Sports Briefs

Posted: Monday, January 22, 2007

Nikiski hockey loses to Delta, Hutchison

The Nikiski hockey team completed a road trip by losing 6-1 to Delta Junction on Thursday, 4-1 to Hutchison on Friday and 11-1 to Hutchison on Saturday.

“The kids played really hard,” Nikiski coach Irv Smith said. “It seems like in the third period we lost it there. We’ve got a small squad and we get tired. Plus, that’s a long way to go to play hockey.”

On Thursday, Paul Delago had the lone goal for the Bulldogs. Sam Zulkanycz made 67 saves after making 78 saves on Wednesday against Delta.

On Friday against Hutchison, Delago again scored Nikiski’s lone goal.

On Saturday, Zack Alkire had Nikiski’s lone score. Smith let backup goalie Tyler Bethune earn some experience in the game.

Phelps takes second at Besh Cup

Homer High School graduate Aleta Phelps, who now trains with Alaska Pacific University, took second place at the Junior 2 and older 5-kilometer freestyle race on Sunday in Besh Cup racing at Tsalteshi Trails.

This was the fourth in the six-part Besh Cup series. The Besh Cup series is used to select Alaska’s team for Junior Nationals, but also provides skiers of all ages an opportunity to race.

Phelps finished .8 seconds behind winner Erin Hood. Hood’s winning time was 15 minutes, 2.50 seconds. Soldotna freshman Kailey Mucha continued her string of solid Besh Cup finishes by taking 10th in the race. Mucha, with a time of 15:49.40, was the third Junior 2 skier across the line.

Also from the peninsula, Homer High School’s Erika Klaar was 32nd in 16:42.40, Homer’s Claire Laukitis was 44th in 17:08.80, Seward’s Sarah Glaser was 46th in 17:09.90, Homer’s Emma Teal Laukitis was 50th in 17:16.90, Kenai Central’s Kristi Louthan was 52nd in 17:36.10, Kenai Central’s Becca Ford was 56th in 17:42.20, Kenai Central’s Molly Watkins was 58th in 17:46.40, Kenai Central’s Maya Johnson was 59th in 17:49.00, Soldotna’s Jasmine Clock was 62nd in 17:52.40 and Skyview’s Danielle Rehm was 67th in 18:08.00.

In other girls races, Soldotna Middle School’s Bree Mucha was seventh in the Junior 3 and 4 3-kilometer freestyle. Becky Butler of Anchorage won the race in 9:33.90, while Mucha finished at 10:45.20. Also from the peninsula, Homer’s Maggie Bursch was 10th in 11:09.90, Homer’s Kaya Morelli was 19th in 12:39.40 and Homer’s India Bloom was 24th in 13:40.10.

In the Junior 5 and 6 girls 1-kilometer race, Emma Tarbath won in 4:18.30. For the central peninsula, Sadie Fox was third in 4:50.70, Addison Gibson was fourth in 9:27.60 and Jenna Helminski was fifth in 9:48.00.

The Junior 1 and older men’s 10-kilometer race was won by Chris Seaman of Anchorage with a time of 26:43.90. From the peninsula, Skyview’s Erick Romig was 16th in 28:57.80, Kenai Central’s Christopher Hall was 20th in 29:18.60, Kenai Central’s Trent Semmens was 28th in 29:50.40, Skyview’s Tommy Honer was 31st in 29:54.90, Skyview ski coach Kent Peterson was 34th in 30:01.70, Skyview’s Kelly Skipwith was 47th in 31:40.00, Skyview’s Taylor Karnikis was 48th in 31:43.30, Soldotna’s Max Milliron was 54th in 32:10.50, Homer’s Jens Klaar was 63rd in 33:06.20, Homer’s Gus Beck was 66th in 33:26.10, Soldotna’s Steve Milliron was 68th in 33:32.30, Skyview’s Johnny Cook was 72nd in 33:46.30, Soldotna’s Gabe Murray was 73rd in 34:01.70, Homer’s Jon Berryman was 84th in 36:29.80, Soldotna’s Tom Seggerman was 85th in 36:45.50, Kenai Central’s Kirk Louthan was 91st in 38:38.80, and central peninsula skiers Tiger Demers and Carter Garrett were 94th in 49:23.90 and 95th in 1:01:17.30, respectively.

In the boys Junior 2 5-kilometer race, Anchorage’s Tyler Kornfield won with a time of 13:08.40. From the peninsula, Kenai Central’s Anders Nyquist was 15th in 14:53.80, Skyview’s Hunter Jackinsky was 19th in 15:30.60 and Soldotna Middle School’s IntiMayo Harbison was 31st in 18:00.30.

In the Junior 3 and 4 3-kilometer boys race, Anchorage’s Sam Dougherty won with a time of 8:40.70.

The top six Junior 2 skiers and the top 15 Junior 1/Older Junior skiers qualify for Junior Nationals.

In the Junior Nationals girls points list, Kailey Mucha is second in Junior 2. In the women’s Junior 1/Older Junior, Skyview graduate Elizabeth Habermann has prequalified and Erika Klaar is in 14th place.

In the men’s Junior 1/Older Junior list, Hall is sixth, Romig is 13th and Semmens is 15th.

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