UAA signs Wasilla's Devine
UAA women's basketball coach Ryan McCarthy announced Tuesday the Seawolves have signed forward Alysha Devine, who has helped Wasilla to the last two Class 4A state championships, and Kiki Robertson, a guard from Hawaii.
The players, who signed National Letters of Intent, will join the program next fall.
Devine, a 6-footer, last season was a third-team all-state pick and a first-team All-Northern Lights Conference selection.
"We are very fortunate to keep a Division I prospects like Alysha at home here in Alaska,'' McCarthy said in a press release.
The 5-5 Robertson last season for Mid-Pacific Institute led the Interscholastic League of Honolulu in scoring with 19.9 points per game. He was named to the Honolulu Advertiser's Fab 15 all-state team.
Wasilla 56, West 46
Two-time defending state champion Wasilla used a game-high 21 points from Kyla Dinkle and two other scorers in double figures Tuesday night to beat host West, 56-46, in a season-opening girls high school basketball game.
Alysha Devine added 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for the Warriors, who also received 11 points from Alexis Imoe.
Chamira Cockerham led the Eagles with 13 points and Chantel Bookert added 12.
E. River 75, Colony 63
Shaquan Rhoades had 25 points to lead Eagle River, which also got 22 points from Eric Roberts and 13 from Nick Montgomery, to a 75-63 win over visiting Colony in a season-opening, nonconference boys basketball game.
Nathan Umbarger and Damien Fulp combined for 31 points for the Knights.
West 6, East 1
West subdued East with 28 saves from Joe Chekan and special-teams domination -- three power-play strikes and a short-handed goal Tuesday night -- in a 6-1 Cook Inlet Conference boys hockey game at Ben Boeke Arena.
The Eagles just didn't survive a major penalty on the opening shift -- they scored short-handed when Codie Cope struck. Cope was one of four Eagles to rack a goal and a helper -- the others were Ryder Schwamm, Garen Teders and Alex Bardsley.
West also received goals from Justin Heil and Dawson Ellingworth.
Tristan Phillips scored East's only goal on a power play late in the first period. Davis Kitagawa made 29 saves for the Thunderbirds.
Alaskans in semis
A couple of coaching connections from Alaska have advanced to the NCAA Division I women's volleyball semifinals Thursday in Louisville, Ky.
Michigan, which plays Texas on Thursday, features head coach Mark Rosen of Anchorage. His wife, Leisa Rosen, of Wasilla, in the Wolverines' associate head coach. The Rosens have been a coaching duo in Ann Arbor for 14 seasons.
Leisa Rosen was a Big Ten Player of the Year at Ohio State. Mark Rosen played college volleyball at California State-Northridge.
Michigan knocked off No. 2-seeded Stanford in the quarterfinals. The winner of the Michigan-Texas match plays the winner of the semi between Penn State and Oregon in Saturday's championship match.
Lamoureaux, Winders win
Jason Lamoureaux and Pam Winders won the men's and women's titles, respectively -- each won by more than five minutes -- in the 13th annual Colony Christmas Triathlon in Palmer on Sunday.
Lamoureux, of Anchorage, covered the 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) bike leg, 5-K run and 500-meter swim -- the latter was conducted in the Palmer High pool -- in 43 minutes, 6 seconds. That topped runner-up Scott Clemetson (48:42).
Winders, of Wasilla, finished in 52:09 to beat Heather Hogge (57:18).
Alisa Kincaid, Tristan Denny and Austin Edwards -- competing under the team name Dancer, Dasher and Blitzen -- won the team competition in 46:15, edging Team Super Awesome (Gunner Bahn, Michael Nagel and Paul Luevans) by 34 seconds.
The race drew 72 entrants.