It was a busy weekend for local high school sports as precious medals were procured, champions were crowned and a team swept into action.
In the pool, Juneau-Douglas High School finished fourth at Saturday’s ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Swimming & Diving State Championships in Anchorage.
Nathan Messing stroked his way to two gold medals in the 100 butterfly and 100 yard backstroke and Haley Mertz, Dakota Isaak, Auri Clark and Ciera Kelly earned silver medals in the 200 medley relay for the Crimson Bears.
The ASAA Region Five Volleyball champions were crowned on Saturday at JDHS.
The double elimination tournament started on Thursday as the Ketchikan Lady Kings grounded the TMHS Falcons in a thrilling five game match winning by scores of 25-20, 25-16, 16-25, 20-25, and 15-13. After a loss on Friday to JDHS the Lady Kings downed Thunder Mountain High School in an elimination match, winning 25-21, 16-25, 25-10, 25-21.
In the finals, the JDHS Crimson Bears stonewalled “Kayhi” enroute to the Large School 4A championship by scores of 25-6, 25-5 and 25-18.
JDHS Crimson Bears Krista Bontrager, Carly Gunnersen, and Chelsea Peterson were named to the 4A all-tournament team. Other selections included Ketchikan’s Jayley Taylor and Thunder Mountain High School’s Kylie Ibias and Kendra Wittwer.
In the 3A small schools division the top seeded Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves triumphed over Petersburg High School, winning the championship match in four games by a score of 25-14, 25-15, 22-25 and 25-19.
JDHS, Mt. Edgecumbe and Petersburg will travel to the state tournament to be held November 10th through 12th in Wasilla.
The Juneau Douglas High School Hockey team opened its 2011-2012 season at Treadwell Arena with a sweep of a two game series against the Delta Junction Huskies.
Freshman Jonathan Weston and Junior Tod Baseden netted hat tricks on Friday night as JDHS iced Delta Junction. Senior Center and Captain Bill Holbrook had four assists. Junior goalie Colter Pritchard stopped 27 shots in the 11-6 victory over the Huskies.
On Saturday, JDHS dumped Delta Junction by a score of 7-3. The Crimson Bears doubled up against the Huskies, taking 33 shots and limiting them to 16 attempts on goal. Juneau Goalie Griffin Bozarth had 13 saves.
JDHS will look to stay unbeaten as it hosts East Anchorage High School on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and Friday at 8:00 p.m. Both games will be played at Treadwell Arena in Juneau.
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