Alaska sports digest

January 8, 2013 

college volleyball

Larranaga takes over at UAF

After two years as an assistant coach, Mallory Larranaga has been hired to be the head coach of the UAF volleyball team, the school said Tuesday.

Larranaga, a 2004 graduate at UAF and 2010 inductee to the Nanook Hall of Fame, played volleyball for UAF from 2001-04 and is the only Nanook to achieve All-American status. She is the school's all-time leader in career kills with 1,363.

Larranaga replaces 13-year coach Phil Shoemaker.

UAA Skiing

Five Seawolves in top 15

UAA alpine skiers turned in five times in the top 15 Monday, the first day of the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Alpine Qualifier in Eldora, Colo.

Andreas Adde, a senior All-American and the 2010 NCAA slalom champion, led UAA by finishing sixth in the men's giant slalom race. Sophomore Niko Harmanen was eighth and junior Christopher Kollenborg placed 27th for the Seawolves.

Sophomore Anna Berecz led UAA in the women's giant slalom, placing a career-high eighth. Sophomore Vanessa Berther and senior Kayla Hoog-Fry joined her in the top 15, with Berther placing ninth and Hoog-Fry 11th.


Blanchet wins second title

Lydia Blanchet won the women's race and Paul Butera picked up two wins Sunday at the Speedskate-Skate Ski Duathlon at Cuddy Midtown Park.

Blanchet finished eight speedskating laps and eight skiing laps in 14 minutes, 22 seconds to beat runner-up Anna Jager by 24 seconds.

The men's race was a lot closer, with Butera (15:22) edging Gary Snyder (15:23) by one second over 10 laps of skating and 10 laps of skiing.

Butera also teamed with Bob Butera to win the men's relay.

Recent warm weather made the usual 1-kilometer skiing trail unusable, so competitors did their skating and skiing on the 400-meter skating oval.

AMH Speedskate-Skate Ski Duathlon

Sunday's Results

At Cuddy Midtown Park

Women's individual race (8 laps skating, 8 laps skiing) -- 1) Lydia Blanchet, 14:22; 2) Anna Jager, 14:46; 3) Lea Slemmons, 16:21; 4) Kimberley Ames, 16:35; 5) Anna Rix, 20:12; 6) Allene Whitney, 20:17.

Men's individual race (10 laps skating, 10 laps skiing) -- 1) Paul Butera, 15:22; 2) Gary Snyder, 15:23; 3) Connor Trystkowski, 16:05; 4) John Mucha, 16:24; 5) Bob Butera, 16:49; 6) Dave Blanchet, 17:25; 7) Steve Bergt, 17:30; 8) Mike Beiergrohslein, 17:36; 9) Jeremy Littel, 17:57; 10) Mike Truskowski, 18:00; 11) Ethan Dan, 18:10; 12) Michael Smith, 19:21; 13) Regan Sarwas, 19:25; 14) John Edge, 20:37; 15) Chuck Gilbert, 20:57; 16) Brent Veltkamp, 21:50; 17) John Lunieski, 23:05.

Men's relay (10 laps skating, 10 laps skiing) -- 1) Bob Butera/Paul Butera, 17:00; 2) Chuck Gilbert/Otto Gilbert, 17:30; 3) Game McGimsey/Rob Witter, 17:55; 4) Mike Truskowski/Connor Truskowski, 18:31; 5) Jeremy Lattell/Mike Beiergrohslein, 20:16; 6) David Spencer/Max Beiergrohslein, 22:04; 7) Tom York/Chris Turletes, 26:21.

Mixed relay (10 laps skating, 10 laps skiing) -- 1) Trevor Harings/Lia Selmons, 17:54; 2) Chuck Hansell/Shelley Schemm, 19:35.


Conger, Dougherty win

Mallory Conger and Samuel Dougherty were both victorious Sunday in a Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage biathlon race at Kincaid Park.

Conger was the best on the short course, and Dougherty set the pace on the long course. The mass-start format featured four shooting stages, with a 30-second penalty assessed for each miss.

Biathlon race No. 4

Sunday's results from Kincaid Park

Short course -- 1) Mallory Conger, 23:30.0; 2) Vanessa Duhrsen, 24:16.6; 3) Justin Carpenter, 24:36.6; 4) Hannah Romberg, 27:55.8; 5) Marcia Bandy, 28:40.8; 6) Torsten Renner, 29:21.1; 7) Everett Cason, 32:33.5; 8) Joshua Watson, 33:04.7.

Long course -- 1) Samuel Dougherty, 34:24.7; 2) Hunter Wonders, 41:43.8; 3) Alex Kilby, 43:10.2; 4) David Cunningham, 45:10.5; 5) Chad Carpenter, 49:24.8; 6) Grace Gilliland, 50:19.9; 7) Rosa Schmidt, 53:04.2; 8) Victoria Parsons, 53:19.5; 9) Mark Renner, 56:28.0; 10) Meg Perdue, 58:06.9; 11) Ryan Rieser, 61:12.1.

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