{Sports Briefs}

Seawolf women sign point guard and two forwards

The University of Alaska Anchorage women's basketball team has signed a trio of players – Laura Taborsky of Seattle; Amber Nasby of Kelowna, British Columbia; and Lindsay Behrends of Bothell, Wash. ñ to National Letters of intent play for the Seawolves next year.

Taborsky, a 5' 7" point guard comes to UAA as a transfer from Skagit Valley College in Wash. She led her team to a 21-7 record and second place in the 33-team Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges tournament. She was named MVP of the nine-team Northern Division averaging 16.8 points on 50 percent field goal shooting. She led the NWAACC at the free-throw line shooting 87 percent and ranked third in assists. A product of Seattle's Shorewood High School, where her team won the Wash. State 4A title as a senior, Taborsky will be a junior at UAA in the fall.

A 5' 11" forward, Nasby is considered one of the top 20 elite high school players in British Columbia as shown by her selection to the Nike Nationals BC team. She was the top rebounder and second-leading scorer in the Best of the West Adidas All-Star game. She averaged over 20 points per game for the Kelowna Owls last season.

Behrends, a 6' forward, averaged 6.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game as a senior at Bothell High School. She recovered from a sprained ankle that kept her out of all but two games her junior season and played on the Seattle based Magic 2000 club team last summer.

Taborsky, Nasby, and Behrends join high school forward Jennifer Stoddard of Olympia, Wash, in the Seawolves' 2001 recruiting class.

 

Seawolf volleyball team scheduled for two tournaments in the GNAC inaugural season

Two tournaments, including an UAA invitational and the Seawolves' first trip through the newly formed Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) are on the slate for the women's volleyball team in 2001. The Seawolves will host the annual UAA invitational, Aug. 30 ñ Sept. 1, featuring Nebraska-Kearney, St. Joseph's (Ind.) and San Francisco State. Nebraska-Kearney went 29-6 last season and finished with a number 14 national ranking. UAA also travels to Charleston, W. Va. Sept. 7-8. With the formation of the GNAC, UAA will play a full home-and-home, round-robin conference schedule for the first time since 1997. The Seawolves return four starters from last season's team that posted a 14-18 overall record and an 8-6 mark in the Pac -West Conference.

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Kirk wins UAA athlete of the year award

Nine students, representing all of the University of Alaska Anchorage's intercollegiate sports, were in the running for the prestigious Athlete of the Year award. The annual award was presented at the Athlete of the Year banquet, April 28 at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel to Ed Kirk. The nominees were:

Leslie Boyd, a junior from Seward, Alaska was UAA's top Nordic skier and No. 2 cross country runner this year. She was named to the RMISA all-conference ski team and was an academic all-conference selection in crosscountry.

Mandi Burdick, a freshman from Stacy, Minn. was UAA's top gymnast throughout the season posting the team's highest scores on vault, bars, floor and the all-around. She finished No.12 in the all-around at the USAG national meet April 12.

Jason Feeken, a senior Nordic racer from Kenai, Alaska was a four-time academic All-American and qualified for the NCAA Ski Championships as an alternate this year.

Ed Kirk, a senior guard from Dallas,Texas was voted Pac-West Conference Player of the Year as well as a Third Team All-American. Kirk led the Pac-West in scoring and assists as he captained the Seawolves to a 19-8 record.

Kiersten Lippmann, a sophomore from Waylen, Mass. was the cross country team's top performer in the inaugural year of the women's program. She helped the team finish 10 out of 23 teams in the region and was named Pac-West Runner of the Week on Oct. 9.

Tiffany Massey, a senior from Payson, Utah was chosen First Team All-Pac-West Conference for the second straight season. The forward led UAA in rebounds, assists and steals. Massey was a finalist for last year's AOY award.

Tobias Schwoerer, from Lenzkirsch, Germany became the first Seawolf runner to qualify for the NCAA nationals. As a Nordic skier he earned All-America honors with his seventh place finish in the 10-K classical race. Schwoerer is a first-year in cross country runner and a second year skier.

Vanessa Tsukano, a senior from Honolulu, Hawaii was voted First Team All Pac-West Conference volleyball team after leading the Seawolves in kills, digs, and double-doubles. She was named MVP at the Jefferson Classic and tallied over 20 kills four times.

Gregg Zaporzan, a junior from Schreiber, Ont. and two-time WCHA all-academic hockey team member. Zaporzan scored three power play goals and five multiple point games for the Seawolves last season.

 

Hansen signs on for cross country skiing at UAA

Sarah Hansen of Colony High School has signed a National Letter of intent to attend UAA and compete on the cross country ski team. Hansen finished ninth in the 5,000-meter freestyle race in the 2000-2001 ASAA/First National Bank cross country skiing championships. She also led the Colony High School girls' team to the Region III team title anchoring the 3.5 kilometer relay in the championship. Hansen was named to the Alaska Junior National Ski Team.