Renee Canavan thought her day of derby fishing was over when a failed transmission forced the boat she was in to return to the Valdez port early Saturday, with just one small silver in the hold.
But on the way in, she hooked the winning fish in the Valdez Women's Silver Salmon Derby -- a 15.22 pound coho.
Canavan, a community service officer in Anderson, Calif., was fishing in her fourth derby.
Second place went to a Valdez angler Amber Burton, who was fishing near Gold Creek when she caught her 14.88-pounder.
In all, 600 women competed in the one-day derby.
Valdez Women's Silver Salmon Derby
1) Renee Canavan, Cottonwood, Calif., 15.22; 2) Amber Burton, Valdez, 14.88; 3) Katherine Hartley, Kenai, 14.64; 4) Kim Dains, Valdez, 14.56; 5) Sharon Demiter, Richland, Wash., 14.00; 6) Mindi Baczuk, Valdez, 13.98; 7) Patty Ferrst, North Pole, 13.98; 8) Christina Passard, Palmer, 13.8; 9) Tabitha Roberts, Fairbanks, 13.68; 10) Yvonne Crume, Valdez, 13.66.
Service tops poll
Though it is coming off a season-opening loss in Hawaii, defending large-school state football champion Service remains No. 1 in this week's Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network Poll.
Service is followed by Palmer (1-0), East (1-0) and Juneau-Douglas (1-0). West Valley (1-0) and North Pole (1-0) are tied for No. 5.
In the mid- and small-school poll, Eielson (1-0) checks in at No. 1, followed by Houston (1-0), Soldotna (0-1), Monroe (1-0) and Kodiak (1-0).
Kelter and Smelker make U-22s national team
Defenseman Alev Kelter of Eagle River and forward Jordan Smelker of Anchorage have been named to USA Hockey's Under-22 women's team, which will play a three-game series against Canada starting Thursday.
The women were named to the team Monday.
Kelter, 21, plays for the University of Wisconsin. Smelker, 20, plays for Rensselaer.
The Americans will play the Canadians in Calgary, Alberta, on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.