Alaska sports digest for March 8

sports@adn.comMarch 8, 2013 

UAA's Niko Harmanen placed a team-high 18th Friday in a men's slalom Friday, and the Seawolves are in eighth place through three days of competition at the NCAA Skiing Championships in Middlebury, Vt.

Harmanen finished two runs with combined time of 1 minute, 41.68 seconds. Cedrick Gagnon also scored for the UAA men, posting a 24th-place finish in 1:42.77, and Andreas Adde took 26th for the Seawolves in 1:43.68.

Kayla Hoog-Fry was the top UAA skier in the women's slalom, finishing 21st in 1:41.27. UAA's Vanessa Berther was 28th at 1:43.27, and Anna Berecz posted 1:43.60 to take 30th.

UAA has 367.5 points in the four-day competition, nearly 200 points behind defending champion Vermont, which leads the field with 564 points.

The skiing championships conclude Saturday with men's and women's cross-country freestyle races.

GNAC basketball

UAF falls to Vikings

The UAF men's basketball team was the only Great Northwest Athletic Conference team to beat Western Washington during the regular season, but the Nanooks were unable to recreate the winning formula in a GNAC tournament semifinal Friday in Lacey, Wash.

Led by 10 points apiece from Dominique Brinson and Pat Voeut, fourth-seeded UAF lost 61-43 to the top-seeded Vikings.

Three players hit double-digit point totals for Western Washington, Paul Jones leading the way with 11 and John Allen and Cameron Severson each kicking in 10. Jones and Severson each pulled in nine rebounds to help the Vikings to a 43-27 edge on the boards.

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