NATIVE YOUTH OLYMPICS
Anchorage's Autumn Ridley didn't quite equal the world-record she set at last year's Native Youth Olympics, but she still managed to win her second straight Alaskan High Kick at the Dena'ina Center on Thursday.
Ridley's winning kick reached 80 inches and blew away her nearest competitor in the girls division by seven inches. Ridley's world record stands at 82 inches.
Jeremy Andrews of the Lower Kuskokwim School District won the boys Alaskan High Kick with a kick of 90 inches, defeating his nearest competitors by two inches.
Anchorage's Erin Sivits and Jaylen Moses of the Yupiit School District each earned victories in the wrist carry. Sivits won the girls division at 272 feet, 3 inches, and Moses topped the boys with 536 feet, 0.5 inches.
The Kneel Jump was also scheduled for Thursday, but late arriving teams were unable to compete, so the event is scheduled for completion Friday.
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Native Youth Olympics
Girls -- 1) Erin Sivits, Anchorage A, 272 feet, 3 inches; 2) Hanna Clemons, Mat-Su A, 268-2; 3) Samantha Ishnook, Southwest Region, 232-9; 4) Kaylene Esnardo, Unalaska, 204-7; 5) Kristina Wahl, Dillingham, 195-3.
Boys -- 1) Jaylen Moses, Yupiit School District, 536-0.5; 2) Troy Umugak, Chevak, 504-6.5; 3) Todd Jones, Karluk, 496-3; 4) Wyatt Duncan, Valdez, 488-2.25; 5) Daniel Miller, Dillingham, 473-6.
Alaskan High Kick
Girls -- 1) Autumn Ridley, Anchorage A, 80 inches; 2) Kaley Rolf, Dillingham, 73; 3) Jayde Stoffa, Anchorage B, 72; 4) Jessica David, Lower Kuskokwim School District, 68; 5) Tania Romanoff, Nanwalek, 64 (66 in kickoff).
Boys -- 1) Jeremy Andrew, Lower Kuskokwim School District, 90; 2) (tie) Everdan Sugabo, Unalaska; Archie Andrews, Lower Yukon School District, 88; 4) Daniel Adams, Mat-Su A, 86; 5) Nick Devens, Valdez, 84.
Native Youth Olympics
10:30 a.m. -- Eskimo Stick Pull
1:30 p.m. -- Toe Kick
3:30 p.m. -- One-Hand Reach
5:30 p.m. -- Two Foot High Kick
10 a.m. -- Indian Stick Pull
12:30 -- One-Foot High Kick
3 p.m. -- Seal Hop
BOYS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER
Service 6, Bartlett 0
Powered by four first-half goals, the Service boys soccer team cruised to a 6-0 Cook Inlet Conference soccer victory over Bartlett at The Dome on Thursday.
Ihro Raguindin and Brady Graff each notched two goals for the Cougars, with Reece Robinson and Johnny Yoon recording a goal apiece.
Three earn honors
Three UAA gymnasts picked up academic awards Thursday, when the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation announced its Women's Gymnastics All-Academic Team.
Junior Emily Peterson led the way for the Seawolves, making the All-Academic squad for the second straight season. The management major from Indianapolis tied UC Davis senior Katie Yamamura for the league's best GPA at 3.93.
UAA sophomores Paige Pirie and Sariaye Jensen each earned their first academic honors. Pirie, a justice major from Newnan, Ga., owns a 3.45 overall GPA. Jensen, from Las Vegas, holds a 3.27 GPA in elementary education.
Eligibility requires athletes to carry a 3.0 GPA or better, be in at least the second season and compete in at least 50 percent of meets.