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Juneau All-Stars finish 2-1-1 at Fred Meyer Zane Cup
The Juneau All-Stars U-12 boys soccer team just missed advancing to the semifinals of this weekend's Fred Meyer Zane Cup tourney in Anchorage, finishing play with a 2-1-1 record.
Juneau opened play on Friday with a 2-2 tie with the Anchorage Goldstrikers, then shut out the Fairbanks Renegades, 3-0. On Saturday, Juneau lost to CSC United of Chugiak, 3-1, then beat the Fairbanks Flaming Lizards, 4-2.
The All-Stars' cumulative goal total of 10 was two short of what they needed to advance to the semifinals. Eleven teams played in the U-12 bracket of this year's tournament.
Aaron Badilla and Vicente Alinson each scored three goals in the tournament for Juneau. Fernando Valero, Joe Slagle and Daniel Stoops each scored once, and Juneau benefited from one "own-goal" by an opponent.
Coach Doug Badilla said the players performed very well in their first tournament as a team, and said Slagle did an excellent job as goalkeeper.
The Zane Cup is held in memory of Zane Stephl, an Anchorage soccer player who died of leukemia just before his 12th birthday. The event raises money for the American Leukemia Society.
Juneau cyclists do well in Whitehorse
John McConnochie won the men's masters B division (age 40-49) title and took second place overall to lead 10 Juneau cyclists at the Tour de Whitehorse last weekend in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.
McConnochie posted a three-day time of 3 hours, 5 minutes, 58 seconds for the race, which featured a two-kilometer (1.2 miles) prologue, a 40K (24 miles) individual time trial and a 70K (42 miles) road race. Scott Stevens of Whitehorse, who competed in the senior men's division (age 20-29), won the stage race with a total time of 3:00:22.
Other Juneau riders included Julian Deiss in 3:07:45 for fourth place overall, Chris Chiles in 3:07:51 for fifth place, Troy Heithecker in 3:08:33 for eighth place, David Harju in 3:09:37 for 10th place, Doug Woodby in 3:16:47 for 14th place, Terry Ward in 3:18:27 for 16th place, Dave Ringle in 3:19:24 for 17th place, Tara Jeans in 3:37:39 for 22nd place and Betsy Fischer in 3:39:18 for 23rd place overall.
Two Sitka riders also competed in the race, which had 33 total cyclists. Robert Sowers took 11th place overall in 3:14:08 and Dan Kelliher was 13th overall in 3:15:50.
Deiss took third in the Senior men's division, while Heithecker was fifth in the division. Chiles won the Master A men's division (age 30-39), with Harju second. McConnochie won the Master B men's division, with Sowers second, Kelliher fourth, Woodby fifth, Ward sixth and Ringle seventh.
Jeans, who led the women's overall standings after the first two stages, took second place among women and was second to Andrea Rodger of Whitehorse (3:36:48) in the Master A women's division. Fischer took third overall among women and was the top finisher in the Master C women's division (age 50-59).
The two Sitka riders and several of the Whitehorse cyclists are expected to be in town next weekend for the Tour of Juneau stage race, which starts Friday night. Stevens is currently ranked among the top-two riders in the Tour of Anchorage that's taking place this weekend.
Hughes breaks two state swim records in section meet
Paul Hughes, who will be a sophomore at Juneau-Douglas High School this fall, broke the Alaska state long-course meters record in the boys age 15-16 200-meter breaststroke while competing for Juneau's Glacier Swim Club at the Northwest Section Senior Championships in Phoenix, Ariz.
Despite swimming in 105-degree heat in an outdoor pool, Hughes posted a time of 2 minutes, 26.37 seconds to take 12th place in the event, where everyone competed in the senior age group (age 15-older). Hughes was the fastest 15-year-old in the event and was the second-fastest age 15-16 swimmer in the 200 breast. Hughes earned a national reportable time with his effort.
In the 100 breast, Hughes also broke the Alaska record with a 1:07.62 in the preliminaries. His time of 1:07.88 in the finals earned him 13th place and another national reportable time. He was again the fastest 15-year-old and only two 16-year-olds were faster. Hughes earned a spot in the National Club Championship meet next month in Florida for both events.
In the final day of the meet, Juneau's Jake Kreuzenstein, who will be a JDHS senior, took 56th place overall in the 1,500 freestyle with a time of 19:02.11. Hughes took 71st overall in the 200 individual medley in 2:20.69. Glacier Swim Club coach Gary Crowe said Hughes improved his time by four seconds. Kreuzenstein swam in a time trial in the 100 free to prepare for his 1,500, but his time wasn't available.
Glacier Swim Club was the top Alaska team at the meet, scoring nine points. Sun Devil Swim Club from Arizona State University, which featured former Soldotna High School swimmer Joshua Gemmell, won the team title.
One former GSC swimmer, Rikka Brunner, a 17-year-old who now lives in Seattle, also competed in the meet. Brunner, who is also a former member of Petersburg's Viking Swim Club, took 11th place in the women's 200 backstroke with a 2:23.28.
Other Alaska swimmers at the meet were Soldotna's Lucas Peterson, who now competes for the University of Minnesota, Gilbert Raposa of Anchorage, Hunter McCallister of Fairbanks and Sarah Rockwell of Anchorage.
Right now, Crowe said he has three swimmers at the Western Zone Championships competing for Team Alaska. The meet runs Monday through Friday at the University of Southern California swim pool. GSC swimmers at the meet are Tyler Hennon, age 15, Kyle O'Brien, 12, and Kristin Jones, 12.
Brooks-Salveson claim doubles crown
Lew Brooks and Denny Salveson defeated Garry Remsberg and Sandro Lane 6-3, 6-2 to win the men's open doubles title in a tennis tournament last weekend at the JRC/The Alaska Club's Mendenhall Valley location. The tournament was originally scheduled to take place outdoors at Cope Park, but rain forced the action indoors.
Jim Barron and Art High won the men's A/B doubles title, defeating Aric Ludwig and Bart Watson 6-2, 7-5.
April Smith and Hassan Bani Saaid defeated Salveson and Bev Smith 6-2, 6-3 to win the mixed open doubles title.
In mixed A/B doubles, Ludwig and Michelle Prebula defeated Sue Kraft and Dick Stokes 6-3, 4-3 (match ended early) to win the title.