Sports Briefs

Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2004

Juneau-Douglas volleyball team heads north

The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball squad leaves town today for its last trip of the regular season.

The Crimson Bears will play at Cordova this evening before continuing on to Anchorage to take part in the Service-Dimond Invitational.

Twenty teams are scheduled to participate in this year's Service-Dimond Invitational. Juneau will be the only Southeast school playing, and the Crimson Bears are scheduled to open the meet in a pool with West Anchorage, East Anchorage, Seward and Lathrop High School from Fairbanks.

After playing a series of mini-matches within the first pool, teams will be seeded for later rounds. Juneau rallied to win third place at last year's Service-Dimond Invitational.

After this weekend, Juneau will host Sitka on October 22-23 and host the regular-season-ending All-Comers tournament on October 29-30 to conclude the regular season. The Southeast championship will be held at Craig on November 4-6, with state tourney qualifiers heading to Anchorage for that event on November 11-13.

JDHS cross-country runners receive awards

Senior co-captains Tristan Knutson-Lombardo and Megan Bush were named most valuable runners of the 2004 season for the Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country running squad, coach Guy Thibodeau announced.

Knutson-Lombardo led the Crimson Bear boys to their second straight state team title, while Bush helped the Juneau girls to a second-place finish at the state meet.

Other awards included:

• Most inspirational: Tyler Dinnan and Jordan Harvey.

• Most improved: Greg Frank and Lexi Garvey.

• Top rookies: Andrew Flansaas, Katie Krehlik and Kirsten Jorgensen.

Two runners from each class received Lyndon Ellefson spirit awards, recognizing a love of running and awarded in memory of coach Merry Ellefson's brother. This year's honorees were:

• Seniors: Knutson-Lombardo and Bush.

• Juniors: Wesley Dinnan and Carly Craig.

• Sophomores: Ray Huebschen and Libby Parker.

• Freshmen: Hunter Brown and Tracy Ralston.

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