Alaska Sports Digest: March 23


Randall retains 3rd overall

Anchorage's Kikkan Randall finished 19th in a 10-kilometer classic race in Falun, Sweden, on Saturday, and she remains third overall in the women's World Cup nordic ski standings entering Sunday's pursuit race, which doubles as the final race in a four-race mini-tour and as the final World Cup race this season.

Randall in the overall standings leads a trio of Norwegians -- she tops Kristin Stoermer Stiera by 112 points, Heidi Weng by 133 points and Marit Bjornsen, Saturday's race winner, by 170 points.

"It's going to be a real battle (Sunday) for me to score enough points to stay ahead of both Bjoergen and Weng,'' Randall said in an email "I would love to hang on for third place overall. I must fight for every place.''

Bjoergen won Saturday in 28 minutes, 6.7 seconds. Randall clocked 29:26.9.

Anchorage's Holly Brooks finished 39th (30:47.6) and Rosie Brennan finished 43rd (31:11.5). Randall, Brooks and Brennan all train with Alaska Pacific University's Nordic Ski Center.

Randall, a three-time Olympian and the most decorated women's skier in American history, recently wrapped up her second consecutive World Cup sprint title.



Americans play for bronze

The Team USA rink that features Jessica Schultz of Anchorage will play Sunday for the bronze medal in the 2013 World Women's Curling Championship in Riga, Latvia.

The Americans fell 7-6 to Canada in a playoff game Saturday and will face the Canadians for the bronze after Canada lost 8-7 to Scotland in a playoff game.

Team USA is 7-6. Canada is 9-4. Scotland and Sweden will play Sunday for the gold medal.



Lebby wins downhill

Stephanie Lebby dominated the girls downhill Saturday at Alyeska Ski Resort, topping the field by more than one second.

Lebby clocked 1 minute, 16.10 seconds to beat runner-up Molly Leavens (1:17.23) and third-place Isabella Wright (1:17.39).

The boys downhill was postponed. Weather permitting, the boys will race two downhills Sunday and the girls will compete in one downhill.


Saturday's girls downhill, Alyeska Ski Resorts

Top 10 -- 1) Stephanie Lebby, USAT, 1:16.10; 2) Molly Leavens, USAT, 1:17.23; 3) Isabella Wright, USAT, 1:17.39; 4) Sarah Powell, ASC, 1:18.01; 5) Alexandria Oseland, PNSA, 1:18.93; 6) Ella Pepin, PNSA, 1:20.25; 7) Amanda Lundgren, ASC, 1:20.34; 8) Frances Ruth Carlisle, ASC, 1:20.57; 9), Ashley Lodmell, PNSA, 1:20.89; 10) Callie Dahlberg, PNSA, 1:21.00.



Dimond 2, South 0

The Lewis sisters took care of the scoring and Katelyn Sweeney racked the shutout in goal Saturday, when the Dimond girls soccer team beat South, 2-0, in a Cook Inlet Conference match at The Dome.

Aaliyah Lewis scored in the 32nd minute and Ariela Lewis scored on a corner kick in the 47th minute.


West 12, Bartlett 0

Maya McPherson, Alex Susich, Abby Fisher and Samantha Manzer scored two goals each Saturday to propel West to a 12-0 victory over Bartlett in a CIC girls soccer match at The Dome.

Also scoring for the Eagles were Daleanna Charoensook, Sofia Jepson, Kayle Blackmore and Morgan Heppner. Mia Keyser earned the shutout.


Chugiak 2, Service 2

Service rallied for two goals late in the second half Saturday to forge a 2-2 tie with Chugiak in a girls CIC soccer match at The Dome.

Ashleigh Sitz and Alexis Day scored for Chugiak.


Eagle River 4, East 0

Shayna Wolery scored a hat trick to lead Eagle River (1-1) past East 4-0 on Saturday at The Dome. Gaby Mordini also scored for the Wolves.