Tui Alailefaleula of Bartlett High School, the state's defensive player of the year, turned the 23rd Annual North-South Football Classic into his own personal highlight reel Saturday, leading the North team to a 22-0 victory over the South at the Anchorage Football Stadium.
Alailefaleula, a 6-foot-4, 272-pound defensive end, showed why he's considered one of the top defensive line prospects in the country by sacking the South quarterbacks three times and leading a North defense that held the South to just 99 total yards on offense. Alailefaleula also rushed for 32 yards on offense.
Three players from Juneau-Douglas High School played for the South team, the first time in several years anybody from Juneau has been able to compete in the high school senior all-star game.
Chris Connally played wide receiver and defensive back, Jason Kaeser played defensive tackle and on the offensive line, and Justin Rose played tight end and linebacker. Connally was the only Juneau player to figure in the stats as he caught one pass for 17 yards, had one rush for minus-eight yards and threw an incomplete pass.
The annual game serves as a fund-raiser for the 22 Shriners Children's Hospitals around the country. Event director Dale Cain said the event is expected to clear about $8,000, even though only 400 fans braved the chilly weather to watch the game. Last year's game, which was held in June, only raised $1,600.
Glacier Swim Club sets time standards at October Splash
Swimmers from Juneau's Glacier Swim Club posted personal-best times in nearly 70 percent of their events during the October Splash 2000 meet Oct. 13-15 in Petersburg.
No team scores were kept for the meet, which featured nearly 200 swimmers from Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, Wrangell, Haines, Craig, Petersburg and Nome. Glacier Swim Club coach Gary Crowe said his Juneau team took 35 swimmers to the meet, and they combined to post personal records in 160 of their 239 events for a .669 best-time percentage. Seven of the GSC swimmers were swimming their first meet for the club.
"Any time a team is above 60 percent, it is swimming on fire," Crowe said.
Mike Fishel won seven of his 10 events to lead GSC, with three second-place finishes. Fishel, 11, won the senior (up to age 18) boys 200-yard individual medley, the 100 butterfly (age 11-12 for his other events), the 50 freestyle, the 100 IM, the 50 fly, the 100 free and the 50 backstroke. Fishel took second place in the 100 back, the 200 free and the senior boys 500 free.
Alexander Barto won five events in the boys age 8-under division -- the 100 free, the 25 breaststroke, the 50 back, the 50 free and the 25 fly. Tom Josephson won three events in the boys age 13-14 division -- the 50 back, 100 back and the 1,650 free.
Kacey Klein, who posted nine Junior Olympic qualifying times, won the 100 fly for girls age 11-12. Nick Rutecki won twice in the boys age 8-younger division -- the 50 breast and the 25 back. Jenna Rutecki won the 200 free in the age 10-younger division. Hannah Wolf, 13, won two events in the girls senior division -- the 100 free and the 100 back.
Juneau Special Olympians head to worlds
Seven athletes, one alternate and two coaches from the Juneau Special Olympics program will compete in the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games on March 4-11 in Anchorage.
The seven Juneau athletes are alpine skier Carl Behnert, snowboarder Niall Johnson, snowshoer J Lund, snowboarder John Magalotti, snowshoer Evvanne Menefee, snowshoer Sarah Muehlberg and alpine skier Justin Roberts. Joanne Sam is an alternate in alpine skiing. Joan O'Keefe and Gary Timothy will coach the alpine skiers.
In all, Special Olympics Alaska will send 54 athletes and 18 coaches to the World Winter Games, which will feature nearly 2,000 athletes from more than 80 countries. Normally only one or two Alaskans have participated in past World Winter Games, but Alaska was allowed mroe athletes since it is hosting the event.
The Juneau athletes attended a training camp Oct. 6-8 in Anchorage in addition to their daily practice sessions in Juneau.