or over-the-counter stimulants on four occasions in the past four years after they had received too many narcotic painkillers from either Scheyer or Moriwaki.

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