Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League will host the 2008 Little League State Championship beginning Sunday at Melvin Park. The tournament will be a best two-out-of-three format with the Juneau All-Stars hosting the Alaska District 1 representative from Anchorage's Nunaka Valley Little League.
The first game of the state championship series will be at 3 p.m. Sunday and the second game will start at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Should a third game be necessary, it will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The winner of the state championship will be Alaska's representative at the Little League Softball Western Regional championship in Vancouver, Wash., beginning July 25. Little League Softball is for players who are 11 and 12 years of age.
Juneau's team includes Kayla Balovich, Ashley Boucher, Breanne Chapman, Rachel Doogan, Emma Good, Andrea Gordon, Randi Held, Gracie Meiners, Rachelle Roldan, Savanna Schauwecker, Sierra Westika and Emily Winters. The Juneau All-Stars are coached by John Boucher, Chuck Gordon and John Schauwecker.
Alaska District 1, last year represented by Dimond-West Little League, is the defending Little League Softball state champion.
Nunaka Valley's team is Heather Breslin, Marissa Davidson, Kaela Emerson, Gabby Meyerson, Jessica Robertson, Caroline Saurbrey, Denali Smith, Sydney Smith, Devonne Troutman, Pauline Tufi and Mara Winingham. The Nunaka Valley All-Stars are managed by Richard Knowles and coached by John Breslin.
Following the Little League Softball state championship, Gastineau Channel Little League will host the Junior League Softball State Championships starting July 25. That tournament is also a best two out of three format with Juneau hosting an as yet to be determined opponent from Anchorage.
The first game of the Junior League championship series will be at 6:30 p.m. on July 25 and the second game will begin at 3 p.m. July 26. If a third game is necessary, it will be held on 6:30 p.m. July 27. The winner of the Junior League Softball state championship will be Alaska's representative at the Western Regional Little League Softball championships beginning July 31 in Tucson, Ariz. Junior Little League Softball is for players who are 13 and 14 years old.
Juneau's team is Cassie Anderson, Kalea Chapman, Danielle Graham, Kylisa Graham, Haley Hodgson, Ashlii Kikendall, Devyn Kubely, Jacki Mallinger, Peyton Millay, Darian Musielak and Jennifer Nelson. The Juneau Juniors All-Stars are coached by Tate Chapman and Dan Nelson and the manager is Eric Hodgson.
Juneau junior All-Stars are the defending state champions. Last year the Juneau junior All-Stars finished 2-2 in Western regions with one of their losses coming at the hand of eventual national champion Southern California. Juneau returns several players from that squad to defend the title.
Softball fans are encouraged to come out and support the girls in their quest for the state championship and a berth to the regional tournaments.