Sports Briefs

Posted: Thursday, August 05, 2004

Alaska loses in championship game

Team Alaska, featuring three players from the central Kenai Peninsula, lost in the championship game of the 2004 Division One Big League Tournament in Kenmore, Wash., Monday.

The Big League softball team, which consists of girls 16 to 18, had Soldotna's Stacey Foster and Nikiski's Johanna Johns and Katrina Johns.

Alaska lost 8-5 to Oregon Monday in the championship game. Johanna Johns made three assisted putouts in the game, while Foster made two assisted putouts and two unassisted putouts.

Alaska started the tournament with a 9-2 loss to Oregon on Friday. Katrina Johns and Foster were each 2-for-3 with a double in the game, while Johanna Johns was 1-for-1.

In a Saturday losers' bracket game, Alaska came back to defeat Kirkland, Wash., 9-1. From second base, Foster threw out a runner trying to steal home in the game. Johanna Johns scored a run for Alaska.

Alaska then defeated Bothell, Wash., 5-4 on Sunday to advance to the championship game. Foster played second base and shortstop in the game, and had six assisted outs and three unassisted outs. She also belted a double. Johanna Johns played third and picked up a hit, plus assisted in one out.

Racing Lions hold motocross event

The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions - Motocross Division will hold the fourth city motocross and quad race of the year Saturday at Twin Cities Raceway. Racing starts at noon, with racer sign-ups at 10 a.m.

The fee for spectators is $5, while seniors can gain entrance for $3. Those 12 and under get in free.

The Racing Lions also will continue to collect used eyeglasses for donation. Bring the glasses to the track and deposit them in the donation buckets.

For more information, contact Wendy Hudson at 260-3305.

Chugach Challenge to take place Aug. 14

The Chugach Challenge Triathlon will take place Aug. 14 at 9 a.m. The race starts at Pioneer Village in Cooper Landing, which is at Mile 48 of the Sterling Highway. The race ends at the Kenai River boat launch.

The triathlon course includes a six-mile run on Snug Harbor Road, a 12-mile bike ride on Snug Harbor Road and a six-mile flat-water paddle on Kenai Lake. Mountain bikes are recommended. Only nonmotorized boats are permitted, and there may be just one competitor per boat.

One- to three-person teams can compete in the event. Cost is $50 for an individual and $75 for a team.

The race is being held to celebrate the 97th birthday of the Chugach National Forest. The Alaska Center for the Environment is putting on the race.

For more information, contact Bobbie Jo Skibo at 274-3662 or 240-0539 or Andie Martinez at 274-3647 or 830-1146.

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