Hanna Johansson, the star of UAA's nationally ranked women's basketball team, was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference's female athlete of the year Tuesday.
She's the first woman and the second athlete from UAA to claim the honor since the award was first present in the 2001-02 school year. David Registe, a Division II long jumping champion, was the GNAC's male athlete of the year in 2007-08.
Johansson beat Seattle Pacific track standout Ali Worthen in balloting by the GNAC's 10 athletic directors. Johannson outpointed Worthen 25-17.
Western Oregon pitcher Grady Wood edged Western Washington basketball player Rory Blanche and UAA runner Micah Chelimo in balloting for the male athlete of the year. Wood, a right-hander who was 12-0 with a 1.69 ERA this season, beat Blanche and Chelimo by three points.
Johansson capped her four-year career at UAA by leading the Seawolves to a 30-5 record and a spot in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight last season.
A 6-foot-2 center from Gothenburg, she averaged 14.3 points and 8.6 rebounds her senior season and finished her career ranked ninth among the GNAC's all-time leaders in rebounding (808) and 11th among its all-time leaders in scoring (1,393 points) and steals (195).
The Seawolves were ranked among the nation's top 20 teams during Johansson's entire career.
Eagle River victories go to Beck and Donley
Jens Beck and Shannon Donley captured victories in Sunday's Eagle River Triathlon and Donley was one of three athletes who broke course records.
Donley set a new standard in the 12.2-mile bike portion of the swim-bike-run race, which began and ended at Chugiak High.
She cycled the course in 35 minutes, 3 seconds to beat the record of 35:11 established by Lori Staats-Cahill in 2001. Donley's dominance aboard her bike carried her to the overall women's win in 1 hour, 5:29 minutes.
Beck took the men's victory in 57:55, despite records set by other men in the bike and run.
Third-place Daniel Folmar's time of 30:57 in the bike broke Jason Lamoreaux's mark of 31:51 from 2010, and sixth-place Jacob Kirk's time of 16:26 in the 5-kilometer run broke Marcus Dunbar's record of 16:32 from 2000.
Beck triumphed by posting the day's second-best time in the bike (31:47) and the fourth-best times in both the run (17:56) and the 500-yard swim (5:54). He forged a 50-second win over runner-up Will Ross.
In the women's competition, Donley had the best bike time, was sixth fastest in the run (21:54) and eighth fastest in the swim (6:38). Her overall time put her 57 seconds ahead of runner-up Amber Stull.
In third place was Larren Lockard, who owned the fastest women's times in the swim (5:59) and run (20:53) but was four minutes slower than Donley in the bike.
Nearly 400 people finished the race.
Eagle River Triathlon
500-yard swim, 12.2-mile bike, 3.1-mile run
Top 10 finishers
Women -- 1) Shannon Donley 1:05:29; 2) Amber Stull 1:06:26; 3) Larrell Lockard 1:07:49; 4) Jenny Kimball 1:09:35; 5) Martha Marlow 1:10:54; 6) Erin Beam 1:11:13; 7) Deana Watson 1:12:17; 8) Jenifer Kohout 1:12:51; 9) Corrie Smith 1:12:59; 10) Shannon Titzel 1:13:14.
Men -- 1) Jens Beck 57:55; 2) Will Ross 58:45; 3) Daniel Folmar 58:56; 4) Jason Lamoreaux 1:00:21; 5) Luke Kiskaddon 1:00:40; 6) Jacob Kirk 1:01:42; 7) Andrew Duenow 1:02:06; 8) Tim Berntson 1:02:51; 9) Jim Anderson 1:03:16; 10) Thaddeus Seethaler 1:04:13.
South 12, Service 2
Bryan Baker pitched 4 2/3 innings of no-hit ball Tuesday to power South past Service 12-2 in American Legion baseball action at Mulcahy Stadium.
Service's Ryan Canon ended the no-hit bid in the five-inning game with a two-out infield single.
Baker helped his own cause by driving in three runs with two hits. Teammate Logan Allred was 2 for 3.
In other action Tuesday, Chugiak drummed Dimond 9-5 at Chad Bax Field.