Members of the Juneau Tornadoes Youth Wrestling Club claimed 20 medals, while a single Ketchikan wrestler claimed two, during the Alaska Youth Freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships May 5-7 in Anchorage.
John Zuniga, a seventh-grader at Floyd Dryden Middle School, was the only Southeast wrestler to claim a state title, and actually won twice. Zuniga claimed the freestyle title for schoolboy (age 12-13) wrestlers weighing more than 161 pounds, plus he won the title in the Greco-Roman division.
In the freestyle competition, Juneau wrestlers Isaac Cadiente (132 pounds) and Vernon Perry (103.5) both took second place in the cadet (age 14-16) division, while Brandon Pilot (167) and Wrenna Klose (103.5) took fourth place as cadets. Dustin Ball (120) took third place in the novice (age 11-younger) division, while Jake Ritter (160) was third in the schoolboy class, Brys Perry (115) took fifth, and Max Cadiente (90) and Robert Orr (100) took sixth place in the schoolboy division.
In Greco-Roman wrestling, Brandon Pilot (167) and Vernon Perry (103.5) both took second place in the cadet division, while Isaac Cadiente (132) was third and Jestin Hulegaard (132) was fourth. In the schoolboy division, Ritter (16) and Ryan Nicholas (90) both took third place, with Max Cadiente (90), John Kuterbach (110) and Brys Perry (115) each taking fourth place.
The only other Southeast wrestler entered in the tournament was Jay Fulk of Ketchikan, who took second place in freestyle and third place in Greco-Roman at 167 pounds in the cadet division.
- The Juneau Empire
Haines funds volleyball team
Girls volleyball joined cross-country running, basketball and track and field as a fully sanctioned activity at Haines High School after a vote May 2 by the Haines Borough School Board to spend $8,000 on the sport next fall.
The vote, which passed 6-1, came after board member Tim June asked the board to reconsider a previous rejection of a request by the school volleyball club to upgrade its sport.
``I feel like we made a mistake the first time, in light of the number of people involved,'' June said. ``This has been a very successful program. We need the support programs that boost self-esteem and accomplishment for young women.''
The current volleyball team originated in 1998 by coaches Rich and Brenda Calkins, and competed as a club against Southeast teams last fall. The district sponsored a volleyball team in the early and mid-1980s, but discontinued funding due to budget cuts.
Rich Calkins said the sport offers a lot to participants.
``The girls showed a lot of dedication last year,'' Calkins said. ``It's a good activity. A lot of people play their whole life. Look at all the people at the gym on Monday and Wednesday. It's great that the school board gave the kids another activity.''
Calkins said he and his wife are undecided whether they'll apply for the coaching position, which pays about $2,800. Money to fund the program will come from borough reserves, school board president Jerry Lapp said.
The Chilkat Valley News
Haines starts cycling club
A newly formed bicycling club is seeking members to take part in group rides and races this summer.
Haines Chain Gang organizer Dan Harrington said he wants to get local cycling enthusiasts together for fun and competition. Harrington, who spent the winter riding with a competitive cycling club in Austin, Texas, said the sport offers something for all ages and abilities.
``It's more fun to ride with a group of people,'' Harrington said. ``If we can get 15 to 20 people out there, it'll be pretty neat. You can talk and the time and distance go by pretty quickly.''
Moderately paced social rides are scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday and Thursday. ``You can ride five to 40 miles,'' Harrington said.
Harrington is also organizing a series of 10 competitive races through the summer. The series begins on Saturday, May 27, with the 23mile Port to Port Road Race, from the ferry terminal to the airport and then to Letnikof Cove. The race course will be repeated on July 15.
The rest of the series includes a three-mile water tower climb up Young Road to Skyline Subdivision on May 28 and July 16; the 24-mile Roadhouse Ramble that starts and ends at Mile 33 Haines Highway on June 3 and July 29; the seven-mile Cemetery Hill time trial on June 4, the twice around the small tracts-Mud Bay Loop on July 30 and the 17-mile Big Climb at Mile 40 Haines Highway at a date TBA.
``We scheduled the races around the Whitehorse and Juneau schedules, so we're going to publicize them and try to get some racers from out of town to come up,'' Harrington said.
There is no charge to enter the race series or group rides. For more information, call Harrington at 1-907-766-3398.
- The Chilkat Valley News
Cockrum wins Totem-to-Totem Run
Jared Cockrum, a former Ketchikan High School cross-country runner, posted the fastest time Saturday in the Totem-to-Totem Run in Ketchikan.
Cockrum covered the course from Totem Bight State Park to Saxman Community Hall in 1 hour, 22 minutes, 15 seconds to win by more than six minutes. Bill Elberson took second place in 1:28:56, and women's winner Susan Doherty posted the third-best time of 1:31:15.
The top four-member relay team was the quartet of Lou Hu, Keith Davis, Tom Byron and Stephen Beedle, with a time of 1:18:02. The top two-person team was the duo of Scott Jones and Pete Clark in 1:43:11. Some 60 runners and walkers competed in this year's race, including about 20 from Annette Island and five from Metlakatla.
Proceeds from the race and its souvenir items benefit Ketchikan's Special Olympics program, said race organizer Gretchen Klein. Many of the runners in the race used it as a training run for the Prince of Wales Marathon on May 27, which follows a course from Craig to Klawock.
- The Ketchikan Daily News
Ketchikan hosts tae kwon do tourney
More than 70 men, women and children competed in the seventh annual Ketchikan Tae Kwon Do Club tournament in April, including several competitors from British Columbia.
Participants competed in forms and sparring events, plus there was also a separate sumo wrestling tournament with eight competitors.
Among the tournament results involving Ketchikan residents, Billy Weis won a gold medal in the sumo division with Mike Scheel taking the silver.
In the forms and sparring, Michael Engel took a silver in both; James Gray took a silver in forms; Samantha Peach took gold in both; Zach Kidder had a bronze in forms and gold in sparring; Karl Cox had silver in forms and bronze in sparring; while Nathan Gilmore and Skylur Rohweder both had a bronze in forms and gold in sparring.
Kayln Holcomb had a silver in forms and gold in sparring; Jennifer Holcomb had a silver in forms and bronze in sparring; Kathy Holcomb had a gold in forms and bronze in sparring; Kenny Murray had a bronze in both; Christopher Ashcraft had a silver in forms and gold in sparring; Aaron Ashcraft had a bronze in forms and gold in sparring; and Chayna Herby had a bronze in forms and silver in sparring.
Genevieve Curral won a gold in forms and bronze in sparring; Steven Hammermeister won a bronze in forms and gold in sparring; Cameron Watts had a gold in both forms and sparring; Xavier Jones had a silver in forms and bronze in sparring; Connor Jepson won a silver in forms and gold in sparring; Liz Bruce won a silver in both; and Mike Scheel won a silver in forms and bronze in sparring.
Derrek Deal won a bronze in forms and silver in sparring; Ryan Mortenson won a silver in forms and gold in sparring; Ben Roemeling won a silver in forms and bronze in sparring; Idania Wolf won a silver in forms; Lucas Wolf won a gold in forms; Ashley Butler won a bronze in forms; and Jason Koski won a gold in both.
Tiffany Coates won a silver in forms and bronze in sparring; Christopher Coates won a silver in both; Lori Coates took gold in both; Priscilla Story won gold in both; Tina Elmer won gold in both; Randy Elmer won a gold in forms and silver in sparring; Josephine Johnson won a gold in forms and silver in sparring; George Johnson won silver in both; Everett Savage won a gold in forms and silver in sparring; Ben Childers won a gold in forms and silver in sparring; and Julie Coyle won a bronze medal in both events.
- The Ketchikan Daily News
Wrangell golf club tees off
Wrangell's newly constructed Muskeg Meadows golf course and club house opened May 6 with golf, special guests, good food and lights.
Thanks to a $30,000 grant from the U.S. Golf Association, the Wrangell Golf Club was able to extend electricity to its club house and USGA officials were on hand to present the check and rate the course. Muskeg Meadows is the first regulation nine-hole regulation course in Southeast Alaska.
Festivities began with the check presentation at the annual membership meeting of the golf club May 5. On May 6, play opened with the annual spring tournament, which included a banquet and fund-raising auction.
Muskeg Meadows is a 2,950-yard course with a practice range, putting green, pro shop and club house. It is owned and operated by Wrangell Golf Club, Inc., a non-profit organization. Clubs and pull carts are available for rent, and standard golf supplies are sold. The club has 600 members, including golfers from as far away as Tokyo and Singapore.
Because the course exists near the boundaries of a pristine wilderness, the golf course many unique hazards. One of these hazards brought about the Raven Rule. It states that any ball stolen by a raven may be replaced with no penalty, provided there was a witness.
For more information about Muskeg Meadows, call 1-907-874-2538 or visit the club's Web site at www.wrangell.com/things/golf.htm.
- Press release
DeBoer takes golf management course
Morgan DeBoer, the owner/operator of Mount Fairweather Golf Course in Gustavus, attended the Mundus School of Golf Course Management in Phoenix this past winter.
Mundus teaches students turf growth and maintenance, daily operations and the business finance involved with running a golf course. Students also work at Phoenix-area golf courses to gain hands-on experience. Morgan worked on the maintenance crew at the TPC of Scottsdale, which annually hosts the PGA Tour's Phoenix Open.
Until he built his own golf course, DeBoer had never worked at a regulation facility. As part of the school's curriculum, DeBoer designed and budgeted for the construction and maintenance of nine more holes at Mount Fairweather and the construction of a clubhouse and additional maintenance facilities. The timetable for the project is to begin in two or three years, DeBoer said.
- Press release
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