Sports Briefs

Posted: Monday, February 04, 2002

Knight, Lambe, Hall star at Besh Cup

Soldotna's Brent Knight, Skyview's Stephanie Lambe and Nikiski's Zachary Hall all turned in top-three finishes at Besh Cup races Saturday and Sunday in Fairbanks.

Saturday, Knight was the only peninsula skier to get into the top three. He finished second in the Junior 1/Older Junior boys 7.5-kilometer freestyle race with a time of 23 minutes, 28 seconds. Tyson Flaharty won the race in 22:53.1.

Sunday, Hall finished third in the Older Junior/Junior 1 boys 10-kilometer classical race with a time of 31:19.4. The winner was Justin Singleton in 15:00.1.

Lambe also got her top-three finish Sunday, picking up a third in the Junior 2 girls 5-kilometer classic race. Lambe finished in 18:23, while winner Tazlina Mannix had a time of 18:01.2.

Besh Cup #5, Saturday in Fairbanks

Junior 2 girls 5-kilometer freestyle

1. Tazlina Mannix, 18 minutes, 38.5 seconds; 2. Mandy Brassfield, 19:45.6; 3. Adele Mery, 20:01.7. Other peninsula finishers -- 7. Stephanie Lambe, Skyview, 21:08; 9. Aleta Phelps, Homer, 21:46.2; 15. Jaime Miller, Skyview, 23:46.4; 26. Samantha Halpin, Homer, 28:35.3.

Junior 1/Older Junior girls 5-kilometer freestyle

1. Kassie Rice, 18:54.6; 2. Davya Baker, 19:00.9; 3. Sally Johnson, 19:12.1. Other peninsula finishers -- 13. Rachel Goldstein, Soldotna, 21:23; 18. Lela Wiley, Skyview, 22:11.5; 19. Natalie Semmens, Kenai Central, 22:12.7; 24. Miriah Phelps, Homer, 22:55.7; 32. Mary Krusen, Kenai Central, 24:02.2.

Junior 2 boys 5-kilometer freestyle

1. Justin Singleton, 15:01.8; 2. Matthew Johnson, 15:35.8; 3. Daichi Ito, 16:10.4. Other peninsula finishers -- 19. Ryan Walton, Soldotna, 19:14.3; 26. Spencer Litzenberger, Soldotna, 19:43.1; 29. Noah King, Skyview, 19:52.2.

Junior 1/Older Junior boys 7.5-kilometer freestyle

1. Tyson Flaharty, 22:53.1; 2. Brent Knight, Soldotna, 23:28.1; 3. Donovan Walsh, 23:48.3. Other peninsula finishers -- 10. Zachary Hall, Nikiski, 25:00.9; 16. Daniel Harro, Soldotna, 25:34.1; 18. Andrew Peters, Kachemak Nordic Ski Club, 25:42.9; 25. David Hernandez, Soldotna, 26:58.6; 27. Eric Nyce, Kenai Central, 27:10.9; 31. Mark Harro, Soldotna, 28:00.3; 36. Dominick Lemas, Seward, 29:18.0.

Besh Cup #6 Sunday in Fairbanks

Junior 2 girls 5-kilometer classic race

1. Tazlina Mannix, 18:01.2; 2. Elizabeth Embick, 18:18.5; 3. Stephanie Lambe, Skyview, 18:23. Other peninsula finishers -- 9. Aleta Phelps, Homer, 19:29.5; 14. Jaime Miller, Skyview, 20:46.8; 22. Samantha Halpin, Homer, 23:43.7.

Older Junior/Junior 1 girls 5-kilometer classic race

1. Sally Johnson, 17:24.1; 2. Davya Baker, 17:25.1; 3. Kassie Rice, 17:55.8. Other peninsula finishers -- 7. Rachel Goldstein, Soldotna, 18:32.6; 12. Mary Krusen, Kenai Central, 19:22.8; 18. Miriah Phelps, Homer, 19:49.2; 20. Natalie Semmens, Kenai Central, 19:55.5; 24. Lela Wiley, Homer, 20:35.8.

Junior 2 boys 5-kilometer classic race

1. Justin Singleton, 15:00.1; 2. Brett Broda, 15:03.8; 3. Matthew Johnson, 15:08.3. Other peninsula finishers -- 17. Spencer Litzenberger, Soldotna, 17:09.0; 20. Ryan Walton, Soldotna, 17:34.2; 27. Noah King, Skyview, 18:17.3.

Older Junior/Junior 1 boys 10-kilometer classic race

1. Tyson Flaharty, 30:03.7; 2. Mark Brady, 30:10.4; 3. Zachary Hall, Nikiski, 31:19.4. Other peninsula finishers -- 13. Brent Knight, Soldotna, 32:24.9; 18. Dominick Lemas, Seward, 33:48.2; 19. Eric Nyce, Kenai Central, 34:03.2; 26. Mark Harro, Soldotna, 35:07.2; 27. Andrew Peters, Homer, 35:24.1; 32. David Hernandez, Soldotna, 36:25.8.

Stars, Kards notch hockey wins

The Soldotna hockey team picked up a 4-0 victory over host Skyview in North Star Conference play at the Soldotna Sports Center Saturday night. Egan Gleason had 16 saves for the shutout.

Soldotna, which outshot Skyview 44-16, took a 3-0 lead in the first period on goals from Derek Martin, Eric Newby and Billy Smith. Keith Herring finished off the scoring for the Stars in the third period.

Kyle Kay made 40 saves for the Panthers.

In other North Star Conference action at the Sports Center Saturday, Kenai notched a 10-1 victory over Homer.

STARS 4, PANTHERS 0

Soldotna 3 0 1 --4

Skyview 0 0 0 --0

First period -- 1. Soldotna, Martin (Kim), 1:48; 2. Soldotna, E. Newby (Murray, Hansen), 6:09; 3. Soldotna, Smith (Gleason), 7:19. Penalties -- Soldotna 1 for 2:00; Skyview 1 for 2:00.

Second period -- none. Penalties -- Soldotna 2 for 4:00; Skyview 0 for 0:00.

Third period -- 4. Soldotna, Herring (Smith), 13:25. Penalties -- Soldotna 4 for 8:00; Skyview 4 for 8:00.

Shots on goal -- Soldotna 15-14-15--44; Skyview 4-7-5--16.

Goalies -- Soldotna, Gleason (16 shots, 16 saves); Skyview, Kay (44 shots, 40 saves).

Palmer boys cagers top Skyview

The Palmer boys basketball team picked up a 71-62 Region III/4A victory over visiting Skyview Saturday night.

The Panthers were down 34-29 at halftime, but then were outscored 19-11 in the third period and couldn't climb out of that hole in the third period.

"We played a good game, but in the third quarter we turned the ball over too many times," Skyview coach Dave Blossom said. "We fought our way back into it, but we just couldn't quite pull it off at the end."

Josh Rowell paced Skyview with 17 points, while Mark McGarry knocked down three 3-pointers en route to 16 points.

Zach Pettit hit a game-high 22 points to lead three Palmer players in double figures.

MOOSE 71, PANTHERS 62

Skyview 11 18 11 22 --62

Palmer 14 20 19 18 --71

SKYVIEW (62) -- McGarry 6 1-1 16, Travers 1 0-0 2, Matarrese 0 0-0 0, Lewis 3 1-1 7, Geller 1 0-0 2, St. Clair 0 0-0 0, Kosydar 4 3-5 11, Cooper 3 1-1 7, Rowell 8 1-3 17. Totals -- 26 7-11 62.

PALMER (71) -- Forsythe 4 1-3 9, Hill 5 4-6 14, Bentti 3 1-2 8, Prins 1 0-0 2, Pettit 9 2-3 22, Dubois 1 0-0 3, Nielsen 5 3-4 13. Totals -- 28 11-18 72.

3-point goals -- Skyview 3 (McGarry 3); Palmer 4 (Pettit 2, Bentti, Dubois). Total fouls -- Skyview 21, Palmer 13. Fouled out -- McGarry, Nielsen.

Seldovia Tournament

The host Seldovia boys basketball team won the Seldovia tournament Saturday with a 71-58 victory over the Anchorage Rams.

Chris Pulliam and Nick Oliveira each had 17 points for the Sea Otters.

In the consolation game, Nikolaevsk topped the Valley Crusaders 76-38. Peter Tipiken had 20 points to lead the Warriors to victory.

WARRIORS 76, CRUSADERS 38

Valley 8 13 10 7 --38

Nikolaevsk 14 17 25 20 --76

VALLEY (38) -- Lyden 2 2-2 6, Gugel 5 1-2 14, Michael 1 0-0 2, Byrd 1 1-2 3, Haakenson 2 0-0 4. Totals -- 15 4-6 38.

NIKOLAEVSK (76) -- Fe. Efimov 6 1-2 15, Yakunin 2 0-0 4, Nikitanko 7 0-0 14, Da. Kuzmin 1 0-0 2, Sa. Kuzmin 1 0-0 2, Usoltseff 1 0-2 2, Ti. Efimov 3 0-1 6, Tipikin 8 3-3 20, Kojin 1 0-0 2, Bailey 2 1-2 5, Kalugin 1 2-2 4. Totals -- 33 7-12 76.

3-point goals -- Valley 4 (Gugel 3, Byrd); Nikolaevsk 3 (Fe. Efimov 2, Tipikin). Total fouls -- Valley 12, Nikolaevsk 6. Fouled out -- none.

SEA OTTERS 71, RAMS 58

Anchorage 9 17 13 19 --58

Seldovia 18 19 15 19 --71

ANCHORAGE (58) -- Morrison 3 0-4 6, Ciarlo 7 4-6 21, De. Stokes 4 0-0 12, Hemingway 1 0-0 2, Brown 5 1-5 11, Da. Stokes 3 0-1 6, Ridley 0 0-0 0, Hufford 0 0-0 0, Moore 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 23 5-16 58.

SELDOVIA (71) -- Chartier 5 0-1 11, Volstad 0 0-0 0, Jones 2 0-0 4, Pulliam 5 5-5 17, Ju. Giles 2 2-3 6, Payton 0 2-4 2, Oliveira 5 4-7 15, Sp. Giles 0 0-0 0, Collier 4 0-0 8, Bowdon 4 0-0 8. Totals -- 28 13-20 71.

3-point goals -- Anchorage 7 (De. Stokes 4, Ciarlo 3); Seldovia 2 (Chartier, Oliveira). Total fouls -- Anchorage 19, Seldovia 15. Fouled out -- none.

New IOC chief opens meeting

SALT LAKE CITY -- With pointed references to the Sept. 11 attacks and the Olympics' own corruption scandal, the new IOC leader opened his first general assembly Sunday as the Winter Games drew near.

Jacques Rogge, elected as the eighth president of the International Olympic Committee last July in Moscow, said the multibillion-dollar industry that puts on the games was strong but faced many challenges, especially from world upheaval and the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

''Aside from the security threats that may arise during the games, the greatest danger to sport is doping,'' Rogge said at the opening ceremony for the IOC's 113th session. ''Doping is not just an attack on ethics and fair play. It is also a direct attack on the health of the athletes. It is, moreover, a mortal danger to the credibility of the sports world.''

Posada becomes second-highest paid catcher

NEW YORK -- Jorge Posada became the second-highest paid catcher in baseball when he agreed Sunday to a $51 million, five-year contract with the New York Yankees.

Posada's annual average of $10.2 million is second among catchers to the Mets' Mike Piazza, who averages $13 million in a $91 million, seven-year deal that began in 1999. Pittsburgh catcher Jason Kendall is third with a $10 million average under a six-year deal that began last season.

Playing with a sore shoulder last season, Posada batted .277 with 22 homers -- including three grand slams -- and 95 RBIs. He hit .287 with 28 homers and 86 RBIs after taking over from Joe Girardi as the Yankees' top catcher following the 1999 season.

He had surgery after the 2001 season to repair a small labrum tear in the right shoulder. The Yankees say that Posada should be ready to play by opening day.

Posada can terminate the deal after receiving $21.5 million over the first three years and become eligible for free agency after the 2004 season. The Yankees have an option for an additional season that could make the contract worth $63 million.

The sides used Kendall's deal and Charles Johnson's $35 million, five-year contract with Florida to evaluate Posada's worth. Ivan Rodriguez, heading into the final season of a $42.5 million, five-year contract with Texas, figures to get the next big deal among catchers, either as an extension or as a free agent after the season.

Posada's contract calls for a $15 million signing bonus -- $1.5 million payable this year, $2 million in 2003, $3 million in 2004, $4 million in 2005 and $4.5 million in 2006.

Posada gets yearly salaries of $4 million in 2002, $5 million in 2003, $6 million in 2004, $8 million in 2005 and $9 million in 2006.

New York's 2007 option is at $12 million with a $4 million buyout, and the salary would become guaranteed if Posada has a combined 330 appearances at catcher during the 2004, 2005 and 2006 seasons. If the option is exercised, Posada would receive the buyout in 2008.

The deal avoids a salary arbitration hearing. Posada, who made $4.05 million last year, had asked for $7.75 million -- the highest number submitted among the 42 players who exchanged figures with their clubs on Jan. 18. The Yankees offered $6.7 million.

Shane Spencer remains the last New York player in arbitration, and his hearing is set for Wednesday in Tampa, Fla. Spencer, who made $320,000 last season, asked for $1.2 million and was offered $750,000.

After missing the second half of the 2000 season because of knee surgery, Spencer came back slowly last year, hitting .258 with 10 homers and 46 RBIs in 283 at-bats.

New York agreed Saturday to one-year deals with pitchers Orlando Hernandez ($3.2 million) and Ramiro Mendoza ($2.6 million). The Yankees previously gave a $720,000, one-year contract to infielder Enrique Wilson.



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