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Posted: Monday, January 07, 2002

Chugiak girls dominate Seward

The Chugiak girls basketball team built a 19-6 lead in the first quarter en route to claiming a nonconference victory over Seward Saturday in Anchorage.

Chugiak's Elyse Hartman pumped in 20 points to lead all scorers, while Ruth Banse paced the Seahawks with 12 points.

MUSTANGS 57, SEAHAWKS 29

Seward 6 7 4 12 --29

Chugiak 19 18 5 25 --57

SEWARD (29) -- Gaule 1 0-0 2, Boulden 1 0-0 2, Bardarson 0 1-2 1, Ganser 2 1-7 5, K. Regis 0 1-2 1, Banse 5 2-3 12, Hetrick 0 0-0 0, Deruwe 2 1-2 5, Dieckgraeff 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 11 7-19 29.

CHUGIAK (57) -- Waters 1 1-2 3, Sacks 2 1-5 5, Hight 3 0-0 6, Hartman 9 0-0 20, Hedum 3 0-0 6, Wasson 0 0-0 0, Beisher 1 0-0 3, Adams 2 0-0 4, Starbard 1 1-2 3, Putnam 3 1-2 7. Totals -- 25 4-11 57.

3-point goals -- Seward 0; Chugiak 3 (Hartman, Beisher). Total fouls -- Seward 13, Chugiak 18. Fouled out -- Hetrick.

UAA hockey sweeps Michigan Tech

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- University of Alaska Anchorage scored three short-handed goals and killed off all seven of Michigan Tech's power plays en route to a 3-2 victory in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action Saturday night.

Seawolves senior defenseman Eric Lawson finished off a three-on-one rush short-handed, tying the game at 13:28 of the second period. The goal came while killing off a five-minute penalty to Dan Gilkerson. Sophomore Jace Digel then scored at 17:40 while also down a man on his side.

Not to be outdone, Sophomore Dallas Steward tallied the Seawolves third short-handed goal of the second period at 18:13 to complete Alaska Anchorage's scoring.

The Seawolves completed the weekend sweep of the Huskies outscoring them 11-3 and scoring four goals while on the penalty kill. Paul Cabana tallied in the first period and Justin Brown in the third in the loss for Michigan Tech. The Huskies appeared to tie the score midway through the final period, but Brett Engelhardt's goal was waived off when officials said he gloved the puck into the net.

The Seawolves improved to 5-7-2 in WCHA action and 6-9-3 overall. The Huskies dropped to 1-9-2 in conference play and 5-13-2. Chris King had 24 saves for Alaska Anchorage. His counterpart, the Huskies Cam Ellsworth, had 17 saves.

Garcia off to a strong start

KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Sergio Garcia set his goals high and took a big leap in the first tournament of the year, making birdie on the first playoff hole Sunday to beat PGA champion David Toms in the Mercedes Championships.

Garcia, who wants to win the money list on the PGA Tour and the European tour, holed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole in regulation to close with a 9-under 64 and force a playoff with Toms, who missed a birdie putt from about the same distance.

They finished at 18-under 274.

Returning to the 18th for the playoff, Toms hit a sand wedge from mangled rough to about 30 feet and two-putted for par.

Garcia pitched to about 10 feet past the hole -- in almost the same spot from where Toms had his birdie attempt to win in regulation. The Spaniard dropped his putter and raised his arms as the ball disappeared into hole.

Tournament officials drove a Mercedes toward the 18th green to give to Garcia. More valuable is the $720,000 winner's check -- a good start for a 21-year-old player who's shooting for a monster year.

Tiger assured New Zealand tourney will be safe

KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Aware of a threatening letter containing cyanide sent to the U.S. Embassy in New Zealand, Tiger Woods said Sunday he had no plans to withdraw and was assured by tournament officials they would do everything possible to keep it safe.

''Things like this do happen,'' Woods said after finishing the Mercedes Championships with an 8-under-par 65. ''You have to go on living your life. It's unfortunate that people have these types of views and do these types of acts.

''I'm going to go down there and enjoy myself and try to play like I did today.''

Police and U.S. Embassy officials said the embassy received a letter last month containing cyanide and threats to disrupt the New Zealand Open, where Woods is playing.

Ohio State coach Fred Taylor dead at 77

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Fred Taylor, who coached an Ohio State team featuring Jerry Lucas, John Havlicek and a seldom-used sub named Bobby Knight to the 1960 NCAA championship, died Sunday at 77.

Taylor died at Mill Run Gardens & Care Center, daughter Nikki Kelley said. He had lived in the suburban nursing facility since a brain aneurysm in 1996. A year later, he had a heart attack.

Many of his former players visited him over the years, including Knight, the longtime Indiana coach now at Texas Tech

Miller wins second men's slalom event

ADELBODEN, Switzerland -- If he had to choose, Bode Miller would take a World Cup title over an Olympic medal. At the rate he's going, he might end up with both.

The 24-year-old skier from Franconia, N.H., won his second World Cup slalom of the season in commanding style Sunday, establishing himself as a favorite for next month's Salt Lake Olympics.

The leader after the opening leg, Miller dominated his second trip down the tightly-set Chuenisbaergli course to win with a two-run time of 1 minute, 33.24 seconds, 1.92 seconds ahead of runner-up Ivica Kostelic of Croatia.

Paerson wins fourth straight slalom title

MARIBOR, Slovenia -- World champion Anja Paerson of Sweden charged through her second run Sunday to narrowly win her fourth straight title in a World Cup slalom in which two Americans cracked the top 10.

Paerson rallied from second place after the first leg and finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 41.14 seconds.

''I was usually around 10th place after the first runs before and I had to hunt others down,'' Paerson said. ''Now the others are hunting me.''

First-run leader Laure Pequegnot of France was second, 0.08 seconds behind. Sonja Nef of Switzerland, the winner of Friday's giant slalom, finished third, trailing Paerson by 1.49 seconds.

Sarah Schleper of Vail, Colo., who has had a string of good results recently, finished fifth. Kristina Koznick of Burnesville, Minn., was seventh.

''I'm satisfied, even though I could have skied much better in the second run,'' Schleper said. ''I'm skiing better with every race, but I think I chickened out a little bit when I saw the finish line.''

Koznick was hoping for a better finish, especially with the Olympics next month in her home country.

''I know that I'm very fast in training and it is frustrating me,'' she said. ''Now I just have to try and keep up.''

Defending World Cup champion Janica Kostelic finished 10th and is still trying to regain her form after injuries.

Paerson extended her lead in the slalom standings and climbed to first in the overall standings, 88 points ahead of Nef.

Unlike a day earlier, when the course was flat and hard, the course Sunday was icy and the turns were more difficult, particularly for lower-order racers who had to trudge through cracks and ruts.

The World Cup series continues with two downhills, a slalom and a combined event in Salbaach, Austria, on Jan. 11-13.



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