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Peninsula Clarion - High School Sports

Posted: Monday, January 21, 2008

Kenai girls, Nome boys win tourney titles

The Kenai Central girls and Nome boys basketball teams wrapped up championships on Saturday at the Nome Subway Showdown.

The Kenai girls finished an undefeated run through the round-robin tournament with a 67-50 victory over Point Hope. The Nome girls, who defeated Bethel 47-40 on Saturday, finished second in the tournament with a 2-1 record.

The Kenai girls started quickly in the game, taking a 19-10 lead after one quarter and a 37-24 lead at halftime.

Kyla Steward, who was named the tournament's most valuable player, had nine points in the first quarter and 15 points in the first half. Steward finished the game with 23 points, while Lacie Wortham pitched in 14.

Carrie Ann Kowunna had 17 points for the Harpoonerettes, while Michelle Lane added 10 points.

Megan Gabriel and Wortham joined Steward on the all-tournament team for the Kardinals. Others on the all-tournament team were Melissa Samuels and Rachael Bauman of Nome and Genevieve Maczynski of Bethel.

On the boys side, Nome and Kenai came into Saturday's clash undefeated in the tourney. The Nanooks topped the Kardinals 79-71 for the title.

Nome's offense got rolling early in the game and even Kenai's high-octane attack could not keep up. The Nanooks took a 47-37 lead after the first half and were able to hold on in the second half.

Kenai's Daniel Gustkey had a huge first half, scoring 22 points en route to a game-high 28 points. Nathan Byrd added 19 points for Kenai, while Cory Toombs had 15 points before fouling out. Kenai's Nate Saltzgiver also fouled out with three points.

For Nome (9-1 overall), Jesse Blandford provided a boost off the bench. Blandford canned five 3-pointers en route to 23 points, and also made 7-of-8 foul shots in the fourth quarter to help close out the game. Josh Head and Jeremy Head pitched in 17 points apiece for the Nanooks, while Jon Wongittilin added 15.

Byrd made the all-tournament team and was joined by Jeremy Head, Josh Head and Jesse Blandford of Nome, Teddy Franksen of Point Hope and Thomas Kalistook of Bethel. In the other boys game on Saturday, the Point Hope boys defeated Bethel 69-67 in two overtimes.

Girls

KARDINALS 67, HARPOONERETTES 50

Point Hope 10 14 10 16 50

Kenai Central 19 18 16 14 67

POINT HOPE (50) Burgess 1 3-4 5, Koonuk 0 0-2 0, Tooyak 3 0-0 6, Kowunna 6 5-11 17, Memco 1 0-0 2, Lane 5 0-1 10, Frankson 4 0-0 8, Nash 1 0-1 2. Totals 21 8-19 50.

KENAI (67) Delaney 3 1-2 7, Coupchiak 1 0-2 2, Gabriel 2 0-0 4, Mills 0 0-1 0, Kennedy 3 2-7 8, Wortham 6 2-3 14, Steward 8 7-10 23, Garcia 3 3-4 9. Totals 26 15-29 67.

3-point goals none. Team fouls Point Hope 20, Kenai 20. Fouled out Coupchiak, Mills.

Boys

NANOOKS 79, KARDINALS 71

Kenai Central 18 19 16 18 71

Nome 20 27 15 17 79

KENAI (71) Ferguson 0 0-0 0, Saltzgiver 1 0-0 3, Kiefer 0 0-0 0, Chimphalee 0 0-2 0, Byrd 9 0-0 19, Toombs 5 4-6 15, Beeson 3 0-0 6, Lazaro 0 0-0 0, Gustkey 11 2-3 28. Totals 29 6-11 71.

NOME (79) Madden 0 0-0 0, Miller 0 0-0 0, J. Wongittilin 5 3-4 15, Samuels 0 0-0 0, Je. Head 6 5-8 17, Blandford 5 8-10 23, Evans 1 0-0 3, Jo. Head 8 1-2 17, Romenesko 0 0-0 0, M. Wongittilin 2 0-0 4. Totals 27 17-24 79.

3-point goals Kenai 7 (Saltzgiver 1, Byrd 1, Toombs 1, Gustkey 4); Nome 8 (J. Wongittilin 2, Blandford 5, Evans 1). Team fouls Kenai 19, Nome 12. Fouled out Saltzgiver, Toombs.

Kenai Little League offers indoors skill session

Kenai Little League will offer the fundamental skills and drills of baseball every Tuesday, beginning Tuesday and running through April. Players will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. at Kenai Middle School. Players should bring a pair of dry tennis shoes and a glove. For more information or questions, call Gary Oliver at 283-7487.

Ninilchik boys top Lumen Christi

The visiting Ninilchik boys basketball team improved their record to 4-3 overall and 4-1 in the Peninsula Conference with a 54-25 victory over Lumen Christi on Saturday.

Cody Presley paced the Wolverines with 17 points, while Austin Vanderford and Tyler Sutherland each added 11. Other scorers for Ninilchik were Chris Smith with seven, Hunter Cooper with three, Ross Skjold and Mike Pinnow with two apiece and Forrest Garrison with one.

Ninilchik coach Keith Presley said Lumen Christi is a young team, but added Lumen Christi handled Ninilchik's press much better this time. Presley said he was able to get his young players some playing time, and also start to get his team ready for a big conference clash at Seldovia on Friday.

Homer hockey loses, ties in Juneau

The visiting Homer hockey team lost to Juneau 3-1 on Friday before playing the Crimson Bears to a 2-2 tie on Saturday in nonconference action.

Friday's victory was the first in Juneau's history against a Class 4A school. The Crimson Bears grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first period, but Homer came back to tie in the second period on a goal by David Buckley, assisted by Tracey Quance and Josh Pitta. Juneau scored two times in the third period. Luke Eckert made 11 saves in the game for Homer.

On Saturday, Homer got the lone goal of the first period when Pitta scored on an assist from Quance. Juneau scored to start the second period, but Homer grabbed the lead again when Quance scored on an assist from Brady Quinn and Pitta. Juneau tied the game in the third period and there was no scoring in the overtime. Eckert made 14 saves in the contest, while the Mariners put 34 shots on net.

Friday

Homer 0 1 0 1

Juneau-Douglas 1 0 2 3

First period 1. Juneau, Ainsworth (Carnahan), 11:30. Penalties Homer 1 for 2:00, Juneau 2 for 4:00.

Second period 2. Homer, Buckley (Quance, Pitta), 1:58. Penalties Homer 2 for 4:00, Juneau 2 for 4:00.

Third period 3. Juneau, Miller (unassisted), 8:54; 4. Juneau, Miller (Wood), 0:14, en. Penalties Homer 2 for 4:00, Juneau 5 for 10:00.

Shots on goal Homer 6-6-7 19; Juneau 5-4-5 14.

Goalies Homer, Eckert (14 shots, 11 saves); Juneau, Post (19 shots, 18 saves).

Saturday

Homer 1 1 0 0 2

Juneau 0 1 1 0 2

First period 1. Homer, Pitta (Quance), 7:15. Penalties Homer 1 for 2:00.

Second period 2. Juneau, Wood (Miller), 8:55; 3. Homer, Quance (Quinn, Pitta), 7:09. Penalties Homer 1 for 2:00, Juneau 1 for 2:00.

Third period 4. Juneau, Ainsworth (Mow, K. Carlson), 11:04. Penalties Homer 2 for 4:00, Juneau 3 for 6:00.

Overtime No scoring. Penalties Homer 1 for 2:00, Juneau 1 for 2:00.

Shots on goal Homer 7-12-7-8 34; Juneau 5-4-5-2 16.

Goalies Homer, Eckert (16 shots, 14 saves); Juneau, Post (34 shots, 32 saves).



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