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Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Heard to play volleyball at Western Oregon

JUNEAU - Julie Heard, a 2004 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, has signed to play volleyball at Western Oregon University.

Heard, a 5-foot-8 outside hitter, is one of six new players who will join the Wolves in the fall.

"Julie is a very good all-around player, with solid back court and front court skills," WOU volleyball coach Judy Lovre said in a press release. "She will be a multiple-position player for us (and) will help us wherever we need her. She is a great kid with great leadership qualities - a very confident player."

Heard was a member of Juneau's state title-winning volleyball squad in 2002, and made the all-state tournament team in 2003 as the Crimson Bears took fifth place.

Heard also won state titles in two other sports - with the Juneau softball squad in 2002, and last month with the Juneau girls soccer team. Heard played goalkeeper for the Crimson Bears and was named to the all-state tourney team in soccer. She also played basketball for Juneau.

WOU is an NCAA Division II school located in Monmouth, Ore. - just west of Salem. It plays in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, a 10-school league that also includes the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Kaila II sails to Juneau Cup Challenge leg win

JUNEAU - Kaila II, captained by John Hardle and making its first appearance in this year's Juneau Cup Challenge, won the fourth leg of the series on Saturday.

Kaila II covered the course from Auke Bay to Admiralty Cove in a corrected time - based on the race's handicapping system - of 5 hours, 28 minutes, 40 seconds. Juneau Cup coordinator Jim Mahan reported that the three boats got off to a quick start, but after passing Marmian Island they got caught in doldrums and the pace slowed.

Second-place Commitment was second in 5:41:15, while Haiku started but had to turn back due to time constraints. The fifth leg of the series, which was to be held last Sunday, was canceled due to a lack of entries.

Round 3 of the series, with two legs, begins on Saturday, July 10.

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