Category: Briefs

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.

June 30, 2009 Josh Edge

Alaska Anchorage senior Nordic skier Raphael Wunderle (Bubenbach, Germany) was named to the 2008-09 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America University Division Men’s At-Large First-Team for the second consecutive season. Wunderle was among 14 others that received the honor.

The team, voted on by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America, recognizes the top male student-athletes in terms of both academic and athletic accomplishment from among NCAA Div. II, III and NAIA schools. The at-large category includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.

Wunderle, a mechanical engineering major with a perfect 4.00 GPA, skied his way to his third NCAA Championship appearance, garnering two All-American honors. Wunderle was one of three Seawolves that placed in the top-5 of the 10K freestyle, boosting UAA to a program-best fourth-place team finish.

Wunderle received RMISA Nordic First Team All-Conference honors and was named to the 2009 National Ski Coaches Association All-Academic Team.

To be eligible for the Academic All-District Team, a student-athletes 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 or her current institution.

June 30, 2009 Josh Edge

Alaska Anchorage’s head ski coach Trond Flagstad announced today the signing of Christopher Kollenborg (Haslum, Norway) and Andreas Adde (Osteras, Norway) to join the Alpine squad for the 2009-10 season.

Kollenborg is coming off a good year of racing in Norway and is ranked 348 in the world. He competed across Europe at the FIS level for Team Stabaek and is expected to add depth to the men’s slalom.

“We expect him to continue to progress here in this environment,” stated head Alpine coach Sparky Anderson.

Adde, a top prospect courted by Utah, Colorado and New Mexico, is ranked 200 in the world in the giant slalom and 275 in the slalom. He brings Europa Cup experience with him which will help in his first year competing at a very intensely competitive NCAA western circuit.

June 30, 2009 Josh Edge

The UAA women’s basketball team added a multi-dimensional guard to its 2009-10 lineup Wednesday as head coach Tim Moser announced the signing of Jessica Dela Cruz to a National Letter of Intent.

A 5-8 guard, Dela Cruz averaged 13.1 points, 3.7 assists and 2.3 steals per game for San Joaquin Delta College as a sophomore in 2008-09, leading the Mustangs to a 27-6 record and a runner-up finish at the California JC State tournament. The Big 8 Conference MVP and First Team All-State honoree also shot 42 percent from three-point range.

As a prep, Dela Cruz was a 4-year letterwinner at Galt High School, where she helped her team to a San Joaquin Valley Conference title as a junior. As a senior, she averaged 16.9 points and 4.7 steals, and was named to the prestigious Sacramento Optimist all-star team.

Dela Cruz becomes the second Seawolf in the 2009-10 recruiting class, joining early signee Alex Coon (5-10, F), an incoming freshman from Wasilla (Colony HS).

June 30, 2009 Compiled by Josh Edge

UAA has finished 45th – the school’s highest ever – in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings for NCAA Division II after the recent conclusion of 2008-09 collegiate sports calendar.

The Seawolves totaled 344.5 points in final standings, also their most ever. UAA’s finish came on the strength of five sports, gaining 83 points from women’s basketball (NCAA semifinals), 80 points from skiing (4th place), 63 points from women’s cross country (9th place), 61.5 points from men’s track & field (14th place), and 57 from men’s cross country (11th place). Those NCAA placings represented the highest ever for each respective Seawolf program.

Grand Valley State (Mich.) won its sixth straight D-II Director’s Cup title with 1,014.5 points.

UAA’s previous-best placing was 51st in 2007-08. The Director’s Cup has been awarded at the Division II level since 1995-96.

The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup is a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution’s NCAA finish in up to 14 sports – seven women’s and seven men’s. There are currently 270 schools that compete at the NCAA Div. II level.

UAA sponsors only 11 sports – two of which, men’s and women’s skiing, have a combined national meet – among the lowest totals of any Div. II school.

The Seawolves finished third among Great Northwest Athletic Conference teams, behind Western Washington (10th) and Seattle Pacific (25th), while UC San Diego (7th) had the best placing among West Region schools.

May 26, 2009 Northern Light

A total of 10 UAA track & field athletes – seven men and three women – have earned recognition on the 2009 Great Northwest Athletic Conference All-Academic Team. Three of UAA’s selections are two-time repeat honorees, while two Seawolves picked up their second honor. The remaining five are all first-time award winners.
The Seawolves tied the 2008 season with 10 student-athletes. UAA’s record is 12, recorded during the 2007 season. The men’s team ties their record (7) from last year.
The league honored 102 student-athletes (52 women and 43 men) overall on the 2009 academic all-conference team list. The team recognizes student-athletes who have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher, are in their second year of competition, and that qualified for the GNAC Championships.

May 26, 2009 Northern Light

The 26th annual Crow Pass Crossing, sponsored by the University of Alaska Anchorage Milers Booster Club, begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 18. The race starts with a 6 a.m. meeting at the Crow Pass Trail Head, 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. The race is limited to 150 entrants.
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.

May 26, 2009 Northern Light

Regular registration for the 2009 Mayor’s Marathon & Half-Marathon, presented by ConocoPhillips, will come to a close Thursday, May 21. Applicants may register late on June 18-19 at the Mayor’s Marathon Expo at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel. The 36th annual marathon is scheduled for June 20.
Registration is available online at www.mayorsmarathon.com. A hard copy of the registration form can also be printed from the website or may be obtained at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex and various locations around Anchorage. However, racers are encouraged to use the online registration system and take advantage of reduced entry fees as well as the website’s other features, which include interactive course maps, travel information and more.
The Mayor’s Marathon Expo at the Sheraton, which will include race packet pickup, is scheduled for 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 18 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 19. No race day registration or race packet pickups will be available.

May 26, 2009 Northern Light

Seawolf fans looking for breaking news, scores, contests, ticket information and insider updates about the Seawolves can access the official UAA Athletics Facebook fan page that was launched on May 15.
The UAA Seawolf fan page is accessible to anyone -with or without a Facebook account.
Facebook is a free social-networking website where users can interact and connect with friends in a more personal medium.
The NCAA has determined that using social networking websites to influence the college choice of a recruit are in violation of recruiting rules. UAA Athletics requests that fans, alumni and donors comply with all NCAA rules.

April 21, 2009 Compiled by Josh Edge

UAA sophomore Marko Cheseto will be participating in two events at the Div. II NCAA Championships after qualifying automatically in the 10,000 meter race at the prestigious 51st Annual Mt. SAC Relays on Thursday evening.
Cheseto won his heat with a blazing time of 29 minutes, 8.28 seconds, breaking UAA’s record and the Great Northwest Athletic Conference record – both previously held by Sean Rivers, a Seawolf alumni (30.21.65). He finished 10th overall, easily passing the automatic qualifying time for Nationals (29:45.00).
Cheseto’s record-breaking time bypasses the current GNAC top performer, John Riak of Saint Martin’s University, who led the conference with a time of 31:04.33.
Cheseto had previously qualified for the NCAAs in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:02.45-also a GNAC record.

April 21, 2009 Compiled by Josh Edge

UAA head hockey coach Dave Shyiak announced today that incoming senior forward Jared Tuton has been named team captain for the upcoming 2009-10 season. In addition to Tuton, forwards Josh Lunden and Kevin Clark, and defenseman Nils Backstrom have been selected as the team’s assistant captains.
A local of Whitehorse, Yukon, Tuton dressed for UAA in 32 games last season for a combined 103 total. As an assistant captain during the 2008-09 season, Tuton registered one goal and five assists, helping the Seawolves to their best season under Shyiak.
Lunden, a native of Coquitlam B.C., will represent UAA as an assistant for the second time, while Clark (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Backstrom (Stocksund, Sweden) will take on the responsibility for the first time.
“These players are very deserving in this leadership position. All four individuals represent our program well in all facets,” Shyiak said. “We are looking forward to next season.”
All four captain appointments are voted on by the Seawolf team with additional input from the coaching staff.

April 14, 2009 Northern Light

The UAA ski team concluded their record-breaking season at the end of the year team banquet on Friday, April 3, with freshman Alex Parker receiving the Most Valuable Player award. Junior Lacy Saugstad brought home the Most Improved honor, while the trio of freshman Lex Treinen, sophomore Max Treinen and senior Raphael Wunderle were selected as the Most Inspirational team members.
Parker, a native of Calgary, Alberta, became the most decorated freshman in the history of the Seawolf skiing program with a total of six first-place finishes throughout the season. Parker help lead UAA to its first ever meet victory at the Seawolf Invite on Jan. 8-11, with two individual titles-earning her a Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Skier of the Week accolade. Parker continued her dominance in the Colorado Invite with two victories, followed by a win and a runner-up finish in both the RMISA Qualifier and the Denver Invite. Parker ended her rookie season with a seventh-place and fourth-place finishes at the 2009 National Championships for two All-American honors.

April 14, 2009 Northern Light

Five Alaska Anchorage gymnasts were honored for their classroom success Tuesday as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation announced its 2009 Women’s Gymnastics All-Academic Team.
Sophomore Kristy Boswell led the way for UAA with the third-highest overall grade-point average among the league’s 18 honorees, earning a 3.72 as an undeclared major. The Cherry Hill, N.J., native also recently captured the MPSF uneven bars title in helping UAA to the championship at last month’s conference meet.
Joining Boswell on the all-academic squad were three second-time honorees – juniors Lauren Agostino (Virginia Beach, Va., 3.37, physical education), Meagan Byrne (Arcadia, Calif., 3.32, biological sciences), and Courtney Williams (San Angelo, Texas, 3.22, elementary education) – along with sophomore Maria Puricelli (Chesterfield, Mo., 3.13, undeclared).
To be eligible, a student-athlete must carry a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA, be in at least her second season, and compete in at least 50 percent of meets. As such, the Seawolves qualified five or their six eligible student-athletes.

April 14, 2009 Northern Light

Senior Mick Boyle is the fourth Alaska Anchorage Seawolf to be honored with the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week award this season, after his performances in the Willamette Invitational on April 3-4. Boyle garnered the award after registering the second-best time in GNAC history in the 1500 meters.
Boyle won the 1500m in a time of 3:49.77 cutting three seconds off his previous provisional national qualifying time on Friday-also a UAA record. On Saturday, he finished second in the 800 in a provisional national qualifying time of 1:51.73 – ranking him second in the GNAC this spring to teammate James Pettigrew’s 1:50.76 and sixth all-time in the conference.
Boyle shares this week’s award with Northwest Nazarenes Josh Heidegger, who posted the second-best javelin throw in GNAC history.
Boyle joins the trio of junior David Registe, sophomore Marko Cheseto and senior David Kiplagat, all of whom captured the weekly accolade in the month of March. In four of the five meets this season, UAA has been praised by the GNAC.

March 31, 2009 Compiled by Ashley Smith

Sophomore Leah Wilson and junior Lauren Agostino captured three spots each on the 2009 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Conference Team, announced March 23 by the league office.
Sophomore Kristy Boswell and freshmen Kaelei Spoor and Shakea Sanders also earned all-league awards, while UAA’s Tami Monette was named MPSF Assistant Coach of the Year for the third time in five seasons.
The all-league teams are decided by the top eight regional qualifying scores (RQS) among the conference’s gymnasts.
Wilson, a sophomore from Port Coquitlam, B.C., claimed the top RQS in the all-around (38.650) and on balance beam (9.765), while also landing an honor on vault (9.7).
Meanwhile, Agostino had the league’s best RQS on vault (9.795) and earned all-league honors on beam (9.65) and floor exercise (9.705).
Boswell – the bars champion in Friday’s MPSF Championships meet Friday – earned the league’s second-best RQS on that event (9.71) while the New Jersey native claimed spot on the beam team as well.
Sanders also landed a pair of all-league awards, sporting the league’s best floor RQS (9.790) and finishing high on the vault list (9.715).
With a 9.635 RQS, Spoor was among four Seawolves to earn an all-league honor on beam, giving UAA half of the honorees on that apparatus.
In her 14th season as the top assistant coach for the UAA, Monette has earned her third MPSF Assistant-Coach-of-the-Year award, repeating the honor that she shared in 2006 and won outright in 2005.
The Seawolves recently completed perhaps the most successful season in school history, winning its first MPSF title at the league meet Mar. 20 in Colorado Springs.
Monette was largely responsible for UAA’s midseason turnaround – posting seven 190-plus scores to end the season, after starting with no better than a 187.400 in its first six meets.

March 31, 2009 Compiled by Ashley Smith

Senior David Kiplagat earned a trip to the 2009 NCAA Div. II Nationals after posting a automatic qualifying time of 9:01.67 in the 3000 meter steeplechase at the Stanford Invitational on March 27.
After provisionally qualifying for Nationals two weekends ago with a time of 9:21.93, Kiplagat improved by just over twenty seconds, bypassing the required time of 9:09.00. The time, which registered a 4th place finish in section 2 of the event, also set Kiplagats career-best–previous was 9:07.20– and improved upon the UAA school record held by him.
Sophomore newcomer Marko Cheseto improved upon his automatic qualifying time and UAA record in the 5000 m with a time of 14:02.45. This time placed Cheseto third in section 2 of the 5000.
Setting a season-best in the 400 m was junior James McLaughlin. McLaughlin, the fastest UAA 400 runner this season, was clocked at 49.24 seconds, besting his previous season-best of of 49.69.
On the women’s side senior Elizabeth Chepkosgei finished the 5000 in 10th in section 4 with a time of 17:29.14

March 31, 2009 Compiled by Ashley Smith

The UAA student-athletes will be sponsoring a blood drive on Thursday, April 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of the Wells Fargo Sports Complex building on the UAA campus.
All participants wishing to donate blood are encouraged to make an appointment by contacting Joanna at [email protected], although walk-ups are accepted.
Prior to donating, make sure to eat well and drink plenty of fluids. A photo I.D. with a birth date or SSN is required in order to give.
For more information, feel free to contact the Blood Bank of Alaska at 222-5630 or visit www.bloodbankofalaska.org.

March 24, 2009 Compiled by Josh Edge

Seawolves post home record against Kentucky in gymnastics
Paced by sophomore Leah Wilson’s all-around victory, the UAA Seawolves recorded their top home meet score of all-time and the second best overall in a 195.850-193.000 loss to No. 24 University of Kentucky Sunday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. Four individual career-highs were also established en route to the next Seawolf team mark.
UAA’s team score ranks second on the all-time list, trailing only a score of 193.750 at the MPSF Championships in March of 2004. The score bypasses the Wells Fargo Sports Complex record set earlier this season in February against Temple (192.150).
Wilson’s career-high 38.975 in the all-around just nipped Kentucky’s Hillary Ferguson (38.950). The score places Wilson second on the UAA all-time list. Dominique Ingram holds the UAA record with 39.125.
Junior Courtney Williams and sophomore Maria Puricelli each contributed personal bests on the vault Sunday. Both Seawolves were in a three-way tie for seventh with freshman Shakea Sanders after posting a 9.725. The score tied Sanders best vault performance.
UAA’s Wilson earns another MPSF
UAA sophomore Leah Wilson was named Tuesday as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week after posting two of the best all-around scores in school history in losses to Kentucky, Mar. 13 and 15.
The Port Coquitlam, B.C., native started her weekend with a 38.825 score on Friday, and followed Sunday with a 38.975 for the No. 2 total in UAA history, coming just 0.15 short of tying the school record.
Her 9.825 beam routine Sunday was the fourth best score ever for a Seawolf on that apparatus and was the fourth time she has tallied a 9.8 or better on beam since Feb. 2.
Wilson’s effort helped the Seawolves to the second-best team score in school history as well, earning 193.000 points on Sunday.
This is the second GOW award for Wilson – on pace to break the school all-around average record at 38.483 – who also won it Feb. 24.
The Seawolves are back in action Friday when they face UC Davis, Seattle Pacific and host Air Force at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in Colorado Springs.
UAA’s Barker honored by NABC
UAA senior Kenny Barker added another postseason honor to his resume Friday when he was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ West Region All-District Team.
A unanimous All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference First Team honoree, the 6-3 guard earned Second Team honors from the NABC, recognizing him as one of the top 12 players in the 27-team West Region.
Barker, a 6-3 guard from San Diego, Calif. (Claremont HS), ranked among the GNAC’s top 10 in seven different statistical categories, and was the only player to do so in scoring (18.7 ppg, 4th), rebounding (6.3 rpg, 9th) and assists (4.2 apg, 5th). In league games only, he ranked second in scoring (20.4 ppg) and dished 4.9 assists per game.
In his lone season at UAA, Barker reached the 20-point mark in 15 games, including a GNAC-season-high 38 points in a home victory over UAF. That outing on Jan. 31 also tied him for No. 8 on UAA’s single-game scoring list and was the most ever for a Seawolf against the Nanooks.

February 17, 2009 Compiled by Ashley Smith

Raphael Wunderle receives RMISA
Nordic Skier of the week
UAA senior Raphael Wunderle was selected as the Rocky Mountain
Intercollegiate Ski Association’s Men’s Nordic Skier of the Week. Wunderle
was one of four conference skiers honored after he posted personal-bests
in the Denver Invitational on Feb. 6-7.
A local of Bubenbach, Germany, Wunderle tallied a career-high third
place performance in the 10K classical race on Feb. 6 at the Devil’s Thumb
Ski Resort. With a time of 34 minutes, 53.5 seconds, he led the men’s team
to fourth place with 59 points. Wunderle outdid his previous best in the
classical race, fourth, which was accomplished at the 2008 West Regional
meet.
On Feb. 7, Wunderle recorded a career-tying second place fi nish in the
men’s 5K freestyle. Wunderle paced the Seawolves with a time of 44:01.6,
1.2 seconds behind the fi rst place fi nisher. During his junior season,
Wunderle fi nished in second a total of three times.
Coach Green signs local star player for
2009-2010 season
UAA volleyball coach Chris Green announced Feb. 11 that local
product Nikkie Viotto has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the
Seawolves.
A 5-8 outside hitter/libero, Viotto was a 4-year letterwinner at Eagle River
High School, where she earned All-Cook Inlet Conference honors every
season. As a junior in 2007, she was named to the All-State Tournament
Team after leading the Wolves to a third-place fi nish in their fi rst-ever State
appearance.
As a senior in 2008, Viotto earned MVP honors at the Shayna Pritchard
Memorial tournament and was an all-tourney pick at every other event she
played in.
“Nikkie is a terrifi c all-around player who can help us immediately on
defense,” said Green, who begins his second season at UAA this fall.
“Additionally, she is an outstanding student who is in the top 10 percent
of her class, plus a four-time team captain on her high school team. We
couldn’t be happier to add a player of her character and ability as our fi rst
signee this year.”
Viotto also played four straight seasons (2005-08) on the Midnight Sun
Volleyball Club’s select travel team that participated in the prestigious Reno
Festival, and was a member of Team Alaska’s gold ulu-winning squad at the
2008 Arctic Winter Games in Yellowknife, Canada.
Seawolf skiers take Gold at Alyeska Cup
Day 1
A pair of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves’ were crowned State Champions
in the Alyeska Cup on Feb. 12, when they dominated the mountain with two
fi rst place fi nishes. Senior Dan McKay won the men’s slalom, while junior
Lacy Saugstad took the title on the women’s slalom.
McKay posted a two-run course time of one minute, 6.07 seconds for
the victory, besting his nearest competition by over fi ve seconds. Saugstad
also made ease of her win, fi nishing in a time of 1:08.15, four plus seconds
over the second-place fi nisher.
Day 2
The Alaska Anchorage Alpine team took seven of the top-8 places in
the second day of the Alyeska Cup on Feb. 14. The men’s team went fi rst
through fourth with a victory by freshman Halfdan Falkum-Hansen, while
the women’s team snagged the top-3 with a victory by freshman Alex
Parker.
Falkum-Hansen was crowned State Champion in the giant slalom after
posting a two-run time of one minute, 28.94. Ryan Wolosyn (1:30.83) was
second, followed by Jeff Crompton (3rd, 1:31.23) and Andrew Fischer (4th,
1:33.98).
Parker was victorious with a time of 1:34.17 in the women’s giant slalom.
Allison Empey fi nished with a total time of 1:35.37 for second and Sandra
MacDonald was third, crossing the line at 1:36.71.

February 10, 2009 Compiled by Ashley Smith

UAA skiing takes second place in

RMISA qualifi ers

Freshman Alex Parker led the UAA Alpine team in the second and fi nal day

of the RMISA Alpine Qualifi er Feb. 5 on the Winter Park slopes with her fi fth

collegiate victory.

Parker, a native of Calgary, Alberta, edged New Mexico’s Estelle Pecherand-

Charmet (1:57.03) for fi rst with a two run time of one minute, 56.59 seconds in

the women’s giant slalom. Parker had previously recorded two wins during the

Seawolf Invite and two in the Colorado Invite.

Also competing for the women’s squad was senior Allison Empey and junior

Lacy Saugstad. Empey (1:59.17) crossed the fi nish line in 15th, followed by

Saugstad (2:02.90) in 26th.

On the men’s team, freshman Halfdan Falkum-Hansen posted the Seawolves

top-place with a total time of 1:47.69 for fi fth.

Sophomore Ryan Wolosyn (1:48.76) and senior Jonathan Hverven (1:49.15)

made the top-20 with a 14th and 16th-place fi nish, respectively. Just missing the

top-20 was sophomore Egil Ismar completing the runs in 21st-place with a time

of 1:49.51.

UAA escapes MSU Billings, 56-55

Senior guard Jackie Thiel hit a pair of clutch three-pointers in the fi nal three

minutes and assisted on the game-clinching basket as the No. 1-ranked UAA

women’s basketball team escaped with a 56-55 victory over Montana State

Billings on Feb. 7.

The Seawolves (22-1, 9-0 GNAC) earned their 20th straight triumph despite

trailing for over 37 minutes. Senior forward Ruby Williams led the way with 15

points.

The Yellowjackets (11-9, 3-6) led by 48-36 with 9:41 remaining when star

guard Alira Carpenter nailed a three-pointer from the top of the key.

After MSUB grabbed its largest advantage on Carpenter’s three-pointer, the

Seawolves would score the next fi ve points on a pair of Williams free throws and

a traditional three-point play by freshman forward Hanna Johansson.

UAA slowly whittled at the defi cit, crawling within 50-48 on Rebecca

Kielpinski’s fi rst basket of the night with 3:22 remaining.

Thiel set up for a tying three-pointer a few seconds later, drawing the

Seawolves even for the fi rst time in the ball game.

After Smith gave her team a 53-51 lead with a pair of free throws, Thiel

responded again with another three-pointer at the 2-minute mark to give UAA its

fi rst lead.

Seawolf point guard Kiki Taylor stepped in front of a Yellowjacket pass on the

next possession, and Thiel found Kielpinski inside for a layup that made it 56-53

with 46 seconds left.

After a turnover by the Seawolves and one made free throw from Thiel the

Yellowjackets used a timeout with 15 seconds left to draw up a fi nal play, but

guard Jetton Meadors drove the baseline and was met by a triple-team, causing

her to miss badly, and Kielpinski hauled in the rebound.

Kielpinski fi nished with six points and seven rebounds, setting the new Great

Northwest Athletic Conference career rebounding record (1,085) in the process.

Williams was the only Seawolf in double fi gures, shooting 6 of 11 from the

fi eld and 3 of 3 from the charity stripe.

Thiel who entered as the nation’s leading three-point shooter (.609) sank 3 of

4 from long range and dished four assists with no turnovers.

Seawolves hockey beat St. Cloud

Huskies

It was a shorthanded night all-around in UAA’s heart-stopping 2-1 win over

St. Cloud State in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game on Feb. 7

at the Sullivan Arena. The victory lifted the Seawolves to 10-12-4 overall and

7-11-4 in WCHA play while the Huskies are now 15-13-2 overall and 10-11-1 in

the conference.

Craig Parkinson’s shorthanded goal at 11:35 of the third period proved to be

the game-winner on a night that the Seawolves’ top three scorers were healthy

scratches. Meanwhile a tenacious Seawolf defense – despite six St. Cloud State

power plays – blocked 19 shots on night and allowed just 16 shots on goal.

Josh Lunden assisted on Parkinson’s shorty – UAA’s fourth of the season –

which gave the Seawolves’ their fi rst lead of the weekend series. But it was far

from over as UAA was forced to kill off a 5-on-3 Husky power play just minutes

later.

After giving up a goal on just St. Cloud’s second shot of the night, UAA

sophomore netminder Bryce Christianson was strong in net as he shut out the

Huskies the rest of the way in picking up his fi fth win of the season. SCSU’s

Jase Weslosky (13-9-1) took the loss in goal for the Huskies.

The Huskies went up 1-0 at 11:06 of the fi rst on a power-play goal by Garrett

Roe from the point. He took a pass from Garrett Raboin and beat a screened

UAA netminder high to the glove side on a shot that nicked the crossbar on the

way in.

UAA’s August Aiken made it 1-1 at 18:39 of the second period when he

banged home a rebound from a scrum in front of the St. Cloud net. It was

Aiken’s fi rst career goal at UAA since joining team at semester in January. Curtis

Leinweber and Matt Robinson were credited with assists on the power play tally.

UAA outshot the Huskies 25-16 for the game. SCSU was 1-for-6 on the

power play wile UAA went 1-for-4.

February 3, 2009 Compiled by Josh Edge

MSUB downs UAA in Billings
Seniors Jeremiah Trueman and Kenny Barker combined for 37 points, but
the UAA men’s basketball team suffered through a frigid-shooting second half
Wednesday as upstart Montana State Billings earned a 69-60 win over the
Seawolves at Alterowitz Gymnasium.
UAA (9-10, 3-3 GNAC) also got six points and six assists from sophomore
guard Kevin White as it ended a four-game road trip with a 2-2 record.
The Seawolves came out red-hot in the fi rst half, sinking 14 of 22 overall
(63.6 percent) including 6 of 8 from three-point range, to take a 37-33 lead into
the locker room.
Playing their third game in eight days on the road, the Seawolves suffered
through perhaps their worst shooting half of the season, making just 10 of 28
fi eld goals and 2 of 11 from long range in the fi nal stanza.
Trueman, a 6-9 center from Stratford, New Zealand, fi nished with team-highs
of 20 points (8-14 FG, 1-1 3FG, 3-4 FT) and eight rebounds.
Barker connected for 17 points (7-17 FG, 3-10 3FG) and grabbed fi ve
rebounds, but the 6-3 guard from San Diego had his run of consecutive 20-point
performances halted at fi ve.
The Seawolves got six points apiece from Kevin White, his brother Steve
White (2-2 FG, 1-1 3FG) and sophomore guard Lonnie Ridgeway, but was
hurt mightily by a rough performance from third-leading scorer and leading
rebounder Brandon Walker (13.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg), who went 0 of 3 from the fi eld
and didn’t grab a board.
Seawolves goes 1-1 against Denver
The No. 7-ranked Denver Pioneers parlayed a 42-shot effort into a 6-2 win
over UAA in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game at DU’s Magness
Arena Friday night. The Pioneers (16-7-3, 12-5-2 WCHA) were able to score
four unanswered goals before junior Trevor Hunt put the Seawolves (8-11-4,
5-10-4 WCHA) on the board late in the second period.
The game was plagued with penalties for a combined 48 minutes. UAA
was tagged for 13 and DU added 11, with both teams being penalized seven
times during the second period. DU went 2-10 on the man advantage, while the
Seawolves were 1-6, adding their fi rst power play goal since Jan. 17 against
Minnesota State.
Saturday went signifi cantly better for the Seawolves as they battled to a
come-from-behind 3-2 overtime win over Denver.
Freshman Curtis Leinweber scored the game-winner with just 17.5 seconds
remaining in overtime to lead the UAA Seawolves to a stunning 3-2 win over
the No. 7 Denver Pioneers in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game
Saturday night at Magness Arena.
The Pioneers (16-8-3, 12-6-2 WCHA) recorded two early goals in the fi rst
period, before UAA’s junior Trevor Hunt and senior Mat Robinson each score a
goal in the second and third period, respectively, to send the game into overtime
in front of 5,424 spectators.
Normally a defenseman, Leinweber skated as a forward on Saturday and
gave the Seawolves (9-11-4, 6-10-4 WCHA) their fi rst overtime win since March
10, 2007 against Minnesota.. Sophomore Craig Parkinson was credited with an
assist on the game-winner.
The Seawolves picked up two points in the WCHA conference standings, but
remain in 9th-place with 16 points, three behind St. Cloud State. Denver holds
on to the top place in the conference with 26 points, one over North Dakota.

January 20, 2009 Compiled by Josh Edge

Seawolves end CU Invite in fi fth
The UAA Nordic team completed their portion of the Colorado Invitational
/ 15th Annual Laura Sharpe Flood Memorial Ski Meet to give the Seawolves
fi fth place in the fi nal day on Saturday.
After a fi rst and third place showing at their home meets in the beginning
of January, the Seawolves dropped down to fi fth place with 451 points in the
Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association race. Host Colorado came
away with the victory with 564.5 points, followed by Denver with 541 points.
The UAA Alpine team contributed 245 points to the invite, while the
Nordic team added 205.
After the completion of three meets so far this season, UAA fell from first
to second in the RMISA conference with 1,534 points. Colorado took the
lead with 1,621. Denver (1,528.5) trails the Seawolves by 5.5 points for third.
Seawolves bombard Nanooks, 74-46
Senior Dasha Basova scored all 22 of her points in the first half and set a
school record for three-point accuracy Saturday to power the second-ranked
UAA women’s basketball team to a 74-46 blowout of UAF at the Patty
Center.
Junior guard Kiki Taylor had 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists
for the Seawolves (16-1, 3-0 GNAC), who won their 14th straight game.
Forward Nicole Bozek led UAF (5-8, 0-4) with 10 points and nine
rebounds, but UAA held the Nanooks to 26.7 percent shooting and forced 20
turnovers.
The 6-2 forward from Moscow, Russia, didn’t take a shot in the second
half as UAA also got contributions from senior guard Jackie Thiel (9 pts, 3-6
3FG), senior center Rebecca Kielpinski (9 pts, 4-6 FG, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks)
and junior forward Nicci Miller (6 rebounds, 4 assists).
Basova’s 6-for-6 three-point accuracy was the best ever for a Seawolf
attempting six or fewer in a game. Former teammate Maria Nilsson went
6-for-7 in the 2006 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout against UC
Riverside.
The 3-0 GNAC start ties last year’s team for the best in UAA’s eight years
of league membership.
Seawolf men crush Nanooks in Fairbanks,
81-52
Kenny Barker scored 21 points and fellow senior Jeremiah Trueman
added 20 points on Wednesday as the UAA men’s basketball team rolled to
an 81-52 win over arch-rival Alaska Fairbanks at the Patty Center.
The Seawolves (8-8, 2-1 GNAC) dominated from the opening tip, holding
the Nanooks (4-8, 1-2) without a field goal for the opening 7 minutes, 30
seconds and building a 45-18 halftime advantage.
UAA was efficient on offense all night, shooting 55.2 percent from the
fl oor, boosted by sophomore guards Brandon Walker (13 pts) and Lonnie
Ridgeway (12 pts).
Junior point guard Darren Nye had another good game as well, tallying 10
points, a career-high eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.
The Seawolves outshone the Nanooks in nearly every team category,
posting especially impressive edges in rebounds (40-30), assists (19-6), fieldgoal
shooting (55.2 percent to 29.8 percent) and three-point shooting (38.9
percent to 10.5 percent).
UAA also committed a season-low 10 turnovers as it won for the eighth
time in 11 outings after starting the year 0-5.
The win was UAA’s third straight over the Nanooks in Fairbanks and their
sixth straight overall against their arch rivals.
Seawolves split series with Mankato
The UAA Seawolves (8-10-2, 5-9-2 WCHA) split the series after receiving
a thumping from the Minnesota State Mavericks (11-11-3, 7-9-2) 7-1 in a
Western Collegiate Hockey Association game on Saturday night at the Alltel
Center.
A pair of goals by Josh Lunden lifted the Seawolves to a 4-2 victory over
the Minnesota State Mavericks in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association
game on Friday night, breaking a five-game losing streak.
With Friday’s victory, the Seawolves bypassed their overall winning record
from last season. UAA remains in ninth place in the conference standings,
two points behind MSU and St. Cloud State.
The Mavericks were allowed to score five unanswered goals before the
Seawolves got on the board in the third period on Saturday. UAA’s special
teams didn’t hold up, letting the Mavericks to score three times on the power
play.
Junior Paul Crowder ended the Maverick’s shutout when he scored
his ninth goal and third power play goal of the season at 15:07 in the third
period. Craig Parkinson added his second assist of the season and captain
Mat Robinson posted his third assist of the season.
Following UAA’s first and only goal, the Maverick’s added two more
power play goals. Justin Jokinen added a goal at 17:56 on a pass from
Harrison and Baylor Dieter, with UAA down two men. With one minute left
in the game, the final goal for the Maverick’s was by James Gaulrapp, who
scored his first goal of the season.

January 13, 2009 Web Editor

SPU outlasts UAA gymnasts in Seattle
UAA got individual event victories from three different gymnasts,
but a tough night on uneven bars was too much to overcome as Seattle
Pacific knocked the Seawolves 188.075-185.550 at Royal Brougham
Pavilion on Saturday night.
Junior Lauren Agostino placed second in the all-around with a
38.025 for UAA (0-2), which improved its team score almost a full
point from last nights season debut at Washington.
The Falcons (1-0) were led by Brianna Schwartz’s winning 38.400
all-around.
Agostino took top honors on with a 9.675 and fellow junior
Courtney Williams scored a 9.525 on vault, but the Seawolves had
already dug a huge hole for themselves on bars, suffering several falls
to drop almost four points behind after the first rotation.
The teams tied at 47.350 on vault and UAA won the team battle on
beam (47.100-45.800) to make the meet a closer affair.
Agostino and sophomore Kristy Boswell tied for first on beam
with identical 9.65s, while freshman Shakea Sanders ñ from nearby
Federal Way, Wash. ; won floor exercise with a 9.675.
Seawolves b-ball on a winning streak
Nicci Miller and Rebecca Kielpinski combined for 35 points
Saturday as the 2nd-ranked UAA women’s basketball team extended
its winning streak to 13 with a 57-39 victory over Western Oregon at
the New P.E. Building.
UAA (15-1, 2-0 GNAC) won with its trademark defense, holding
WOU to 33.3 percent shooting, forcing 26 turnovers, and allowing
only two field goals in the final 18 minutes.
Despite their advantage in size and depth, the Seawolves could not
pull away in the second half, however, allowing the Wolves to creep
within 41-32 with just under 13 minutes to play.
Kielpinski then took over, earning a pair of successful free throws
and converting a layup to extend the lead back to 13 points. Miller
and Kielpinski combined for UAA’s next nine points to grab a
commanding 55-38 lead at the 5-minute mark.
No other Seawolves had more than four points, although 10
different players found the scoring column.
With 28 minutes played, Kielpinski tied the first of what could
be multiple Great Northwest Athletic Conference career records this
season, equaling the total-minutes record of WOU’s Leada Berkey
(2004-08) with 3,247.

November 18, 2008 Compiled by Josh Edge

Cardwell ties school record in win over CWU

Senior Rhea Cardwell tied the school record with 32 kills and the Alaska Anchorage volleyball team served out the last 12 points of the match Thursday to spring an upset of regionally ranked Central Washington, 25-17, 25-22, 17-25, 18-25, 15-2, at Nicholson Pavilion.

The victory clinched a winning season for the Seawolves (15-13, 6-8 GNAC), the program’s first since 2003.

The Seawolves also got 11 kills and 12 digs from senior outside hitter Rachel Kidwell, plus a match-high 29 digs from junior libero Stacie Meisner, as they swept the season series with their second five-set win over the Wildcats. It also snapped a 5-match losing streak in Ellensburg.

After giving up a 2-games-to-none lead, the Seawolves led 3-2 early in the fifth set when CWU’s Rachael Schurman banged her 10th and final kill. But that was as close as the Wildcats would get to completing their comeback as a CWU ball-handling error was followed by seven consecutive Seawolf kills – five by Cardwell and two by Joanna Johnson – to make it 11-2. Two service aces from setter Calli Scott (49 assists) and another kill from Cardwell on match point would end it.

UAA spikers close with near-miss at #18 WWU

Rhea Cardwell slammed 30 kills for the second straight match but it was not quite enough Saturday as 18th-ranked Western Washington prevailed 33-31, 24-26, 25-23, 19-25, 15-13 over Alaska Anchorage in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match at Carver Gym.

The Seawolves (15-14, 7-9 GNAC) finished their season by giving the regionally 6th-ranked Vikings (21-3, 13-3) a scare as they tried to clinch a playoff berth.

UAA dominated the second and fourth sets, and the fifth was a tight affair with neither team leading by more than two points throughout.

Down 14-12, Seawolf Rachel Kidwell (13 kills, 13 digs, career-high 5 block assists) kept UAA in it with her final kill, but Roma would end the match on the next play with a kill of her own.

Meanwhile, Cardwell – who tied the UAA school record with 32 kills in Thursday’s win at Central Washington – reached the 30-kill plateau again and added an impressive 22 digs.

Seawolves survive late surge to upend Sioux, 3-2

Three Seawolves scored their first goals of the season Friday night to lead Alaska Anchorage (6-3-2, 3-2-2 WCHA) to a 3-2 win over the No. 18 North Dakota Fighting Sioux (3-6-0, 3-4-0 WCHA) at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game.

The Seawolves led 3-0 going into the third period before the Sioux scored on a power play to make it 3-1. UND pulled its goaltender for a an extra attacker and was able to close the gap to 3-2. UAA held on in the remaining minutes to secure the league win and move into a a three-way tie for fourth place in WCHA standings.

With 2:01 left in the game and Hunt in the box for charging, UND’s Ryan Duncan ended the shutout with his fourth goal of the season and his second power-play goal.

The Sioux then pulled Eidsness for the extra attacker on the ice. UAA was unable to score on the open net and UND’s Brett Hextall fought back to score a goal with 43 seconds remaining.

UAA’s goalie Jon Olthuis was strong in net to give the Seawolves the victory and their first win over the Sioux since November 18, 2006. Olthuis was credited with 19 saves in improving his season mark to 3-3-0

Sioux retaliate with 3-1 victory over UAA

UAA (6-4-2, 3-3-2 WCHA) fell, 3-1 to No. 18 North Dakota (4-6-0, 4-4-0 WCHA) in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game on Saturday night in front of 11,865 fans at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.

UND led 1-0 through the first half before UAA tied it, 1-1 in the middle of the second period. Later the Fighting Sioux capitalized on their second power play goal of the night to push ahead 2-1. The final goal came on a UND penalty kill, making it 3-1.

The Seawolves and Fighting Sioux battled through the first period, posting a combined 16 penalties, with eight apiece. Six penalties came from a fight that broke out within six minutes of play, resulting in three Seawolves and three Sioux headed to the boxes for roughing.

UAA started the second period on a power play, due to a UND penalty at the end of the first, but was unable to profit from the one-man advantage. Nils Backstrom was whistled for holding and Grant received two minutes for cross-checking during the second to give UND further opportunities to expand their lead.

After two periods, the Seawolves had spent twenty-two minutes in the penalty box, while UND was tagged for 18 minutes. Both teams had attempted 19 shots on goal.

UAA finished with 30 minutes of play spent in the penalty box to UND’s 26 minutes.

Friess named GNAC Men’s Coach of the Year

Michael Friess of Alaska Anchorage has been voted the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year after a successful showing at the GNAC and West Regional Championships.

Friess, a 1985 Linfield College graduate, led his men’s team to the GNAC title in late October and to a second-place finish behind Chico State in last week’s NCAA Division II West Regional championships at San Diego, Calif.

The award is the sixth GNAC Coach-of-the-Year award for Friess during his 19-year career at Anchorage. Friess was voted the GNAC Men’s Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2005 when he also led the Seawolves to conference titles. He was selected the GNAC Women’s Team Coach of the Year for three consecutive seasons between 2003 and 2005.

Both the men’s and women’s teams qualified for Nationals at the West Regional and are headed to Slippery Rock, Pa., for the 2008 NCAA Div. II Cross Country Championships on Nov. 22. Friess has qualifed six teams in his tenure at UAA, with a 12th-place top team finish on both the men’s and women’s sides.

Five Seawolves land on GNAC All-Academic Team

Five Alaska Anchorage runners were among the 58 student-athletes named Thursday to the 2008 Great Northwest Athletic Conference cross country all-academic team.

Four men and one women earned academic recognition for UAA following the GNAC Championship race that was held on Oct. 25. Seniors Mick Boyle and Cornelius Sigei led the way, earning their third consecutive accolades. Boyle, a native of Kenai, is majoring in psychology and earned a 3.45 GPA. Sigei, one of three Kenyan’s to receive the honor, holds a 3.34 GPA with an accounting major.

Senior David Kiplagat joined the GNAC Academic Team for the second time, majoring in finance (3.27), while junior Paul Rottich made the team for the first time (3.30, finance.)

On the women’s side, junior Laura Carr was the lone Seawolf to be honored. The native of South Bend, Ind., is majoring in education and languages. Carr boasts the highest GPA for the Seawolves, posting a 3.67. Carr was a member of the GNAC all-academic team during the 2006 season as well.

To be eligible for the academic team, a runner must hold an overall grade point average of 3.20 and be in at least their second full year of competition.

November 11, 2008 Compiled by Josh Edge

UAA’s Grant earns WCHA weekly honor

MADISON, Wis. (Nov. 4) – UAA forward Tommy Grant, who scored three goals in the Seawolves’ Halloween weekend series split at league rival Michigan Tech, is the Red Baron WCHA Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.
Last Friday in Houghton, Mich., with UAA trailing 2-0 after the first period, Grant scored back-to-back goals in the second period to pull his team even in an eventual 4-2 setback. Then Saturday, Grant scored the game-winning goal at 3:42 of the third period as the Seawolves came back to gain a split in the series with a 2-1 road victory over MTU. In addition to his three goals, Grant also had nine shots on goal in the series and earned a +1 plus/minus rating.
The 6-2, 190-pound sophomore from North Vancouver, British Columbia, is tied for the lead in goal scoring among Western Collegiate Hockey Association players this season with six. With three assists and nine total points, Grant has already surpassed his scoring numbers from his freshman year (5-2-7) in all three categories.

UAA’s Cardwell honored for academics

SPOKANE, Wash. (Nov. 7) – UAA senior Rhea Cardwell was named Friday to the 2008 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Academic All-Conference volleyball team.
Cardwell, a senior from Prineville, Ore., was tied for the fifth-best grade-point average among the 41 honorees, earning a 3.88 as a political science major.
The outside hitter leads the GNAC and ranks among the national leaders with 4.29 kills per game for the Seawolves.
It is the first career GNAC academic honor for Cardwell, who transferred to UAA last season from Clackamas (Ore.) Community College.
To be eligible for the academic team, student athletes must have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 and be in at least their second year of competition at their university.

Both UAA squads race to NCAA berths at Regionals

The UAA men’s and women’s cross country teams are headed to NCAA Division II Nationals after racing to second- and third-place finishes, respectively, at the West Regionals at UC San Diego on Saturday morning.
The 6th nationally ranked Seawolf men finished with 67 points behind 4th-ranked Chico State’s 28 points. UAA’s women – ranked No. 13 – totaled 104 points behind No. 3 Chico State and No. 12 Seattle Pacific. This marks the first time that UAA has sent both the men’s and women’s squads to Nationals in the same season.
Leading the pack for the men was sophomore Marko Cheseto, who crossed the line in 32 minutes, 24.6 seconds, for a runner-up finish in the 10K race. Cheseto was just 9 seconds shy of the title that went to Chico State’s Scott Bauhs.
On the women’s side, junior Laura Carr and senior Elizabeth Chepkosgei each gained all-region accolades as Carr finished the 6K race in a time of 21: 40.3 for fourth place, and Chepkosgei came in sixth with a time of 21:58.
The men’s team qualified for Nationals by finishing among the top three teams, while the women needed to make the top five. The men’s second-place team result marks the tenth consecutive season the program has finished in the top five at West Regionals.
Both teams will head to the 2008 NCAA Division II Nationals that will be held at Slippery Rock, Pa., on Nov. 22.

Seawolves drop exhibition to Lobos

The UAA women’s basketball team battled host New Mexico to a draw for 36 minutes Sunday before finally succumbing to the Division I squad, 60-49, in an exhibition game at The Pit.
The Seawolves – ranked No. 5 in NCAA Div. II – put all nine of their players in the scoring column, led by 11 points from senior forward Dasha Basova.
But after taking a 49-48 lead on Nicci Miller’s layup with 3:22 left, the Seawolves would surrender a 12-0 Lobo run to end the game.
UNM, which is coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance last season, was led by 19 points (4-12 FG, 9-10 FT) from center Angela Hartill and 18 points (5-15 FG, 6-6 FT) from guard Amy Beggin.
The Lobos shot just 25.8 percent (16-62) from the floor but made up for that at the free throw line, where they sank 24 of 30.
Junior point guard Kiki Taylor had eight points and seven rebounds for the Seawolves, while freshman forward Hanna Johansson scored seven points off the bench.
The loss snapped a five-game UAA winning streak against Division I competition, including an exhibition road victory over Washington State last year.

October 28, 2008 Compiled by Kaitlynn Jackson

Seawolves take top GNAC spots in championships

The UAA men swept the top three spots and placed four runners in the top five to claim their third league title, while the UAA women earned runner-up status on Oct. 24, in the eighth annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships.

Sophomore Marko Cheseto blazed to the men’s individual crown in a dominating time of 24 minutes, 30 seconds over the 8-kilometer Apple Ridge Run course. Cheseto was followed by Seawolf freshmen Jake Parisien (25:07) and Alfred Kangogo (25:09) in second and third, while 2006 GNAC individual champ and senior David Kiplagat finished fifth in 25:20.

Sophomore Cory Pena was the final Seawolf scorer across the finish line (22nd, 26:34), helping nationally 7th-ranked UAA outdistance 13th-ranked Western Washington 34-53 for the team title. UAA, which won the 2002 and 2005 GNAC titles, now joins WWU as the league’s only three-time winners in men’s cross country. It is the fourth overall league title for the UAA men, along with the Pacific West Conference crown in 1997.

In the women’s 6-K race, junior Laura Carr was the first Seawolf across the line in fourth place (22:10), followed by senior Elizabeth Chepkosgei in fifth (22:19), sophomore Hallidie Wilt in eighth (22:56) and freshman Ruth Jeptoo in 10th (23:03).

The 19th-ranked Seawolves were barely edged for the team title by 17th-ranked Seattle Pacific, 48-52. It was the UAA women’s third GNAC runner-up finish in the last three seasons (2005, 2006).

All eight Seawolves who finished in the top 10 in their respective races earned All-GNAC honors for their efforts, while Cheseto claimed the men’s Newcomer of the Year and Parisien the men’s Freshman of the Year awards.

Seawolves fall 3-0 to the Falcons

Seattle Pacific’s Nikki Finley smashed 21 kills and Sarah Risser had 15 kills Oct. 23 to lead the host Falcons to a 25-22, 29-27, 25-20 sweep of UAA in Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball action at Brougham Pavilion.

UAA (12-11, 4-6 GNAC) was paced by 10 kills from senior outside hitter Joanna Johnson, while junior libero Stacie Meisner made a match-high 16 digs.

But little went right for the Seawolves as they were out-hit .244 to .129 and outblocked by a decisive 12-5 count.

The Falcons (4-15, 2-8) got 15 digs from Anna Herold, plus six kills and six blocks from Paige Hoffman.

UAA standout Rhea Cardwell, who entered the match ranked fifth nationally with 4.26 kills per set, was held to just nine kills and 10 digs. Setter Calli Scott managed 25 assists, five kills and 10 digs in the losing effort.

WCHA honors Clark’s offense

Forward Kevin Clark, who produced four points while earning Most Outstanding Player honors at the Brice Alaska Goal Rush last weekend in Fairbanks, has been named Red Baronr WCHA Offensive Player of the Week.

The 5-9, 170-pound junior from Winnipeg, Manitoba, produced four points in the two wins, on two goals and two assists. In Alaska Anchorage’s 3-1 victory over Maine last Friday (Oct. 17), Clark scored a game-tying goal and also drew an assist on teammate Craig Parkinson’s game-winner.

On Saturday (Oct. 18), Clark came back to score another goal and add another assist as the Seawolves overcame a 3-0 deficit to defeat Mercyhurst, 6-4, and capture the first Goal Rush tournament title. In addition to his four points, Clark also fired six shots on goal in the two wins.

The award is the first for Clark, who ranks second in scoring among his UAA teammates with two goals, four assists and six points in four games.

UAA and Clark face Minnesota Duluth to open Western Collegiate Hockey Association play Oct. 24-25. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. both nights.

-Compiled by Ashley Smith

Soccer provides peace for Palestinians

In Jerusalem, the first international soccer game was held, despite the fact that the Palestinians do not currently have a state.

The game amounted to more than a sport but instead offered a way for the people of Palestine to express their national pride and forget about the ongoing conflict for an afternoon.

In a regulation-size stadium renovated by FIFA, a friendly game with neighboring nation, Jordan, was held. The game resulted in a 1-1 tie, with Palestine in the lead until Jordan scored their goal early in the second half.

Due to the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, the sport is offering unity within the region and is providing Palestinians with hope during this difficult time.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter attended the game and spoke with reporters. “We are here to realize a dream, that is the national team of Palestine playing in its own stadium,” Blatter said.

October 21, 2008 Compiled by Josh Edge

Seawolf coaching pioneer Linda Bruns passes away

?Former UAA women’s basketball coach Linda Bruns passed away Thursday at her home in Flagstaff, Ariz., after a long battle with cancer. She was 66.

?Bruns accumulated a program-record 176 career victories over 11 seasons (1979-90) at UAA. The Great Falls, Mont., native took over the struggling Seawolf women’s program and turned it around, posting a 149-73 (.671) record over her last eight seasons.

?After joining the Continental Divide Conference in 1984-85, Bruns’ squads won three league titles and placed runner-up once. Those Seawolf teams also made three NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 1987-88 team that went 24-5, finished a perfect 14-0 in the CDC and made the NCAA “Sweet 16” round.

?Bruns helped recruit and shape successful players at UAA, including Seawolf Hall of Fame inductees Robin Graul – the school’s all-time leading scorer – Cheryl Bishop and Wendy Sturgis, plus other such standouts as Debbie Clare, Diane Dobrich and Greta Fadness.

?Bruns went on to coach three seasons at Division I Northern Arizona in Flagstaff and later became a local business owner.

Seawolves tabbed No. 5 by D-II Bulletin

The UAA women’s basketball team has been tabbed the No. 5-ranked squad in NCAA Division II according to the Women’s Division II Bulletin Preseason Top 25 rankings.

?Defending national champion Northern Kentucky is No. 1, followed by California (Pa.), West Texas A&M, Franklin Pierce (N.H.) and UAA. The Seawolves are the only Great Northwest Athletic Conference or West Region team in the preseason rankings.

?The WDIIB Preseason Player of the Year is Johanna Leedham, a junior center at Franklin Pierce, which UAA defeated in last season’s NCAA Quarterfinals.

?The Seawolves – coming off a 30-5 record and an NCAA Semifinals loss to Northern Kentucky – return six letter-winners, including two-time GNAC Player of the Year Rebecca Kielpinski, a 6-2 senior center.

?UAA opens the 2008-09 campaign at Disney’s Division II East Coast Tip-Off Classic in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 31-Nov. 2, where it will play Columbus (Ga.) State, Bentley (Mass.) and Lake Superior (Mich.) State.

KCFT FamilyNet to broadcast 2008 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout

?The UAA athletic department announced Wednesday that local television station KCFT FamilyNet will be broadcasting the six games from the 2008 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, Nov. 25-29 at Anchorage’s Sullivan Arena.

?On the women’s side, KCFT will show both UAA games, beginning with Tuesday’s opener against Cal State Northridge and followed by Wednesday’s matchup with either Syracuse or Jackson State.

?On the men’s side, the broadcast slate will be comprised of the UAA-Hampton first-round clash, plus both Friday’s semifinals and Saturday’s championship game.

?All six games will be shown on a tape-delayed basis in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley, while they will be available live on GCI Cable in select areas statewide.

?This year’s Shootout fields are comprised of UAA, Cal State Northridge, Jackson State and Syracuse on the women’s side, and UAA, Hampton, Louisiana Tech, Northern Illinois, Portland State, San Diego State, Seattle and Western Carolina on the men’s side.

?KCFT is broadcast on Channel 35 (GCI Cable Ch. 19) in Anchorage. Check local listings in other areas.

October 14, 2008 Compiled by Josh Edge

Seawolves sweep in San Diego

The Alaska Anchorage cross country team continued its strong showing in 2008 with a pair of team wins at the UC San Diego Triton Classic Saturday on the UCSD campus. The nationally ranked No. 7 UAA men dominated a field of nine teams that included No. 20 UC San Diego, while the No. 22 Seawolf women won their third straight meet over a 13-team field that included the No. 19 Triton women.

Both teams ran very confidently today,? head coach Michael Friess said via phone after the race.

Next up for UAA will be its biggest race yet at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships in Yakima, Wash., Oct. 25.

We told them now the next time we race thatís for championships,? Friess said. ?We finished our regular season out pretty solidly and it positions us well for the next two weeks. Weíve got to be healthy, train hard and run with passion in a couple weeks.?

-Compiled by Josh Edge

September 23, 2008 Northern Light

‘Wolves name hockey captains for 2008-09

Alaska Anchorage head hockey coach Dave Shyiak announced Wednesday that senior defenseman Mat Robinson has been named team captain for the 2008-09 season with junior forwards Paul Crowder and Josh Lunden selected as the team’s assistant captains. The Seawolf team voted on all three captain appointments with additional input from the coaching staff.

?”All three of these players represent UAA well on and off the ice,” Shyiak said. “They are hard workers who have earned this recognition.”

Seawolf runners impress in Seattle

?Led by runner-up performances from sophomore Marko Cheseto and senior Elizabeth Chepkosgei, the Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s cross country squads served notice to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference with a strong showing Saturday in the University of Washington’s Sundodger Invitational held at West Seattle’s Lincoln Park.

The nationally ranked No. 12 Seawolf men’s team finished second in the 8-kilometer invitational race to host Washington but beat out a slew of Division I foes, as well GNAC rival and nationally ranked No. 10 Western Washington. Not to be outdone, the UAA women placed three runners in the top eight to win the 6-kilometer open race over Western Washington.

‘Wolves stop streaks with 3-1 win over NNU

Senior Rhea Cardwell smashed 18 kills and libero Stacie Meisner made 25 digs as the Alaska Anchorage volleyball team started its Great Northwest Athletic Conference schedule on the right foot Thursday, defeating Northwest Nazarene 25-19, 20-25, 25-19, 25-17 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

?The Seawolves (9-5, 1-0 GNAC), who won just one league match a year ago, also got 13 kills from sophomore middle blocker Courtney Lundberg and 10 kills and 10 digs from senior outside hitter Rachel Kidwell to snap out of an 11-match home GNAC losing streak.

?The Crusaders (6-3, 0-1) did not have any individuals reach double-figures in kills as all-league middle blocker managed nine. Outside hitter Amanda Boschma led the visitors from Nampa, Idaho, with 22 digs.

?The result also ended a nine-match NNU winning streak in the series that dated to 2003.

Despite a solid second set by the Crusaders, UAA controlled play throughout the match, building early leads in the first, third and fourth sets that they would not relinquish.

UAA sweeps SPU, start 2-0 in GNAC

Rhea Cardwell ripped 17 kills and setter Calli Scott had 39 assists Saturday to lift the Alaska Anchorage volleyball team to a 25-23, 28-26, 25-22 sweep of longtime rival Seattle Pacific at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

?The victory improved UAA to 10-5 overall and 2-0 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference for just the second time in the league’s eight-year history.

?SPU (2-9, 0-2) was led by Nikki Finley and Lindsey Wodrich with 10 kills apiece.

?The upstart Seawolves, who were picked to finish last in the GNAC preseason coaches’ poll, now find themselves in a first-place tie with Central Washington after the first full week of conference play. UAA has now already doubled both its overall and league win totals from 2007.

?The Seawolves showed resiliency throughout the match, coming back from late deficits in every set – 22-20 in the first, 17-14 in the second, and 20-16 in the third.

September 16, 2008 Compiled by Josh Edge and Ashl

UAA men run to national ranking
?Anchorage – Propelled by a strong debut at the UAA Invitational, the Alaska Anchorage men’s cross country team has shot from unranked in the preseason to No. 11 in the nation, according to the latest rankings released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The UAA women were not ranked in the top 25 but did move up in the USTFCCCA West Region rankings from No. 10 to No. 8 following a dominant 17-44 win over Edinboro, as the first four runners across the finish line were Seawolves.

The Seawolves will return to action Sept. 20 when they travel to Seattle for the University of Washington-hosted Sundodger Invitational, which should feature most of UAA’s GNAC foes.


Seawolves fall to top-5 squad at Concordia Tournament

Despite an impressive second-set win over the defending national champions, the Alaska Anchorage volleyball team dropped a pair of matches Saturday as they fell 3-0 to No. 5 Truman State and 3-1 to No. 3 Concordia-St. Paul at the Radisson-Roseville Concordia Classic.

After upsetting No. 8 Augustana in their tourney opener on Sept. 12, the Seawolves finished with three straight losses to ranked opponents. UAA completes its non-conference schedule with an 8-5 record, with all five losses coming against nationally ranked foes.

Additionally, the eight total victories are already the most for a UAA squad since 2004.

The Seawolves return home next week to begin the Great Northwest Athletic Conference season against Northwest Nazarene (Thur., Sept. 18) and Seattle Pacific (Sat., Sept. 20). Both matches start at 7 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

# 3 Concordia-St. Paul 3, UAA 1
Rhea Cardwell had 14 kills and fellow senior outside hitter Joanna Johnson nearly had a double-double with nine kills and 10 digs as UAA lost 25-15, 21-25, 25-14, 25-18 to defending national champion Concordia-St. Paul on its home court at the Gangelhoff Center.

The balanced Golden Bears (11-1) won their 11th straight thanks to 17 kills from Emily Palkert, and 13 kills apiece from Sadie Kessler (.542 att. pct.) and Whitney Meierotto.

After dropping the first set, UAA shocked the Golden Bears with a 6-0 spurt to open the next frame, eventually stretching the lead as high as 17-9. CU would scratch back within 24-21 before senior Jessica Morehouse’s kill evened the match.

The hosts easily won the third set, however, they had to struggle with the scrappy Seawolves in the fourth. A kill by Rachel Kidwell and a block by Cortney Lundberg and Johnson cut CU’s lead to 16-15, but the Golden Bears started to slowly pull away and finished the match with four straight points.

UAA setter Calli Scott totaled 38 assists, while Lundberg led UAA with four total blocks.

#5 Truman State 3, UAA 0
Senior outside hitter Rachel Kidwell had a solid offensive showing, but the rest of the Seawolf volleyball team was held in check by the nation’s No. 5-ranked team as Truman State prevailed 25-12, 25-12, 25-22 at the Radisson-Roseville Concordia Classic here Saturday.

UAA (8-4) got seven kills from Kidwell, Rhea Cardwell and Joanna Johnson as it lost its second straight match to a nationally ranked opponent.

TSU (9-2) was led by Jenna Novelli’s 12-kill, 11-dig effort as the Missouri school managed a .343 attack percentage and outdug the Seawolves 58-40.

Kidwell finished with just one attack error on 15 attempts for a .400 attack percentage, while Cardwell came up with a team-high 11 digs.