Tour of Juneau hits area roads this weekend
The Juneau Freewheelers cycling club's season hosts its biggest race of the year with the three-day Tour of Juneau this weekend.
In past years, this event not only has featured the top Juneau cyclists but also has attracted riders from Sitka, Haines, Skagway and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.
The tour opens at 6:30 p.m. tonight with the 5-mile Eaglecrest Hill Climb. This is a mass-start event that starts at Mile 0.5 Fish Creek Road and finishes at the Eaglecrest Ski Area parking lot.
On Saturday, the tour continues with the 40-kilometer North Douglas Highway Time Trial (about 24 miles). The race will start at 1 p.m. to avoid conflicts with the Frank Maier Marathon, which uses a similar course. The start-finish line will be on the Douglas side of the Douglas Bridge with a turnaround near False Outer Point. Riders will leave in a staggered-start format and will race against the clock.
The tour concludes on Sunday with the 50-mile Auke Rec Road Race, which starts at 10 a.m. at the Auke Recreation Area (near the totem pole). This race will feature eight laps of a circuit that includes the Old Glacier Highway, Lena Loop Road and the new cut to Veteran's Memorial Highway.
Cyclists should check in an hour before the starting time of each stage. Shorter sport division races are available for some stages. For more information, contact John McConnochie at 789-2181 (work) or 586-3641 (home).
Mat-Su wins NBC opener
The Alaska League champion Mat-Su Miners of Palmer won their opening game of the National Baseball Congress World Series, claiming a 7-5 victory over the Cape Girardeau (Mo.) Capahas early Thursday morning in Wichita, Kan.
Nick Kliebert drove in three runs with a double in the fourth inning for Mat-Su, which won the NBC World Series in 1987 and 1997. Scott Simon was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and Clayton Carson scored twice and had an RBI for the Miners, who also scored three runs in the eighth. The game started at 12:41 a.m. Central time (9:41 p.m. ADT Wednesday) and didn't end until 2:44 a.m. (11:44 p.m. ADT).
Cape Girardeau first baseman Wade Walter, a 1998 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, went 1-for-4 and had a single in the Capahas' two-run sixth inning. In his other at-bats, Walter flew out to right, struck out and grounded out to third.
The Miners will play Saturday against Prairie Gravel (Ill.) in the winners' bracket, while the Capahas will take on the Newton (Kan.) Rebels in an 8 a.m. (5 a.m. ADT) losers' bracket game today.
The other Alaska League team in the tournament, the AL runner-up Anchorage Bucs played their first game in the 48-team tourney early this morning against the San Diego Stars (the game was scheduled to start at 12:30 a.m. Central time this morning. The Bucs feature right-handed pitcher Dylan Hickey, a 2002 JDHS graduate, on their roster.
The winner of the Bucs-Stars game takes on the Santa Barbara (Calif.) Foresters at a time TBA on Saturday. The loser will play the Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Superstars at 1 p.m. (10 a.m.) today.
Alaska League teams have won 16 NBC World Series titles since 1969, when the Anchorage Glacier Pilots won the first of their five championships. The Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks first went to Wichita in 1962 and have won a tournament-record six titles. The Kenai Peninsula Oilers also have won three championships.
Ryan, Holloway named football cheer captains
Jackie Ryan and Jamey Holloway were named Juneau Youth Football League/Juneau-Douglas High School varsity football cheerleader captains for the 2004 season after tryouts earlier this week.
Also making the varsity cheer squad for the Crimson Bears are Anna Buchanan, Ellie Sica, Lexi Olsen, Heather Purvis, Kenndra Wheat and Jessica Hales. The coaches are Michelle Workman and Toni Petri.
The junior varsity cheerleaders will be captained by Sierra Mahnke and Tina Shilling. The other JV cheerleaders are Moriah White, Stefanie Davis, Dana Mintz, Samantha Derr, Kyla Daniels and Chelsey Brummitt.
Softball benefit tourney set for Dimond Park
Juneau residents are invited to Dimond Park on Saturday and Sunday to enjoy spirited softball competition and raise money for the Ray Bradley Jr. memorial fund.
Proceeds from the Eighth Annual Coed Softball Benefit Tournament will go to the family of Bradley, a dedicated softball player who died of cardiomyopathy, a genetic heart ailment, earlier this year. Bradley's sister, Chrysantha, died in 2003 of the same condition, and other family members also have been afflicted.
Gary Diekmann, who organizes the tourney with help from family and friends, said games should start around 9 a.m. and last until about 5 p.m. each day. There will be raffles, a silent auction, and concession stands with hot dogs, baked goods and other food.
Diekmann said the tourney started as a way to help charities and give local softball players more chances to play.
Past tournaments have raised funds for causes including the Special Olympics and local Paralympic skier Joe Tompkins.