Sports Briefs

Posted: Friday, February 15, 2002

Area hockey teams fare well in Forest Oil Ice Classic

Twenty hockey teams from as far away as Kenny Lake came to the Soldotna Sports Center and the Kenai Multipurpose Facility Feb. 1 through 3 to compete in the Forest Oil Ice Classic, one event in the Peninsula Winter Games.

In the Squirt Tier IV Division, the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Squirt 1 team came in second to the Chugiak-Eagle River Squirt team by a 2-1 score.

KPHA goalie Stephen Kendrick had 13 saves. Alex McDonald scored on a pass from Jonathan Voth for KPHA.

Other teams in this division were the KPHA Squirt 2 Ice Hawks and the Nikiski Ice Dawgs.

In the Squirt Tier III Division, the KPHA Squirt C team won the championship game with a score of 7-0. Tony Miller led the team with four goals, three on assists from linemate Tyler Jensen.

Also scoring were Sean Dougherty off a pass by Michel Carmichael, Joshua Harvey off a pass by Dylan Hendricks, and Jared Davis, assisted by Tyler Jensen and Tony Miller.

Goalie Matt Barrett had six saves. The team is coached by Brian Engen, who is assisted by Tom Dougherty and Bill Miller. The team manager is Jan Redford.

The KPHA Peewee D team claimed the second-place trophy in the Squirt Tier III Division. Goalie Rolland Medley had 16 saves in the championship game.

The small team, with only ten players on the roster, is coached by Vince Redford with assistance from Rod Nelson.

Other teams competing in the division were the KPHA Ladyhawks, the Nikiski Ice Peewee D Ice Dawgs, the Homer Squirt C Glacier Kings, and the Mustang Squirt C White Knights.

In the Peewee Tier III Division, the KPHA Peewee C team came in second to the Mustang Peewee C team by a score of 5-3.

Scoring twice for the Ice Hawks was Holden Hollenberg, once on a pass from Thomas Liddelow, and once on a pass by Anton Olson. Taylor Brewer also scored, assisted by Hollenberg. Goalies Rose Bezilla and Gabriel Olena combined for 18 saves.

The team is coached by Greg Pokryfki and managed by Kathy Ehrhardt. Other teams in the division were from Homer and South Anchorage.

In the Bantam Tier III Division, the KPHA team made it to the semifinals. Seth Waltemyer scored in the game against a stronger Polar Ice team. Kris Marshall, the Ice Hawks' goalie, had 19 saves.

The team is coached by Jerry Herring and managed by Becky Cronkhite. The division was won by one of two South Anchorage teams. The Polar Ice team took home the second-place trophy. Also skating were teams from Homer and Kenny Lake.

Homer High School looking for soccer coach

Homer High School is accepting applications for a boys assistant soccer coach for the upcoming spring season.

Qualified applicants must have or be willing to obtain an Alaska Coaching Certification. Coaching or playing experience is required.

Coaches must be willing to implement a philosophy that promotes the expectations of high school athletics, including discipline, technique, team strategy, and work with the head coach to develop a cohesive program.

Applicants must have a completed extracurricular application on file and submit a letter of interest, resume and three letters of recommendation to athletic director Chris Perk, Homer High School, 600 E. Fairview, Homer, AK, 99603.

For more information, contact Perk at 235-4623 or by e-mail at

The last day to submit an application is March 1.

Gordon, Waltrip win in very different ways

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Defending Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip and reigning Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon each won a Gatorade 125-mile qualifying race Thursday.

The way they did it, though, couldn't have been more different.

After a sedate, caution-free opener in which Gordon took the lead from rookie teammate Jimmie Johnson on the first turn of the first lap and led the rest of the way, the second race was a wild, two-by-two affair.

Gordon and Waltrip will start from the second row of the 43-car field in Sunday's Daytona 500, behind only pole-winner Johnson and Kevin Harvick, who earned their front-row positions in first-round qualifying Saturday.

''Our race was pretty conservative,'' Gordon said. ''Most of the guys played it pretty conservative. In the second race, with the cautions coming out, that allowed a lot of guys to make some moves and take some chances.''

New Marlins manager says they're contenders

MIAMI -- As Jeff Torborg tried on his new Florida Marlins jersey Thursday, he looked out at a room filled with reporters and cameramen for his introductory news conference.

''This is larger than the crowds we had in Montreal last year,'' Torborg joked.

Small crowds will likely continue to be the norm in Florida, too -- at least until the Marlins start winning, which their new manager expects to happen soon.

''I come into this job feeling this ballclub has a chance to be a very good team,'' Torborg said. ''I think it will be an interesting race in this division.''

Torborg believes the Marlins can contend with the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets in the NL East, even though both teams were active during the offseason while the Marlins stood pat, awaiting the sale of the franchise to Expos owner Jeffrey Loria.

McKay interviews for Falcons' GM job

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay general manager Rich McKay took a big step toward leaving the Buccaneers on Thursday.

The embattled Bucs executive interviewed for the Atlanta Falcons' GM job, a sign that he not only wants out, but that the sons of Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer are willing to release him from the final year of his contract.

McKay has been contemplating a move since last Friday when the Glazers vetoed his plan to hire former Baltimore Ravens assistant Marvin Lewis as Tampa Bay's new coach.

The Bucs have been searching for a replacement for Tony Dungy for more than a month.

McKay's departure would leave the team without a coach and GM, fueling speculation that the Glazers are setting themselves up to make another run at luring Bill Parcells out of retirement.

Parcells turned down an offer to take over the team on Jan. 18, McKay made an unsuccessful bid to pry Jon Gruden from the Oakland Raiders and Lewis' candidacy was squashed a day after he had been told the job was his.

McKay, who returned from Atlanta on Thursday night, declined comment at Tampa International Airport.

The Glazers resumed the coaching search this week without input for McKay, who teamed with Dungy to turn around a franchise suffered through 12 consecutive seasons with 10 or more losses.

The Bucs made the playoffs four of the past five seasons under Dungy, who was fired against McKay's wishes on Jan. 14.

The Glazers also tried to bump McKay up to a largely ceremonial post of team president when the owners thought they had a deal to replace Dungy with Parcells.

New York Jets assistant general manager Mike Tannenbaum was Parcells' hand-picked choice for the GM position that McKay has held for seven seasons.

Tannenbaum interviewed with the Bucs, then announced he was staying with the Jets on the same day Parcells told the Glazers he had decided against coming out of retirement.

If McKay leaves, he will be severing ties with an organization that's been part of his life since the mid-1970s when his father, John McKay, left Southern California to coach the expansion Bucs.

The general manager met with the Glazers for two hours on Wednesday and is to meet with them again in a few days when the owners return from a family trip to California.

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