Sports Briefs

Posted: Monday, January 31, 2005

Bulldogs drop two at Delta

The Nikiski hockey team lost its final two regular season games Friday and Saturday, losing to Delta 19-1 on Friday and 21-1 on Saturday.

Freshman Trent Eckert scored the lone Bulldog goal Friday, while senior Reece Parrish lit the lamp in the loss Saturday.

Nikiski coach Donald Torres said his team faced a very good squad in Delta, a team he expects to challenge Houston at the conference tournament next weekend.

"Delta will give Houston a good run," Torres said.

As for Nikiski, Torres said that despite the lopsided scores, he believes the Bulldogs are becoming a better hockey team.

"We're going to take our lumps this year but next year it will all pay off and these kids will see some successes," he said.

Nikiski opens the Great Land Conference tournament next week with first-place Houston on the Hawks home ice.

Although Torres said it would take "a miracle" for the Bulldogs to knock off the powerful Houston club, a win in the conference tournament might not be out of the question.

"We're going to be positive about it and see what we can do," Torres said.

SoHi boys fall to Colony

Matt Hicks' 16 points weren't enough to offset a powerful Colony offensive attack Saturday, as the Knights pulled out a 74-53 win at Colony High School. Ryan Hall added 10 points for the Stars, while Tony Besse chipped in eight.

Mancuso earns another U.S. medal

SANTA CATERINA VALFURVA, Italy — Julia Mancuso gave the U.S. ski team its second medal in two days at the world championships.

She captured the bronze medal Sunday in a super giant slalom won by Sweden's Anja Paerson. The third-place finish came a day after Bode Miller took the gold in a men's super-G to open the competition.

— Staff and wire reports

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