Local Sports Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, August 06, 2003

Juneau-Douglas High School tennis team holding tryouts

Juneau-Douglas High School students interested in joining the new Juneau Tennis Association/ JDHS tennis team are invited to a tryout on Friday, Aug. 8. The session will begin at 3 p.m. at JRC/The Alaska Club's Mendenhall Valley location.

The high school team started practicing on July 28, the culmination of several years of attempts at organizing a squad. There are currently five team members, but the team would like more students to join to build a strong base for future seasons.

For more information, contact coach Hassan Bani Saaid at JRC/The Alaska Club, 789-2181.

Four aces recorded at Mendenhall Golf Course

Nancy Thomas and Brad Hartman both recorded holes-in-one last weekend at Mendenhall Golf Course.

Thomas aced the seventh hole with a 6-iron on Thursday and her shot was witnessed by her husband, Steff Thomas, and Marion Koelsch and Rita Fisher. Hartman used a 9-iron to ace the seventh hole on Sunday and his shot was witnessed by Matt Arnoldt and Rodney Hesson.

Rod Almlie aced the third hole with a wedge and Dave Ahrens scored an ace on the fifth hole with an 8-iron as two Juneau golfers recorded holes-in-one during the weekend of July 18-19.

Almlie's hole-in-one took place on July 18 and was witnessed by Gary Murdoch, Mike Rose, Mike Sweeney and Dave Hunt. Ahrens recorded his ace on July 19, and it was witnessed by Mark Petrie.

Peacock wins Sitka's Alpine Adventure Run

Juneau resident Dewey Peacock won the grueling Alpine Adventure Run in Sitka on July 19.

The seven-mile run starts in downtown Sitka, ascends the Gavan Hill Trail, crosses an open alpine ridge and ends at the top of Harbor Mountain Road, with a elevation gain of about 2,500 feet.

Peacock, a former Juneau-Douglas High School runner who now attends Montana State University, covered the course in 1 hour, 15 minutes, 59 seconds.

The second-place racer, Sitka's Tim Hockin, reached the finish line in 1:17:20. The top women's finisher was Tara Flynn of Sitka, in 1:31:45.

Forty-five runners competed in the 10th annual race, which was started as an Eagle Scout project.

Former Ketchikan woman leads California baseball team to title

Former Ketchikan resident Rhonda Palmer threw a complete-game three-hitter for her second victory of the tournament, leading the San Francisco-based California Women's Baseball League Select team to the championship of the inaugural AAU West Coast Classic.

Palmer's three-hitter gave the CWBL Select team a 15-2 victory over the Los Angeles Mavericks in Sunday's championship game played in La Mesa, Calif. The tournament is the third of six regional events leading up to the AAU National Championships on Nov. 5-9 in Fort Myers, Fla.

Palmer, who now lives in Oakland, also pitched the first five innings in Friday's 10-1 victory over the Mavericks, and on Sunday she had few problems in the rematch as the game was called after six innings because of the 10-run rule. Palmer, 36, is one of a handful of CWBL players who will represent the United States at the Women's Baseball World Championships on Aug. 25-30 in Gold Coast, Australia.

"Our (league) season just ended, while all of the other teams' seasons just got under way, so we knew we might have an advantage," Palmer told a reporter from www.EastCountySports.com Web site. "We've been training for this, so the tournament was a test in a way."

Palmer also had two hits in the championship game as all nine starters for the CWBL Select team scored at least once. The tournament featured another team from San Francisco, a team from San Diego and a team from Phoenix, Ariz. For more information about women's baseball on the Internet, go to http://www.playwomensbaseball.com.

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