Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, February 21, 2010

Hill, Powell headed to Arctic Winter Games

Skyview's Jaxon Hill and Soldotna's Shana Powell will represent Alaska at the 21st Arctic Winter Games as part of the girls volleyball team. Hill and Powell are two of 10 girls chosen from the state to represent Alaska. The Games will be held March 6-13 in Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada.

Oilers to hold 1st Hall of Fame induction

The Oilers Gusher and the first-ever Hall of Fame inductions will be held Saturday at the Kenai Mall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, which includes dinner for two, two drink tickets and one entry into the grand prize drawing, are $100. The grand prize is a Honda Multipurpose Utility Vehicle Side-by Side. There are only 250 tickets being sold.

The key note speaker will be Hall of Fame San Diego State University head coach and Soldotna resident Jim Dietz.

Players being inducted to the Hall of Fame include Ron Davis (1975), Mike Hidenbrandt (1975), Julius Bowe (1974-76) and Dave Stieb (1977-78). Coach Mark Newman (1977-81) will also be inducted.

Local peninsula residents will also be honored. Those include, Dwayne Gibson, Judy Buffington and Morgan Steel/Luke's Welding (Dick Morgan and family).

Lavigueur, Gaines take Little Su titles

Ben LaVigueur of Nikiski and Heather Gaines of Kenai won Little Su 50K titles on Feb. 13 on the out-and-back course on the Susitna Flats west of Wasilla.

The 50K has three divisions: foot, bike and ski. LaVigueur and Gaines were the first finishers in the foot division. LaVigueur finished in 5 hours, 29 minutes, 13 seconds, while Gaines finished at 7:03:50. LaVigueur dusted the runner-up finisher by more than 25 minutes, while Gaines won by 1 minute, 20 seconds.

Also from the peninsula, Angie Brennan of Nikiski was fifth in the female bike division at 7:41:25; John Maryott of Soldotna was 14th in the male bike division at 7:31:51; M. Scott Moon of Kenai was ninth in the male foot division at 7:10:48; and Greg Russell of Soldotna was 19th in the male foot division at 10:22:19.

There were no peninsula finishers in the Susitna 100.

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