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Posted: Friday, January 10, 2003

Warriors drop two in Yakutat

The Nikolaevsk boys and girls basketball teams opened up play in the Mount St. Elias Classic by dropping games to Bristol Bay.

The Nikolaevsk girls lost 72-27, while the boys lost 63-55.

ANGELS GIRLS 72, WARRIORS 27

Bristol Bay 23 16 15 18 --72

Nikolaevsk 0 4 16 7 --27

BRISTOL BAY (72) -- Groat 5 2-2 12, West 4 0-0 8, Stephenson 3 2-2 9, A. Riddla 0 0-0 0, Angosen 6 2-2 14, Edwards 5 0-0 10, C. Riddla 5 1-2 11, Wikon 4 0-0 8. Totals -- 32 7-8 72.

NIKOLAEVSK (27) -- A. Yakunin 0 0-0 0, Reutov 0 0-0 0, Tipikin 4 1-4 9, Kojin 0 0-0 0, Bailey 0 0-0 0, Efimov 0 0-0 0, L. Yakunin 3 2-8 8, Melkomukov 4 0-0 8, Snegireu 0 0-0 0, Martushev 0 0-0 0, Reutov 1 0-3 2. Totals -- 12 3-15 27.

3-point goals -- Bristol Bay 1 (Stephenson); Nikolaevsk 0. Total fouls -- Bristol Bay 17, Nikolaevsk 9. Fouled out -- none.

ANGELS BOYS 63, WARRIORS 55

Bristol Bay 14 14 14 21 --63

Nikolaevsk 10 13 13 19 --55

BRISTOL BAY (63) -- Klein 2 2-2 6, Lind 4 6-6 14, Nashookpuk 0 0-0 0, Tibbetts 10 4-5 24, Kihk 3 0-0 7, Morrison 1 0-0 2, K. Anderson 4 2-3 10, R. Anderson 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 24 14-16 63.

NIKOLAEVSK (55) -- Tipikin 5 6-10 21, Kalugin 4 2-7 13, Nikitenko 8 10-17 35, Basargin 0 0-1 0. Totals -- 17 18-35 55.

3-point goals -- Bristol Bay 1 (Kihk 1); Nikolaevsk 3 (Tipikin 2, Nikitenko 1). Total fouls -- Bristol Bay 27, Nikolaevsk n/a. Fouled out -- Klein, K. Anderson.

Bulldogs skaters top Hawks

The Nikiski hockey team picked up a 6-4 Greatland Hockey Conference victory over Kenny Lake Thursday at the Jason Peterson Memorial Ice Rink.

The Bulldogs went into the third period trailing 2-1, but Kenny Lake, a side known for having great skaters but not much depth, wore down in the third period and Nikiski struck for five goals.

BULLDOGS 6, HAWKS 4

Kenny Lake 2 0 2 --4

Nikiski 1 0 5 --6

First period -- 1. Kenny Lake, Kenneth Maxwell (John Devens, Isaih Carlson), 6:21; 2. Nikiski, Josh Winters (Zack Womack), 11:17; 3. Kenny Lake, Garrett Butler (Tom Kimberlin, Isaih Carlson), 14:34. Penalties -- Kenny Lake 0 for 0:00; Nikiski 1 for 2:00.

Second period -- none. Penalties -- 2 for 4:00; Nikiski 2 for 4:00.

Third period -- 4. Nikiski, Brett Allemann (un.), 3:09; 5. Kenny Lake, Tom Kimberlin (un.), 6:00; 6. Nikiski, Israel Blatchford (un.), 9:07; 7. Nikiski, Josh Winters (Israel Blatchford), 9:30; 8. Kenny Lake, Greg Cooley (un.), 11:08; 9. Nikiski, Lex Litzen (Louie Oliva, Nick Russell), 12:50; 10. Nikiski, Louie Oliva (un.), 14:38. Penalties -- Kenny Lake 0 for 0:00; Nikiski 1 for 2:00.

Shots on goal -- Kenny Lake 10-6-10--26; Nikiski 10-15-14--39.

Goalies -- Kenny Lake, Michael Kimberlin (39 shots, 33 saves); Nikiski, Luke Hardesty (26 shots, 22 saves).

Home-field advantage goes to Furyk

KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Jim Furyk felt right at home Thursday in the Mercedes Championships, where he polished off a 9-under 64 just 300 yards from his house and wound up in a share of the lead with Ernie Els.

Furyk finished building his second home in the summer, played 27 holes on the Plantation Course just two months ago, and he's the only guy on the PGA Tour to have played in the season-opening Mercedes all five years since it moved to Kapalua.

Selig still thinking about All-Star options

NEW YORK -- Commissioner Bud Selig will probably brief owners next week on his plan to have the league that wins the All-Star game gain home-field advantage in the World Series.

Selig had said at the November owners' meeting that he intends to reinvigorate the All-Star game, which last summer ended in a much mocked, 7-7 tie after 11 innings in Milwaukee. Both the AL and NL ran out of pitchers, with managers Joe Torre and Bob Brenly using players for short stretches to get everybody in.

Rafter announces official retirement

SYDNEY, Australia -- Pat Rafter, formerly the world's top-ranked player in men's tennis, announced his retirement Friday at age 30, ending 12 months of indecision during an extended break from the sport.

Rafter, a two-time U.S. Open champion and a two-time finalist at Wimbledon, made his announcement in an open letter to the Australian media. The release coincided with the draw for next week's Australian Open. ''I know it's been a while coming, but I am announcing my official retirement from professional tennis,'' Rafter wrote in the letter.



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