Team Alaska dropped from first to third place Wednesday at the 2004 Arctic Winter Games in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. Now leading the 10 contingents at the Games in the quest for ulu medals is Team Yukon with 51 medals, followed by Northern Alberta, with 44 medals. Team Alaska has earned a total of 40 ulus, including 12 golds, 11 silvers and 17 bronzes.
Since Tuesday afternoon, Team Alaska has registered three new gold medals, four silvers and four bronzes.
Callan Chythlook-Sifsof of Girdwood, who won a silver in earlier snowboarding competitions, placed first in the junior female division of the giant slalom, with a composite time of 1 minute 43.39 seconds on two runs. Heidi Lovett of Anchorage brought home a gold for her 36:15.30 time in the junior female 5-kilometer snowshoe biathlon sprint. Beth Callis of Nenana took top honors in the juvenile co-ed division of the 7.5-kilometer, four-dog mushing race.
Jessica Turner of Soldotna earned a silver medal for her short program in the ladies 1 figure skating division. Tiffany Setters of Eagle River scored silvers for her ladies 4 long program and short-long program combination, also in figure skating. Garry Hull of Fairbanks placed second in the open male category of the stick pull, a Dene game.
Hull also earned a bronze medal in the open male division of the finger pull, another Dene game. Jessica Turner's long figure skating performance scored a bronze medal in a three-way tie for third, and Valerie Green of Eagle River also brought in a bronze ulu for her ladies 4 long performance in figure skating. Reidun Todd of Homer earned a bronze for her 38:32.20 time in the junior female division of the snowshoe biathlon 3-kilometer spring.
Team sports continued Tuesday and Wednesday, with medals to be awarded later this week.
Alaska's girls' basketball team has a 2-1 record, after an 83-61 loss to Northern Alberta, a 73-58 win over Yukon and 64-49 triumph against Northwest Territories. Anchor Point's Jennifer Erickson is the fourth-highest scorer in the girls' basketball contest, having racked up 19 points.
Boys' basketball now has a 2-2 record, with an 85-28 blowout against Magadan and a 79-56 win against Nunavut. The boys lost 65-59 to Northwest Territories and 101-65 to Northern Alberta. Cook Inlet Academy students Nathan Byrd and James Libert are representing the Kenai Peninsula on the team. Byrd has scored 34 points so far in the Games, while Libert has shot a solid 13.
In hockey, Alaska's midget boys have had mixed results, totaling a 1-1-1 record. The boys lost 5-1 to Northwest Territories earlier this week and tied Yukon 5-5. On Tuesday afternoon, the boys beat Nunavut 4-3, with the help of two assisted goals from Sterling's Gabriel Fellman. Fellman also scored a goal in Monday's match against Yukon.
The bantam boys' team also has a mixed score sheet, with a 1-3 record. The boys beat Nunavut 6-2, then lost 3-0 to Northwest Territories, 16-0 against Northern Alberta and 8-1 against Yukon. Bradley Fusaro of Soldotna, one of four peninsula boys on the team, has been involved in the team's only three goals with one score and two assists.
The peewee boys continued to struggle Tuesday, losing 19-2 to Yukon. The boys tied Nunavut and lost to Northern Alberta earlier in the week.
The junior girls' hockey team is hanging on with a 1-1 record. The girls started the week with a 5-0 win over Nunavut, but lost 7-0 to Northern Alberta.
Alaska's girls' and boys' volleyball teams have swept their matches so far this week.
The girls logged clean 3-0 match scores against Yukon, Nunavut and Greenland, while the boys beat Nunavut and Greenland 3-0 and the Yukon 3-1.
Alaska wrestlers also are making a stellar performance at the Games this week. Though individual results weren't available as of the Clarion's deadline Wednesday, team results showed Alaska winning all four of its matches so far.
The co-ed wrestling team shut out Northwest Territories and Magadan in separate 48-0 dual meets. The wrestlers also beat Nunavut 40-9 and Northern Alberta 25-14.
Individual wrestling events are scheduled for today, and the 2004 Arctic Winter Games continue through Saturday.
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