Local sports affected by attacks

Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2001

The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team will not host its scheduled matches against Ketchikan this weekend, while the football team is playing a waiting game to see if it can travel to Palmer to play Colony on Saturday. The Juneau cross country team, though, does plan to run in its meet at Skagway on Saturday.

Local high school teams have been practicing, but the schedules are in disarray as they try to figure out if their scheduled games can continue.

Gary Matthews, the executive director of the Alaska School Activities Association, said his office sent out a memo on Tuesday recognizing the attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., and leaving it up to the local school districts to decide if they want to hold team practices and games this week.

Gary Bader, Juneau's superintendent of schools, said the district planned to follow the lead of the national authorities. If the airports are open, the school teams will try to make their scheduled events.

"If the airlines are scheduled to fly, we have no intention of restricting travel," Bader said.

Juneau-Douglas High School principal Deb Morse and activities director Sandi Wagner were both unavailable for comment this morning. Morse was in a meeting and Wagner was out of the school building.

The volleyball matches were postponed because the Ketchikan team has been stranded in Fairbanks since the attacks on Tuesday. Makeup dates have not been set for the two matches.

While the volleyball team is off this weekend, the cross country team will head to Skagway for its meet. The team is traveling by ferry, and the ferries are running. The Juneau swim team wasn't scheduled to have a meet this weekend, so its schedule has not been affected.

The only team in limbo this weekend is the football team, which was scheduled to play a non-Cook Inlet Football Conference game at Colony at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The top-rated Crimson Bears have been practicing in the rain Wednesday night like they will be able to get Saturday's game in. Head coach Reilly Richey said he's been told by the team's travel agent that if the team can't make its scheduled flight on Friday that there is room for the team on a Saturday morning flight.

Richey said Colony High School's field has lights, and the game might be delayed to Saturday night, or it might even be postponed until Sunday if the teams can get a Sunday game waiver from the Alaska School Activities Association.

Mike Boyd, the Colony High activities director, said both schools want to get the game in, and his school will do what it can to accomodate Juneau. He wasn't sure if the Mat-Su Borough School District will allow a Sunday waiver, though, because the district has denied waivers in the past even though ASAA has approved them.



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