Two sign with UAA
A pair of high school volleyball standouts, including one from Anchorage, have signed National Letters of Intent to play for UAA next season, Seawolves coach Chris Green announced Tuesday.
UAA will welcome South High's Morgan Hooe, one of the top setters in the state, and Sydney Blankinship, an accomplished middle hitter from Portland, Ore.
Hooe started on varsity all four seasons with South, helping the Wolverines reach the state title match the last three seasons and cap an undefeated season with a state title in 2011. The 5-foot-7 setter was an all-tournament selection at the state tournament three times and was named Alaska's Gatorade player of the year in 2011.
Blankinship, a 6-foot senior at Westview High, was an All-Metro League second team selection last season. She helped the Wildcats to a runner-up finish in the Metro League and a second-round berth in the Oregon School Activities Association Class 6A state tournament.
The Seawolves recently completed their fifth straight winning campaign under Green, finishing 16-10 overall and tying for fourth place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
Bradford sweeps championship
Vassar Bradford helped Tanaka's Martial Arts Academy claim the team title at last weekend's Alaska State Karate Championships by winning two individual titles at the Spenard Recreation Center.
Bradford won the men's black belt events for both the kata and free-fighting divisions. Adale Sanders, also representing Tanaka's Academy, won the women's kata black belt title.
Alaska State Karate Championship
Spenard Recreation Center
Team results -- 1) Tanaka's Martial Arts Academy; 2) Tanaka's Martial Arts Academy - Mat-Su Dojo; 3) Alaska Jujitsu & Kenpo Institute.
Kata division winners
Men's black belt (16 or older) -- 1) Vassar Bradford; 2) Christopher Hodgin; 3) Austin Mahan. Women's black belt (16 or older) -- 1) Adale Sanders.
Free fighting winners
Men's black belt -- 1) Vassar Bradford; 2) Tadashi Tanaka; 3) Tsukasa.
Verrier burns up ice
Adam Verrier blazed his way to a sweep of all four races last weekend at the Alaska Speedskating Club's long-track races at Cuddy Midtown Park.
Verrier won a 1,500, 1,000, 500 and 200-meter race. Otto Gilbert finished second in each of the races.
Alaska Speedskating Club
Cuddy Midtown Park
1,000 meters -- 1) Adam Verrier 1:49.75; 2) Otto Gilbert 1:51.25; 3) Game McGimsey 1:54.65; 4) Chuck Gilbert 2:11.76; 5) Kevin Dougherty 2:20.8; 6) Michael Fischetti 2:34.4; 7) Jim Anderson 2:43.9.
500 meters -- 1) Verrier 49.22; 2) O. Gilbert 49.58; 3) McGimsey 51.74; 4) C. Gilbert 1:01.37; 5) Steven Besegt 1:07.6; 6) Fischetti 1:09.48; 7) Dougherty 1:10.13; 8) Michael Stoddard* 1.13.35.
200 meters -- 1) Verrier 21.98; 2) O. Gilbert 22.3; 3) McGimsey 23.35; 4) C. Gilbert 26.51; 5) Besegt 28.7; 6) Stoddard* 28.97; 7) Dougherty 29.47; 8) Fischetti 31.09; 9) Anderson 33.09.
1,500 meters 1) Verrier 2:40.18; 2) O. Gilbert 2:46.4; 3) McGimsey 3:12.07; 4) C. Gilbert 3:19.9; 5) Besegt 3:24.1; 6) Fischetti 3:38.7; 7) Dougherty 3:46.55; 8) Anderson 4:03.1; 9) Stoddard* 4:18.28
Dirty Polli's triumph
The Dirty Polli's easily handled the Devil's Club last weekend to pick up its second win of the roller derby season, a 135-90 romp at the Dena'ina Center.
Valerie Spang led the undefeated Dirty Polli's with 66 points.