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Gastineau Channel Little League held its recognition barbecue and annual meeting last Sunday, recognizing the efforts of volunteers as well as the teams that advanced to tournaments.
GCLL also heard reports and elected members to the board of directors at the meeting.
This year Juneau had more teams that captured state titles and advanced in competition than ever before. Members of the following teams were recognized by Mary Lou Bavard, GCLL vice-president for softball, for their efforts:
Major Girls Softball (age 11-12), Alaska state title.
Juniors Girls Softball (age 13-14), Alaska state title.
Senior Girls Softball (age 15-16), Alaska state title.
Mike Lindsey, GCLL vice-president for baseball, recognized the following baseball teams:
Juneau East Minor Baseball (age 9-10), Alaska District No. 2 (Southeast) Champs (no travel to state for this division).
Juneau East Major Baseball (age 11-12), Alaska state title.
Juneau Senior Baseball (age 15-16), Alaska state title.
The players and coaches were given a great reception, and Juneau Mayor Sally Smith and the Juneau Assembly will be providing award certificates for all participants to recognize their accomplishments.
Pat White, Nancy Massey and Chip Mixson were presented certificates for their years of service on the GCLL Board. In addition, Nancy Massey got a standing ovation for coordinating the volunteer snack bar workers over the years.
Special recognition was given to the league's player agents. The following nine individuals were singled out: Libby Krebsbach, Monica Wellard, Candy Held, Erin Smith, Jeanne Fischer, Sally Millay, Mary Manning, Bennie Laliberte, and Sue Lutz. The player agents are the players' representatives and play very important roles in ensuring the sport's continuation and advocating for kids.
Darlene Jacobsen, Keitha Kolvig, Jim Douglas and Lisa Baker were recognized for their work on the Division 1 Conference. The conference attracted some 110 adult volunteers and administrators from across the West.
At the annual meeting, Susan Listberger, Darlene Jacobsen, Scott Larsen and Gail Fenumiai were nominated to fill board vacancies. Listberger, Jacobsen and Fenumiai were elected. GCLL President J. Allan MacKinnon and the other board members gave brief reports on the league's successes of the past year. The league had 658 players in baseball and 288 players in softball for a total of 946 youths involved. MacKinnon also reported that there were 79 managers, 98 coaches and untold volunteers.
The GCLL receives funding from the City and Borough of Juneau through the Youth Activities Board.