The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team is ready to put last weekend's disappointment behind as the Crimson Bears host their only home games this weekend.
The Crimson Bears (8-0 in official games) were snowed out of eight games in Anchorage last weekend, and Tuesday afternoon Juneau coach Kari Monagle was trying to look at the bright side of the picture.
"It was very disappointing, but at least we didn't get any injuries," Monagle said. "In the end, it might be better for us to have the teams in Anchorage not see us. They videotape us and watch it so much we don't appear as strong to them as we really are."
The Crimson Bears will host their Southeast region mates this weekend with the Ketchikan Kings (3-5) and the Sitka Wolves (1-7) both in town. A combined Prince of Wales team (Craig and Klawock high schools) will play games against the junior varsity teams from the three bigger schools.
Action starts Thursday night at Melvin Park as the Juneau varsity plays Ketchikan in a non-counting game at 7:30 p.m., the only varsity contest on the schedule for Thursday. In JV action, the Juneau JV plays the Ketchikan JV White team at 4 p.m. and the Ketchikan JV Maroon team at 5:45 p.m. at Melvin Park. In JV action at Dimond Park, Prince of Wales places the Ketchikan JV White team at 2 p.m. and the Ketchikan JV Maroon team at 3:45 p.m.
On Friday, the Ketchikan varsity team plays Sitka at 3 p.m. at Melvin Park, then Juneau's varsity plays Ketchikan at 5 p.m. and Sitka at 7 p.m. In JV action at Melvin Park, Sitka's JV team plays Ketchikan JV White at 9 a.m. and Ketchikan JV Maroon at 11 a.m., then Prince of Wales plays Ketchikan JV Maroon at 1 p.m. In JV action at Dimond Park, the Juneau JV team plays two games against Prince of Wales at 4 p.m. and 5:45 p.m., then plays Ketchikan JV White at 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Ketchikan's varsity plays Sitka at 11 a.m., then Juneau plays Sitka at 1 p.m. and Ketchikan at 3 p.m. In JV action at Melvin Park, the Sitka JV team plays Prince of Wales at 9 a.m., while the Juneau JV squad plays Ketchikan JV Maroon at 5 p.m. and Sitka JV at 7 p.m. In the only JV game at Dimond Park on Saturday, Ketchikan JV White plays Prince of Wales at 1 p.m.
Monagle said her team was disappointed in losing the games in Anchorage, but she was glad her Southeast competition was in a similar boat and the Crimson Bears didn't lose any ground. As for the teams in Anchorage, Tuesday was the first time in more than a week any of those teams was able to get a game in.
"At least in Southeast nobody played," Monagle said. "Ketchikan had an off week and Sitka went up there (to Anchorage) a day after we did and didn't play either. I guess they didn't see the weather report."
Monagle said she's worried about Juneau's weather, which has been rainy and windy in recent days, and she said there had been couple of puddles developing between third base and home plate at Melvin Park. She said the Crimson Bears had to forego a couple of days of practice because she didn't want to tear up the field.
"You hate to give up the days before games, but I don't want to get anybody hurt," Monagle said. "We're going to try to stick to it (the schedule) and we've got some time limits. We want to get the games in, especially with the weather."
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