Alaska sports in brief: Yukon Quest route change; UAA hoops; girls hockey

ERIC ENGMAN/Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

The Yukon Quest will be 50 miles shorter than usual this year, the result of a decision to remove American Summit from the trail.

Trailbreakers said portions of the stretch over the 3,420-foot pass between Eagle and Dawson City are impassable. The trail will be rerouted so that it proceeds director down the Yukon River from Eagle to Dawson City, race marshal Doug Grilliot said on the race's website.

The race, usually 1,000 miles between Fairbanks and Whitehorse, Yukon, begins Saturday in Fairbanks.

Nineteen mushers -- the smallest field in history -- are set to compete.


GNAC honors Thompson

UAA junior Travis Thompson is the co-player of the week for men's basketball in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

A 6-foot-1 guard from Dimond High, Thompson scored 56 points in road victories over the Western Oregon, 92-58, and Saint Martin's, 79-78.

His combined totals included 52.6 percent shooting from 3-point range (10 of 19) and 93.3 from the foul line (14 of 15), and in the Saint Martin's game, he drew a victory-sealing charge with seven seconds left.

Thompson shared the award with Central Washington's Mark McLaughlin.

Thompson and the Seawolves play twice on the road this week, with both games at unusual times. They face Simon Fraser on Thursday at 4:15 p.m. AST and they play Western Washington on Saturday at 8 p.m. Saturday's late tipoff accommodates the ROOT Sports schedule, which is televising the game (GCI channel 36 in Anchorage).


Goalies shine

Dimond-West goaltender Megan Hunt stopped 19 shots and Chugiak-Eagle River's Arika Mercer made 12 saves Monday when those teams tied 1-1 at Ben Boeke Arena in the round-robin portion of a girls hockey tournament.

Sam Perez opened the scoring for Chugiak-Eagle River in the second period, scoring off Tara Lee's assist.

Just 50 seconds later, Dimond-West's Avery Dunn converted Kendra Robbins' pass to forge a 1-1 tie against the team coached by her father, Mike Dunn.


Associated Press