Alaska sports digest for Feb. 22


Seawolves tied for fourth

Three UAA skiers and three Anchorage skiers who compete for Montana State posted top-10 finishes Friday at the NCAA West Regional Championships at Bohart Ranch in Bozeman, Mont.

The Seawolves share fourth place with Denver halfway through the meet. Colorado, which boasted both winners Friday, leads with 255 points. UAA has 188.

For UAA, Marine Dusser placed fourth and Patricia Sprecher ninth in the women's 5-kilometer classic race and Lukas Ebner took fifth in the men's in a 10-K classic race.

Colorado's Joanne Reid won the women's race in 16 minutes, 35.9 seconds. Dusser clocked 17:03.8 to top the UAA women for the ninth time this season. Sprecher posted 17:35.5, Karina Smith was 17th (18:13.4), Sarah Freistone was 24th (18:32.6) and Cara McCulloch 28th (19:33.5).

Anchorage's Jessica Yeaton, skiing for Montana State, was eighth in 17:26.8.

Rune Oedegaard winning the men's race in 28:15.3. Ebner clocked 29:08.0, followed by teammates Viktor Braennmark in 15th (29:53.7), Galen Johnston in 26th (32:38.4), Brandon Brewster 28th (32:53.6) and Davis Dunlap 29th (33:07.6).

David Norris of Fairbanks took fourth place for Montana State in 29:05.3, and Andrew Dougherty of Anchorage came in sixth at 29:16.8 for Denver.


Tour deadlines approach

Racers have until 10 p.m. Sunday to register online for the Tour of Anchorage nordic ski races. Registration can be completed at

Racers can also register in person at two bib and chip pickups next week at the Moseley Sports Center on the Alaska Pacific University campus. Pickups are 3-7 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday.

Out-of-town racers in the 25-kilometer event can pick up their bibs and chips on race day, Sunday, March 3, from 8-9 a.m. at the Moseley Center. Racers competing in the 40-K and 50-K can pick up bibs and chips at the Service High cafeteria beginning at 8 a.m. on race day.

For more information, go to



Ojalo takes main event

Sitka's Ethan Ojalo won the main event at Thursday Night at the Fights at the Egan Center, taking out Anchorage's Chris Johnson with a second-round technical knockout.

Hampton Miller of Connecticut provided the night's only knockout, defeating Maine's Matthew McDaniel in the second round of the night's first fight.


Thursday Night at the Fights

Hampton Miller def. Matthew McDaniel, second-round KO; Isaac Ula def. Justin Williams, first-round stoppage by referee; Mauola Fasio def. Taylor Samse, third-round decision; Yaneisy Vinas def. Nalena Leong, third-round decision; Tim Field def. Gabriel Rivera, third-round decision; Cody Rice def. Ricky Lokeni, third-round decision; Ethan Ojalo def. Chris Johnson, second-round TKO.



Induction is Tuesday

Two people, an event and a moment will be inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday. The ceremony is at the Anchorage Museum auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

Sitka basketball player Herb Didrickson and Fairbanks football coach Buck Nystrom are among the inductees. The Equinox Marathon will be inducted as an event, and two moments will be enshrined -- Chris Clark's Olympic trials marathon victory and Les Anderson's world-record king salmon.

Director's Awards will also be presented, to Fairbanks Goldpanners general manager Don Dennis, West High wrestler Paul Tandy, the Nunaka Valley girls softball team and Bartlett graduate Mario Chalmers of the Miami Heat.

Parking is available in the museum parking garage until the lot is full. Large-screen viewing, seating and catering in the museum atrium will accommodate overflow attendance.



ACS 61, Seward 44

Dallas Dickerson's 31 points powered a 61-44 win for the Anchorage Christian girls basketball team Thursday against visiting Seward.

Dickerson scored 12 in the fourth quarter, helping ACS outscore Seward 18-9 in the final frame. Sarah Gaegel pumped in 17 points for the Lions.

Jasmine Perea and Tessa Adelmann kept Seward within striking distance through three quarters, Perea notching 19 points and Adelmann contributing 14.


Nikiski 48, Grace 23

The Nikiski girls basketball team roared past host Grace Christian on Friday, turning in a 48-23 victory behind 14 points from Sienna Wallis.

Rachel Thompson and Taylor Hollowag each scored nine for Nikiski, with Emily Lynch and Alyssa Darch each contributing seven.

Ginny Dupea led Grace with eight points and Madison Lash chipped in seven.


Wasilla 54, Kodiak 43

A big second quarter sent the Wasilla girls basketball team to a 54-43 victory over visiting Kodiak on Friday.

Kyla Dinkel scored 13 points and Alexis Imoe notched 12 for the Warriors, who put together a 22-9 run in the second quarter and led by 13 at halftime.

Hannah Wandersee led Kodiak with 14 points, and Megan Pyles tossed in 11 points to go with a game-high eight rebounds.

On Thursday, Kodiak's Carissa Cannon scored all of her game-high 18 points in the first three quarters to help the Bears beat host Grace Christian 58-18.

Hannah Wandersee added 15 and Adriane Horn pitched in 12 for Kodiak. Mikayla Shamburger led Grace with six points.



Grace 62, Nikiski 39

Three players hit double-digit scoring totals for Grace Christian on Friday, leading the Grizzlies to a 62-39 boys basketball win over visiting Nikiski.

Josh Thomas led Grace with 12 points, with Eric Johnson and Luke Offord each kicking in 10.

Nikiski's Seth Carstens led all scorers with 18 points.

ACS 86, Seward 38

All 10 players scored for the Anchorage Christian boys basketball team in Friday’s 86-38 win over visiting Seward. 

Calvin Hoffman led a quartet of double-digit scorers for ACS, hitting for 20 points. Jalen Terry pumped in 17 for the Lions, with Nate Simmers and Gus Simmers each pitching in 10. 

Jeff Buchanan paced Seward with 13.


Anchorage Daily News