Local Sports Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Rainball announces MVPs and all-tourney teams for 2003

JUNEAU - Greg Cashen earned divisional MVP honors last weekend for leading his Ward's Plumbing team to an undefeated record and the Men's E Division title at the 28th annual Rainball slow-pitch softball tourney.

Cashen was joined on the Men's E Division all-tournament team by teammates Dennis Barril, Charles Matlock, Ryan Vilandre and Cliff Tagaban.

Ray Kitka, Louis Tagaban and Craig Kitka of second-place AFT/GCI also made the Men's E Division all-tourney squad, as did Matt Villegas and Charlie Lewis of third-place JBI/Office Plus, and John Grummett of the fourth-place First National Caps.

The results and all-tournament teams from other Rainball divisions were:

Men's C Division

First place: Sitka House of Liquor. Second place: Stereo North. Third place: Imperial. Fourth place: Taku Oil. MVP: Kris Pearson, Sitka House of Liquor. All-tourney team: Sitka House of Liquor: Pearson, Blake Hagerman, Grant Hagerman, Jesse Parr, Bob Calhoun. Stereo North: Kale Perkins, Paul DiCarlo, James Johnson. Imperial: Adam Underwood, Joe Adelmeyer. Taku Oil: Fred Tolbert.

Men's D Division

First place: Anchor Electric. Second place: Stereo North. Third place: Harri's Plumbing. Fourth place: Godfather's Pizza. MVP: Angel Corona, Anchor Electric. All-tourney team: Anchor Electric: Corona, Mike Heard, Scott Wilwert, Chris Umbs, Brian Jones. Stereo North: Karl Koch, Mitch Entler, Schon Schafrin. Harri's Plumbing: Brad Waldron, Vic Walker. Godfather's Pizza: Tom Sarvela.

Women's D Division

First place: Pat's Douglas Inn/Louie's. Second place: Viking. Third place: Century 21/Taku 105. Fourth place: Doak's. MVP: Carrie Cummings, Pat's Douglas Inn/Louie's. All-tourney team: Pat's Douglas Inn/Louie's: Cummings, Sarah Felix, Leslie Hoover, Dee Swavely, Hazel Reynolds. Viking: Christal Tompkins, Heather Clark, Dawn Tompkins. Century 21/Taku 105: Kim Cole, Krisi Hicks; Doak's: Myria Newport.

Women's E Division

First place: Merchant's Wharf. Second place: Island Bus. Third place: Gabriel's Angels. Fourth place: American Legion. MVP: Kerin Wilson, Merchant's Wharf. All-tourney team: Merchant's Wharf: Wilson, Caroline Levale, Maureen Sams, Jan Cummins, Falene Sele. Island Bus: Ingrid Bayne, Brenda Allen, Dania Allen. Gabriel's Angels: Barb Duvall, Amanda Rivera. American Legion: Sue Teborek.

19th annual Only Fool's Run at Midnight raises $5,200 for SAIL

JUNEAU - Saturday's 19th annual Only Fools Run at Midnight raised about $5,200 for Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL).

SAIL Executive Director Joan O'Keefe said the organization will receive about $4,000 after paying for T-shirts and other costs associated with holding the race, which drew several hundred participants.

SAIL is a private non-profit organization that provides independent living services to people with disabilities in Southeast. One of its programs is Outdoor Recreation and Community Access (ORCA).

Yukon River Quest begins today

JUNEAU - The fifth annual Yukon River Quest canoe and kayak race kicks off its 460-mile Whitehorse-to-Dawson City, Yukon Territory run today.

Thirty-three teams have signed up to compete in this year's race, which starts at 11:15 a.m. ADT in downtown Whitehorse. Competitors will race down the Yukon River past Lake Leberge, Carmacks and Fort Selkirk before arriving in Dawson City. The race record 52 hours, nine minutes, but most teams average between 65 and 80 hours.

There are four divisions - tandem canoe, voyageur canoe, tandem kayak and solo kayak. This year's purse is $15,525 Canadian.

This year's entrants hail from six Canadian provinces/territories, five U.S. states/territories, Germany, Austria, England, Scotland and the Channel Islands.

No Juneau residents are among the teams participating this year, but a Skagway duo is competing in the tandem canoe class. Race veteran John O'Daniel will be joined by newcomer David Brena. They are competing as a team called "Skagway Alumni."

On the race Web site, www.polarcom.com/~riverquest, O'Daniel and Brena said their goals for this year are "to finish in reasonable time without killing ourselves, and enjoy the trip."

The race is organized by the Yukon River Marathon Paddling Association.

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