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Posted: Thursday, November 26, 2009

Special Olympics tourney draws 500

The 2009 Special Olympics Alaska Bowling Tournament drew nearly 500 athletes, coaches and volunteers to Anchorage last weekend. Anchorage, Central Peninsula, Homer, Juneau, Kodiak, Mat-Su Valley and Tanana Valley (Fairbanks) were the seven communities represented.

The tournament kicked off with the opening ceremonies on Friday and concluded with the presentation of the tournament awards, including overall total pinfall for male and female bowlers, and the team award.

Juneau's Chris Brenner brought home the gold in men's singles, while Mike Godkin took silver. Sara Muehlberg won bronze in women's singles and the pairings of Gina Frickey-Katie King and Muehlberg-Melanie Adams each took bronze in women's doubles. Robert Frick and Jim Merculief each placed in their events.

Athletes that attended the games qualified by training for several months and participating in local bowling tournaments.

The bowling tournament is one of four major Special Olympics Alaska events held throughout the year. Winter Games are in March, Summer Games in June and the Fall Tournament is in September.

Vandor wins men's singles title

The Alaska Club held its annual fall season tennis tournament Friday through Sunday, attracting more than 50 players from Juneau and Whitehorse.

Erica Hurtte placed second in the Super Junior Singles event, while Emma Good and Aline Halliday prevailed over Sami Good and Milagro Darby in Super Junior doubles. The Super Junior events featured 12 competitors playing more than 30 matches.

Brian Vandor defeated Ryan Lane of Whitehorse 7-5, 6-4 in the championship game of the men's singles Middle Division, and Clark Gruening took down Brian Lupro 6-0, 6-2 in the consolation match.

In the Men's Upper Division, Jan Polivka of Whitehorse took out Bong Carandang in the championship 6-1, 6-4, and Greg Dostal won the consolation match.

In ladies' singles, Maggie Brockhaus took championship honors by defeating Courtney Nelson 6-0, 6-4, while Marlena Sloss defeated Sammy Alex 6-3, 6-3 in the consolation match.

Annie Kincheloe and Mona Yarnall won the ladies' doubles with a record of 3-0.

Ken Hill and Brian Vandor defeated Jim Bowman and Richard Stokes 7-5, 7-5 to win the men's doubles Middle Division title with Randy Hurtte and Mike Stekoll taking the consolation match.

Winning five out of seven sets on their way to a 2-1 record, George Crowder and Greg Huebschen won the men's doubles title in the Upper Division.

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