A new post player has joined the UAA men's basketball team. UAA coach Rusty Osborne announced Tuesday that Stephan Heard, a transfer from Long Beach City College will play for the Seawolves this season.
Heard, a 6-foot-7, 210-pounder, averaged 12.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks with the Vikings as a sophomore last season, good enough to make first-team All-South Coast Conference South Division.
"Stephan is a great addition to our program because of his ability to play both frontcourt positions," Osborne said. "He will be the most athletically gifted player we have had in the last few years. Once he adjusts to our system, we expect him to be one of the most exciting players in the West Region."
Heard is the fifth recruit to join the Seawolves this offseason, joining junior college transfer Mike MacKelvie and high school signees John Erickson, Jalen Little and Collin Spickerman. They will join a UAA team that went 23-7 last season and made its second straight second-round appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Seawolves thump alumni
Led by 15 kills apiece from freshmen Katelynn Zanders and Julia Mackey, the UAA volleyball team cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Seawolf alumni in an exhibition match last weekend at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
Junior Siobhan Johansen was an assist machine, producing 44 helpers to go with 15 digs and three aces, helping the current Seawolves win 25-19, 33-31, 23-25, 25-23, 25-18. Last year's Great Northwest Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year Kimya Jafroudi began her senior season with 20 assists in three sets played.
Calli Scott, 2009 GNAC Player of the Year, led the alumni with 33 assists, 10 kills and 14 digs. Last season's GNAC Player of the Year, Jackie Matthisen, struck for 13 kills.
The Seawolves begin regular-season play next week at the Otter classic in Seaside, Calif., where they will play four matches.
Pitzer wins Anchorage Open
Brad Pitzer chipped in for birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff against Benji Sumulong last weekend to win the first Anchorage Open at the Anchorage Golf Course.
Women's State Amateur champion Terri McAngus ran away with the women's title in the 36-hole event.
Pitzer and Sumulong each finished with a 36-hole total of 154, so a playoff ensued on the 10th hole. While Sumulong was assessing what would be his third shot from a green-side bunker, Pitzer put the pressure on with his birdie chip-in. Sumulong's bunker shot fell short of the hole, giving Pitzer the title.
at Anchorage Golf Course
36-hole final scores
Championship flight -- 1) Terri McAngus, 71-73--144. Senior division -- 1) Diane Johnson, 94-97--187.
Championship flight -- 1) Brad Pitzer, 79-75--154; 2) Benji Sumulong, 79-75--154. First flight -- 1) Aaron Roth, 84-75--159; 2) Kevin Sweeney -- 79-80--159. Second flight -- 1) Barry Grey, 89-81--170; 2) Andrew Romerdahl, 89-84--173. Open division (no handicap) -- 1) John Taylor, 82-89--171; 2) Mike Connelly, 88-96--184. Senior division -- 1) Richard Bohon, 83-82--165; Vern Rafferty, 84-84--168.
Butler, Dolejsi defend titles
Palmer's Allegra Butler won her 13th straight Palmer Golf Course Club Championship last weekend, and Palmer's Marcus Dolejsi won his second straight.
Butler paired a first-round 76 with a final-round 77 for a 36-hole total of 153 in the women's championship. Dolejsi won the men's division by four strokes over Ross Martin, following a 78 with a 74 for a 152 total.
Bill Iverson used a 76 and 75 to fire 151 and win his third senior championship.
Palmer Golf Course Club Championship
36-hole final scores
1) Marcus Dolejsi, 78-74--152; 2) Ross Martin, 75-81--156; 3) Trent Berberich, 76-81--157. Senior division -- 1) Bill Iverson, 76-75--151; 2) Karl Johnstone, 78-79--157; 3) Jess Hall, 76-87--163.
1) Allegra Butler, 76-77--155. Senior division -- 1) Nancy Neel, 105-101--206.
Standings stay the same
With Sunday marking the end of the Valdez Silver Salmon Derby and Halibut Salmon Derby. Mike Burke of Henderson, Nev., and Diana Doodchenko of Canada are hanging on to their leads and a chance to win $15,000 first prizes.
Burke caught a 233-pounder on Aug. 12 to take the lead in the halibut derby, and Doodchenko caught a 17.88-pounder on July 25 to top the list in the silver salmon derby.
Antwant Tinsley of Federal Way, Wash., caught a 176.1-pound halibut Saturday to win weekly prizes worth $300. More big prizes are up for grabs Friday, when the angler who catches the largest silver salmon will win their choice of $500 or two round-trip tickets between Valdez and Anchorage or Valdez and Fairbanks aboard Era Alaska.
Olsen wins Ironman
Chugiak's Ben Olsen was the high overall shooter last weekend at the Ironman Doubles Trapshoot at Birchwood Recreation Shooting Park.
Olsen hit 1,184 of 1,300 targets, 23 more than runner up Charlie Scherer of Palmer. Thirty four trapshooters shot at 24,500 targets during competition.
Ironman Doubles Trapshoot
Birchwood Recreation Shooting Park
High-Overall -- 1) Ben Olsen, 1,184 of 1,300; 2) Charlie Scherer, 1,161 of 1,300.
16-Yard division -- Champion) Carol Inman, Anchor Point, 194 of 200; Class A) Ben Olsen, Chugiak, 192 of 200; Class B) Jim Tavis, Anchorage, 194 of 200; Class C) Tom Renwick, Whitehorse, 189 of 200; Class D) Mike Wascom, Wasilla, 187 of 200; High Vet, Dave Kaiser, Chugiak, 190 of 200; High Sr Vet) John Ulsher, Anchorage, 186 of 200; High Lady) Ellen Provost, Anchorage, 183 of 200.
Handicap division -- Champion) Todd Pulis (22), Anchorage, 98 of 100; 2) Clint Brooks (22.5), Fairbanks, 96 of 100; 19-23 yards) Tom Renwick (20), Whitehorse, 95 of 100; 24-27 yards) Sam Grimes (24) Wasilla, 91 of 100; High Vet) Dave Jensen (19.5), Anchorage, 91 of 100; High Sr Vet) John Ulsher (24.5), Anchorage, 90 of 100; High Lady) Carol Inman (22.5), Anchor Point, 91 of 100.
Doubles division -- Champion) Jon Hayes, Wasilla, 922 of 1,000; Class A) Ben Olsen, Chugiak, 900 of 1,000; Class B) Charlie Scherer, Palmer, 883 of 1,000; Class C) Ken Jensen, Anchorage, 879 of 1,000; Class D) Tom Renwick, Whitehorse, 834 of 1,000; High Lady) Carol Inman, Anchor Point, 862 of 1,000; High Vet) John Ulsher, Anchorage, 851 of 1,000.