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Alaska sports digest for March 2


Chythlook-Sifsof sixth

On a sun-baked course full of wet, rutted snow, Girdwood's Callan Chythlook-Sifsof finished sixth Saturday in a women's snowboardcross race in Park City, Utah, part of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association's U.S. Sprint Grand Prix.

The sketchy conditions tripped up all the women, including Chythlook-Sifsof, in a quarterfinal heat. She stumbled and fell 10 feet from the finish line, denying her a shot at the final heat and forcing her to settle for sixth.

Faye Gulini of Salt Lake City led from start to finish in the final heat, winning the event for the second straight year.


Stephen leads U.S.

Liz Stephen led the U.S. Women's Ski Team on Saturday, finishing 16th in a 30-K classic race at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Val Di Fiemme, Italy.

Temperatures near 60 degrees made for slow race conditions, but Stephen, of Vermont, maintained a top-20 position throughout.

Ida Sargent, also from Vermont, claimed 25th place for the U.S. women, capping an historic week that included Anchorage's Kikkan Randall and Minnesota's Jessie Diggins teaming to win America's first world championship in a team sprint.


Kodiak 49, Dimond 45

Hannah Wandersee's game-high 17 points spurred the Kodiak girls basketball team to a 49-45 nonconference win over visiting Dimond on Saturday.

A big second quarter put Kodiak up 23-14 at halftime, and the Bears hung on for the win despite being outscored in each of the last two periods. Sarah Ng tossed in 10 points for Kodiak, and Megan Pyles secured a game-high nine rebounds.

Dimond's Karenna Liggon and Ione Fischer each contributed 11 points and Aminata Cole led the Lynx with eight rebounds.

Wasilla 58, Lathrop 37

Three players scored in double figures Saturday to propel the Wasilla girls basketball team to a 58-37 win over visiting Lathrop.

Kyla Dinkel led the Warriors with 17 points, Alysha Devine racked 14 and Savannah Burke chipped in 13 on 4 of 6 shooting. Dinkel and Devine each posted double-doubles, reeling in 10 and 13 rebounds, respectively.

Lathrop's Ruthy Hebard led all scorers with 18 points and Jasmine White added 13.


Lathrop 54, Wasilla 53

Everett Green racked a double-double Saturday to help the Lathrop boys edge host Wasilla 54-53 in a high school basketball game.

Green pumped in a team-high 16 points to go with 12 rebounds for the Malemutes, who trailed by six after three quarters and closed on a 20-13 run in the fourth quarter. Tremon Washington recorded 15 points and Kyle Carlson hit for 12.

Dane Kuiper put together a monstrous game for Wasilla, racking game highs with 26 points and 17 rebounds. Cash McGregor kicked in 12 points and eight rebounds for the Warriors.


Opetaia wins

Antelelea Opetaia won the main event of Thursday Night at the Fights at the Egan Center, taking down Abel Perry by three-round decision.

Opetaia, of America Samoa, weighed in at 240 pounds. Perry, of Anchorage, was more than 60 pounds lighter at 177 pounds.

Thursday Night at the Fights


David Montoya def. Teddy Whitman, third-round decision; Mauola Fasio def. Eric Evon, third-round decision; Ken Heaps def. Austin Curato, referee stopped contest in third round; Cameron Crawford def. John Martin, third-round decision; Hampton Miller def. Luke Wilde, third-round decision; Cordero Gonzales def. Tommy McMichael, referee stopped contest in second round; Antelelea Opetaia def. Abel Perry, third-round decision.

Anchorage Daily News