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Sports Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2002

Seward girls knock off Grace

The Seward girls basketball team pulled out a 60-58 victory over Grace Christian Tuesday in Seward.

The game was close the entire way through. The teams then finished off the contest by each scoring 24 points in the final quarter.

K.C. Long scored a game-high 29 points for the Grizzlies, including 17 in the fourth quarter. Long had five 3-pointers on the night.

Ruth Banse had 20 points to pace Seward.

SEAHAWKS 60, GRIZZLIES 58

Grace 13 8 13 24 --58

Seward 14 10 12 24 --60

GRACE (58) -- Christenson 3 1-2 7, Marchick 2 0-1 4, Long 8 8-9 29, Pratt 2 0-2 4, Smaltstig 0 0-0 0, Moll 4 0-0 8, Sailors 1 4-4 6. Totals -- 20 13-18 58.

SEWARD (60) -- Gaule 0 0-0 0, Boulden 0 0-0 0, Bardarson 4 2-3 10, Steinbrecher 0 0-0 0, Regis 0 0-0 0, Banse 7 6-9 20, DeRuwe 1 6-10 8, Linville 5 4-6 14, Dieckgraeff 4 0-0 8. Totals -- 21 18-28 60.

3-point goals -- Grace 5 (Long 5); Seward 0. Total fouls -- Grace 16, Seward 16. Fouled out -- none.

Keehn takes pair of skijor races

Char Keehn took both the 4-mile, 2-dog race and the 10-mile, 2-dog race Saturday at the Peninsula Sled Dog Racing Association-Canine Caviar Skijor Race.

Keehn won the 4-mile, 2-dog race by 12 seconds over Brenda Cameron. She then took the 10-mile, 2-dog race by 2:38 over Bill Berkhahn. It was the first time Keehn defeated Berkhahn after seven years of trying.

Berkhahn did win the 4-mile, 1-dog race over Jane Handy.

Peninsula Sled Dog Racing Association-Canine Caviar Skijor Race

Saturday

4-mile, 1-dog race

1. Bill Berkhahn, 21 minutes, 38 seconds; 2. Jane Handy, 24:11; 3. Ole Anderson, 25:43; 4. Norm Berge, 34:56; 5. Ann Mercer, 43:05.

4-mile, 2-dog race

1. Char Keehn, 20:08; 2. Brenda Cameron, 20:20; 3. Jane Faulkner, 20:26; 4. Jason Mackey, 27:21; 5. Joann Jaskinski, 29:40.

10-mile, 2-dog

1. Char Keehn, 44:23; 2. Bill Berkhahn, 49:01; 3. Patty Berkhahn, 50:13; 4. Carmen Perzechino, 52:45; 5. Jane Faulkner, 53:04.

PSDRA to hold final race of season

The final sled dog race for the Peninsula Sled Dog Racing Association will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Soldotna Municipal Airport.

A purse of $2,500 will be split between three classes. There will be a 4-dog, 4-mile race, a 6-dog, 6-mile race and a 10-dog, 10-mile race.

The races will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, with all mushers needing to arrive at the airport at noon for a musher meeting and drawing for start position.

For more information, contact Kurt Strausbaugh at 262-1721.

Butteri continues to lead Yukon Quest pack

PELLY CROSSING, Yukon -- Peter Butteri of Tok remained on top of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race late Monday morning, when he was the first to arrive at Pelly Crossing.

Butteri pulled into the checkpoint at 8:40 a.m., followed by Joran Freeman of Two Rivers, who arrived at 9:30 a.m. Pelly Crossing is 260 miles from the finish line in Whitehorse.

Butteri left Stewart River -- 99 miles past the halfway point at Dawson -- at 1 p.m. Sunday after a six-hour rest. Not far behind was Freeman, who took a shorter rest to hit the trail a half-hour behind Butteri.

Freeman spent just under three hours at Stewart River.

The two frontrunners were among 14 mushers who had left Stewart River by late Monday morning.

Canadian musher Hans Gatt was the only other racer to reach Pelly Crossing, arriving at 11 a.m. Monday. Gatt left Stewart River at 3:40 p.m. Sunday, putting him two hours and 40 minutes out of the lead.

Butteri had a two-hour cushion leaving Dawson City.

Also heading for Pelly Cross was veteran Alaska musher Dave Monson, who left Stewart River at 4:15 p.m. Sunday.

Brassard, Lee lead Iron Dog

Anchorage's Tracey Brassard and Eagle River's Ken Lee were leading the Tesoro Iron Dog 2000 snowmobile race as of 10:30 p.m. Monday.

The duo had reached Kaltag, which is 680 miles into the 1,838-mile race.

From the Kenai Peninsula, Kenai's Doug Brewer and Seward's James Dick were in fourth place, Kasilof's Dusty Van Meter and Wasilla's Todd Palin were in sixth place, Soldotna's Lane Giesler and Anchorage's Calvin Frey Jr. were in seventh place, Soldotna's Rick Bailey and Soldotna's Steve Sholin were in eighth place, Soldotna's Scott Davis and Minnesota's Kirk Hibbert were in ninth place, Kenai's Jackie McGahan and Wasilla's Dwayne Drake were in 13th place and Kenai's Mark Carr and Eagle River's Korey Cronquist were in 24th place.

No. 1 Kansas 102 blitzes Iowa State

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Drew Gooden had 26 points, and Nick Collison added 16 as No. 1 Kansas beat Iowa State 102-66 Monday night and clinched at least a tie for its first Big 12 title in four years.

Kansas (24-2, 13-0 Big 12), playing its first game since replacing Duke atop the poll, got a combined 34 points from its trio of post players -- Gooden, Collison and Wayne Simien -- en route to a 49-25 halftime lead. Simien finished with 15, giving them a combined 57.

Coles out, Langdon back with Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers have placed guard Bimbo Coles on the injured list and activated Trajan Langdon.

The moves were made Friday.

Langdon, an East High graduate, has missed 14 games over the past two months with a sprained right ankle. In 18 games, he has averaged 3.1 points.

Lakers announcer breaks hip

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Lakers announcer Chick Hearn, scheduled to return March 1 after recovering from open heart surgery, slipped and broke his hip Sunday evening while getting out of his car at a gas station.

Hearn, 85, was scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday afternoon at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, hospital spokeswoman Lisa Bianconi said.

''Right now he's in wonderful spirits and good condition,'' Bianconi said.

Hearn was expected to be hospitalized about a week.

The accident occurred as Hearn and his wife, Marge, stopped for gas on the way to a restaurant.

On Dec. 20, heart-valve replacement surgery forced Hearn to miss his first Lakers game since Nov. 20, 1965, ending a streak of broadcasting 3,338 consecutive games.

''Since we made the announcement late last week that he was coming back March 1, I know he was -- according to his wife, Marge -- as happy as he's ever been, and so excited about the return date of March 1,'' Lakers spokesman John Black said. ''So I'm sure he's very upset about maybe not being able to come back on that date, and obviously in a lot of pain.''

Hearn has been the Lakers' only play-by-play announcer since the team moved to Los Angeles from Minneapolis at the beginning of the 1960-61 season. Play-by-play announcer Paul Sunderland has joined commentator Stu Lantz in his absence.

At Lakers practice Monday, several players expressed concern. ''We miss you Chick,'' center Shaquille O'Neal said. ''We love you. Just take your time.''

''It's disturbing, obviously, because he was so close to coming back. We wish him a speedy recovery,'' coach Phil Jackson said.



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