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Nikiski girls win league

Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2005

For the 11th time in Ward Romans' 16 years as coach, the Nikiski girls basketball team is the champion of the Southcentral Conference.

The Bulldogs toppled tournament host Seward 52-30 Saturday. Both teams qualify for the state tournament, where the Bulldogs will be looking for their eighth Class 3A state title under Romans.

Once again, defense proved key for the Bulldogs. Nikiski had a 21-16 lead at halftime, then outscored the Seahawks 31-14 in the second half. Nikiski had a productive day from the perimeter, nailing eight 3-pointers, including three each by Stacey Griffel and Sarah Herrin, who finished with a game-high 14 points. Herrin was named the conference's most valuable player.

Sasha Auldridge, who is first team all-conference, added 13 points for the Bulldogs, while the 10 points of Lara Loomis paced Seward. Hannah Thompson, Whitney Hitchcock and Krystal Gladden were named second team all-conference for Nikiski.

For Seward, Teal Hetrick and Loomis were first team all-conference, while Serena Hoogland made the second team.

Seward boys 44, Grace Christian 30

The Seahawks played tough defense in the second half to take third-place from the Grizzlies Saturday.

Seward led 23-20, but then allowed just 10 points after the break. Corey Hetrick paced the Seahawks with 14 points, while Caleb Adelmann added 11 points. Morgan Wynne had 10 points for Grace.

Ryan Dieckgraeff made first team all-conference for Seward, while Coty Beck and Hetrick made the second team.

Nikiski boys 69, Houston 45

The Bulldogs ended their season on a positive note, taking the fourth-place game Saturday and putting five players in double figures.

Nikiski received 14 points apiece from Ben Kellie and Steven Taylor, 11 points from Chris Curren and 10 points each from Chad Holloway and Travis McGahan.

McGahan was named first team all-conference, while Kellie, Curren and Holloway were named second team all-conference.

Nikiski girls 43, Houston 33

The Bulldogs received 18 points from Sarah Herrin Friday to advance to the finals and earn a berth at the state tournament.

As usual, Nikiski's defense provided the difference. The Bulldogs gave up just 19 points in the first three quarters.

Rachel Stewart had 21 points for Houston, including 10 in the fourth quarter.

Seward girls 47, Grace Christian 39

Solid defense and free-throw shooting Friday allowed the Seahawks to advance to the finals and earn a state berth.

The Grizzlies were able to score just 21 points through the first three quarters. Seward also helped its case by going 19-of-21 from the free-throw line.

Teal Hetrick and Rachael Crane each had 12 points to lead Seward.

Heritage Christian 87, Seward 19

The Eagles, the No. 1-ranked Class 3A team in the state, cruised past the Seahawks Friday to a state tournament berth and to a spot in the finals.

Thomas Millar had 21 points, Lonnie Ridgeway had 16 points and Jaye Webb had 11 points for the Eagles.

Girls semifinals

BULLDOGS 43, HAWKS 33

Houston 4 7 8 14 —33

Nikiski 10 11 12 10 —43

HOUSTON (33) — Warner 0 0-0 0, Katzenberger 0 0-0 0, Tresham 1 0-0 2, Rolland 1 0-0 2, Thistle 1 0-0 2, Warner 0 0-0 0, Stewart 9 3-4 21, Sieben 2 0-0 4, Elder 1 0-0 2, Mason 0 0-0 0, Aston 0 0-0 0. Totals — 15 3-4 33.

NIKISKI (43) — Gladden 1 2-2 4, Griffel 3 0-1 7, Auldridge 2 1-4 3, Thompson 0 6-8 6, Herrin 7 4-6 18, Hitchcock 2 0-0 5. Totals — 15 13-21 43.

3-point goals — Nikiski 2 (Griffel 1, Hitchcock 1). Total fouls — Houston 19, Nikiski 10. Fouled out — none.

SEAHAWKS 47, GRIZZLIES 39

Grace 6 6 9 18 —39

Seward 11 11 10 15 —47

GRACE CHRISTIAN (39) — Davis 0 0-0 0, Sailors 0 0-0 0, Walls 0 0-0 0, Havard 3 2-2 9, Savage 1 0-0 2, Arts 2 0-0 4, Perry 7 4-6 18, Berg 3 0-0 6, Marchuk 0 0-0 0. Totals — 16 6-8 39.

SEWARD (47) — Hetrick 2 6-7 12, Prochazka 0 4-4 4, Hoogland 1 3-4 5, Sela 0 0-0 0, Stallings 1 0-0 2, Loomis 4 0-0 8, Crane 3 6-6 12, Adelman 2 0-0 4. Totals — 13 19-21 47.

3-point goals — Grace Christian 1 (Havard 1); Seward 2 (Hetrick 2). Total fouls — Grace Christian 17, Seward 10. Fouled out — none.

Boys semifinal

EAGLES 87, SEAHAWKS 19

Heritage 17 25 24 21 —87

Seward 2 3 5 9 —19

HERITAGE (87) — M. Millar 1 0-0 3, Theis 0 3-4 3, Baldwin 0 0-0 0, Tr. Millar 4 0-0 9, Hanks 3 0-1 6, Powers 4 0-2 8, Th. Millar 3 2-5 21, Webb 3 3-6 11, Ridgeway 7 2-2 16, Miessner 0 1-2 1, Reando 4 1-4 9. Totals — 34 12-26 87.

SEWARD (19) — Hetrick 1 0-0 3, B. Beck 1 0-0 2, Harris 1 0-0 3, Swiderski 0 0-0 0, Buchanan 0 0-0 0, C. Beck 1 0-0 2, O'Brikis 0 1-3 1, Elhard 0 0-0 0, Dieckgraeff 0 0-0 0, Adelman 1 5-6 7. Totals — 5 7-11 19.

3-point goals — Heritage 7 (Th. Millar 3, Webb 2, Tr. Millar 1, M. Millar 1). Total fouls — Heritage 11, Seward 23. Fouled out — Hetrick.

Girls championship

BULLDOGS 52, SEAHAWKS 30

Nikiski 12 9 15 16 —52

Seward 6 10 8 6 —30

NIKISKI (52) — Lee 1 0-0 2, Gladden 2 0-0 5, Griffel 3 0-0 9, Auldridge 4 4-4 13, Thompson 1 5-6 7, Herrin 5 1-3 14, Hitchcock 0 2-2 2. Totals — 16 12-15 52.

SEWARD (30) — Sawyer 0 0-0 0, Hetrick 2 1-2 6, Prochazka 0 1-2 1, Hoogland 1 1-2 3, Sela 0 0-0 0, Stallings 3 0-0 6, Loomis 2 3-4 10, Crane 1 0-0 2, Adelmann 1 0-0 2. Totals — 10 6-10 30.

3-point goals — Nikiski 8 (Herrin 3, Griffel 3, Gladden 1, Auldridge 1); Seward 2 (Hetrick 1, Loomis 1). Total fouls — Nikiski 12, Seward 15. Fouled out — Hetrick.

Boys third-place game

SEAHAWKS 44, GRIZZLIES 30

Grace 7 13 6 4 —30

Seward 11 12 12 9 —44

GRACE CHRISTIAN (30) — Ingalls 0 0-0 0, Karlberg 0 0-0 0, Boerger 3 0-0 9, Tegerdine 0 0-0 0, Jones 1 0-2 3, Moll 1 2-4 4, Hartmann 1 0-1 2, Wynne 3 4-6 10, Stack 1 0-0 2. Totals — 10 6-13 30.

SEWARD (44) — Hetrick 5 3-5 14, B. Beck 0 0-0 0, Harris 0 0-0 0, Swiderski 1 1-3 3, Buchanan 0 1-2 1, C. Beck 1 0-0 2, O'Brikis 0 0-0 0, Elhard 2 2-4 8, Dieckgraeff 2 1-3 5, Adelmann 5 1-2 11. Totals — 16 9-19 44.

3-point goals — Grace Christian 4 (Boerger 3, Jones 1); Seward 3 (Elhard 2, Hetrick 1). Total fouls — Grace Christian 17, Seward 17. Fouled out — none.

Boys fourth-place game

BULLDOGS 69, HAWKS 45

Nikiski 20 14 13 22 —69

Houston 8 13 11 13 —45

NIKISKI (69) — Hemphill 2 4-8 8, Taylor 5 4-4 14, Kellie 4 6-6 14, Curren 4 2-4 11, Holloway 3 2-4 10, Vance 0 2-2 2, McGahan 2 6-7 10. Totals — 20 26-35 69.

HOUSTON (45) — Parker 3 1-2 10, Shumway 3 0-0 9, Fredericks 1 0-2 2, Veit 3 6-6 12, Tymick 0 0-2 0, Strickland 3 0-0 6, Conn 3 0-0 6. Totals — 16 7-12 45.

3-point goals — Nikiski 3 (Holloway 2, Curren 1); Houston 6 (Shumway 3, Parker 3). Total fouls — Nikiski 17, Houston 26. Fouled out — Curren, Parker, Shumway, Fredericks, Strickland.

All-Conference teams

GIRLS

Coach of the Year — Jason Spakousky, Houston.

Most Valuable Player — Sarah Herrin, Nikiski.

First team — Courtney Berlen, ACS; Erin Sailors, Grace; Kassi Tresham, Houston; Teal Hetrick, Seward; Rachel Stewart, Houston; Anna Havard, Grace; Katelyn Perry, Grace; Sasha Auldridge, Nikiski; Lara Loomis, Seward.

Second team — Candace Dyson, ACS; Whitney Hitchcock, Nikiski; Hannah Thompson, Nikiski; Meriah Sutherland, Heritage; Krystal Gladden, Nikiski; Alisa Stewart, Heritage; Serena Hoogland, Seward.

BOYS

Coach of the Year — Brad Trevethick, Grace.

Most Valuable Player — Lonnie Ridgeway, Heritage.

First team — Donovan Parker, Houston; Travis McGahan, Nikiski; Trenton Millar, Heritage; Ben Boerger, Grace; Ryan Dieckgraeff, Seward; Chad Dyson, ACS; Bryce Kauffman, Heritage; Morgan Wynn, Grace; Richard McNutt, ACS; Thomas Millar, Heritage.

Second team — Coty Beck, Seward; Corey Hetrick, Seward; Ben Kellie, Nikiski; Chad Holloway, Nikiski; Jared Reando, Heritage; Kellan Moll, Grace; Chris Curren, Nikiski.



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