Local Sports Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2004

POW, Sitka win LL openers

Prince of Wales edged Haines 9-8 and Sitka routed Wrangell 8-1 on Tuesday to open the Alaska District 2 Junior Division (age 13-14) Little League Baseball Tournament in Wrangell.

Sean O'Neill pitched a complete game for Sitka and hit a grand slam home run.

In today's games, Ketchikan plays POW at 2 p.m. and Juneau faces Sitka at 6 p.m.

Fools Runs raise $17,000

Three "Only Fools Run at Midnight" events raised more than $17,000 for Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) and its Outdoor Recreation and Community Access (ORCA) program. The events took place July 3 in Juneau and Sitka, and June 19 in Ketchikan.

Event organizers reported participation of about 485 runners in Juneau, about 130 in Sitka and 80 in Ketchikan.

JDHS soccer teams ranked

The state champion Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team received its first national ranking last month.

The Crimson Bears, who completed a 16-0-0 season by beating Service on May 22 for their first state crown, were 18th in the final spring national rankings compiled by Adidas and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The Juneau girls placed third in rankings for Region IV, which includes Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho and Wyoming.

The Juneau boys, who lost to Service in the state title game May 22 and finished with a 17-1-2 record, were seventh in Region V in the final spring rankings. Region V includes Alaska, California and Washington state.

Johnson named to Team USA for Special Olympics

Juneau snowboarder Niall Johnson was one of eight Alaska athletes named to Team USA last week for the Special Olympics World Winter Games that take place Feb. 26 to March 5 in Nagano, Japan.

Johnson joins two other Alaska snowboarders, Amy Murrills of Fairbanks and Shannon Sullivan of Anchorage, on Team USA. Also named to the team were Fairbanks speedskater Amy Lee Stevens, Anchorage alpine skier Stephanie Palinski, Seward nordic skier Richard Champion and Anchorage snowshoer Desire Kelso.

The Special Olympics program is an international group designed to integrate people with mental handicaps into mainstream society through sports. Approximately 2,500 athletes and 650 coaches from 80 countries are expected to compete in Japan.

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