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Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2004

McConnochie claims Tour de Whitehorse title

John McConnochie of Juneau claimed the men's overall title in the three-day Tour de Whitehorse cycling event that ended Sunday in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Allison Furniss of Whitehorse won the women's title.

McConnochie won the title with a three-day combined time of 3 hours, 23 minutes, 57 seconds, more than 2 minutes faster than the time for runner-up Marcus Watterreus of Whitehorse (3:26:02). Stephen Watterreus of Whitehorse took third overall in 3:26:10.

The only other Southeast Alaska residents in the competition were Juneau's Scott Fischer, who was 10th in 3:30:58; Sitka's Dan Kelliher, 11th in 3:34:59; and Juneau's Karl Twelker, 12th in 3:37:32.

McConnochie took fourth place in the prologue, a short 2-kilometer time trial won by Whitehorse's Glen Iceton in a record time of 3:53. McConnochie finished in 3:59.

McConnochie won Saturday's 40-kilometer time trial by 1 1/2 minutes over Marcus Watterreus, posting a time of 56:24 compared to 57:51 for Watterreus' 57:51.

On Sunday, McConnochie closed out the Tour de Whitehorse with a victory in the 90-kilometer road race, breaking away from Stephen and Marcus Watterreus at the end to finish with a time of 2:24:14. Stephen Watterreus took second place in 2:24:19, with Marcus Watterreus third in 2:24:27.

AYBA girls 2-2 at Memphis tourney

Two wins were tempered by two narrow defeats last weekend, as the Alaska Youth Basketball Association Girls High School Select Team opened play at the River City Classic tourney in Memphis, Tenn.

Juneau-Douglas High School players Mary Rehfeld and Talisa Rhea played a big role for the Alaska team, which is 12-8 overall on an extended summer road trip that features six tournaments in five states. This is the fourth tournament for the Alaska team.

On Sunday, the Alaska girls suffered a 65-61 double-overtime loss to Northwest Sagebrush, a team with players from Utah, Oregon and Washington. Rhea's runner from the lane with 5 seconds left tied the game at the end of regulation and sent it into the first overtime period.

Alaska led by three points as the first overtime wound down, but a Northwest player hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force a second overtime - where Alaska was outscored 4-0. Lathrop's Alana Clooten led Alaska with 24 points and Rhea added 16, while Rehfeld scored six points.

The AYBA squad rebounded with a 40-37 win over Memphis First in Sunday's second game. Rhea scored 12 points and Rehfeld added nine as Alaska won despite being outrebounded 50-35 and shooting just 25.8 percent from the field.

Rehfeld and Rhea scored nine points apiece to lead the AYBA squad to an 36-32 opening win over Colorado's Mile High Magic on Saturday.

In Saturday's late game, the Alaska girls lost to Fort Worth Elite Gold 39-38. Alaska had two free throws with 0.6 seconds left, but Clooten could not convert either attempt. Rehfeld scored 12 points to lead Alaska.

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