Softball Champs! The Red Onion’s RBI team; back row: Kim Starmer, Jeremy Butzlaff, Courtney Harkey, Shane Larsen; middle row: Justin Harris, Kristin Wilkinson, Heather Stevens, Sheffany Roberts; front row: Carly Myron, Ryan Day, and Ben Seale.

RBI takes international softball tourney
Old Farts highly beatable, says Vigilante

There were some bumps and bruises to remind the participants that softballs aren’t always so soft. Some tears were even shed. None of the negatives, however, could detract from the rousing success of this year’s annual Skagway Fourth of July International Co-Ed Softball Tournament.
Tourney director Cindy O’Daniel, former Commissioner of Softball, was pleased with the outcome of the weekend, and looks forward to next year’s competition.
“It went really well. I think everyone had a good time and we all got sunburnt,” said O’Daniel.
They may not have been paramount to their competition in skill, but the Skagway “Old Farts,” led by Gary Hanson and other relics of the Mabel’s dynasty of the early 90s , were up to the task in celebrating the festive side of the occasion. They were blown out only once, and bowed out with a 15-11 loss to the Vigilantes.
The 10-team, double elimination tournament started the night of July 4, and climaxed with the championship game on the afternoon of July 6.
The Old Farts were knocked out of competition early, but the four other Skagway teams hung on until the end.
The Moe’s team played admirably, getting knocked out on the last day of the tournament. Moe’s right centerfielder Cory Thole was pleased with their performance, but upset with the lack of sportsmanship of another team’s player.
Whitehorse resident Kerry Lyle, playing for Juneau’s Roadkill, rounded third while playing Moe’s, and with arms folded in front of him, checked Moe’s Tanner Hanson in the back, leveling the third baseman.
“I was surprised he wasn’t tossed [from the game],” said Thole.
The umpire ruled Hanson to be in the base path, making the play technically legal, even though there was no play at the base.
When asked about the incident, Lyle responded, “He shouldn’t be in the baseline. It was the ump’s decision.” After an uproar from Moe’s outfield and bench, Lyle did go back to help Hanson to his feet.
Lyle’s team, that won last year’s tournament as The Hawaiian Delights, eventually proved to be the team to beat.
Skagway’s Vigilantes made it close to the finals, but suffered a heartbreaking defeat to the Roadkill, knocking them out of contention.

Old Fart Reba Radey, in distracting bikini wear, defends third base from an oncoming Vigilante. JB

The score was tied 9-9 in extra innings when Ryan Ackerman hit a double to right field, knocking in a run from second to take the lead. Things were looking good for the Vigilantes in the bottom of the inning as the Roadkill had two outs and no one on base. A short rally put two runners on base who eventually became the winning runs, sending Roadkill to the championship game.
Two Skagway teams then battled it out to see who would advance. RBI, the Red Onion/ White Pass/ Gray Line collaborative team, took on the powerhouse Hambones. RBI looked sharp in the field and at bat, defeating the Hambones who seemed to have trouble getting runners on base throughout the tournament.
The loss was difficult for the ‘Bones, but they were still in the competition due to it being their first loss. They then had to face Roadkill to determine who would play RBI in the championship game. The Hambones, led by John L. O’Daniel, continued to have trouble with hits, and were out of the tournament with their second loss.
RBI then faced Roadkill under the hot Skagway sun for the title of tournament champions. Both teams were playing well with few errors. Roadkill managed to get more hits, and eventually took the game 5-2. RBI, however, had not yet suffered a loss in the tourney, which forced a second championship game. The table was turned on the final game, with RBI winning 5-2.
“This has been a good tournament. Any team out here could have taken it, except for the Old Farts,” said Vigilante team member Robert Murphy. RW

Courtney Mason at bat.

Skagway team forced to scratch
Mixed canoe team wins Yukon River Quest; solo kayak, voyageur canoe records broken

During the first four years of the Yukon River Quest, and the two years of the Dyea to Dawson races, the legendary winds of Lake Laberge stayed away.
Then came 2003.

As racers entered the lake after the start on June 25, a steady wind was blowing, and it kept up, getting stronger over the 30 miles. Not enough to produce life-threatening white caps, but at 20-25 mph, enough to keep paddlers busy controlling their craft with every rolling swell.
For the Skagway Alumni team, it proved to be too much, aggravating a back injury by stern man David Brena. By the time he and partner John D. O’Daniel reached Carmacks the following day at about 7:30 p.m., Brena could no longer continue.

Above, David Brena and John O’Daniel are introduced at the starting line in Whitehorse. JB

The Skagway team wasn’t alone. A dozen other teams scratched by mid-race – about half due to injuries, the rest to cold, wet weather that greeted teams early on the second day. Some racers just could not get warm and had to receive assistance.
Solo kayaker Steve VanVlaenderen, a veteran racer from Manitoba with arthritis who raises money for the Paddle Far foundation, was aided by the Yukon voyageur team Paddlers Abreast. About 75 miles into the race, the team of breast cancer survivors got him out of his wet clothes, built a fire, and took care of him until safety boats arrived. For their efforts, they were awarded their time back plus an extra hour from race officials. By then, two other teams had joined them by the fire, ready to scratch.
Way ahead of these teams were the mixed canoe team of Mike and Fiona Vincent of Saskatchewan, who led from the beginning, and arrived in Dawson Friday night in a time of 55 hours, two minutes. Not far behind them, tied for second place with a time of 56:54, were the men’s canoe team Jerico, and solo kayaker Jerome Truran, both from British Columbia. Truran broke the solo kayak record for the race by three hours. In fourth place was the top northern team, Men of Constant Sorrow, from the Yukon in 57:41, and the voyageur team, Maine Yahoos to the Yukon, with a new record for their category, 64:13. Top woman in the event was solo kayaker Ingrid Wilcox of Whitehorse, who finished in 76:09.
In all, 18 of the 32 teams that started the race finished. Bringing up the rear was the Ontario tandem kayak team DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) in 93:36. They were awarded two halves of a Yukon stove donated by Haywire Industries, Griffith’s Heating and Mobile Maintenance of Whitehorse, immortalizing the Pierre Berton tale of the two Klondike parners who split up every thing.
“Haywire Harry” Kern, a race safety boat driver, thought up the red lantern prize after watching River Quest partners arrive at Carmacks and Dawson. Griffith’s donated the stove, and MM cut it up. “I respect anyone with the jam to finish this race,” Kern said.
Despite not finishing the event this year, Brena of Skagway said it was a great experience paddling with his high school classmate.
“The race was interesting and challenging for me,” he said. “If you could evaluate my paddling experience, I am probably now a 50 percent better paddler. John was an upbeat partner and the experience opened up the Yukon River. River names that I had heard but not associated and now placed.
“My Uncle Bob on my mom’s side lived along the Pelly River for 15 years and traveled extensively along the Yukon and Pelly via dog sled in the winter and canoe in the summer. He traveled with a wife and five kids. It is an easy race to be philosophical about and it gives new meaning to the term ‘sea legs.’”
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Brena and O'Daniel battle swells on Lake Laberge. JB

2003 Skagway News Runaround

Runners line up with the Skagway News 25th Anniversary banner at the start of the Runaround. DL

Official Results
5K course - July 4, 2003

Place Name (Residence) Time

1. Johnathon Jacobs (Skagway) 15:53 (overall winner)
2. Renson Marroquinn (Skagway) 16:38
3. Kyle Mulvihill (Skagway) 16:55 (boys winner)
4. David Goddard (Tenn.) 19:59
5. Michael Rehm (Mont.) 20:05
6. Jean Mason (Juneau) 20:24 (women’s winner)
7. Spencer Greenville (Tenn.) 20:28
8. Rose Perotto (Skagway) 20:54
9. Amber Bethe (Skagway) 21:31
10. Rachel Goddard (Tenn.) 21:48 (girls winner)
11. Linda Beckner (Skagway) 22:07
12. Mike Catsi (Skagway) 22:34
13. Mark Freer (Unknown) 22:47
14. Nicole Alpert (Skagway) 23:10
15. Shanna Goddard (Tenn.) 23:37
16. Mike Korsmo (Skagway) 23:49 (masters winner)
17. Bruce Noble (Skagway) 24:00
18. David Hollis (Idaho) 24:18
19. Tara Mackeigan (Skagway) 25:17

Kyle Mulvihill finishes first among boys, third among men. DL