Leave it to Beaverson
Hockey season may be three months away but the final piece of the recruiting puzzle is in place. University of Alaska Anchorage head coach John Hill announced Aug. 5 that defenseman Luke Beaverson has signed a national letter of intent, rounding out the 2004 recruiting class.
Hill hopes the 6-3, 210-pound Beaverson brings a large but quick presence to the UAA blue line. He played his last two seasons for the Green Bay Gamblers, the former team of UAA graduate Dallas Steward. Last year, the Vadnais, Minn. native piled up 141 penalty minutes in 57 games to lead the Gamblers.
He originally committed to conference rival North Dakota but opted for UAA instead. Beaverson”s draft rights are owned by the NHL”s Florida Panthers, who selected him in the ninth round in 2004.
Classwork has caught up to UAA hockey standout Chris Fournier, something opponents had trouble doing during his one season in Anchorage. Fournier will not return for the 2004-2005 season due to academic ineligibility after failing to complete summer school courses.
The quick, 5-6, 178-pounder leaves UAA”s main scoring line after tallying 14 goals and 18 assists last year. He was the team leader in assists, second in points, and third in goals.
The former East High star played one year for North Dakota before transferring to UAA and redshirting during the 2002-2003 season. Fournier will pursue a career in professional hockey.
New class to enter Hall
The Seawolf Hall of Fame continues to grow with the fourth class named in Aug. 4 by athletics director Steve Cobb. The new class includes hockey goalie Paul Krake, multi-sport athlete Tiina Hoffman, basketball forward Cheryl Bishop and faculty-athletic representative Jack Peterson. The group will be inducted Oct. 17 in a special ceremony at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
Krake, UAA”s athlete of the year for 1991-92, becomes the fourth hockey player and first goalie to join the Hall. He holds eight team records including most wins and games played.
Bishop finished her four-year career in 1987 as the all-time leader in points, rebounds and blocks. Her arrival sparked the women”s program to unprecedented success. The UAA women never had a winning season before Bishop arrived but were over the .500 marks for 10 consecutive years afterwards.
Hoffman, UAA”s first-ever Athlete of the Year, was a cross country runner and Nordic skier from 1981-1985, qualifying four times for the NCAA Ski Championships. The Viermaki, Finland native then served as an assistant and head coach in the Nordic program from 1988-1993.
Peterson, a sociology professor and faculty representative for three decades, becomes the fourth non-athlete to join the Hall. He helped strengthen the relationship between athletics and academics during his tenure and assisted in the hockey team”s move to the Division I ranks.
Intramural and Club Sports
Stay fit through intramurals
The start of a new school year also signals the start of sign-ups to play your favorite intramural sport. Be sure to get your friends and sign-up before time runs out, as there are a limited number of teams. There are six teams each for volleyball and soccer and eight for basketball. Rosters are limited to 12 team members. Teams will be decided on a first-come, first-serve basis. The deadline for roster submissions is Sept. 15.
If you are interested stop by the Intramural Office in Room 209 of the Wells Fargo Sports Complex or call Julie Foster at 786-6009.