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Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Sadighi, Caradang win singles titles.

Naomi Sadighi won the women's singles title and Bong Carandang claimed the men's singles crown at JRC/The Alaska Club's 2004 Fall Classic Tennis and Racquetball Tournament, held Nov. 10-14 at the club's Mendenhall Valley location.

Sadighi, who won her singles title over runner-up Susan Parrish, also won the mixed doubles title with partner Mike Peeler. They defeated the team of Mimi Walker and Vini Lata.

Carandang defeated runner-up Max Mueller in the men's singles competition. Carandang - with partner Lew Brooks - finished second in the men's doubles competition, falling to champions George Crowder and Mike Peeler.

In women's doubles, Beatrice Franklin and Sue Kraft won the title over Mona Yarnell and Pam Couzin.

In the racquetball events, top finishers by division were:

• Open/A doubles - 1. Bob Peel/Dave Meiners; 2. Miguel Lopez/Kelly King; 3. Alex Grundmann/Paul DiCarlo.

• Open singles - 1. Curt Birchell; 2. Bob Peel; 3. Paul DiCarlo.

• A singles - 1. Lam Nguyen; 2. Alex Grundman; 3. Miguel Lopez.

• B/C singles - 1. Sam Post; 2. Shane Rud; 3. Zach Madding.

Gruening completes Marine Corps Marathon

Caroline Gruening, 24, of Juneau finished 118th among women and 802nd overall in the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 30.

Gruening, a former basketball player for Santa Clara University, had a raw time of 3 hours, 41 minutes, 49 seconds for the 26.2-mile course. Her chip time - a magnetic chip records a runner's actual time on the course - was 3:39:06.

Gruening was the only runner from Juneau, but 15 other Alaskans completed the race. More than 16,000 runners ran the race.

Nanooks win silver at World Senior Games

Two Juneau athletes were members of the Team Alaska Nanooks as they won a silver medal last month during the 18th Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah.

Eric McDowell, who was one of the team's co-captains, and Mal Menzies of Juneau joined the squad that finished second in the age 60-64 division in the five-on-five full-contact basketball competition. Many of the athletes on the team played for the University of Alaska Fairbanks when they were younger, and the team borrowed the UAF nickname.

In 2002, the Team Alaska Nanooks won the gold medal in the age 55-59 division. This is their third trip to the World Senior Games, which featured 7,850 athletes competing in 32 sports during the first two weeks of October.

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