Rainball tourney crowns new champs

Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2004

It was in with the new, out with the old in Sunday's title games of the 29th annual Rainball Invitational Softball Tournament.

New champions were crowned in each of the tourney's five divisions. The tournament, held Thursday through Sunday at Dimond and Savikko Parks, was played under sunny skies and in record heat.

In Men's Division C, Juneau's stereonorth.com team, led by division MVP James Johnson, beat Imperial of Juneau for the title. Taku Oil of Juneau took third, while Sitka House of Liquor - last year's champion - finished fourth.

Floors Galore of Juneau, led by MVP Rob Ridgeway, won Men's Division D by beating Stereo North-Bose of Sitka. Sitka's Allen Marine took third place and the Sitka Islanders were fourth. Anchor Electric of Juneau won last year's title.

MVP Todd Luck helped Juneau's Timberwolf team to the title in Men's Division E. Crusaders of Juneau claimed second place, Ward's Plumbing of Juneau - last year's champs - finished third and the First National Capitals of Juneau were fourth.

In Women's Division C, Imperial of Juneau, with MVP Myiia Whistler, won the title over Jovany's of Juneau. The Crew of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, finished third and Doak's of Juneau claimed fourth place. Last year's winner was Pat's Douglas Inn/Louie's.

Sitka's Diehards squad was the only non-Juneau winner, claiming the title in Women's Division D with MVP Manda Miller. Ballbusters of Juneau took second place, Sitka's Allen Marine finished third and Merchants Wharf of Juneau - last year's champion - finished fourth.

The Crusaders in Men's Division E won the first annual Ray Bradley Jr. Sportsmanship Award. Brandon Mahle of the Crusaders took first place in the Home Run Derby, winning $100, while Jeremy Ludeman of Juneau's Imperial and Karl Koch of the Sitka Islanders tied for second place.

All-tournament and best defensive player awards from the Juneau Sports Association's 29th annual Rainball Invitational Softball Tournament, held Thursday through Sunday at Dimond and Savikko Parks.

All-tournament teams

Men's Division C

MVP - James Johnson, stereonorth.com. All-tournament - stereonorth.com: Jamie Kissner, Ed Jones, Dave Gilday, Randy Quinto; Imperial: Al Tagaban, Frank Tompkins, Joe Adelmeyer; Taku Oil: Andy McCauley, Fred Tolbert; Sitka House of Liquor: Greg Bartolaba.

Men's Division D

MVP - Rob Ridgeway, Floors Galore. All tournament - Floors Galore: Andy Markovich, Tom Walls, Keaton Gaines, James McKnight; Stereo North-Bose: Brett Haavig, Wade Winger, Syd Eubanks; Allen Marine: Rich Ross, Bruce Christianson; Sitka Islanders: Mike Bartolaba.

Men's Division E

MVP - Todd Luck, Timberwolf. All-tournament - Timberwolf: Jamie Johns, Steve Rice, Craig Kitka, Dave Goade; Crusaders: Josh Mahle, Bryan Zepp, Gary Boster; Ward's Plumbing: Greg Cashen, Charles Matlock; First National Capitals: Greg Cole.

Women's Division C

MVP - Myiia Whistler, Imperial. All-tournament - Imperial: Heather Clark, Shelly Hurt, Danielle Larson, Kim Oglesbee; Jovany's: Carrie Cummings, Mary Tagaban, Kerin Wilson; The Crew: Teri Locke, Jean Poulin; Doak's: Tessa Wheeler.

Women's Division D

MVP - Manda Miller, Diehards. All-tournament - Diehards: Breanne Erickson, Jessica Perkins, Lauren Burkhart, Rachael Kirby; Ballbusters: Martha Utley, Laurie Dallas, Sue King; Allen Marine: Janet Swartz, Tracy Harang; Merchants Wharf: Nikki Saceda.

Best defensive players

Men's Division C

Sitka House of Liquor - Blake Hagerman

Imperial - Toby Staveland

Taku Oil - Jason Bavard

stereonorth.com - James Johnson

Stereo North - Jason Barnett

Men's Division D

Sitka Islanders - Chuck Miller

Canton House - Phil Millard

Anchor Electric - Delton Cummins

Floors Galore - Dan Nelson

Harri Plumbing - Jeff Duvernay

Stereo North-Bose - Greg Blankenship

Allen Marine - Mike Webb

Men's Division E

First National Capitals - John Grummett

Superior Builders - Arnold Villegas

Crusaders - Rob Parsons

Timberwolf - Dave Goade

Ward's Plumbing - Kris Knightlinger

Women's Division C

The Crew - Marie Cairns

Doak's - Lucy Potter

Imperial - Heather Clark

Pat's Douglas Inn/Louie's - Dee Swavely

Jovany's - Mary Meiners

Women's Division D

Gabriel's Angels - Jodie Pessolano

Ballbusters - Regan Tweedy

Diehards - Sandy Dull

Emblem Club - Paula Kitka

Merchants Wharf - Elaine Bell

Allen Marine - Laura Ramp

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