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Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2001

Quicksilver opens tourney with 1-2 record

Juneau Soccer Club's Juneau Quicksilver U14 girls team posted a 1-2 record in pool play of the All-American Girls Soccer Tournament at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn.

Juneau lost its first game 2-0 to the Gitchi Gummi Gang of Minnesota and lost a 3-0 decision to the Appleton Blaze of Wisconsin. The Quicksilver won its next game, 2-0 over the Tonka United Terror of Minnesota. Game scoring details were not available.

The Quicksilver were scheduled to play Saturday in the second round of the "B" Playoff Tournament against the Hopkins Dynamo of Minnesota after drawing a first-round bye, but results were not available from the game. If Juneau won Saturday it was to play this morning in the semifinals of the consolation tourney, with the championship game this afternoon.

The All-American Girls Soccer Tournament is a pre-tournament event for the Schwan's USA Cup that starts this week at the National Sports Center. The USA Cup brings together 800 youth soccer teams from 38 states and 16 foreign countries for a week of more than 2,000 games. The Juneau Orcas (U13 boys) team is also at the tournament, but the Orcas didn't participate in a pre-tournament event.

Two Juneau players travel with AYBA squad

Two Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball players are traveling with the Alaska Youth Basketball Association Girls High School Select Team that's played tournaments in Oregon and Washington this week.

Center Hilary Rehfeld, who will be a senior this fall, and forward Amy Neussl, who will be a junior, are both on the squad. The team features top girls high school basketball players from around Alaska and is coached by East Anchorage High School girls coach Dorena Bingham.

The team went 1-3 in the Oregon City All-Star Tournament in Oregon City, Ore. Rehfeld scored nine points as Alaska beat the Sacramento Capitals 46-41 on July 6, and Neussl had four points as Alaska lost to Oxon Hills of Washington, D.C., 53-28, on July 7. Rehfeld had four points as Alaska lost 44-31 to the Utah Avalanche on July 8. On Monday, the Petaluma Players of northern California eliminated Alaska with a 55-42 decision.

Team Alaska then went to the Midsummer Night's Magic Tournament in Seattle, where Neussl scored six points as Alaska lost 61-48 to Bozeman, Mont., on Thursday. Later on Thursday, Rehfeld grabbed six rebounds as Alaska beat North Coast Express of California 71-46. Alaska was supposed to play Team Concept and Utah Ice on Friday, but no results were available.

Team Alaska will also travel to two tournaments next month in California, the Beach Classic and the Adidas Showtime tournament.

Juneau's minor leaguers continue to impress

Juneau's three minor league baseball players are among their respective team leaders after their first three weeks of professional baseball. All three players -- Toby Staveland, Chad Bentz and Rob Conway -- played for Juneau-Douglas High School before heading off to college and then the pros.

Staveland is a right-handed pitcher for the Jamestown (N.Y.) Jammers, a short-season Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves in the New York-Penn League. Staveland was tied for eighth in the league with a 1.47 ERA, and has 13 hits and seven walks allowed in 18 1/3 innings with 14 strikeouts.

Staveland, who has only allowed three earned runs this season in five appearances for the Jammers (10-11), has been a victim of poor run support and has a 0-0 record. He took a no-decision on July 9 in a 5-4 victory over Mahoning Valley, the only game where Staveland's allowed any earned runs.

Bentz is a left-handed pitcher for the Vermont Expos, which is also a short-season Class A affiliate of the Montreal Expos in the New York-Penn League. Bentz has an 0-1 record with a 3.31 ERA in four starts for the Expos (8-14). Bentz has allowed 14 hits and nine walks, with 17 strikeouts, in 16 1/3 innings.

In his last appearance, Bentz gave up one run in 4 1/3 innings to take a no-decision in a 4-1 loss to the Brooklyn Cyclones on July 9.

Conway is a third baseman for the Cook County (Ill.) Cheetahs, which is a team in the independent Frontier League (no major league affliation). Conway was a late addition to the team, which broke this week for its all-star game, but had a .278 batting average with 15 hits in 54 at bats, three doubles, seven RBIs and seven runs scored for the Cheetahs (12-26).

On July 4, Conway drove in the game-tying run with a single in the sixth inning and plated the winning run in the eighth when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded as Cook County came from behind to beat the Gateway Grizzlies 11-6. Conway also scored a run in the eighth inning.

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