Service's Rilen Skieens captured the title of Most Outstanding Wrestler and Palmer won a close three-team race for the team title Saturday at the Lancer Smith Invitational at Palmer High.
Skieens won the 160-pound title in the 37-team tournament, one of the biggest and most competitive of the season. The meet included teams from both Class 4A and Class 1-2-3A, something that doesn't happen often because the two seasons don't entirely overlap. The 4A season is just beginning and the 1-2-3A season is nearing its conclusion.
Less than nine points separated the top three teams. Palmer claimed the championship with 159.5 points to beat South by three points and Colony by 8.5. Valdez was the top 1-2-3A team, placing sixth with 128 points.
Lancer Smith Invitational
1) Palmer 159.5; 2) South 156.5; 3) Colony 151; 4) Wasilla 141.5; 5) East 139; 6) Valdez 128; 7) Kodiak 116.5; 8) Service 110; 9) Lathrop 107; 10) Nome 105; 11) Bethe 101; 12) West Valley 95; 13) Kenai 84; 14) Nikiski 78.5; 15) Skyview 78.5; 16) Kotzebue 78; 17) North Pole 77.5; 18) Homer 51.5; 19) Houston 49; 20) Soldotna 47; 21) West 43; 22) Grace Christian 40; 23) Unalakleet 33; 24) Sitka 32; 25) Glennallen 31; 26) Seward 29.5; 27) Cordova 29; 28) Anchorage Christian 27; 29) Aniak 21.5; 30) Dimond 21; 31) Newhalen 19; 32) Quinhagak 8; 33) Delta 7; 34) Eagle River 5; 35) Voznesenka 2.
1st -- Greg Shack (South) m.d. Seth Hutchison (Skyview) 12-4. 3rd -- Gavin Maslen (Glennallen) won by injury default over Alex Grey (Nome). 5th -- Tecumseh Hensley (Bethel) d. Bryan McKimson (Wasilla) 2-0 OT
1st --Darin Davis (Sitka) won by injury default over Hope Steffensen (Kenai). 3rd -- Kyle Willard (East ) p. Jejomar Briones (West) :59. 5th -- Calvin Johnson (Homer) won by forfeit over Noah Ottum (South).
1st -- Andrew Caballa (Kodiak) d. Brennan Girard (East) 10-7 OT. 3rd -- Gavin Alvarado (South) p. Austin Craig (Skyview) 2:01. 5th -- Leif Erickson (Nome) won by forfeit over Brettlyn Reich (Kotzebue).
1st -- Levi Fried (Kodiak) d. Dave Towne (Valdez) 6-4. 3rd -- Wesley Gilroy (ACS) d. Mason Cochran (Palmer) 2-1. 5th -- Jay-Ar Small (Kodiak) d. Justin Gentz (Palmer) 3-2.
1st -- Daide Agnew (West Valley) d. Josh Mendenhall (Bethel) 10-5. 3rd -- Anthony Walsh (Grace Christian) d. Zachary Ritchie (South) 6-0. 5th -- Eddy Burris (Kodiak) d. Nick Ottum (South) 11-7.
1st -- John Pounds (Service) d. Emery Booshu (Nome) 4-3. 3rd -- Nathaniel Pempek (Palmer) d. Sam Janorschke (Skyview) 4-3. 5th -- Matthew Anelon (Newhalen ) won by forfeit over Shannon Carpenter (Wasilla).
1st -- Kraig Hammond (South) m.d. Spencer Adams (Colony) 15-6. 3rd -- Adam Downing (Valdez) p Collin Bendixen (Palmer) :22. 5th --Kevin Gonzalez (Kodiak) d. Luke Foster (South) 9-2.
1st -- Austin Rake (Valdez) d. Sam Zimmerman (Lathrop) 5-0. 3rd -- Nate McKimson (Wasilla) p. Noah Roetman (Kotzebue) 2:41. 5th --Kamber Lucas (Colony) won by forfeit over Bryce Serna (Wasilla).
1st -- Isaac Deaton (Valdez) d. Josh Brown (Nikiski) 7-2. 3rd -- Moo Rogers (North Pole) d. Joe Dickinson (Lathrop) 8-5. 5th -- Junyor Erickson (Nome) p. Gabe Mcsharry (South) 3:58.
1st -- Rilen Skieens (Service) p. Trevour Chavez (Bethel) 4:50. 3rd -- Simon Root (Colony) won by injury default over Luke Heun (Palmer). 5th -- Vince Fricilone (West Valley) d. Brandon Hursh (Valdez) 4-2.
1st -- Josh Wiggins (East ) d. Sawyer Root (Colony) 8-4. 3rd -- Leroy Elliot (West) p. Jacob Wharton (Lathrop) 2:18. 5th -- Mark McGregor (Homer) d. Morgan Sauve (Nikiski) 3-2.
1st -- Shyler Johnson (Unalakleet) d. Caleb Nielsen (Palmer) 7-0. 3rd -- Troy Streiff (Soldotna) won by injury default over Hyland Story (West Valley). 5th --Tyler Brown (Kenai) won by injury default over Keahi Queja (East).
1st -- Lincoln Johnson (Nikiski) p. Dalton Sauder (South) :55. 3rd -- Billy Schultz (Wasilla) d. Joel Ryno (Palmer) 8-2. 5th -- Mason Kimber (Cordova) won by injury default over Luke Johnson (Nikiski).
1st -- Luke Wagner (Houston) d. Derek Zorea (Service) 14-12. 3rd -- Quace Wright (Wasilla) d. Ben Davis (North Pole) 5-2. 5th -- Ian MacKenzie (Colony) d. Ben Button (Palmer) 3-1.
1st -- Keanu King (East) p. Mitchell Daigle (Colony) 1:52). 3rd -- Cole Foster (Lathrop) d. John Alexander (Soldotna) 3-2 (2 OT). 5th -- Jake Dragseth (Kenai) p. Dillon Walker (North Pole) 3:42).
Aljibe breezes to win
Reniel Aljibe of Dimond fired 579 out of a possible 600 Saturday to cruise to victory in the Dimond A-1 riflery meet at Dimond.
Aljibe earned a six-shot win over second-place Katie Wolski of West, who had a two-shot margin over third-place Chelsy Devon of Dimond.
The annual meet features the top boy and top girl from schools in the eight-team Cook Inlet Conference.
Dimond A-1 meet
1) Aljibe, Reniel 579; 2) Wolski, Katie 573; 3) Devon, Chelsy 571; 4) Howard, Morgan 566; 5) Corona, Kenneth 565;6) Criswell, Cole 564; 7) Lyon, Brenden 564;;8) Papasodora, Cathryn 562; ;9) Vannortwick, Emily 549; 10) Vang, BaoKang 545; 11) Greiner, Heather 543; 12) Hellman, Derek 531; 13) Vue, Edao 488.
Dimond 7, Service 1
Lane Bauer scored twice and five others contributed goals Saturday to lift Dimond to a 7-1 romp over Service in Cook Inlet Conference hockey at Ben Boeke Ice Arena.
Solomon Mabry and Kenny Hausinger delivered goals to give Dimond a 2-0 lead after one period. Bauer, Drake Glover and Kiel Kenning scored in the second period and Bauer and Christian Hausinger scored in the third period.
Service's lone goal came in the second period from Karson Frisk. The Cougars got off only nine shots against Dimond goaltender Jordan MacMillan. Dustin Fritz stopped 18 shots for the Lynx.
Brandi Miller scored the game's first two goals and finished with a hat trick Saturday at Ben Boeke, powering Dimond-West's 5-1 girls hockey win over South-Bartlett.
Kendra Robbins and Pauline Tufi also contributed goals for Dimond-West.
The winners fired 38 shots; the losers managed 13.