Sports Briefs

Posted: Friday, February 08, 2002

Homer Popeye wrestlers to begin practice

The Homer Popeye Wrestling Club will begin practice from Feb. 18 to 22. Practice will be at the Homer High School wrestling room from 3:45 to 5 p.m.

Ages 8 to 12 will practice on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Ages 13 to 18 will practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Practice and game time for ages 2 to 7 will be Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m., also in the high school wrestling room.

For more information, contact Steve Wolfe at 235-7174 or

Five peninsula wrestlers make Team Alaska

Five wrestlers from the Kenai Peninsula were chosen for Team Alaska for the Arctic Winter Games in Iqaluit, Canada, March 16 through March 23.

The athletes are Ninilchik's Melissa Deiman at 123.2 pounds, Homer's Devion Hagen at 125.4 pounds, Soldotna's Colten Goracke at 165 pounds, Seldovia's Jevon Chartier at 180. 4 pounds and Soldotna's Shawn Weigle at 198 pounds.

There are still a few openings, so contact Chris Perk at 235-8186 or if interested in wrestling for Team Alaska.

Canadiens' Koivu says cancer is in full remission

MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu said Thursday that the stomach cancer that has sidelined him this season was in full remission.

The 27-year-old Koivu said he planned to start working out and could return by the end of the season in April, if he can maintain a schedule of six workouts a week.

''The way the guys are playing right now, I'll have to ask coach (Michel Therrien) if I can even make the team,'' Koivu said jokingly.

Team doctor David Mulder said it was unlikely Koivu could play this season, but added ''nothing's impossible'' and noted that Koivu had so far ''proved us wrong in every case'' with his recovery.

Mulder said a test Wednesday showed no trace of disease or tumor, but that the cancer could recur in the next five years.

Koivu has completed chemotherapy treatment to combat the non-Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosed in his stomach after he fell ill just before training camp in September.

''It's been tough for them, but they've been there for me and I think when we found out about the results, I think they were even happier than I was,'' he said of his family.

His teammates also were overjoyed when they found out, Koivu said.

''I was able to see the happiness on their faces and it made me really feel part of the team, to feel that I'm more than welcome to come and join the team again,'' he said.

Koivu, who has struggled through various injuries in six seasons with the Canadiens, had 17 goals and 30 assists in 54 games last season.

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