RBI slugger Jaime Kissner slides into third base as the Hambones’ Josh “Sauce” Coughran makes the catch for a force out. RBI won the end of season tournament Aug. 6 at Seventh Pasture. Casey Grove

Softball tourney sees sunny skies, RBI repeat

After several days of rainy weather, the clouds parted just in time for the Skagway Coed Softball Championship Aug. 6 at the Seventh Pasture recreation complex.
Team RBI won the tournament, beating the Hambones for the second straight year and starting what looks to be a dynasty of their own. Prior to 2004, the Hambones held a five-year winning streak.
RBI went undefeated until the championship, and because the end of season tournament is double-elimination, the Hambones would have had to win two games in a row to take home the trophy.
The first game was promising and saw the Hambones come out swinging. They knocked in five runs by the middle of the game, with only two runs from RBI. The Hambones won with a final score of 9 to 4, giving them one last shot at the title.
“Our first game we didn’t play as well,” said RBI third baseman Jaime Kissner, “but our second game we did better and played like we were capable of.”
The second game started with a stirring, if somewhat slurred, rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” sung by spectators in the bleachers, and though there was no flag present, most in attendance removed their hats and joined in.
“Let’s play ball!” screamed umpire Ryan Ackerman.
RBI took an early lead, but the Hambones’ pitcher, Darren Belisle, blasted a solo homerun over the fence to score their first run of the game.
The singing in the stands came back later in the game with “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”
The Hambones’ John O’Daniel asked for a rally, threatening, “Don’t make me streak!”
“Yeah, don’t make him streak,” said one fan.
That threat worked because the Hambones mounted a five-run rally shortly thereafter. But once RBI had recouped, they secured the final outs and a 9 to 6 win.
The softball season ended with the two teams shaking hands and sharing a few beers in parting.
“The city’s done a great job on these fields all year,” said Ackerman. “It’s really nice having both of these fields out here, and they busted their hump to get it done in time.”

Jennifer Collins is cheered as she crosses the finish line of her first marathon. Jonathon Ruth

Skagway runners win divisions at Yukon River Trail Marathon
Jennifer Collins, competing in her first marathon, won the women’s open division at the annual Yukon River Trail Marathon in Whitehorse Aug. 7, while a Skagway mixed team had the fastest time in the four-person relay, and two local runners won their legs.
Collins, 24, has been running since middle school, but this was her first marathon. She said that she was inspired by a friend from Bellingham who completed a marathon after discovering she had multiple sclerosis. “She told me to just do a long run every weekend,” Collins said.
After Collins came back to Skagway in April, she started training. “My goal was just to finish, hopefully in under 4:30, because that would be a 10-minute mile,” she said. “I felt like I would be proud of myself if I did that.”
Two women in the masters division had faster overall times, but Collins met her goal – her time of 4:24:50 was four minutes faster than the next runner in her division, Joanna Malcolm of Fairbanks.
Collins said it was a tough course and she ran with Malcolm most of the way. They watched some runners walk up the earlier hills, and then found themselves later walking up the final two hills. “We both laughed about that,” she said.
Two Skagway men also completed the marathon. Sidney Shaw took fourth in the men’s open division with a time of 3:56:33 and Ben Seale was sixth at 4:12:59.The women’s half marathon was won by former resident Mary Holozubiac in 1:56:33, and Meg Hahr finished 14th in 2:26:07. Paul Reichert registered too late, but ran anyway, and finished the half marathon in about 2:04, he said.
Skagway had several four-person teams in the event, and two placed high. The Dispassionate Hedonists (Katherin Nelson, Michael Catsi, Peter Lucchetti, Phillip Clark) took first place with a total time of 3:27:29 and the One Guy on a Girls Team (Paul Ranheim, Heather Seale, Shanna Vetter, Valerie Jensen) took third in 3:49:23.
Each of those teams placed a runner at the top of a leg. Ranheim won the first leg with a time of 36:44, and Clark took the anchor leg in 54:31.
Clark said it was great seeing all the Skagway people having fun in the event, which is known for its grueling, but beautiful course through the Chadburn and Schwatka Lake area and along Miles Canyon.
His leg had the two killer hills at the end. “It’s like running up to Lower Dewey Lake, around the lake, then back down, back up, back down, back up and back down again,” Clark said.
Their team name was listed as “Dispassionate Medonists” on the race website, a victim of someone unable to read captain Mike Catsi’s writing, Clark said. But that’s just as well. The team name previously had been Running for the Mayor, but they changed it in deference to former team member Rose Perotto, who was unable to run due to injury. Catsi also turned in a fast time of 52:09 for third place in the second leg.
Other top 10 Skagway finishers in their legs included Nelson, Seale, Teresa Wilson, Vetter, Matt Flood, John O’Daniel, Lucchetti, Curt Dodd, Mike Moe, and Jed Greenstreet. Other Skagway team names were Last of the Moe-We-Cans, 3 Trail Turtles and Kaylie, Chasing the Gingerbread, and S.M.A.R.T. Catsi said he was most impressed with the Moe family team, especially 10-year-old Delani, who placed in the middle of the pack on her leg. For complete results, see www.yukonmarathon.com/2005 – JB

Doland girls win ribbons at horse show

Skagway riders Ali and Elise Doland won a number of first place ribbons at the Whitehorse Horse Show last month.
The two Skagway girls were competing in their third Whitehorse competition and are heading off to Dawson Creek, B.C. this weekend for an even bigger show. They will finish the riding season at a show in Dawson City, Yukon.
“They have really progressed as riders,” said their mom, Jauna.