Local Sports Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Smokin' Ole Geezers set Skeena River record

The Smokin' Ole Geezers running team of Juneau claimed the overall title and set a course record in the Skeena River Road Relay on June 5 in British Columbia.

The Geezers - Andy Grossman, Glenn Frick, Bob Marshall, Jerry Buckley, Jim Douglas and Brian Goettler of Juneau and former Juneau resident Robert Sowers, now of Ketchikan - topped a field of 25. They covered the 90-mile, 10-stage relay course from Prince Rupert to Terrace in a time of 9 hours, 55 minutes, 34 seconds - 16 minutes ahead of the second-place team.

The Geezers' average age is 54, and they also claimed the Masters' division title. It is their second straight win in the Skeena River Road Relay, which travels along Highway 16.

Sowers (stages 1 and 10), Goettler (4) and Frick (8) won their stages, while Buckley (2) and Grossman (6) were second.

NHL teams select two more Alaska players

Two right wings from the Anchorage area were selected during the last six rounds of the NHL draft on Sunday, bringing the number to three Alaska players selected this year.

Former Service High School player Moises Gutierrez, 17, of Anchorage, was the first pick of the sixth round by the Pittsburgh Penguins, the 164th overall selection. Former Chugiak High School player Mike Curry, 19, of Eagle River, was taken in the seventh round by the Los Angeles Kings with the 205th pick overall.

In Saturday's first three rounds of the draft, the New York Rangers selected former Service High School center Brandon Dubinsky of Anchorage in the second round of the draft with the 60th pick overall.

The three Alaska players selected in the 2004 draft marked the most Alaskans taken since the 1999 draft when three players were chosen. The most Alaskans taken in a draft came in 1987 when four players were chosen.

This is the sixth time in the past eight years at least two Alaskans have been chosen in the draft and the ninth time in the last 11 years at least one Alaska player's name was called.

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