Sports Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Carsons successful at Spokane Hoopfest

Brothers Chris and Jim Carson of Juneau helped their Taku Ballers team win its 16-team bracket at the annual Hoopfest last month in Spokane, Wash.

Hoopfest, billed as the world's largest 3-on-3 street basketball tournament, was held June 26-27 on 400 half-courts set up on streets and parking lots in downtown Spokane. More than 20,000 players participated.

The Carsons, joined by brother-in-law Bill Radford of Battle Ground, Wash., and Lonnie Kopp of Edmonds, Wash. - Jim's best friend from high school - went undefeated all the way to the championship round in their adult recreational division bracket. The Taku Ballers lost by two points in the first championship game, forcing an if-necessary game that they won 20-15.

Teams played to 20 points, with normal 2-point baskets counting for one point and normal 3-point shots counting as two points in the self-refereed games. Chris Carson reported that his team had never played together until the first game.

Twenty runners honor Tom Casey

A record turnout of twenty runners completed one of the most challenging runs of the local season Sunday - the 15-mile Tom Casey Memorial Mount Juneau Adventure Run.

The event honors Casey, a longtime seasonal resident of Juneau and active member of the local running community who died in a Connecticut kayak accident in November 2002.

The run was not considered a race, so no official times were kept for the scramble up Mount Juneau, across the ridgeline and back down via the Granite Creek Trail. Sherrie Soltis led the first group of runners, who finished in about 2 hours, 40 minutes. The last group finished in about four hours.

Others completing the run were Cecile Elliott, Kathy Coghill, Lachelle Crotteau, Sarah Clark, Becky Janes, Beth Fitzgerald, Adrienne Fleek, Hiram Henry, Ken Maas, Tim Connors, Chris Garber-Slaght, Ivan Kubeldis, Dave Pusich, Demian Schane, Geoff Williamson, Bob Marshall, John Walsh, Eric Carver and Layne Brant.

Knapp leads Juneau Jumpers at national meet

Laura Knapp placed eighth in the nation in female age 18 and over 3-minute speed jump roping to lead the Juneau Jumpers at the 2004 U.S. National Jump Rope Championships last month in Orlando, Fla.

Knapp, who has been jumping for 10 years, made 796 jumps in the event to win her ribbon. Among her other events, she also finished 14th in female age 18 and over single rope freestyle.

Megan Treston, another longtime Juneau Jumper competing in the female age 18 and over division, placed 11th in three events - 3-minute speed, 1-minute single rope speed and single rope freestyle. Treston is coming off a serious elbow injury.

Juneau's Alissa Hulbert and Maggie Meiners placed 13th in the age 11 and under pairs freestyle event, and Adam Nesheim placed 14th in the male age 11 and under 1-minute single rope speed competition.

Kalea Chapman, Dylan Holden, Elise Christy, Kelsea Goodell, Stephanie Logan, Gracie Meiners and Iris Neary also competed in freestyle and speed events.

Members of the Sitka Skippers jump rope club posted strong results at the event. Kristen Case defended her national title in the female 1-minute single road speed competition, winning with 335 jumps in the age 18 and over division - a division record and just one ahead of the runner-up.

Case, Hayley Whitson, Jessica Keaveny and Leisha Trani took fourth in the age 18-over single road speed relay.

Complete individual and team results can be accessed on the Web at

Juneau Jumpers to hold public demonstration

Five members of the Juneau Jumpers, bound for an international tournament in Australia, will give a free public demonstration Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Glacier Valley School gymnasium.

Isabel Bush, Amber Johnson, Lesley Kalbrener, Nicole Lim and Tera Ross leave Saturday for the World Rope Skipping Championships in Brisbane, Australia, and will compete next week. More information about their trip will be included in an upcoming issue of the Empire.

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