{Sports Briefs}

Cross country earns academic accolades

Nine Seawolves were named to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference academic all-conference team for cross country. Sophomore Stacy Edwards tops the list with her perfect 4.0 grade point average. Edwards is one of three student-athletes on the academic team with a 4.0, and she’s the only Seawolf woman to earn both academic and athletic all-conference honors. Four Seawolf women join Edwards on the all-conference team – Meyoung Blum, Leslie Boyd, Sarah Hansen and Lindsay Krous.

Men’s cross country had four members named to the academic all-conference team. Junior Toby Schwoerer lead the men with his 3.94 GPA in Economics. Chris Cannon, Nate Normandin and Sean Rivers also earned academic honors.

 

Seawolf spikers make the grade

Juniors Starr Burgan, Kirsten Hunley and Kasey Kuelper aren’t only pace setting on the volleyball court. The three Seawolves were named to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference academic all-conference team for volleyball. Kuelper, a 5-foot-8 setter from Anchorage, led the Seawolves with her 3.5 grade point average in education. Burgan, a 5-11 middle blocker, posted a 3.39 GPA in psychology for her second straight GNAC academic honor. Hunley, a 5-6 libero, has 3.29 GPA in psychology, earning her first academic conference honors.

 

Alpine ski team adds new coach

Jeff Rust joins the Seawolf ski team coaching staff as assistant alpine coach. Rust is a native of Ketchum, Idaho. He skied for Western State College of Colorado, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management in 1997. Rust also coached for the Mountaineers from 1995-97. He joins head alpine coach C.J. Baltz who was hired in July.

 

Bring canned goods, get a half-priced ticket

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UAA’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee is sponsoring a canned food drive at home Seawolf athletic events. Anyone who donates two cans of food at Tuesday’s women’s basketball game or the men’s basketball games at the AT&T Alascom Jamboree will get half off the admission price. All donations will go to the Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission. The Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission is a Christian-based shelter that provides meals, clothing and counseling for the homeless.

Members of the Student Athlete Advirsory Committee decorated grocery carts donated by Carrs/Safeway in support of their food drive. This winning baskets, designed by men’s basketball team members Mark Drake and Peter Bullock. The carts can be found along the hallway upstairs in the Sports Center.

 

Seawolf Speech and Debate takes top honors

Twelve members of UAA’s Speech and Debate team topped the competition at the Linfield Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament Nov. 9-11. The Seawolves won the Division II and the Grand sweepstakes, taking six first-place finishes out of the 11 individual speaking events. Seniors Patrick Bickford and Andrew Gardner tied in overall points to become the top tournament speakers. Gardner took first in extemporaneous speaking, after dinner speaking and fourth in impromptu speaking. Bickford finished first in poetry and second in the prose interpretation category. The two combined forces to win the duo interpretation category.