Alaska sports digest for Feb. 1

Christianson medals again

Kieffer Christianson of Anchorage climbed the victory podium for the second day in a row Friday in Vail, Colo.

Christianson grabbed third place in a Nor-Am giant slalom race, missing silver by .03 of a second. The result came one day after he collected the first Nor-Am victory of his career.

Ford Swette of Canada won with a two-run time of 2 minutes, 8.60 seconds. Sasha Saitsoff of Canada was second in 2:08.79, with Christianson taking the bronze medal in 2:08.82.

Nor-Am racing is one level below World Cup racing.



Dusser paces UAA

Marine Dusser led the UAA ski team by placing seventh Friday in a classic-technique nordic race at the University of New Mexico Invitational in Red River, N.M.

It was the fifth straight race in which Dusser paced the Seawolves; in each of her four previous races, she cracked the top five.

Joining her in the top 20 of the women's 5-kilometer were freshmen Patricia Sprecher in 12th place and Sarah Freistone in 17th place.

In the men's 5-K, Lukas Ebner tied for 14th place. Viktor Brannmark placed 18th and Lasse Molgaard-Nielsen was 20th.



Thunder Mountain 61, Service 28

Sarah Morris and Ashley Young both scored 15 points Friday to spur Thunder Mountain's 61-28 nonconference win at Service.

The visitors from Juneau placed four players in double figures.

Service got seven points from Kyla Pearce and six apiece from Alyssa Nanez and Tatiyanna Venable.

On Thursday, Morris poured in 25 points in a 51-43 victory over host Houston.



Gibcus honored

UAA senior Liam Gibcus was recognized as one of the top five student-athletes of the NCAA Division II West Region on Friday. He was named to the Capital one Academic All-District 8 Men's Basketball Team, which recognizes the combination of good work on the court and in the classroom.

The civil engineering major is carrying a 3.80 GPA while leading the Seawolves in rebounding and shooting percentage. The 6-foot-10 center from Lysterfield, Australia pulls in 6.3 boards per game and is shooting 59.1 percent. He also averages 11.1 points, the third-highest average on the team.

The Capital One all-district teams are voted on by sports information directors throughout the NCAA's eight geographical districts.



Johnson wins main event

Anchorage's Chris Johnson won Thursday Night at the Fight's main event Thursday at the Egan Center, defeating Anchorage's Orlando Nelson with a third-round decision.

Daniel Waters, a 59-year-old from Michigan, won a bout for the second straight week. He took out 23-year-old Carlos Martinez of Anchorage by technical knockout.


Thursday Night at the Fights results

Thomas Ide def. Justin Bleich, first-round TKO; Ethan O'Jala def. J'vonte Buster, first-round TKO; Daniel Waters def. Carlos Martinez, third-round TKO; Cameron Crawford def. Mauola Fasio, third-round decision; Johnny Taunton def. Joshua Luther, third-round decision; Anetelea Opetaia def. Orlando Laws, first-round KO; Chris Johnson def. Orlando Nelson, third-round decision.