Rain cancels local sporting events

Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2001

Rain washed out two local sports events on Saturday and may postpone another today.

The American Legion Post 25 Midnight Suns baseball team was supposed to play an alumni team of former Juneau-Douglas High School and Legion players Saturday night. But Saturday afternoon Midnight Suns head coach Jim Ayers said the game was canceled because of wet field conditions at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Ayers said the two teams are hoping to play today's scheduled game at 3 p.m.

"We want to get some playing in before we head to Wasilla," Ayers said.

The two weekend games were the only scheduled home games of the season for the Midnight Suns (7-7 overall), who just returned from a lengthy trip to Washington state. The Midnight Suns hit the road again on Tuesday, and will play at Wasilla on Wednesday night to open a 14-game road trip to Wasilla, Anchorage, Kenai and Fairbanks. The trip concludes with the district American Legion tournament in Wasilla and the state American Legion tournament in Anchorage.

Cyclists also pulled the plug on an event Saturday, with the Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club postponing the Nick Frangos Memorial Race and Ride because of wet roads and heavy truck traffic on North Douglas Highway. Dave Ringle said the club hopes to reschedule the 24-mile road race for next weekend, but had yet to set a new date and time. The race is held in memory of Frangos, a local cyclist who was killed in a 1992 boating accident.

"We only had six or seven people show up, and the only one who didn't agree to postpone the race was John (McConnochie)," Ringle said. "He said Nick would have wanted to ride today."

Rain may postpone this morning's Mount Juneau Ridge Run, a 15-mile adventure run that starts at 8 a.m. in the mountains near Perseverance Trail. Race director Bob Marshall said he's holding off on postponing the race until about 7:30 a.m. today, but the race needs good weather for safety reasons. If the runners can't see the top of Mount Juneau before the start, the race is usually postponed because it's too easy for runners to get disoriented in the clouds.

Marshall said if the race is postponed, it's make-up date will probably be July 22. But the official announcement won't be made until later.

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