Gold Medal Tournament Sparks Rivalries, Respect

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau

Basketball is king in rural Alaska, and nowhere is that more evident than Juneau’s annual Gold Medal tournament now in its 65th year.

Organized by the Juneau Lions Club, the annual Spring Break competition brings together teams from all over Southeast – from Metlakatla in the south to Haines in the north. Over the years intense rivalries have formed between villages, as well as larger communities like Juneau and Sitka. But behind the rivalries, the players have genuine respect for each other.

Championship games for this year’s Gold Medal Tournament start at 4:00 Saturday afternoon. All games are played in the Juneau Douglas High School gym.

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