Sports Briefs: May 12

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.

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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