One defending state champion impressed while another faltered Thursday in the opening round of Doc Larson's Roundball Classic in Wasilla.
The three-time defending state champion Wasilla girls and a boys team from Maryland both made strong opening statements. Wasilla capitalized on Juneau turnovers in a 50-28 romp, while Archbishop Spalding cruised to a 71-44 win over East, the defending Class 4A boys state champions.
In other games, the Soldotna girls stopped Galena 48-39. The Wasilla boys played Lathrop in the late game.
The Wasilla girls used Shayla Johnson's 17 points and five assists to stop Juneau, which was led by Kaitlin Fagerstrom's 14 points.
The Warriors lost the rebounding battle 39-36 but more than made up for it by committing almost half as many turnovers as Juneau, 33-17.
Archbishop, which boasts Rudy Gay of the NBA's Sacramento Kings as an alum, got a game-high 20 points from Jordan Grant. Grant hit 8 of 11 shots, including two 3-pointers.
Desmond Johnson was the only East player to score in double-figures, hitting for 13 to go with a team-high six rebounds and four assists.
The Soldotna girls got 13 points from Katelynn Kirkvliet and 12 from Kelci Benson in their win over Galena. Galena was led by Shaina Burley's 14 points, and Kameron Reitan's 11.
Doc Larson's Roundball Classic
2:30 p.m. -- Soldotna vs. Juneau
6 p.m. -- Galena vs. Wasilla
4:15 p.m. -- Archbishop vs. Lathrop
7:45 p.m. -- East vs. Wasilla
West Valley 58, Dimond 56
A monster game from Ruthy Hebard was just enough to lead the West Valley girls basketball team to a 58-56 win over Dimond on Thursday in the Joe Floyd Tournament in Kodiak.
Hebard, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, finished with 23 points, 18 rebounds, five blocks, three steals and three assists, helping the Wolfpack come back from a three-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter. Carlee Marques added 18 points for West Valley.
Rohyn Huss shined for the Lynx, depositing 23 points and hauling in 13 rebounds to go with six assists and three steals. Tara Thompson contributed 13 points and Nikki Forrey hit for 12 on 4 of 5 shooting.
Rash back for tourney
Sean Rash, the reigning bowler of the year in the Professional Bowlers Association, will host his annual youth bowling tournament Friday at Jewel Lake Bowl.
Registration for the Sean Rasg Stars of the Future tournament is at 9 a.m., with competition beginning at 10 a.m.
Rash, who is in the running to repeat as the PBA's top bowler, will also appear at an Alaska Youth Scholarship bowling tournament Sunday in Wasilla for a question-and-answer session at 9 a.m.
On the same day, Rash will appear on ESPN in the tape-delayed finals of the World Bowling Tour. Rash is the tournament's top qualifier.
SLED DOG RACING
Rasey starts with win
Kris Rasey was the top musher in the first points race of the Alaskan Sled Dog Racing Association's season, the New Year's Day races at Tozier Track.
Rasey won the eight-dog division, completing an eight-mile race in 26 minutes, 9 seconds -- 20 seconds ahead of Kourosh Partow (26:29). Morgan Summers, who raced with seven dogs, was third at 27:49.
Alaskan Sled Dog Racing Association
New Year's Day races
At Tozier Track
Points race No. 1
Eight dogs (eight miles) -- 1) Kris Rasey, 26:09; 2) Kourosh Partow, 26:29; 3) Morgan Summers, 27:49; 4) Mari Wood, 28:24; 5) Dalton Baines, 28:58; 6) John Wood, 33:08; 7) Dan Kaushagen, 34:00. Six dogs (six miles) -- 1) Kim Wells, 18:24; 2) Alea Robinson, 20:07; 3) Kourosh Partow, 20:31; 4) Susan Selzer, 21:21; 5) Amy Maclean, 21:23; 6) Katie Wood, 23:27. Four dogs (four miles) -- 1) Pam Schamber, 11:09; 2) Kathy Faryniarz, 11:26; 3) Kris Rasey, 11:56; 4) Norm Hayashi, 12:17; 5) Steve Cole, 12:27; 6) Deb Summers, 12:37. Three dogs (2.3 miles) -- 1) Cheryl Cunningham, 9:19; 2) Kittie Wellman, 9:49; 3) Lois Rockcastle, 10:06; 4) Annie Grenier, 10:50; 5) Helena Wisniewski, 11:12; 6) Amy Engeberg, 11:13; 7) Katie Van Duine, 21:28.
Junior points race
Seven dogs (eight miles) -- 1) Andy Noble, 27:23. Five dogs (six miles) -- 1) Nick Cole, 20:12; 2) Zada Maruskie, 21:22; 3) Katie Diets, 25:30. Three dogs (four miles) -- 1) Tyler Christensen, 14:23; 2) Zach Maruskie, 14:37; 3) Beth McCullough, 22:54; 4) Aila Berrigan, 24:55. Two dogs (2.3 miles) -- 1) John Wellmann, 9:44; 2) Carmen Parsons, 9:56; 3) Sophie Bacon, 10:13; 4) Mia Anderson, 10:57; 5) Chloe Beveridge, 11:47; 6) Joe Christensen, 13:25; 7) Shannon Wellmann, 14:14.
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