Sports Briefs

Posted: Friday, May 24, 2002

Juneau's Menendez, Wysocki complete California Half Ironman triathlon

Juneau residents Jessica Menendez and Robert Wysocki completed the California Half Ironman triathlon last Sunday in Oceanside, Calif.

More than 1,900 athletes participated in the event, which consisted of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run.

Menendez completed the course in 6 hours, 22 minutes and 24 seconds - the 1,394th competitor to cross the finish line. Wysocki finished in 6:28:16, for 1,429th place.

"I had a great swim, and absolutely loved the bike course - smooth roads with not too much headwind," Wysocki said by e-mail.

Menendez said she ran into some trouble in the first transition.

"I got out of the water, ran to my bike and none of my stuff was there - no helmet, no shoes, nada," she said by e-mail. "Someone inadvertently placed my stuff in a box that was headed to the end of the race."

Fortunately, Menendez located her equipment and was able to continue.

Menendez and Wysocki are both planning to compete in the Ironman Canada race on August 25 in Penticton, B.C., and they said they used the California event to get a sense of how their training is going.

Crimson Bears boys basketball team wraps up season with awards nightP>

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team wrapped up the 2001-02 season with an awards banquet at Mike's in Douglas last week.

The Crimson Bears compiled a 23-2 record last season and finished as state runners-up.

Seven awards were presented by head coach George Houston and assistant coaches Steve Brandner, Robert Casperson, and Steve Potter. Two of the awards were based on statistics, while the rest were voted on by the players.

Senior co-captain Ryan Monagle received the Most Valuable Player award and the Zach Gordon Award, presented to the best all-around player.

The Bears' other senior co-captain, Junior Cumlat, won a unanimous vote for the Best Defender. He also claimed the Best Passer award for averaging 4.2 assists per game.

Senior Craig Kitka took home the Hustle Award, junior Bryan Hamey was voted Most Improved and junior center Byron Wild claimed the top rebounding award by averaging six boards a game.

For the junior varsity, leading-scorer Alex Heumann was voted MVP. Andrew Capacci was voted Most Improved, John Andrew Malacas was voted Best Defender, and Jason Lorenz took home the Hustle Award.

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