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More than one tactic exists to win a distance race, as Bartlett’s Fiona Pedrick and Dimond’s Chandler Lokanin proved Friday afternoon in seizing Cook Inlet Conference titles in the 3,200 meters.

Pedrick, a junior, and Lokanin, a senior, employed two classic gambits. Pedrick immediately went to the lead, pushed the pace and dictated the race to capture her first conference girls title. Lokanin patiently followed pace-setting Derek Steele for seven laps before unleashing a last-lap kick to repeat as the boys champion of the longest race in high school track...

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With one event left in the heptathlon at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday, five-time All-America Karolin Anders sat in largely unfamiliar territory – on the outside looking in.

The UAA junior was in ninth place, one place and 82 points removed from the All-America status that goes to the top eight athletes. All that remained was the 800 meters, the final of seven draining events contested over two days in Allendale, Michigan.

With 300 meters left in the 800, Anders found herself in taxing territory, racing alone, stuck in no-man’s land between one group of runners perhaps 15 meters in front of her and another roughly an equal distance behind her...

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As a sophomore last season, Dominik Notz was all-Great Northwest Athletic Conference in the 10,000 meters, yet his fastest time left him well short of qualifying for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the longest race on the meet docket.

“Not even on the radar, not even close,’’ said UAA coach Michael Friess.

But after a year of increased mileage, quality training and precision focus, Notz on Thursday claimed All-America status when he placed fourth in the 10,000 at the national meet in Allendale, Michigan.

Notz, a junior from Germany, clocked 30 minutes, 1.43 seconds...

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Impressive award today for goaltender Eric Schierhorn of Anchorage -- he's USA Hockey's Dave Peterson Goaltender of the Year, which goes to the top U.S. goalie at the international, pro, college or junior level.

Schierhorn, 19, who is ticketed for the University of Minnesota, helped propel the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the USHL Finals. In the regular season, he went 26-13-4 with a 2.51 goals-against average and .927 save percentage. In the playoffs, he went 6-6-0, 3.19, .915.

Schierhorn also shined on the international stage, backstopping, the U.S. Junior Select Team to the championship of the World Junior A Challenge. He merely went 3-0-0 with a 0.97 goals-against average, .959 save percentage and one shutout, all of which merited an all-tournament selection...

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Tampa Bay Lightning veteran defenseman Matt Carle of Anchorage is listed as day-to-day after he absorbed a wicked collision midway through the first period of his club's 6-5 overtime victory against the New York Rangers on Wednesday night, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Coach John Cooper told the Times he had no update on Carle, who the Lightning said suffered an upper-body injury.

Carle, 30, who has played a combined 764 NHL regular-season and playoff games, collided chest-to-chest with Rangers center Derek Stepan in the neutral zone about 10 minutes into the game. He was knocked to the ice, used his stick as a lever to get back on his skates and struggled to get to the bench for a change as New York's Jesper Fasth scored on a breakaway...

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WASILLA -- At 47, long after a 15-year professional career propelled him tantalizingly, frustratingly close to the PGA Tour, Rob Nelson of Anchorage still has a little magic left in his golf bag.

Still, Nelson figures his time has passed. That’s why even as he savored success Wednesday afternoon in a local qualifier for the U.S. Open, Nelson said he was all but certain he would make a gesture that could boost the career of a young amateur from Idaho.

Nelson fired a 4-under 67 at Settlers Bay Golf Course in Wasilla to win the qualifier by one stroke over Derek Bayley of Rathdrum, Idaho, and earn the right to advance to sectional qualifying in the Lower 48...

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Garry Nunn's hockey life has certainly picked up since he was traded to the ECHL's Ontario Reign from Gwinnett late in the regular season, and the speedy winger is flourishing in the Kelly Cup playoffs.

Nunn scored the opening goal Monday night in Ontario's 3-0 win at Allen, which squared the best-of-7 Western Conference Finals at one apiece -- Allen thumped Ontario 8-2 in Sunday's opener -- and seized home-ice advantage for the Reign. Nunn has scored a goal in both games of the series...

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A year after UAA athletes delivered five All-American performances for the second straight season, the Seawolves this week head to the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Michigan.

Eleven Seawolves -- seven women, four men -- were granted entry into the meet in Allendale, which opens Thursday and runs through Saturday...

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The Alaska School Activities Association and Anchorage School District on Monday declared Bartlett’s boys soccer team a 1-0 forfeit winner over Service after Saturday’s high school match was halted in the first half following red cards -- ejections -- issued to two Service coaches.

ASAA executive director Billy Strickland said the decision was based on National Federation of State High School Association soccer rules, which require ejected coaches to immediately leave the vicinity of the playing field.

“That’s pretty consistent with all ejections of coaches, regardless of the sport," Strickland said...

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UAA has declared a squad of 23 athletes – 14 men and nine women – for individual events and one men’s relay team for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships later this month in Allendale, Michigan.

Among those Seawolves are 15 who Monday were honored as All-West Region selections after they finished either among the top five individuals in the region or as a member of a top-three relay team in the region.

As UAA prepares for the national championships May 21-23, seven Seawolves who have been declared for nationals have delivered times or marks that place them within the top 10 nationally in Division II...

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