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UAA women have a shot at filling the heptathlon podium after their opening-day performances Monday in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Multi Championships landed them in the top three spots through four of seven events.

Karolin Anders, a five-time All-American in multi-events, leads the Seawolves trio after racking 3,071 points at St. Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington.

Anders is 228 points ahead of teammate and fellow junior Rosie Smith (2,843 points). UAA senior Haleigh Lloyd is tied for third with 2,777 points.

Meanwhile, UAA junior Travis Turner sits third in the men’s decathlon with 3,328 points through five of 10 events.

The Multi meet wraps Tuesday...

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The Alaska Aces next season will play the most diverse schedule in their ECHL history and travel farther than they have in 12 previous campaigns on the minor-league hockey circuit.

The Aces will play 15 different opponents in the 28-team league, the most in their history, surpassing the 13 opponents they played in their debut season in 2003-04.

And they will twice journey to the Eastern Time Zone, marking the first time since 2010 they have headed that far east in the regular season.

By comparison, the Aces this past season played just six different opponents and never traveled farther than the Mountain Time Zone...

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By definition, UAA multi-event track and field standout Cody Thomas is a man of many talents, possessed with speed, strength and athleticism that have earned him abundant rewards.

Friday night, he added another significant honor to his portfolio.

The junior from New Zealand, who in the last year has captured two All-America awards and twice ruled conference meets, was named the Bill MacKay Athlete of the Year.

Thomas’ award marked the third consecutive year an athlete from coach Michael Friess’ track team and/or cross-country running team has seized the honor. He's the fourth such athlete to bag the title in the last five years...

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Whether you’re running, hiking or biking in bear country -- and in Alaska, that covers nearly everywhere -- think of yourself as that needy person at a party who desperately craves the spotlight.

Talk loudly. Gesticulate. Demand attention. Just get all me-me-me.

While such behavior is just sad at a party, it could prevent a bear encounter in the backcountry. And it links to what Grant Hilderbrand, a regional wildlife biologist for the National Park Service, calls the Golden Rule: Do not surprise a bear.

“If we do this, we can avoid about 90 percent-plus of bear encounters,’’ Hilderbrand said...

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The Fairbanks Ice Dogs, reigning NAHL champions and angling for their third crown in the last five seasons, cleaned up on the NAHL awards front Thursday.

Forward Chandler Madry, who finished second on the circuit in scoring, was named All-Midwest Division and the division MVP after bagging 22-55--77 totals and a +15 rating in 60 games. He also earned 13-21--34 totals on the power play, which led the circuit in man-advantage points and placed him tied for second in power-play goals and assists. Madry, 19, of Denver, is committed to Minnesota State Mankato...

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UAA on Wednesday announced a volleyball recruit in Oregon prep player Kyla Militante-Amper, and it turns out her earlier recruiting trip here and eventual fall arrival on campus will be the least of her journeys.

That’s because the school also announced the Seawolves will embark on the program’s first preseason tour with a trip to Europe in August.

UAA coach Chris Green said the team will visit the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia and Italy, and likely play five scrimmage matches on the trip...

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Another Western Hockey League postseason, another deep run for the Portland Winterhawks, who include over-age defenseman Josh Hanson of Eagle River.

All the Winterhawks have done in Hanson's four previous seasons is go the Finals in all four seasons, winning the title in 2013. And now the Winterhawks are about to begin the Western Conference Finals against the Kelowna Rockets after beating the Seattle Thunderbirds in six games and the Everett Silvertips in five games...

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Forward Kenny Hausinger and defenseman Christian Hausinger of Anchorage were honored Wednesday, when the NAHL released its All-Rookie Teams.

Kenny Hausinger, who finished fourth in league scoring after bagging 25-43--68 totals in 57 games with the Odessa Jackalopes, was voted First-Team All-Rookie in balloting by league head coaches, and he was also named to the South Division All-Rookie Team.

Christian Hausinger was voted Second-Team All-Rookie and South Division All-Rookie after furnishing Odessa with 7-24--31 totals in 59 games.

The brothers are Sacred Heart commits.

Also, forward Ryner Gorowsky of the Fairbanks Ice Dogs was named Second-Team All-Rookie and Midwest Division All-Rookie. He delivered 13-31--44 totals in 57 games.

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Heading into the last month of the NCAA Division II track and field season, the UAA men’s and women’s teams are both ranked nationally, and 20 Seawolves athletes have delivered marks that could qualify them for the national championships.

Those 20 athletes have hit a combined 30 qualifying marks, with seven women and three men securing qualifiers in two events each.

One of the marks is an automatic qualifier -- senior Franz Burghagen’s javelin throw of 224 feet, 10 inches ranks second in the nation in Division II.

Automatic qualifying marks earn an athlete a guaranteed berth in the national championships, which are scheduled for May 21-23 in Allendale, Michigan...

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We've covered most of this ground before, but there was an intriguing nugget in the UAA press release today about the hockey team's incoming class of seven -- five forwards and two defensemen.

You can read the rundown on all those recruits here ...

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