After cruising against the other Southeast teams, the undefeated Juneau-Douglas High School softball team will face some new challenges when it heads north to Anchorage and Palmer for eight games this weekend.
The Crimson Bears are 9-0 this season, but this weekend's games could be a bit more difficult than what Juneau's faced in Southeast.
Juneau will play all six Anchorage School District teams at Anchorage's Cartee Fields, starting with the West Anchorage Eagles (1-8 overall) tonight at 6 p.m. Later tonight, Juneau plays a surprising Bartlett Golden Bears team (9-2) at 7:30 p.m., a team that upset defending state champion Service earlier in the season.
On Thursday, Juneau plays the Dimond Lynx (2-5) at 6 p.m. and the East Anchorage Thunderbirds (4-3) at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, the Crimson Bears play the Service Cougars (5-1, not including two games in the Mat-Su Valley on Monday) at 6 p.m. and the Chugiak Mustangs (6-1) at 7:30 p.m.
Juneau's JV teams will also be busy with two games against different Chugiak JV squads, two games against different Service JV squads, and one game each against the Bartlett JV and a Dimond JV team.
On Saturday, the Crimson Bears conclude their road trip with two games at Sherrod Fields in Palmer. Juneau will play the Colony Knights at 9 a.m. and the Wasilla Warriors at 10:30 a.m. No records were available for the two Mat-Su Valley teams.
After this weekend's road trip, Juneau will finally get to play some home games over the May 10-12 weekend. The games against Ketchikan and Sitka will be played at Melvin Park. Then, it's back to Anchorage for the state softball tournament on May 18-19 at Cartee Fields.