Rounding the bases at the halfway point of the season, the divisions are all still really close, and it's a week of challenges for first place.
With only 10 days left until the 35th Annual Rainball Tournament, June 25-27, the Men's and Women's Division action has kicked up another notch.
Rosters have solidified, field positions have been staked and the batting orders are firmly written.
Now's the time when all the teams are aiming at the division leaders. For some it's just for bragging rights, and for others it's to move to the top of the standings.
Men's C Division
Taku Oil is gushing as they tunneled the SE Mine Supply Miners 20-17, but it is Team Imperial at the top of the standings. The Imperial BarMen have won five straight with a 24-7 shearing of Kirby's Barbershop and a 27-3 trapping of Timberwolf to set up this week's showdown with the Oilers.
The rest of the division is scrambling for position as the SE Miners shored up the tunnels 10-7 over Kirby's. Big confrontations this week could shift the standings by this time next week as they head into Rainball.
Men's D/E Division
The Rounders are holding the lead with a single loss after a boxing of Home Depot, 34-11, but showdowns with Kappler Computers - the only team to beat the Rounders - and K&L Distributors this week could do some mixing of the standings. K&L cut off the Island Pubmen 30-4 and logged off Kappler Computers 11-8.
Men's F Division
It was a week of streaks - some kept alive by the skinniest of margins. Double Ugly are now the proud winners of four in a row as they de-horned the Haight Pak Unicorns 24-7 before they deposited the First National Caps 19-18. That made it seven losses in a row for the Caps as the Mudstingers came out buzzing in a 13-6 victory.
The UAS Flukes made it three wins in a row with a breaching of the Northern Hot Spots 19-7, and they, too, captured the Unicorns 17-5. Elsewhere, the Hot Spotters smoked the Mudstingers out of their hive 20-9, while Lynden, also on a three game win streak, shot down the James Gang 15-10 and transported Filcom 27-5. This week the Flukes have to contend with both of the streaking teams, Double Ugly and Lynden, and next week could see a shift in the leader board.
Women's C Division
This division is a card shuffle each week. There has been no closing time for Imperial, though, as they put The Replacements on call 22-6 and battered Sticks N Stones 23-2 to make it nine in a row.
Staying right behind them were the women from Pat's Douglas Inn as they increased their win streak to four with a 9-4 audition of The Replacements, and then they tipped out G.W. Teal 23-5. Sticks N Stones reloaded in a 10-9 win over Lynden Transport after Lynden had closed down Teal's 17-4. Pat's and the Imperial Women face off this week, and the winner could have the momentum going into Rainball.
Women's D/E Division
The Ladies from Parts Plus and the UAS Women are both on win streaks as this division will not resume interdivision play until the last week of the season.
UAS kicked over the T&H/ Sandbar Lunachicks 12-4 and then tarnished the haloes of the First National Angels 15-14. The Angels made it a split for the week, though, as they also kicked sand on the Sandbar L'chicks 14-4. The Parts Plus Ladies torqued Chicks with Sticks 20-1 before they shoplifted the Merchant's Wharf 15-3.
The Women from the Wharf are on their longest losing streak in years and kept it going when Sunny Side Up made it a four-egg omelet, 15-7. This week sees Parts Plus Ladies putting their win streak up on the rack with a game against Sunny Side Up.
Coed D Division
At the mid-season point, Team Miller Lite is one of only two JSA teams still undefeated. Nizich Dental is close behind, though, and the two teams go "mano a mano" this week. Nizich made it two in a row with an 18-11 cleaning of Juneau Urgent & Family Care, and then they de-bugged Kappler Computers 14-7.
Team Miller Lite kept pace, though, as they rang the bell on Wee Fishie Shoppe 17-4. Juneau Urgent & Family Care finally has all their team back in town, and with some make-up games this weekend, this division could look very different come next week.
Coed E Division
The AML Hooliguns and The Fam Dams are each on four game win streaks at the half way mark, and they take it to each other this week. Also this week, Auke Bay Electric Wired, tied for first with The Fam Dams, has two head-to-heads with them. We'll see who is still on top after the sparks flash.
This past week, the Young - and not so young - AML Guns handed Team America its fourth loss in a row, and then shocked Auke Bay Electric Wired 10-9. The Fam Dams kept their streak alive when they arrested Off the Cuff 18-9.
Coed F North Division
Killer Bees and State Farm are both on win streaks as the season turns toward the second half as the Bees swarmed over HazGas 18-2 and carded Valley Liquor Crown Royals 15-11. Not to be outdone, State Farm trapped the Bad News Bears 11-10 after the Bears forced Haz Gas into hibernation 27-5.
Coed F South Division
The only other undefeated team at this point of the season, Willis/Hayward State Farm Insurance, grounded Air Excursion 12-3 to make it six in a row. However, Alaska Marine Trucking is only a game behind and on a four-game streak of their own after coming from behind to beat a slippery Reliable Oil team 11-7.
Seabreeze, also boasting only a single loss, plundered the Pirates 18-4. Rounding out the action, T&H Mad Batters took Alaska Towing to the wrecking yard 15-8. Shifts could be in the standings after this week, though, as Willis/Hayward and Seabreeze square off with win streaks on the line.
Coed G Division
More than half this division has winning records, and Trusted Choice has a six-game win streak. But no one is running away from the competition in this division. The Trusted Ones repelled the Base Invaders 13-9 and handed the ASEA Local 52 Summertime Fun a 5-0 shutout.
Batteries Not Included, on a three-game tear of their own, plugged in on Bartlett Too 12-10. Meanwhile, Team Aware, only a game out of first along with Bartlett Too, banked Wells Fargo 15-7. This week, Trusted Choice and Bartlett Too go at each other, and when the smoke clears, the standings could be shifted.
Any team, any week...that's what makes it all so exciting, and that's why we play the game.