{Sports Briefs}

Men in the Middle of GNAC pack

The University of Alaska Anchorage men's basketball team was picked to finish fifth by league coaches Nov. 1. UAA received 65 votes from coaches with Western Washington University tabbed to take the title.

The inaugural season of Great Northwest Athletic Conference play begins Dec. 8 against the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

UAA finished 19-8 last season, 13-3 in the now-defunct Pac West Conference but have lost five players from the squad. The Seawolves take on the University of Georgia Nov. 5 and the University of Texas Nov. 7 before the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout Nov. 21-24 at the Sullivan Arena, which you'll read about soon.

 

Women hope seven is their lucky number

With only nine players on the roster, one true post player and two red-shirts, it was no surprise that GNAC coaches picked UAA's women's basketball team to finish seventh this season. UAA garnered 40 votes from coaches, 66 behind league-favorite Seattle Pacific, who also nabbed 8 of 10 first place votes.

The women take on Christian Heritage Nov. 12-13 before hosting their women's Shootout Nov. 20-21.

 

Scalpers go crazy, Shootout tickets on sale NOW!

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The 2001 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout ticket packages are on sale now. The packages are good for all 16 tournament contests and range in price from $92-$119.

Shootout session tickets will go on sale Nov. 12, but are only good for two games. The price-per-session ranges from $8-$27.

Tickets are available at tickets.com and all CarrsTix locations, or by calling 1-800-GR8-SEAT.

The UAA men open the tournament against the University of Indiana on ESPN2 Nov. 21.

The lady Seawolves open against Gonzaga Nov. 20. As usual, all games are held at the Sully.

 

Please Hammer don't hurt `em say GNAC coaches

Freshwoman Carolyn DeKay (Chugiak H.S.) was named co-player of the week for play through Oct. 28. The outside hitter led the lady Seawolf volleyball team in kills during two convincing victories over Humboldt St. and Western Oregon.

DeKay tied Seattle Pacific University outside hitter Leah Wiiest for the honor, the third for a Seawolf this season.

“The hammer” is second on the team in kills this season with 259, behind Brianne Halling's 289.

DeKay was the Alaska Gatorade High School Player of the Year for 2000.

 

Four plus four equals… c'mon runners you're smart

Eight harriers are among 71 fellow GNAC runners honored as Academic All-conference selections for the 2001 running season.

“Shewolves” recognized include; Katya Lamskova (Psychology, Jr., 3.88), Leslie Boyd (English/Journalism and Public Communications, Jr., 3.81), Meyoung Blum (Public Relations, Jr., 3.73) and Nicole Hanson (Undeclared, Soph., 3.48). The quartet made up one-tenth of the 40 recognized for having a minimum grade point average of 3.20 and two years of competition at their school.

UAA men recognized included; Vernon Campbell (Public Administration, Sr., 4.00), Tobais Schwoerer (Economics, Soph., 3.92), Sheamus Lamb (Aviation, Soph., 3.54) and Sean Rivers (Journalism and Public Communications, Jr., 3.29). Team captain Campbell was the top academic all-star for his graduate studies work.

 

Even debaters can be hilarious

By Brenda Henderson
Special to the Northern Light

Five members of the University of Alaska Anchorage Speech and Debate team returned Oct. 29 from the annual James A. Johnson Invitational at Colorado Springs, Colo.

Three speakers swept top honors in After Dinner Speaking, a humorous speech aimed at entertaining.

The invitational was held Oct. 26-28 on the campus of Colorado College. 38 colleges and universities representing 16 states attended the tournament, widely regarded as one of the premier events in the United States.

Debaters Andrew Gardner, Ben Garcia and John Schultz placed first, second and third in open division After Dinner Speaking. Gardner, a junior, won the event with a speech about the deeper implications of America's fast-food culture. Garcia, a senior, placed second with a comedic analysis of psychopharmacology.

Other Seawolf debaters garnering awards, all in open divisions, were Chanille Newsome with fifth place in Persuasive Speaking, Chris Richter with sixth in Informative Speaking and Garcia again gaining a semi-final slot in Extemporaneous Speaking.

The Seawolves will send nine speakers to their next tournament at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. Nov. 9-11.