Category: Briefs

April 12, 2017 Lauren Cuddihy

Lauren Cuddihy is a member of the UAA Seawolves Track and Field team.

With the loss of numerous prominent athletes from every team, the official National Collegiate Athletic Association signing period isn’t until mid to late April, depending on the sport, but coaches have been recruiting for quite a while and many already have very promising prospective athletes.

UAA guard Kiki Robertson takes a shot over Point Loma Guard Amy Ogren during the first round of the NCAA Division II Western Regional Championships on March 13, 2015 at the Alaska Airlines Center. Photo credit: Adam Eberhardt


Volleyball will be the first season to kick off the 2017-18 school year in August, two very prominent athletes used their remaining eligibility and won’t be returning. Morgan Hooe, the standout setter and team captain finished off her senior season.

Hooe was a very significant contributor to team for the past four years, racking up numerous awards and All-Americans, she will be followed by freshman Madison Fisher to take the place of setter on the team.

Erin Braun is the second loss the team will suffer, who had been a duo with Hooe for the past four years. Braun was a middle blocker for the team, successfully ending her career with numerous awards such as First Team All-GNAC, West Regional Championships All-Tournament and maintaining GNAC All-Academic for her entire collegiate career.

Head coach Chris Green confirmed that they had prospective athletes signing during the signing period in mid-April, but as of now no comment is allowed to be made until they sign.

Women’s Basketball:

Women’s basketball is another fortunate team, similar to volleyball, the team only loses three players, however, they happen to be three of the most successful.

The first to go is Alysha Devine, the Wasilla local and 6’0” forward has been a key component to the team for the past four years — even playing in all but one game her freshman season. The GNAC All-Academic and conference honorable mention leaves the team as being the fifth-leading scorer.

In addition, forward Autummn Williams and guard Kiki Robertson both depart their collegiate basketball career for UAA.

While this was only Williams first season and only season at UAA, Roberston has played and been a significant player for the past four years. Robertson also ended her career with 15 different awards and notable accomplishments during her career.

Again, head Coach Ryan McCarthy noted that although they have prospective athletes, due to NCAA regulations no specific information can be released.

“At this point we are unable to comment on anyone we have signed until the NCAA signing period for women’s basketball which is in mid-April. Once we do get everyone signed, which should be around May, we can comment publicly but due to NCAA rules, at this point in time we are unable to do so,” McCarthy said.

Men’s Basketball:

Of all the sports at UAA, men’s basketball is taking the second biggest hit, losing seven of their 16 current players. Included in these loses are guards Suki Wiggs, Diante Mitchell and Spencer Svejcar.

Wiggs produced top performances for UAA and earned numerous awards including First Team All-West region and USBWA National player of the week. He ended his career with an impressive 24.4 points per game average, good for fifth in all of NCAA Div. II.

Mitchell also ended the season with an honorable mention All-GNAC status as well as being All-Academic in the conference.

In addition, the team is losing forwards Travis Parrish, Corey Hammell, Tayler Thompson and Connor Devine.

Devine just started and finished his only season at UAA, after transferring from South Dakota State, but he proved to be a vital asset to the team. He was the fourth leading scorer, third leading rebounder and top shot blocker for the Seawolves.


Hockey also takes a very minimal loss, only four players of their current 27-player roster.

Defensemen and assistant captain Chase Van Allen finished off his fourth year of eligibility with the Seawolves, competing in the majority of games all four years. Van Allen played in all 34 games of his junior season, 31 of his sophomore season and 30 of his freshman season.

In addition, the team loses forward Dylan Hubbs, forward Brad Duwe and goalie Rasmus Reijola.

Hubbs and Duwe, similar to Van Allen, played in the majority of the games all four seasons.


The skiing teams, split into Nordic and alpine, look at a loss of only four players, but all of them belonging to the alpine side.

On the men’s side, Curtis McKillop and Hughston Norton depart after the 2017 season. McKillop made several NCAA Championship appearances in his career and was also named to the All-Academic ski team every year. Norton also managed to make NCAA championship appearances every year of his career.

On the women’s side, Katherine Lamoureux and Miranda Sheely both concluded their final collegiate season.


Although the gymnastics team is losing only three athletes, their roster is only topped off at 14 athletes total.

The first to depart is Nicole Larkin, who has made appearances in nearly every single meet since her freshman year and helping to contribute to several school records in team totals. Larkin made a significant contribution to the team, being co-captain for three years straight as well as being named to MPSF All-Academic team every year.

In addition, Brice Mizell and Kallie Randolph will not be returning after expiring their four-year eligibility. Both have also contributed to school records in overall team scores. Randolph produced some of the best floor scores in her time at UAA and earned several All-MPSF honors.

Head coach Paul Stoklos also confirmed that no athletes have officially signed until late April, but their team is expected to increase in size.

“It is out hope to sign three athletes and to add four walk-ons to bring our team size closer to 18 athletes,” Stoklos said.

Cross Country/Track and Field:

The last season of the year and the final team to compete contains members of the cross country and track and field team, who are still in competition until late May. Being one of the largest teams in the UAA program, it is also the team that loses the largest amount of athletes, at 14 after the commencement of their outdoor season.

On the men’s sprint team, only one athlete is being lost. Adam Commandeur, a prominent member of the men’s 4×400 sprint team and a successful 400m runner. For the men’s distance and cross country team, the Seawolves will lose six runners, including Joe Day (800m), Michael Mendenhall (mile, 3k, 5k), Philip Messina (mile, 3k, 5k), Jesse Miller (800, 5k), Michel Ramirez (5k, 10k) and Victor Samoei (3k, 5k, 10k).

In addition, the men’s team is losing a prominent jumper, Tevin Gladden. He holds the UAA record in high jump and holds several top jumps in the UAA record book for long jump and triple jump.

On the women’s sprint side, very prominent loses will be seen. Karolin Anders (heptathlon), Jamie Ashcroft (100m, 200m), Hayley Bezanson (200m, 400m), Alexia Blalock (jumps/hurdles) and Mary-Kathleen Cross (100m, 200m, 400m) will not be returning.

Three of them, Ashcroft, Cross and Bezanson, are a part of the 4x400m UAA record team. In addition, Ashcroft holds the UAA indoor and outdoor record in both the 100m and 200m and is a part of the 4x100m outdoor UAA record. Anders is currently finishing off her final outdoor season; she holds the UAA record in the indoor high, triple and long jump, as well as shot put and the pentathlon.

Dakayla Walters is another member of the track team not set to return. Walters competes in the shot put and discus, making appearances at numerous GNAC Championships.

With the departure of many talented athletes, teams will be adding many new faces to Seawolf athletics, finalized recruits added to teams will be announced by the end of April.

October 30, 2016 Jordan Rodenberger

On a day that will be remembered for the waiver request of both men’s and women’s skiing and indoor track, UAA volleyball had to block out any empathy or distractions and focus on hosting Montana State-Billings (4-19, 2-11).

Assorted athletes gathered at the game with supportive signs for their classmates and fellow student-athletes.

The Seawolves (23-2, 13-1) gave everyone something to cheer about. This may have been UAA’s most complete game front-to-back, as they sailed to 25-16, 25-11, 25-12 sweep over the Yellowjackets.

Thanks to clean executing throughout all three sets, the 11th-ranked Seawolves finished with a season-high .376 hitting percentage compared to MSUB’s .053.

Sophomore Chrisalyn Johnson set the tone with her sixth straight double-double, piling up 13 kills with 11 digs while also chipping in two aces and three block assists. Diana Fa’amausili added eight kills, Leah Swiss punched in seven, and Morgan Hooe and Erin Braun had six each.

Braun won her 92nd game in green and gold, tied for the most in school history with Jen Szcerbinski.

UAA has had the upper-hand on Billings in their last 14 meetings, dating back to 2009.

The Seawolves look to take advantage of some much-needed rest. They have just concluded four home games in seven days and will recoup for eight days before heading to Oregon to take on Concordia (12-8, 8-4) and Western Oregon (8-12, 5-8).

October 30, 2016 Jordan Rodenberger

This academic year will likely encompass the final collegiate seasons of skiing and indoor track and field in the state of Alaska, as a result of Strategic Pathways.

University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen released that the university system submitted a waiver request to the National Collegiate Athletic Association on Oct. 19 for the discontinuation of men’s and women’s Nordic and alpine skiing at UAA and UAF, and men’s and women’s indoor track and field at UAA.

Per NCAA rules, schools in Division II must be competing in a minimum of 10 sports. The request Johnsen and UA has submitted is to cut the number of sports at UAA from 13 to nine and from 10 to eight at UAF.

According to UAA Athletic Director Keith Hackett, this decision will slice off 42 percent of the athletic budget cuts required, contributing around $1.95 million toward the budget reduction.

In an email message to the university system on Oct. 27, Johnsen stressed that this decision has not been an easy one.

“I love everything about the competitive nature of sports, I respect the men and women who compete as a Nanook or a Seawolf,” Johnsen said. “I can promise that we will do everything we can to ease the transition we all will face.”

Approximately 95 athletes overall, not including the coaching and support stats, will be impacted by the waver request, if it is accepted by the NCAA, who will meet in November to determine the outcome of the request. If accepted, the proposal will then move to the Board of Regents for final approval.

November 19, 2012 Web Editor

UAA repels Regis rally, 70-67

ANCHORAGE Point guard Sasha King had another big game and forward Kylie Burns recorded her first career double-double Saturday to lead 22nd-ranked Alaska Anchorage to a 70-67 women’s basketball victory over Regis at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

The Seawolves (2-1) built a 22-point lead early in the second half and held on down the stretch to stop a furious rally by the Rangers (0-2).

Led by a career-high four steals from Burns, the Seawolves had 12 swipes and forced 24 turnovers, while committing only six of their own. King, a 5-6 senior, finished with a team-high 17 points and dished seven assists with no turnovers in 36 minutes.

After seeing their 45-23 lead shaved to 67-64 with under two minutes to play, Burns made the clinching play when she grabbed an offensive rebound and converted a layup with 1:14 on the clock. Regis guard Meghan Hollenga banked in a 30-foot three-pointer at the buzzer to account for the final score.


Seawolves overcome Shock, 71-58

ANCHORAGE Junior guard Colton Lauwers scored 11 of his career-high 16 points in the first half Thursday
as Alaska Anchorage built a 20-point halftime lead and recorded to a 71- 58 men’s basketball victory over Washington Adventist.

The Seawolves (3-0) also got 14 points on perfect shooting from junior guard Kyle Fossman, while senior forward Abebe Demissie tallied 12 points.

UAA scored the first five points and increased its lead to 32-10 on Mike MacKelvie’s jumper and a pair of technical free throws by Teancum Stafford at the 8:16 mark. The Seawolves led 41-21 at halftime and stretched their advantage as high as 53-25 early in the second half.

Lauwers topped his previous scoring high by one point, nailing 4 of 6 three-pointers and dishing a game- high five assists. Meanwhile, Fossman couldn’t miss, going 4 of 4 from the floor and 3 of 3 from both three-point land and the free-throw line. Demissie finished with 4-of-8 shooting, and Stafford reached double figures for the third straight game with 10 points.


Cross Country teams place in Championship

JOPLIN, Mo. – Powered by the men’s individual national title from senior Micah Chelimo and a runner- up women’s finish from junior Susan Tanui, the Alaska Anchorage men produced a program-best third- place result, while the women’s team finished sixth Saturday at the 2012 NCAA Div. II Cross Country Championships.

UAA has now competed in 16 NCAA races (9 men, 7 women), including consecutive appearances in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and now 2012.

The Seawolves, who also swept the GNAC Championships earlier this season, will go straight into UAA’s first Indoor Track & Field season.

June 3, 2011 Megan Edge

Kangogo takes the podium at NCAA’s

Junior Alfred Kangogo finalized a remarkable track & field season for Alaska Anchorage by claiming the Seawolves’ best finish at the 2011 NCAA Div. II Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday, with a third-place showing in the 1500 meters. Joining Kangogo with All-America honors was freshman Susan Bick in the 800 meters.

At Al Brenda Track, the Seawolves concluded the championships with five All-America honors, tying the most in program history. UAA also had five All-America honors in both 2010 and 2009.

Kangogo (of Eldoret, Kenya), who came back from a surgery in the fall that caused him to redshirt the cross country season, captured UAA’s only podium finish at the meet with a third-place finish in the 1500 meters. The USTFCCCA West Region Male Track Athlete of the Year, Kangogo registered a time of three minutes, 57.25 seconds for his second consecutive All-America honor in the event.

Finishing ahead of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Most Outstanding Male Performer was a pair of Adams State runner’s in winner Andrew Graham (3:56.03) and runner-up Ryan McNiff (3:56.76).

Bick, who entered the finals with the sixth-fastest time from the prelims, claimed All-America honors with an eighth-place finish in the 800 meters. The Anchorage (Bartlett HS) native and lone freshman in the finals was clocked at 2:17.21.

Competing in the women’s 1500 meters were freshman Ivy O’Guinn and junior Miriam Kipng’eno. A local of Soldotna (Skyview HS), O’Guinn wrapped up her first NCAA appearance with a ninth-place showing with a time of 4:32.59, while Kipng’eno, from Eldoret, Kenya, was 12th with a time of 4:38.81.

Concluding action for the Seawolves was sophomore Ruth Keino (Kapcheno, Kenya) and Kipng’eno in the 5,000 meters. Keino finished 14th with a time of 17:01.62, while Kipng’eno was 16th with a time of 17:10.97.

Collecting All-America honors on May 26 were senior David Registe (4th) in the long jump and Keino (8th) in the 10,000 meters, while sophomore Micah Chelimo earned his second career All-America honor in the 3,000-meter steeplechase on May 27 with a sixth-place result.

During the championships, the Seawolves snagged three school records. On Thursday, Keino secured the UAA record in the 10K with a time of 34:30.53, while Kipng’eno broke the 1500 meter record with a time of 4:30.36. On Friday, Bick broke her own record in the 800 meters in the prelim with a time of 2:10.69.

Keino and Bick became the first UAA women to register All-America honors since Kim Brady in 2008 and the first pair since Mandy Kaempf and Mary Pearce teamed-up in 2006.


Revision for the Mens shootout bracket

University of Alaska Anchorage athletic director Dr. Steve Cobb announced Thursday that the brackets for the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout have been revised.

New opening-round match-ups are now Murray State vs. host Alaska Anchorage and Dartmouth vs. San Francisco on Wed., Nov. 23, followed by Central Michigan vs. New Mexico State and UC Irvine vs. Southern Mississippi on Thur., Nov. 24.

The men’s portion of the 34th annual college basketball tournament is scheduled for Nov. 23-26 at Anchorage’s Sullivan Arena.

The Shootout is the longest-running regular-season college basketball tournament in the nation, taking place every Thanksgiving in Anchorage since 1978.


Sullivan Arena – Anchorage, Alaska

All times TBA (Alaska is 4 hours behind EST)

Men’s Schedule

Wednesday, Nov. 23 – First Round Murray State vs Alaska Anchorage ?Dartmouth vs San Francisco

Thursday, Nov. 24 – First Round Central Michigan vs New Mexico State ?UC Irvine vs Southern Mississippi

Friday, Nov. 25 – Consolation Semifinals & Semifinals MSU/UAA loser vs DC/USF loser ?CMU/NMSU loser vs UCI/USM loser?MSU/UAA winner vs DC/USF winner?CMU/ NMSU winner vs UCI/USM winner

Saturday, Nov. 26 7th/8th-place game ?4th/6th-place game?3rd/5th-place game?Championship game

Chelimo earns academic honor as well

Alaska Anchorage track & field standout Chelimo was named May 26, to the 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-District VIII Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country Team in the College Division.

The team, voted on by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America, recognizes the top 10 male student-athletes in terms of both academic and athletic accomplishment in eight different regions. The College Division encompasses NCAA Div. II, III and NAIA schools.

Chelimo, an engineering major with a 3.68 GPA, helped both the UAA men’s cross country and track & field teams to top-20 national finishes, gaining All-America honors in each sport. Last fall, he was UAA’s top runner at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, finishing 21st and leading the Seawolves to eighth in the nation.

As a member of the all-district team, Chelimo now advances to balloting for the Capital One Academic All-America Team.

To be eligible for the team, a student-athlete must a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his current institution. District VIII encompasses nine states – Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington – and two Canadian provinces.


Miriam Seale joins UAA women’s basketball

The Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team bolstered its frontcourt Wednesday as head coach Tim Moser announced the signing of Miriam Seale to a National Letter of Intent.

Seale, a 6-3 center, comes to UAA after a standout sophomore season at South Georgia Technical College in Americus, Ga., where she averaged 9.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 2010-11. The London native helped SGTC to a 29-4 overall record and a berth in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association title game as the Lady Jets were nationally ranked most of the season and finished as one of the top defensive teams in the country.

As a freshman, Seale played at junior-college power Midland (Texas) College, where she was a key reserve on the Chaparalls’ 31-5, Elite Eight squad in 2009-10.

Before coming to the United States, Seale was a one of the prep players in England, making that nation’s Under-16 and Under-18 National Teams.

Seale is the seventh signee for the Seawolves’ 2011-12 recruiting class.

Seale, who will become the first Englishwoman ever to suit up for UAA.

The Seawolves are coming off a 27-7 season in which they advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament 2nd Round and won the inaugural Great Northwest Athletic Tournament title.


May 20, 2011 Megan Edge

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Registe named Most Outstanding Male Performer Senior David Registe was named the Most Outstanding Male Performer May 14, 2011 at the conclusion of the 2011 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Track & Field Outdoor Championships, after posting a meet-record five titles at McArthur Field. On Day 2 of the championships, the Seawolves combined for seven GNAC…

May 12, 2011 Megan Edge

Haley Holmstead joins the UAA women’s basketball team
One of the nation’s top women’s basketball junior-college players has signed a NationalLetter of Intent with Alaska Anchorage as head coach Tim Moser announced May 11,that Utah native Haley Holmstead will join the Seawolves in 2011-12.

Holmstead, a 5-8 guard, spent the last two seasons at national power Salt LakeCommunity College, where she became just the 16th woman in NJCAA history to earnback-to-back First-Team All-America honors.

She was also the first woman to earn consecutive Scenic West Athletic ConferencePlayer-of-the-Year awards as SLCC won the regular-season league title both years.

Holmstead led the nation with 21.6 points per game as a freshman and ranked third asa sophomore with 23.6 ppg. The American Fork, Utah, native left SLCC with schoolrecords for points in a game (44), season (658) and career (1,328), while also settingnumerous free-throw marks, shooting 87 percent (400 of 462) from the stripe for hercareer.

At American Fork High School, Holmstead led her team to the 2009 Class 5A statetitle with a 22-2 record, earning MVP honors at the state tournament. She was the UtahGatorade Player of the Year as a senior and earned 5A MVP honors from both the SaltLake Tribune and Deseret News.??Holmstead is the fourth signee for the Seawolves’ 2011-12 recruiting class, joining fellow JC transfer Bruna Deichmann (5-9, G, Balneario-Camboriu, Brazil/Coll. of Eastern Utah) and incoming freshmen Jessica Madison (G,5-8, Port Angeles, Wash.) and Katie Richens (G, 5-8, Roosevelt, Utah/Union HS).??TheSeawolves are coming off a 27-7 season in which they advanced to the NCAA DivisionII Tournament 2nd Round and won the inaugural Great Northwest Athletic Tournament title.

UAA Mens Basketball signs Christian Leckband
Another of the state’s top high school basketball stars has chosen to play for theSeawolves as Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball head coach Rusty Osborne announcedTuesday that Nome’s Christian Leckband has signed a National Letter of Intent for the2011-12 campaign.

The 6-5, 185-pound forward was last year’s Alaska 3A Player of the Year and theWestern Conference MVP after posting 22.9 points and 9.0 rebounds per game andshooting 53 percent from the field, 43 percent on three-pointers and 80 percent at thefree-throw stripe.

Leckband helped the Nanooks to a 70-17 combined record and three State Tournamentappearances over his three years as a varsity starter, including a current 40-game home winning streak. His sophomore and junior seasons included state runner-up finishes,and last year Leckband averaged 24.5 points against Class 4A competition, including 34points against eventual state champ Bartlett.
After spending his freshman season as the team’s cameraman, Leckband went on to startevery game over the next three campaigns, averaging 14.0 points on 56 percent shooting.He tallied eight 30-point and seventeen 20-point performances at Nome, finishing with1,056 career points.

Leckband becomes the first 2011-12 signee for the Seawolves, who lose three seniors –all starters – from last season’s Great Northwest Athletic Conference runner-up team. Heis now the fourth Alaska 3A or 4A Player of the Year on the UAA roster, joining seniorLonnie Ridgeway (2007 3A, Heritage Christian), and sophomores Kyle Fossman (20103A, Haines) and Travis Thompson (2010 4A, Dimond).

Kangogo is GNAC player of the week and sets GNAC record
Junior Alfred Kangogo was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week Monday following his performance at the OccidentalInvitational on Saturday at Eagle Rock, Calif.

Kangogo, from Eldoret, Kenya, broke the league record in the 1500 meters whenhe was clocked at three minutes, 44.67 seconds – more than 2 ½ second fastersthan the previous record of 3:47.21, held by Western Washington’s AnthonyTomsich. The time currently places him third among Division II competitors.

Kangogo joins Ethan Hewitt and Ruth Keino, who were honored April 18, seniorDavid Registe with two honors on April 4 and March 7, junior Miriam Kipng’eno(March 28) and freshmen Ivy O’Guinn (March 14) and Haleigh Lloyd (March 7).??Melissa Peaslee of Seattle Pacific claimed the weekly honor of the women’s side.?The Seawolves will compete at the conference championships on May 13-14 inMonmouth, Ore.

Highlighted by, Kangogo’s Great Northwest Athletic Conference record in the 1500meters, the UAA combined for three school records at the Occidental Invitational on May7.

Kangogo, recorded a time of three minutes, 44.67 seconds for the GNAC record and thethird-fastest time record so far this season in the country. The time qualified Kangogoautomatically for the NCAA Championships later this month.

South High graduate signs Letter of Intent with the ‘Wolves
Anchorage head track & field coach Michael Friess announced Friday the signing ofSouth Anchorage’s Elliott Bauer to a National Letter of Intent.

Bauer will join the Seawolves for the 2011-12 season with career bests of 14.98 in the110-meter hurdles and 39.15 in the 300-meter hurdles. Currently, Bauer’s 110-meterhurdle time would be a UAA record.

Bauer won the Alaska state championships in both hurdle events during his sophomoreseason, finished runner-up in 2010 and is currently leading the state this season.

-Compiled by Megan Edge

May 5, 2011 Megan Edge

Track and field GNAC of the week athletes
UAA sophomores Ethan Hewitt and Ruth Keino were selected by the GNAC as Athlete’s of the Week on April 18 for their performances at the Mt. SAC Relays. Hewitt, a local of Eagle River, broke the ters with a time of 47.51, good for seventh. Hewitt went on to help the men’s 4×400-meter relay team to the second-fastest time in GNAC history and a NCAA provisional time at the Beach Invite, clocking in at 3:14.74.

Keino, from Kapcheno, Kenya, was the co-recipient of the women’s weekly accolade, sharing the honor with Western Washington’s Sarah Porter.

To date, six Seawolves have been selected as the GNAC’s Athlete’s of the Week this season, joining Hewitt and Keino were senior David Registe, with two honors on April 4 and March 7, junior Miriam Kipng’eno (March 28) and freshmen Ivy O’Guinn (March 14) and Haleigh Lloys (March 7).

McKelvie takes head coaching job at Lake Forest College
During his tenure with the Seawolves this past season, McKelvie helped UAA to its best winning percentage since joining the Western Collegiate Hockey Association as the Seawolves earned their second-ever WCHA Final Five berth.

McKelvie becomes the fifth men’s hockey coach at Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, Ill.) when he takes over the reins in the fall. The Foresters posted a 5-21-1 overall record and a 5-14-1 slate in conference action in 2010-11.

Dr. Cobb said a national search for McKelvie’s replacement will begin immediately.

Turagain Arm Trail Run
The Turnagain Arm race will include a four-mile or eight-mile run option. The eight-mile race will take place on the northern route from Rainbow Valley trail head to Potter trail head. The four-mile race starts at McHugh Creek trail head and ends at Potter trail head.

Online registration fee is $20 until May 23. Registration is available for online at .

Registration fees will go to scholarships for UAA ski team.

28th Annual Cross Pass Crossing
Applications for the 28th annual Crow Pass Crossing, sponsored by the University of Alaska Anchorage Milers Booster Club, is now open.

Southcentral Alaska’s premier backcountry distance race begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 23.

The last chance to sign up for the race will be at the mandatory pre-race meeting at 5 p.m. Friday, July 22, at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex on the UAA campus.

The race starts with a 6 a.m. meeting at the Crow Pass Trail Head parking lot, the end of Crow Mine Road, six miles out of Girdwood.??The race is approximately 24 miles along the Crow Pass Trail from its start near Girdwood to the Eagle River Nature Center at the end of Eagle River Road. The total gradient is 5,959 feet, with a peak elevation gain of 3,888 feet.

There is a $60 application fee. A portion of each application fee will be donated to the not-for-profit Eagle River Nature Center. The rest of the money will go towards event costs and the UAA Milers Booster Club.

For more information, please call race director Michael Friess at 786-1325.

Johnson takes fifth at GNAC Championships
Alaska Anchorage junior Kelsea Johnson,  led the Seawolves at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference multi-event championships on Tuesday, finishing the heptathlon in fifth place at the Northwest Nazarene Track & Field Facility.

Joining Johnson in the two-day championship were classmates Dianne Chong and Wyatt Morgan , who both finished ninth in the heptathlon and decathlon, respectively. Seattle Pacific swept the events, with wins by Ali Worthen (heptathlon) and Nate Johnson (decathlon).

Johnson, from Sitka, amassed 4,375 points after the completion of seven events, earning UAA four point. In Day 2, Johnson leapt to 16-2 feet in the long jump, tossed 100-7 in the javelin and ran a 2:34.03 800-meter time.

Chong, also from Sitka, tallied 3,954 points, with her best performance on Day 2 coming in the long jump with a career-best leap of 18-0.5 – just six inches shy of the UAA record. Chong also posted a toss of 96-4 in the javelin and was clocked at 2:56.68 in the 800 meters.

In the men’s decathlon, Morgan advanced from a 13th-place standing on Day 1 to ninth with 5,477 points, bypassing his current UAA record of 4,445, set back in March. A local of Yamhill, Ore., Morgan set season-best times and marks in the 110-meter hurdles (16.38), discus (87-0), pole vault (13-3.50), javelin (118-6) and 1500 meters (4:33.75).

The rest of the GNAC Championships will take place on May 13-14 in Monmouth, Ore.

Head Coach, Chris Green announced three 2011 recruits
UAA head volleyball Chris Green unveiled his team’s first three recruits for the 2011 season, announcing that Ariel Austin, Franziska Pirkl and Maureen Sabado have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Seawolves..

Austin, a 5-11 right-side hitter, comes to UAA from junior-college national powerhouse Western Nebraska Community College, where the Cougars went 85-8 in her two seasons. The Woodland Park, Colo., native averaged 2.79 kills and 0.53 blocks per set while posting a .310 attack percentage as WNCC won the NJCAA national title in 2010. As a freshman in 2009, she hit .292 for a club that finished third nationally. “Ariel a dynamic, left-handed leaper who comes from a great winning tradition,” said Green, who earned 453 victories at WNCC from 1999-2007 before taking over the Seawolf program.

Pirkl is a 5-9 setter from Munich, Germany, where she plays for the SV Lohhof club team. In 2010, she guided her team to a runner-up finish at the German Under-18 Championships, and her 2009 squad won the Bavarian Under-18 title. Pirkl will be a freshman at UAA in the fall.

Sabado, a 5-11 middle blocker, had a solid freshman season at San Diego City College, where she was an All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference First Team selection last year. The Kodiak native ranked among the PCAC leaders with 3.64 kills and 1.43 blocks per set in league matches, and she was the conference’s Women’s Athlete of the Week for Oct. 25-31, 2010.

The Seawolves are an NCAA Div. II program that plays in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. UAA has posted a 41-17 record over the last two seasons with back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and one league title.


-Compiled by Megan Edge


April 27, 2011 Megan Edge
Volleyball Schedule for 2011Alaska Anchorage volleyball coach Chris Green announced the Seawolves’ 2011 schedule, including 10 home matches at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.?UAA will take on one of the toughest schedules in the West Region as its faces seven matches against teams that made last year’s NCAA Div. II Tournament.

The Great Northwest Athletic Conference season gets under way Sept. 8 and 10 when UAA hosts Western Oregon and Saint Martin’s in the first of nine league contests. All matches will be at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex, beginning at 7 p.m.

Fans will get a free sneak preview of the 2011 Seawolves when they face a group of alumni players on Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. at the WFSC.

20   ALUMNI MATCH (exh.)                                        ANCHORAGE                 7 pm
26   at BYU-Hawaii                                                           Laie, Hawaii                    3 pm
26   at Hawaii Pacific                                                       Honolulu, Hawaii          9 pm
27   vs Hawaii-Hilo                                                          Honolulu, Hawaii          3 pm
27   at Chaminade                                                            Honolulu, Hawaii          9:30 pm

2-3   at Cal State-San Bernardino Invitational                San Bernardino, Calif.
2 vs Cal State-Dominguez Hills                                                                      11 am
2 at Cal State-San Bernardino                                                                         6:30 pm
3 vs Chico State                                                                                                    11 am
3 vs Cal State-Los Angeles                                                                               4 pm

8   WESTERN OREGON*                                           ANCHORAGE                 7 pm
10   SAINT MARTIN’S*                                           ANCHORAGE                 7 pm
17   at Alaska Fairbanks*                                       Fairbanks                        7 pm
22   at Simon Fraser*                                               Burnaby, B.C.                6 pm
24   at Western Washington*                                Bellingham, Wash.      6 pm
29   SEATTLE PACIFIC*                                         ANCHORAGE                 7 pm

1   MONTANA STATE BILLINGS*                                ANCHORAGE                 7 pm
6   at Central Washington*                                             Ellensburg, Wash.         6 pm
8   at Northwest Nazarene*                                            Nampa, Idaho               5 pm
15   ALASKA FAIRBANKS*                                            ANCHORAGE                 7 pm
20   WESTERN WASHINGTON*                                    ANCHORAGE                 7 pm
22   SIMON FRASER*                                                        ANCHORAGE                 7 pm
27   at Montana State Billings*                                      Billings, Mont.               5 pm
29   at Seattle Pacific*                                                       Seattle, Wash.                6 pm

3   NORTHWEST NAZARENE*                                   ANCHORAGE                 7 pm
5   CENTRAL WASHINGTON*                                    ANCHORAGE                 7 pm
10   at Saint Martin’s*                                                    Lacey, Wash.                 6 pm
12   at Western Oregon*                                               Monmouth, Ore.           6 pm

17-19   NCAA West Regional Championships                    TBD

* Great Northwest Athletic Conference match
Home matches in BOLD at Wells Fargo Sports Complex
All times Alaska Daylight/Standard

Womens basketball signs Utah Prep Star

The UAA women’s basketball team added another decorated prep star to its roster Wednesday as head coach Tim Moser announced that Utah native Katie Richens has singed a National Letter of Intent with the ‘Wolves.?Richens, a 5-8 guard from Roosevelt, Utah, recently earned her second straight First-Team All-State honors from both the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News after leading Union High School to a 37-8 record the past two seasons.

As a senior last year, the McDonald’s All-American nominee averaged 19.5 points per game and repeated as the Region 10 MVP, helping Union advance to the Class 3A State Tournament.??As a junior, Richens was the Tribune’s Class 3A State MVP and led Union to a runner-up finish at the 2010 UHSAA State Championships. The Cougars went 22-2 overall in 2009-10, with Richens averaging 15.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.6 steals per game.

Richens was a four-year letterwinner at Roosevelt, earning first-team all-region as a sophomore and second-team all-region as a freshman.

She is the second signee for the Seawolves’ 2011-12 recruiting class, joining fellow incoming freshman Jessica Madison (G, 5-8, Port Angeles, Wash.), who signed during the fall period in November.

Seawolf Auction, May 5, to support student athletes

The list of great items continue to grow for the 24th annual Seawolf Auction, set for next week – at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex on campus. Doors will open for the silent auction and casual buffet at 6 p.m. and the live auction will begin at 7 p.m.

Check out a partial, but ever-growing list of auction items below.
Proceeds from the event go to support UAA student-athletes. For more information regarding corporate table reservations or to donate auction items, please contact UAA athletics at 786-1293 .
Auction items, which continue to come in, will include:

  • Huge vintage Barbie Doll collections- Trip for two on Alaska Airlines- Tickets for two to 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards show in Las Vegas- Magic Bus limo ride for 17- One-week stay at Palm Springs condo- 2011-12 season tix to UAA hockey, men’s & women’s basketball- African Photo Safari- Game-worn UAA hockey jerseys- 10 tix to any Sullivan Arena event- The Alaska Club gold family tennis membership- Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins jersey- 2011 Carrs/Safeway Shootout VIP package- 3-day motorhome rental- Personal reserved parking space at UAA- Trip for two on Era Alaska- Kenai Fjords wildlife cruise for two- Two nights at Kenai Prince Lodge- 2011-12 UAA hockey VIP package- UAA Hockey & Skate Party for 30 – 2012 WCHA Final Five tickets for two- Golf clubs & simulator punch card from Full Swing Golf- Two roundtrip Princess Midnight Sun Express overnight tickets

-Compiled by Megan Edge


April 20, 2010 Taylor Hall

Kangogo punches ticket to NCAAs

In his first 3,000-meter steeplechase race ever, sophomore Alfred Kangogo qualified automatically for the NCAAs at the Long Beach Invitational on April 17. On the women’s side, junior Ardrienna Everett qualified provisionally and set a new UAA record in the 400-meter hurdles as the Seawolves wrapped up competition in the Los Angeles area.

 Kangogo booked a ticket to his second NCAA Championships with an automatic qualifying time of 9:04.63, good for second place. This is the fifth event that Kangogo has qualified provisionally or better – the Kenyan also has provisional marks in the 800, 1500, 5,000 and 10,000.
Everett registered a time of 1:02.37, besting her own UAA record of 1:02.57 set last season. Everett would need a time of 1:00.75 or faster for a guaranteed trip to the NCAAs.

 Kangogo will join freshman Micah Chelimo, who has already qualified for Nationals in the steeplechase. In addition, junior Demietrius Preston has an auto mark in the men’s long jump, while sophomores Ruth Keino (5,000 & 10,000) and Miriam Kipng’Eno (5,000), and senior Laura Carr (10,000) have also qualified automatically.

UAA Runners keep good times rolling in California meets

Junior Marko Cheseto set the Great Northwest Athletic Conference record in the 5,000 meters, while sophomore Miriam Kipng’Eno set an Alaska Anchorage record in the 1,500 meters at the second day of events from the Mt. SAC Relays April 16.

At the Bryan Clay Invitational in, three Seawolves registered personal-best times, while six others posted season-best marks.
Cheseto, from Kapenguria, Kenya, set a league record in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:00.30. Cheseto’s time bested his own conference record of 14:02.45 that he set last season. The two-time All-American just missed the NCAA automatic qualifying time of 14:00.00.

Kipng’Eno, a native of Eldoret, Kenya, finished 34th in a field of mostly Div. I competitors with a provisional time of 4:35.27, just edging out the previous record of 4:35.39 set last season by Elizabeth Chepkosgei. Kipng’Eno has already booked herself a ticket to the NCAAs in the 5,000 meters.

Also at the relays was sophomore Alfred Kangogo and senior Paul Rottich. Kangogo raced to 19th place in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:50.06, while Rottich was clocked at 3:58.80.
Stepping into the blocks for the 400 meters was rookie Ethan Hewitt and seasoned veteran James McLaughlin.  Hewitt, the current GNAC record holder in the event, finished sixth with a time of 47.71 seconds. McLaughlin crossed the finish line at 49.45 for 26th place.

Freshman Katie Krehlik claimed UAA’s fastest time this season in the 800 meters with a time of 2:16.91, while sophomore Ariel Roelle raced to a PR of 2:20.04 in the event.Garnering season-best times was sophomore Ardrienna Everett (100m, 12.59), senior Elisha Harris (shot put, 35-04.50), senior Brandon Grant (100m, 11.23), freshman Andrew Freed (long jump, 19-11.50), senior Casey Robinson (shot put, 41-08) and sophomore Taylor Karnikis (discus, 95-05).?
Chelimo sets GNAC record in steeplechase

Rookie Micah Chelimo set a Great Northwest Athletic Conference record in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase on April 15 of the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, CA. In addition, senior Laura Carr and sophomore Ruth Keino recorded automatic qualifying times in the 10,000 meters.

Chelimo, from Kapkoi, Kenya, finished second among Div. I powerhouses with a league-record time of 8:49.31. Humboldt State’s Jason Walker set the old record of 8:58.62 in 2002. Chelimo had previously set the UAA record with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 8:58.79 earlier this season.

Chelimo’s time in the steeple is currently the fastest recorded in Div. II this season.

On the women’s side, Carr (South Bend, Ind.) and Keino (Kapcheno, Kenya) registered automatic qualifying times in the 10,000 when they were clocked at 35:08.51 and 35:09.26, respectively. Both times broke the previous UAA record of 35:41.98, set back in 2008 by Carr.

Junior Hallidie Wilt, a native of Unalaska, bested her own UAA record of 10:53.23 in the steeplechase with a new provisional time of 10:48.90. The automatic qualifying time is 10:46.00.
Sophomore Shoshana Keegan also found success, registering a provisional time of 36:19.49 in the 10,000.

-Complied by Taylor Hall

March 31, 2010 Taylor Hall

Four Seawolves qualify for NCAAs

The Alaska Anchorage track team lit up the track at the Stanford Invitational and Chabot Relays claiming four UAA records and posting four NCAA automatic qualifying times on March 27.

At the mostly Div. I Stanford Invite, junior Demietrius Preston registered the best long jump so far this season in Div. II. The Anchorage native won the event with an automatic qualifying time of 24-7.25, besting his personal best of 24-6.09, set March 13 at the Northridge Invite.

Breaking the old GNAC and UAA record in the 5000 meters was sophomore Ruth Keino, but Seattle Pacific’s Jessica Pixler set the new record at 15:44.07. A native of Kapcheno, Kenya, Keino raced to a time of 16:46.48.

Also running in the 5000 meters was sophomore Miriam Kipng’Eno, who was clocked at 16:48.00. Kipng’eno and Keino both booked themselves a ticket to the NCAA Championships in Charlotte, N. C. (May 27-29) after bypassing the required time of 16:57.00.

Setting a new UAA record and posting an automatic time in the men’s steeplechase was freshman Micah Chelimo. The Kenyan was clocked at 8:58.79, easily hitting the 9:06.00 auto time. Chelimo overtook the Seawolf record that was set by current graduate assistant coach David Kiplagat (9:01.67), while just missing the GNAC record (8:58.62).

Freshman John Reed registered a UAA record in the triple jump at the Chabot Relays as the Alaska Anchorage track & field team wrapped up competition in the Bay Area on March 27.

The majority of the day was comprised of relays, with the Seawolves winning the 4,000m distance medley in a time of 10:34.61. UAA was represented by sophomore Thomas Hill, junior Levi Sutton, freshman Brad Truax and senior Paul Rottich.

The men’s team also won the 1600m Sprint Medley in a time of 3:38.35.

On the women’s side, the Seawolves were also victorious in the distance medley with a time of 12:50.37. Sophomore Ariel Roelle was the lead leg, followed by junior Natalie Pfeifer, junior Alex West and freshman Kristen King as the final leg.

The Seawolves will next compete in the Willamette Invitational on April 2-3.

Gymnasts finish up with highest marks of season

Despite scoring a season-high 190.725 points and getting outstanding performances from Kaelei Spoor and Lauren Agostino, the Alaska Anchorage gymnastics team placed fourth March 27 at the ninth annual Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships at Royal Brougham Pavilion.

UAA, which competed the second half of the season with an injury-riddled lineup, with 2009 team MVP Leah Wilson and defending MPSF bars champion Kristy Boswell lost to season-ending ACL tears, still scored more than half a point better than its previous season-high of 190.200 set with a healthy roster back on Feb. 12.

The Seawolves produced a season-best 48.825 on floor exercise to earn the third-best score in program history, led by Spoor’s second-place 9.875 routine. The sophomore from Rome, N.Y., tied the 10th-best individual floor score for a Seawolf, while her third-place 9.825 on balance beam tied for No. 4 on UAA’s all-time list and was just 0.025 shy of the school record.

Seniors Meagan Byrne (9.625) and Courtney Williams (9.675) set and tied their career-highs, respectively, while Agostino and sophomore Shakea Sanders produced impressive 9.75s on floor.

“We just couldn’t make up for the injuries on bars. Overall, the girls know they performed to the best of their ability and they feel good about that.”

March 3, 2010 Taylor Hall

UAA posts program-best 2nd place

The Alaska Anchorage posted a program-best second place finish at the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Championships / NCAA West Regional Championships on Feb 27. The Seawolves registered six top 10 finishes in the final day, including two podium finishes for the record-breaking day.

The Seawolves started the day in third place and remained in that position after the conclusion of the freestyle race with 562 points. Going into the slalom race – which was competed at night – UAA trailed second-place Denver by 54 ½ points. The Seawolf Alpine team responded, posting identical 101 points in both the men’s and women’s races, for third and second place, respectively.

Leading UAA on the slopes was sophomore Halfdan Falkum-Hansen, who skied to third-place finish with a time of one minute, 15.15 seconds. Freshman Andreas Adde was in good position for a podium finish, but crashed in the second run for a two run time of 1:17.51. Junior Ryan Wolosyn (1:43.06) rounded out the final scorer for UAA in 21st place at the Steamboat Ski Resort.

After missing half of the season due to an iron deficiency, All-American brothers, Lex Treinen (sophomore) and Max Treinen (junior) posted season best finishes in the freestyle. L. Treinen was 12th with a time of 55:35.6, while M.Treinen was 17th with a time of 56:41.9.

Following the meet, the Seawolves qualified 11 of the possible 12 athletes to compete at the 2010 NCAA Skiing Championships that are held at the same venues, next weekend on March 5-6.

#13 UAA women rout UAF in record fashion
Junior Nikki Aden dished 11 assists and the 13th-ranked Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team dominated throughout Feb. 27 in a 98-46 victory over Alaska Fairbanks at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

The Seawolves (22-3, 12-2 GNAC) also got 16 points apiece from forwards Kelsie Gourdin and Nicci Miller to post their largest margin in 81 all-time meetings against their rivals. The previous mark was set in a 77-29 win in 1991.

The Nanooks (2-23, 1-13) were led by 17 points and seven rebounds from forward Lakeshia Levi.

Tied 2-2 after one minute, the Seawolves went on a 13-0 run to blow the game open, establishing a 34-13 lead just midway through the first half. A steal and layup by Miller made it 51-20 with 2:48 showing and UAA would lead by at least 30 the rest of the way.

The 58-25 halftime advantage was UAA’s largest ever in a conference game and marked the 8th-most points scored by a Seawolf team in the opening stanza.

Aden also had a career-high-tying four steals and committed just one turnover as she dished the most assists for a Seawolf since Tiffany Massey’s 13 against Saint Martin’s, Jan. 6, 2001.

Aden was one of four Seawolves to tie or equal career-bests Saturday, joining Kodiak freshman Alysa Horn (7 points, 6 rebounds), sophomore center Viki Wohlers (6 points) and former Nanook Sarah Herrin (7 rebounds).

February 27, 2010 Taylor Hall

UAA avoid upset, hold on to defeat Wolves 62-60

Nicci Miller produced a double-double and fellow senior Tamar Gruwell hit the game-winning free throws with 31 seconds left Feb. 18 as the 14th-ranked Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team earned a 62-60 victory against Western Oregon at the New P.E. Building.

The Seawolves (20-3, 10-2 GNAC) got 11 points apiece from Gruwell and sophomore center Hanna Johansson, while Miller had 15 points and 10 rebounds to fight off the upset bid and earn UAA’s fifth straight win.

Western Oregon (10-16, 5-7) was led by a game-high 20 points from senior forward Katie Torland, but the home team was outscored 8-4 after its star fouled out with 3:04 remaining.

After forging a 23-18 lead with 5:28 left in the first half, the Seawolves fell behind 32-31 at halftime. The game eventually featured 10 ties and 11 lead changes, with neither team leading by more than six points.

The reigning Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Week, Miller finished with four steals, two assists and no turnovers. Gourdin produced another well balanced stat line with six points, three blocks and three steals, and Oregon native Nikki Aden had eight points and three steals.

UAA men outrun WOU 90-81 for key road win

Casey Robinson exploded for a career-high 30 points to lead the Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball team to a critical 90-81 road victory over Western Oregon at the New P.E. Building Feb. 18.

The Seawolves (15-7, 6-5 GNAC) – ranked No. 9 in the current NCAA Div. II West Region poll – also got 14 points apiece from Drew Robinson and Brandon Walker as they posted a season-high scoring total.

Sophomore guard Blair Wheadon led the Wolves (11-12, 4-8) with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting, plus five assists, but the home team couldn’t overcome a 39-32 rebounding disadvantage.

UAA – which trailed throughout its 76-65 home loss to WOU last month – turned the tables Thursday, using an early three-point barrage to earn a 19-6 lead. The Wolves sliced their deficit to just 35-34 with under five minutes in the half before the Seawolves stretched to 49-41 at the break.

Robinson finished with 10-of-17 shooting, including 6 of 13 three-pointers, while making all four of his free throws. The junior forward from Manila, Utah, became the first Seawolf to reach the 30-point mark since Kenny Barker had 38 in a Jan. 31, 2009 win over Alaska Fairbanks.

Seawolves tripped up in Mankato 5-2

The UAA Seawolves gave up three special team goals, falling to the Minnesota State Mavericks, 5-2, in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game at the Verizon Wireless Center on Feb.19.

The Seawolves (10-18-2, 8-16-2 WCHA) took an early 1-0 lead with just 49 seconds expired on the clock, and held the lead through the first period. The Mavericks (14-16-2, 8-15-1 WCHA) responded with three goals in the second and two in the third before UAA netted a power play tally for the 5-2 final.

After missing three games due to a hip injury, junior forward Nick Haddad returned to the lineup for his fifth goal of the season. Haddad received the puck from senior forwardsKevin Clark and Josh Lunden.

Minnesota State’s five-goal run included two breakaway goals and two shorthanded tallies. Handing UAA most of the destruction was senior forward Kael Mouillierat, who registered two goals and an assist.

The Seawolves final tally of the night was netted by freshman forward Alex Gellert – his third goal of the season and second goal on the man advantage. In net for UAA, senior Jon Olthius stopped 20 of MSU’s 25 shots, while the Mavericks’ Phil Cook (5-3-1) made 28 saves on 30 shots. With the loss, Olthuis drops his record to 7-11-2 on the season.

The Seawolves were 1-8 on the power play and the Mavericks were 1-5.UAA, Sanders top Brown for first dual Sophomore Shakea Sanders earned an unexpected victory in the all-around and the Alaska Anchorage gymnastics team pulled away late Jan. 19 for its first dual victory of the season, defeating Brown by a score of 188.250-184.875 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

The Seawolves (1-10) also got a season-best 37.775 all-around from senior Courtney Williams and an individual victory by Kaelei Spoor on floor exercise.

The Bears (4-6) were led by freshman Julia Meyer, who earned wins on uneven bars with a 9.7 and balance beam with a 9.6.

With just a 140.000-139.100 lead after three rotations, the Seawolves quickly put an end to the drama, getting consecutive 9.425s from Williams and senior Meagan Byrne on floor while the Bears struggled on beam.

UAA finished even stronger, getting Spoor’s career- and team-season-high 9.825 on floor, followed by a 9.7 for sophomore Kelsey Fullerton and a 9.75 from Sanders.

After opening with a winning 9.725 on vault and a 9.45 on bars, Sanders, who was slated to go on her normal three events, found herself suddenly thrust into an all-around role when junior Leah Wilson hurt her knee on her bars dismount. Sanders’ 38.150 total came in her first-ever all-around performance and is UAA’s best score this year.

February 16, 2010 Taylor Hall

Seawolves shut down #17 Vikings, 68-53

Brandon Walker scored a game-high 23 points as UAA ended with an 18-0 run Feb. 11 to score a 68-53 upset over nationally 17th-ranked Western Washington at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

UAA entered with a regional rank of No. 8.

The Seawolves (14-6, 5-4 GNAC) knocked off the defending league champions and the current top-rated squad in the NCAA Div. II West Region as they also got 13 points from junior forward Nick Pacitti and a career-high 10 points from sophomore forward Aaron Stevens.

UAA’s defense stepped up big in the second half, holding the Vikings to 21 percent marksmanship, including 0 of 8 on three-point shots.

Stevens, a 6-8 junior-college transfer who played locally at South Anchorage High School, had the best game of his young career, making 5 of 6 shots and grabbing four rebounds. His steal and breakaway dunk with 12:33 remaining made it 47-40 and sparked the Seawolves’ late surge.

Walker gave UAA its first lead of the night on a spinning layup in the lane with 3:17 remaining, drawing the foul and converting the old-fashioned three-point play to make it 55-53.

The win earned the Seawolves a season split with the Vikings after falling 68-62 in Bellingham last month.

UAA edge out GNAC leading WWU in thriller

Nicci Miller scored 21 points, including the game-winning jumper with 3.3 seconds left, as UAA knocked off league-leading Western Washington, 71-69, in a battle of nationally ranked teams Feb. 11.

UAA came in ranked No. 17 nationally and No. 4 in the NCAA Div. II West Region, while WWU entered at No. 20 and No. 2, respectively.

The Seawolves (17-3, 7-2 GNAC) also got 13 points and four rebounds from sophomore center Hanna Johansson as they handed WWU its first GNAC loss in 11 outings.

After beating UAA 78-58 in Bellingham last month, the Vikings appeared to be the better team again in the early going; however, UAA would never say die as they set the stage for last game heroics.

Miller picked up the loose ball with 10 seconds left and drove through a phalanx of Viking defenders, kissing a 6-foot jumper off the glass and sending up a roar for the 491 fans at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

Miller shot 7 of 11 from the field and 7 of 7 at the free-throw line to earn her highest career point total in a GNAC game. It was her fourth 20-plus outing of the season.

Seawolves receive WCHA Scholar-Athlete honors

A program-high five Seawolves were among 77 student-athletes to receive the fifth annual Western Collegiate Hockey Association Scholar-Athlete award as announced by the league Feb. 11. Senior defenseman Nils Backstrom and senior goaltender Jon Olthuis were amid 40 athletes that were repeat honorees from the 2008-09 season.

In addition to Backstrom and Olthuis, seniors Josh Lunden and Jared Tuton and sophomore Dusan Sidor represented UAA by receiving their first Scholar-Athlete award.

Olthuis, from Neerlandia, Alberta, received the honor for the third time of his career after earning UAA’s first ever recognition in 2007-08.

To receive the WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award, conference-member student-athletes must have completed at least one year of residency at their present institution prior to the current academic year and must also have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale for the previous two semesters or three quarters, or may qualify if his or her overall GPA is at least 3.50 for all terms at his or her present institution.

The Seawolf WCHA Scholar-Athletes will be recognized and publicly honored on-ice with a commemorative plaque at the UAA vs. Minnesota Duluth game on Friday, March 5.

Compiled by Taylor Hall

January 19, 2010 Josh Edge

Seawolves stun Wildcats in final ticks

Junior forward Casey Robinson scored a game-high 18 points, including two game-winning free throws with half a second remaining, to lead the UAA men’s basketball team to a hard-fought 67-66 victory over Central Washington at Nicholson Pavilion on Saturday night.

The Seawolves also got 14 points and nine rebounds from junior forward Nick Pacitti and 12 points from junior guard Donnie Lao as they snapped Central’s five-game winning streak and handed the Wildcats their first Great Northwest Athletic Conference loss of the year.

The Wildcats – led by 14 points apiece from forward Riley Spevak and reserve guard Tyler Toussaint – claimed all of the momentum out of the gate and seemed to take more into the locker room when Shane Miller hit a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer to give the home team a 31-25 lead.

The Seawolves won despite leading scorer Brandon Walker going without a point on 0-of-6 shooting. UAA connected at a .412 (7-17) clip from long range and .818 (18-22) at the free-throw line.

#19 Vikings overcome Seawolf men

Junior forward Casey Robinson scored 17 points but the UAA men’s basketball team could not stop a second-half comeback effort Thursday by nationally 19th-ranked Western Washington as the Vikings earned a 68-62 victory over the Seawolves at Carver Gymnasium.

UAA (10-3,  1-1 GNAC) also got 14 points and 11 rebounds from junior forward Nick Pacitti as it suffered its first Great Northwest Athletic Conference loss and saw its seven-game winning streak come to an end.

Derrick Webb led WWU (15-2, 2-1) with a game-high 20 points, while fellow forward Zach Bruce delivered 14 points and 10 rebounds for the defending GNAC champions and 2009-10 preseason favorites.

The Seawolves – who had won four of their last five against the Vikings – were on track for a possible upset again when they grabbed a 30-20 halftime lead. UAA extended to a 49-38 lead on a Robinson three-pointer with just over 10 minutes remaining, but things would go awry for the visitors at that point.

Junior Brandon Walker, the Seawolves’ leading scorer, finished with just seven points on 2-of-8 shooting as his 10-game double-digit scoring streak came to an end. The 6-3 guard did dish a game-high four assists, however.

Pacitti, meanwhile, delivered his fourth double-double in six games.

Hat trick leads UAA over Huskies, 5-4

Senior forward Kevin Clark tallied his first career hat trick, helping the Seawolves sweep the Michigan Tech Huskies with a 5-4 Western Collegiate Hockey Association win on Saturday at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

The Huskies (3-19-1, 2-15-0 WCHA) scored the first goal of the game, but the Seawolves (8-13-1, 6-11-1 WCHA) responded with two goals in both the first and second periods for a 4-1 lead. Tech then registered three unanswered goals in the second, tying the game 4-4 before UAA scored the game-winner in the third.

Despite the score, the Huskies outshot the Seawolves, 36-22.

UAA (1-3) and MTU (1-4) were both able to capitalize on one power-play opportunity. The Seawolves were whistled for five penalties, serving 10 minutes, while the Huskies went 4-for-11.

Clark’s hat trick is the first for a Seawolf player since Paul Crowder’s on Dec. 8, 2007 against Minnesota Duluth (5-3). Clark completed the weekend in Houghton with six points (4g, 2a), including a season-best four points tonight.

The win gave the Seawolves their first WCHA sweep of the season. The last time the Seawolves swept a team on the road was on March 5-6, 2009 against UMD (5-4, 4-3). With the sweep, the Seawolves retook the all-time series lead from the Huskies, 25-24-10.

Alpine concludes Utah Invite in 6th

The UAA Alpine team concluded its portion of the Utah Invitational with the slalom races on Tuesday afternoon at the Park City Mountain Resort. After two days of competition, the Seawolves remained in sixth place.

The Utah Invite doesn’t concluded until the Nordic squad competes in the classic and freestyle races on Jan. 22-23.

UAA registered a combined 329 points, 15 points shy of fifth-place Nevada (344). New Mexico held on to first place with 467 points, followed by defending NCAA Champions Denver (423) and host Utah (378). Colorado, polled to finish first at the NCAAs this season, was fourth with 370 points.

On the women’s side, the Seawolves claimed third place with 190 points, one point ahead of DU.  The Lobos (251) were first, while the Buffalos (205) finished second.

For the UAA men, the Seawolves registered 73 points in the slalom for a total of 139 points between the two disciplines. The Pioneers won with 234 points, followed by UNM (216) and Utah (194) in second and third place, respectively.

The Seawolves received a team-high 11th place from sophomore Halfdan Falkum-Hansen. The Norwegian raced to a time of one minute, 52.27 seconds. UAA also earned points from freshman Cameron Brewington (1:54.96) in 18th place and junior Ryan Wolosyn (1:57.67) in 21st.

-Compiled by Josh Edge

November 10, 2009 Damaris Craig

Seawolves topple Nanooks for 10th straight win

Sophomore outside hitter McKenzie Moss notched a double-double and host UAA used a huge blocking advantage Nov. 4th to earn its 10th consecutive victory with a 25-18, 25-23, 25-22 sweep of arch-rival UAF at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

The Seawolves also got 13 kills from sophomore hitter Jackie Matthisen, plus a match-high 15 digs from senior libero Stacie Meisner, as they notched the program’s first 20-win season since 1996.

The victory puts the regionally 5th-ranked Seawolves three matches ahead of Seattle Pacific in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings and clinches at least second place – easily the program’s best finish in the league’s nine-year history.

After pulling away from a 10-10 tie to win the opening set, the Seawolves spotted the Nanooks advantages in the second and third frames.

Trailing 22-23 in the second, UAA caught a break when UAF senior Heather Lyons served into the net to tie it. Senior setter Calli Scott then converted on a quick attack, and Meisner served one of her three aces to take a 2-sets-to-0 lead.

Facing a 14-18 deficit in the third, Matthisen banged a kill to start an 8-1 Seawolf run. At 22-21, UAA’s Cortney Lundberg and Marie Borowikow combined to block Lyons, and the Seawolves would win on two more Nanook attack errors.

Borowikow tallied five block assists, while Lundberg – the GNAC’s leading blocker – notched seven kills and four block assists.

UAA CC: Both UAA squads earn berths to Nationals

Both the Alaska Anchorage’s men’s and women’s cross country teams are headed to the 2009 NCAA Div. II Cross Country Championships after the women’s team won their first ever title at the West Regional and the men’s squad placed third on Saturday morning. Junior Marko Cheseto made UAA history, becoming the first Seawolf runner to win an individual title.

The undefeated women’s team, ranked No. 2 in the region and No. 5 in the nation, upset No. 1/2 Chico State for UAA’s first West Region title.  The Seawolves placed all five runners in the top 15 for a program-best 35 points on the Golden Gate Park’s Speedway Meadow course.

“I’m continually impressed with the women’s team,” stated 20th-year head coach Michael Friess, “We came into the meet looking to qualify for nationals and that’s what we did. We ran relaxed and strong with great enthusiasm and came out on top.”

“On the men’s side it was a tighter situation,” said Friess, “they basically had to run with their hair on fire to get to Nationals and with Cheseto leading the way, they did just that.”

Both teams secured their second consecutive NCAA trip. The men’s berth marks UAA’s sixth trip overall, while the women’s team will be making their fourth appearance at Nationals. The championships will take place on Nov. 21 in Evansville, Ind.

-compiled by Damaris Craig

November 3, 2009 Damaris Craig

UAA downs WOU on road, 3-1, increase GNAC lead

Sophomore outside hitter Jackie Matthisen pounded 18 kills and made a career-high 19 digs against her former team Oct. 29 to boost the UAA volleyball team to its eighth straight victory, 23-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-20, over Western Oregon.

UAA won with another balanced statistical effort, getting 14 kills and 10 digs from sophomore outside hitter McKenzie Moss, 13 kills and two big solo blocks from junior middle blocker Cortney Lundberg, and 48 assists from the league’s leading setter, senior Calli Scott. Senior libero Stacie Meisner patrolled the back row for a team-high 20 digs.

After losing a 22-20 lead in the first set and trailing 16-20 in the second, things looked bleak for the visitors. But UAA got a kill from Scott to start a 5-0 run, and Moss and Lundberg combined for four kills in the final five points to even the match.

UAA trailed 11-17 midway through the third before rallying yet again. Matthisen, who played her freshman season at WOU in 2007, kick-started the comeback with three straight kills. Then, facing a 20-22 deficit, freshman outside hitter Marie Borowikow ripped one of her six kills, and Moss followed with two more to highlight a 5-0, set-ending run.

The Seawolves took control at the start of the fourth set with an early 11-4 advantage and hung on despite a late rally by the Wolves.

UAA swept the season series from WOU for the first time since 2004 and evened the all-time series between the schools at 10 matches apiece.
Seawolves move up to No. 5 in West Region

The UAA volleyball team moved up two spots to No. 5 in the latest NCAA Div. II West Region rankings, released Oct. 29.

The Seawolves currently lead the Great Northwest Athletic Conference by one-half match with five left to play.

The top four spots in the rankings remained the same, with UAA leapfrogging Cal State-Los Angeles and Seattle Pacific for the fifth slot. CSULA sits at No. 6, while Chico State moved up three places to No. 7. GNAC squads SPU, Northwest Nazarene and Western Washington hold down the final three positions.

The bi-weekly rankings rate the top 10 teams in all eight Division II regions, helping to determine which eight teams per region qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

UAA currently holds a 5-3 record against regionally ranked squads, with wins over SPU, NNU, CSULA and WWU (twice), and losses to No. 1 Cal State-San Bernardino, No. 2 UC San Diego and No. 4 Hawaii-Hilo. The final next rankings will be released Nov. 12, preceding the last weekend of regular-season play.

UAA CC: UAA upholds No. 5 ranking in poll

Following a successful weekend at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships, the Seawolf women’s cross country team upheld its No. 5 ranking in the U.S. Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association poll for the fifth straight week.

The men’s team dropped one position to No. 22 in week seven of the poll, announced on Oct. 28.

The women have retained their ranking since moving into the No. 5 position on Sept. 30. Earning the top position for the first time is Grand Valley State, which overtook West Region foe, Chico State (No. 2). Missouri Southern State and Adams State maintain the No. 3 and No. 4 slots, respectively.

Trailing UAA is the GNAC’s Seattle Pacific at No. 6, moving up one spot from last week. Western Washington fell two places to No. 10.

On the men’s side, UAA registered its lowest ranking of the season. Ahead of the Seawolves in the West Region are Chico State (No. 3), Western Washington (No. 6) and Cal Poly Pomona (No. 16).

The Seawolves will have the weekend off to prepare for the upcoming NCAA Div. II West Region Championships in San Francisco, Calif. on Nov. 7.

-compiled by Damaris Craig

October 26, 2009 Damaris Craig

UAA CC: Seawolf women capture GNAC title

UAA won its first-ever women’s conference team title, while the UAA men finished runner-up in the ninth annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships on Oct. 24th at the Apple Ridge Run course.

UAA’s junior Marko Cheseto repeated as the GNAC’s male individual winner, leading the Seawolves to second place – their fourth runner-up finish since joining the conference in 2001.

Cheseto was clocked at 24:50 in the 8K race. Cheseto lead No. 21 UAA to 70 points, behind No. 7 WWU with 30. Western Oregon rounded out the top three, just four points behind UAA.

Picking up conference honors on the men’s team was Cheseto, sophomore Alfred Kangogo and freshman Micah Chelimo. Also scoring for UAA was freshman Michael Adams and freshman Thomas Hill.

On the women’s side the No. 5 Seawolves placed five runners in the top seven, led by freshman Miriam Kipngeno in third. Kipngeno crossed the finish line in a time of 22:02, to win the team title with 25 points, the second-lowest team score in GNAC history.

Joining Kipngeno and earning all-conference honors was sophomore Shoshana Keegan, sophomore Ruth Keino, junior Hallidie Wilt and senior Laura Carr.

Carr became the third Seawolf to finish in the top 10 and earn all-conference honors in four different seasons – 2009, 2008, 2006 and 2005.

UAA placed a combined eight Seawolves on the GNAC All-Conference team (five women, three men). Cheseto was selected as the GNAC’s Male Cross Country Runner of the Year, while Chelimo and Kipngeno brought home Freshmen of the Year honors.

Seawolves rally past Vikings, now alone in 1st

Sophomore outside hitters Jackie Matthisen and McKenzie Moss each notched double-doubles Oct. 24th as the UAA volleyball team roared back from a shaky start to claim a 8-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-9 victory over Western Washington at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

Senior setter Calli Scott had 41 assists and five kills for the regionally 7th-ranked Seawolves who won their seventh straight match and moved into sole possession of first place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Despite getting dominated in the opening set, the Seawolves were able to recover from an early 4-1 deficit in the second and turn the match upside down. Moss and Matthisen accounted for five kills and five digs apiece on that set, while junior Cortney Lundberg – the GNAC’s blocking leader – had four of her eight total blocks.

The Seawolves, who were picked preseason to finish seventh in the nine-team league, now lead idle Seattle Pacific by one-half match, while WWU falls 1.5 matches behind.

Seawolves repel Wildcats in four

Sophomore outside hitter Jackie Matthisen had 19 kills and 16 digs Oct.  22 as the UAA volleyball team used solid performances throughout its lineup to earn a sixth straight victory, 25-18, 25-21, 23-25, 25-19, over Central Washington at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

The Seawolves maintain a share of first place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference with the win and swept the season series from the Wildcats for the second straight season.

UAA junior middle blocker Cortney Lundberg equaled her career-high and established the best mark by a GNAC player this year with 11 total blocks, helping the hosts to a season-best 15 stuffs.

Meanwhile, senior setter Calli Scott was at her best with 51 assists – the most in a 4-setter by a GNAC player in 2009 – nine digs, five block assists and five kills. The Arizona native ran a Seawolf offense that out-hit the Wildcats and produced double-digit kills totals from Matthisen, sophomore outside hitter McKenzie Moss, freshman outside hitter Marie Borowikow and Lundberg.

Despite taking a 21-19 lead late in the third set, the Seawolves’ bid to tie the school record for consecutive sets won came up just short, falling by the minimum two points.

The game was also a banner night for a pair of Seawolf freshman defenders, with Nikkie Viotto and Shelby Hollister both recording personal-bests in digs.

Seawolf women continue to lead GNAC

Both of the Seawolf cross country running teams held on to its U.S. Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association Division II ranking in week six of the poll, announced on Wednesday.

The GNAC-leading women’s squad retained its program-best fifth-place ranking for the fifth straight week. The top-16 of the 25 listed remained unchanged. Still leading the country was West Region foe Chico State, followed by Grand Valley State and Missouri Southern State at numbers two and three, respectively.

On the men’s side, the Seawolves continue to hold down No. 21 for the second week in a row. Week six of the men’s poll remained completely unchanged from week five. Filling the top three was Adams State (first place), Western State (second place) and Chico State (third place).
Alaskans Stevens and Rock join UAA men

UAA men’s basketball head coach Rusty Osborne finalized his team’s 2009-10 roster, announcing the addition of a pair of former Alaska prep standouts – South Anchorage’s Aaron Stevens and Point Hope’s Ryan Rock – to the Seawolf roster.

Stevens, a 6-8, 200-pound forward, played last season at Highline Community College in Washington, averaging 4.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and shooting 51 percent from the field as the Thunderbirds went 22-9 and won the NWAACC West Division title. As a senior at South, Stevens earned first-team all-state honors from the Anchorage Daily News in 2008, helping the Wolverines to their first Class 4A state title.

Rock, a 6-1, 205-pound guard, was the captain of last year’s Point Hope squad that won the school’s first 2A state title since 2001. A three-time all-region honoree, he averaged 24 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds as a senior, finishing his career with 24 points in the championship victory over Noorvik.

The Seawolves start their season Nov. 11 when they travel to San Bernardino, Calif., to play NAIA American Sports University, and the home season tips off Nov. 25 against Washington State in the 32nd-annual Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.

-Compiled by Damaris Craig

October 20, 2009 Damaris Craig

UAA sweeps at SPU, claims share of first place
Senior setter Calli Scott orchestrated a near-flawless offensive display Oct. 15 at Brougham Pavilion to lead UAA to a 25-17, 25-20, 25-17 sweep of Seattle Pacific in a battle for first place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball standings.

The Seawolves notched their fourth straight sweep in October, powered by 31 assists from Scott and a 10-kill, 11-dig showing from sophomore outside hitter Jackie Matthisen.

SPU fell into a first-place tie with the Seawolves despite a match-high 11 kills from Sarah Risser. No other Falcon managed more than five kills.

UAA surprised the Falcons by jumping to big leads in the first and second sets and not letting up. SPU forged a pair of two-point leads midway through the third frame, but the Seawolves finished the match by taking 11 of the final 14 rallies.

At the end, the stat sheet showed almost perfect balance for UAA, which got nine kills and 11 digs from outside hitter McKenzie Moss, nine kills and six total blocks from Cortney Lundberg.

UAA spikers regionally ranked for first time in 8 years
The UAA volleyball team’s Great Northwest Athletic Conference upcoming road showdowns grew in importance Oct. 15 as the Seawolves gained a seventh-place ranking in the first NCAA Div. II West Region poll of the season.

The Seawolves who played against sixth place Seattle Pacific Oct. 15 and number nine Northwest Nazarene on Oct. 17, earned the program’s first regional ranking since finishing 10th in the final 2001 poll.

The rankings rate the top 10 teams in all eight Division II regions, helping to determine which eight teams per region qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

UAA has already played four of the top five teams in the West thus far, losing to number one Cal State-San Bernardino, second-ranked UC San Diego and number four Hawaii-Hilo, and posting a win over fifth place Cal State-L.A.? The next rankings will be released Oct. 29.
Annual Ski Swap set for Nov. 7-8
The Alaska Anchorage ski team and the Alyeska Ski & Snowboard club will host their annual Ski Swap & Expo Nov. 7 and 8 at West High School.

Alaska’s oldest and largest winter sports event, the swap will begin at 9 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 7 with the equipment check-in, and end at 5 p.m. Gear sales will commence at noon and run until 5 p.m. Check-in will resume Sunday, Nov. 8, at 9 a.m. and end at noon. Gear sales Sunday are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will also feature sign-ups for winter sports programs, ski and snowboard vendors, and waxing seminars.

XC teams seek conference title.

The UAA Cross Country team has had strong showings at all their meets this season. They defeated Abiline Christian University in the first and only home meet. They then traveled to Seattle for the Sundodger Invitational where the women placed first in the open race and the men came in fourth. Most recently at the West Region preview in San Francisco both men and women squads recorded wins. The women have maintained a fifth-place ranking for three weeks now. By any account, the Seawolves are a team to take very seriously.

On Oct. 24 they will be traveling to Yakima, Wash. for the GNAC championship meet hosted by the Central Washington Wildcats. UAA will be hoping to win its third GNAC title in the last five years. It would be the fourth time in school history. After this meet they have a two-week break before heading to San Francisco again for the region championships.

-Compiled by Damaris Craig

October 6, 2009 Damaris Craig

Lundberg powers UAA past SMU, 3-0

Powered by virtually unstoppable hitting from junior Cortney Lundberg, the Alaska Anchorage volleyball team rolled to a 25-18, 25-21, 25-16 victory over Saint Martin’s on Oct. 3rd at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

UAA won its second straight match as Lundberg made school history with 17 kills on only 19 attacks for an amazing .895 hitting percentage. Sophomore outside hitter Jackie Matthisen picked up her fifth double-double of the year with 12 kills and 11 digs, while libero Stacie Meisner lifted 21 digs in the short affair.

Much of Lundberg’s success came thanks to picture-perfect sets from senior Calli Scott, who finished with 37 assists and helped the Seawolves hit .313 on the night.

A 6-1 middle blocker, Lundberg kept getting better as the night wore on. In the first set she connected for four kills on five tries, before helping UAA come back from an early deficit in the second with six kills on seven swings. She then finished with a perfect 7-of-7 showing in the final frame.

With the victory, UAA moves into a three-way tie for second place at the one-third mark of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference schedule. The Seawolves stand just one-half match back of first-place Seattle Pacific, which was upset at home Oct. 3rd, 3-2, by Montana State Billings.

UAA blanks WOU in Anchorage

Sophomore Jackie Matthisen dominated offensively against her former team with match-highs of 20 kills and three aces Thursday as UAA blanked Western Oregon, 25-20, 25-21, 25-20, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball showdown at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

Matthisen was the only player with double-figure kills on the night, while senior setter Calli Scott collected 35 assists and three block assists for the Seawolves.

WOU got eight kills apiece from Danielle Reese and Sylvia Herrold, but the defending league champion Wolves were out-hit .299 to .190.??The Seawolves also got nice performances from junior middle blocker Cortney Lundberg and sophomore outside hitter McKenzie Moss as they snapped an eight-match losing streak against the visitors from Monmouth, Ore.

Senior libero Stacie Meisner lifted a match-high 10 digs for UAA, and middle blockers Ashley Bates and Marie Borowikow contributed four kills apiece.

But it was Matthisen – an Anchorage native who played her freshman season of 2007 at WOU – who came back to haunt her old squad, notching seven kills in each of the first two frames and finishing with a .371 hitting percentage. Her kills total was two more than any GNAC player has registered in a 3-set match this year.

UAA women record program-best ranking

Even after being idle for a weekend, the UAA’s men’s and women’s cross country teams both advanced in week three of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Cross Country Coaches’ Poll.

The women’s team made Seawolf history, claiming No. 5 in the poll – the highest ranking a UAA cross country team has ever achieved. Last season the men’s squad recorded a No. 6 ranking.

The Seawolves, who lead the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, trail Shippensburg (No. 4) and West Region foe, Chico State (No. 3). Adams State continues to lead the nation, followed by Grand Valley State in second.

On the men’s side, UAA continues to climb up one position each week, moving to No. 13. The Seawolves pursue two West Region schools; Western Washington (No. 8) of the GNAC and Chico State (No. 4). Adams State retained the No. 1 position, while Western State held down No. 2.

The Seawolves will remain inactive for another weekend before competing in the San Francisco West Region Preview on Oct. 9.

UAA’s Matthisen captures GNAC honor

UAA sophomore Jackie Matthisen was named Sept. 28th as the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s volleyball Player of the Week after helping the Seawolves to two impressive league road wins.

The 5-10 outside hitter from East Anchorage High School had 67 kills, including 50 in 3-2 road wins at Western Washington and Central Washington. She also contributed 40 digs and 11 blocks.

Matthisen had a career-high 28 kills, the second-most in the GNAC this fall, as the Seawolves ended a 17-match losing streak to league preseason favorite WWU on Sept. 24th. On Sept. 26th she had 22 kills, including four during a 6-0 run as UAA overcame a 13-9 deficit in the fifth set to beat CWU.

On Sept. 27th, she produced a match-high 17 kills in UAA’s 3-1 nonconference loss to Rocky Mountain on Sunday, moving her up to No. 3 in the GNAC’s kills-per-set rankings at 3.70.

It is the first career player-of-the-week honor for Matthisen. She also becomes the third Seawolf in five weeks to win or share the player-of-the-week award, joining senior libero Stacie Meisner (Sept. 8-14) and senior setter Calli Scott (Aug. 25-31).

September 29, 2009 Web Editor

Seawolf women win Sundodger open race

The UAA men’s and women’s cross country teams wrapped up a successful showing at the University of Washington’s 18th annual Sundodger Invite on Sept. 19 at Lincoln Park in Seattle.

The No. 8 UAA women’s team won the open race for the second straight year, posting 22 points over Simon Fraser with 60 points. The Seawolf men’s team placed fourth in the invitational against Div. I opponents with 98 points.

The women finished the day victorious after placing all five scorers in the top-10. Pacing UAA was sophomore Ruth Jeptoo (Kapcheno, Kenya) who finished runner-up in the 6K race. Jeptoo completed the course in 21 minutes, 41.16 seconds, almost 40 seconds behind Natasha Wodak, running unattached.

Also competing in the women’s open race was Great Northwest Athletic Conference member Northwest Nazarene (5th), St. Martins (14th), and Central Washington (15th). The No. 10 Western Washington Vikings and No. 3 Seattle Pacific Falcons each raced in the Invite, finishing 3rd and 5th among Div. I teams, respectively.

On the men’s side, UAA joined No. 7 Western Washington as the only two GNAC teams to compete in the Invite. The Vikings finished second with 84 points.

MSUB trips Seawolves in 3

A fine hitting performance by sophomore Jackie Matthisen was not enough to offset the loss of senior setter Calli Scott on Sept. 18 as the UAA volleyball team was swept 27-25, 25-18, 25-18 by Montana State Billings at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

The Seawolves dropped their Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener despite getting 14 kills on .444 hitting by Matthisen, plus 12 kills from fellow outside hitter McKenzie Moss.

The Yellowjackets earned their first league win thanks to 17 kills and nine digs from senior outside hitter Devon Crotteau, one of the nation’s hitting leaders with more than 4.5 kills per set.

With UAA leading 24-22 in the first set, Crotteau delivered two straight kills and, after a timeout, gave MSUB a 26-25 lead with another spike. Yellowjackets Jody Lutz and Jennifer Boe then combined to block UAA’s Cortney Lundberg on set point, giving the visitors the early edge.

Tied 16-16 in the second set, UAA head coach Chris Green whistled for a timeout. It was at that point that Scott – the GNAC’s assists-per-game leader (9.91) – left the match due to a flu virus she has been fighting all week.

Without their floor general, the Seawolves allowed the last seven points of the second set, and were never able to get on track in the third.

-Compiled by Damaris Craig

September 1, 2009 Compiled by Josh Edge

UAA men’s basketball coach Rusty Osborne announced Tuesday that Ryan Orton has been hired as the Seawolves’ new assistant coach.

A native of Creswell, Ore., Orton brings extensive experience at both the Division I and Division II levels, including two seasons at Great Northwest Athletic Conference rival Northwest Nazarene.

Most recently Orton coached at D-I program Montana State from 2006-08, where he was responsible for both recruiting and team academic development, while serving as position coach for post players. In his time with the program, the Bobcats had a 100 percent graduation rate, produced five Academic All-Big Sky honorees and earned the athletic department’s 2006-07 Allison Award, given to the MSU team whose overall GPA improves most from one year to the next.

Orton also brings head-coaching experience to UAA, having directed the program at Lane (Ore.) Community College in 2003-04. At LCC, his team led the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges South Region in points per game and ranked third overall among 36 NWAACC schools.

September 1, 2009 Compiled by Josh Edge

Sophomores Jackie Matthisen and McKenzie Moss combined for 24 kills Saturday as the UAA volleyball team had little trouble against a team of Seawolf alumni, delivering a 25-10, 25-23, 25-15, 25-8, 25-19 exhibition sweep at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

UAA also got 50 assists and 12 digs from senior setter Calli Scott, while Matthisen and senior Stacie Meisner led the way with 16 digs apiece.

The Alumni was led by 13 kills and 10 digs from O’Lita McWilliams-Schafer (2002-03), plus 16 digs from libero Cristal Negron (2005-08).

McWilliams-Schafer’s sister, freshman Leah McWilliams, was one of several UAA rookies with solid debuts, tallying seven kills on 18 attacks (.278). Fellow freshmen Marie Borowikow and Jamie Russell accounted for six and four kills, respectively, as well.

The match featured several light-hearted moments, including when McWilliams entered in the second set and tallied her first kill by ripping an attack that her older sister couldn’t handle.

September 1, 2009 Compiled by Josh Edge

The UAA women’s basketball team solidified its backcourt even further Monday when Head Coach Tim Moser announced that Kaitlin McBride, of Bothell, Wash., has signed a scholarship agreement to play for the Seawolves.

The 5’9” guard played her sophomore season at Yakima Valley (Wash.) Community College in 2008-09, where she helped the Yaks to an unbeaten (14-0) league record and the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges East Region title. YVCC finished 25-7 overall as McBride averaged 9.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game. McBride was a Second-Team All-NWAACC pick during both the regular season and the postseason tournament. In the NWAACC East-West All-Star Game in March, she helped her squad to an 82-63 victory with team-highs of 14 points and six assists, plus seven rebounds.

McBride played her freshman season at Great Northwest Athletic Conference rival Western Washington, averaging 2.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg and 1.2 apg, while logging 11 starts.

August 25, 2009 Compiled by Josh Edge

UAA head coach Rusty Osborne added another versatile front court player as he announced the signing of Nick Pacitti to a National Letter of Intent.

The 6’6″, 225-pound forward comes to UAA after earning All-South Coast Conference first-team honors as a sophomore last season at Los Angeles Trade Tech College, averaging 13.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. Pacitti was an honorable mention all-league pick as a freshman in 2007-08, despite it being just his first season of organized basketball.

Pacitti brings UAA’s recruiting class to seven players, along with freshmen Bryce Arnott (Fr., G, 6-1, 185, Clyde, Australia) and Liam Gibcus (Fr., F/C, 6-9, Lysterfield, Australia), Division I transfer Malcolm Campbell (So., C, 6-9, 255, Los Angeles, Calif./Fairfax HS/Hartford), and fellow JC transfers Donnie Lao (Jr., G, 6-2, 190, Midvale, Utah/Hillcrest HS/Snow Coll.), Ryan Parker (Jr., F, 6-7, 230, Sacramento, Calif./Sierra College) and Drew Robinson (Jr., G., 6-1, 175, Lehi, Utah/Salt Lake CC).

August 25, 2009 Compiled by Josh Edge

UAA announced that it has completed its fields for the 2009 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, scheduled for Nov. 24-28 at Anchorage’s Sullivan Arena.

On the women’s side, host and three-time defending champion UAA will be joined in the four team field by Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina and Western Carolina. It will be the first Shootout trip for each visiting program.

Meanwhile, the men’s field for the 32nd annual tournament will be UAA, Houston, Nicholls State, Oklahoma, San Diego and Washington State. With six teams instead of the traditional eight, the men’s Shootout will undergo a format change for the first time ever, instituting Olympic-style pool play for 2009.

August 25, 2009 Compiled by Josh Edge

The UAA volleyball team was picked to finish seventh in the annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ poll, released last Friday.

The Seawolves, who finished sixth in the nine-team league last year (15-14 overall, 7-9 GNAC), received 27 points in the balloting. Western Washington gained six first-place votes and edged defending champion Western Oregon, 60-50, for the role of GNAC favorite.

UAA returns five letter winners – including 2008 GNAC Newcomer-of-the-Year Calli Scott, a 5’8″ senior setter and All-GNAC honorable-mention middle blocker Cortney Lundberg, a 6’1″ junior – and welcomes eight newcomers to the lineup.

August 25, 2009 Compiled by Josh Edge

Paul Crews, the bedrock of UAA’s ski program for two decades, and Jim Hajdukovich, one of the most prolific men’s basketball players in school history, will comprise the Seawolf Hall of Fame’s Class of 2009. The announcement of the hall’s ninth class came Wednesday from UAA Director of Athletics Dr. Steve Cobb. The induction ceremony will take place Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

Nominations for the 2009 class were accepted through April 10. Former UAA student-athletes and teams are eligible for nomination 10 years following their last competition at UAA. Former UAA coaches and staff members are eligible five years following their university service. Volunteer contributors may be nominated at any time.

Seawolf Hall of Fame inductees are chosen by an athletic director-appointed committee consisting of UAA Athletics staff, coaches, boosters, volunteers and faculty members.

July 28, 2009 Compiled by Josh Edge

After receiving seven individual honors earlier in the week, both Alaska Anchorage track & field squads have earned recognition as a whole, placing high on the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s lists of All-Academic Scholar Teams for NCAA Division II.

On the men’s side, UAA placed 16th nationally with a combined team grade-point average of 3.07, while the Seawolf women placed 49th on their list with a 3.16 GPA.

To be nominated for the USTFCCCA honor, a team must have a total combined GPA of 3.00 or better. In 2009, there were 162 schools competing at the D-II level, while 174 competed on the women’s side.

July 28, 2009 Compiled by Josh Edge

The Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball program got a big boost in the middle Monday as head coach Rusty Osborne announced that Division I transfer Malcolm Campbell, of Los Angeles, Calif., has signed a scholarship agreement.

Campbell, a 6-9, 255-pound center, comes to UAA after two years at the University of Hartford (Conn.), where he saw limited action in his redshirt freshman season in 2008-09. The largest player on the current Seawolf roster, he will have three years of eligibility remaining.

As a three-year letterwinner at storied Fairfax High School, Campbell was a major contributor on the 2006-07 Lions team that won the L.A. City and CIF Southern Section State titles. He averaged 11 points and 9 rebounds as FHS went 28-5 and was nationally ranked much of the season.