Bosick signs with NAIA powerhouse

Skyview running back to play for perennial contender Carroll College

Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Carroll College was not on Skyview senior running back Gregor Bosick’s radar. Bosick was on Carroll’s radar, though.

On Feb. 13, Bosick signed a letter of intent to play for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division I powerhouse in Helena, Mont. The running back will receive a partial scholarship from the school.

“Actually, I wasn’t really looking at Carroll,” Bosick said. “I didn’t know about it until they contacted me and asked for some game film. It went from there.

“I got to go down there and visit and I loved the school. I felt at home.”

In seven years under coach Mike Van Diest, Carroll has won four national championships, including two perfect seasons. Van Diest has a 78-16 record at Carroll and has reached the final four of the NAIA playoffs six straight years.

At the time Carroll added Bosick, the school also signed Kurt Stoll, a running back from Sandpoint High School in Sandpoint, Idaho.

“I am very excited to have both of these talented student athletes coming to Carroll College,” Van Diest said in a statement released by the college. “They are outstanding athletes who will make a difference not only on the football field but also on campus and in the community.”

Joining a respected program like Carroll continues a whirlwind journey in football for Bosick. The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder did not even play football as a freshman.

By his senior year, Bosick did everything for the Panthers. He rushed 189 times for 1,280 yards and 15 touchdowns. In a passing capacity, he was 15-of-43 for 385 yards and three touchdowns. Bosick also returned kicks and punted.

At the end of the season, he was named the small-schools defensive player of the year. He also was first-team all-state at running back, return specialist and defensive back.

Bosick still has not been able to spend an entire summer training for football because his family runs a seining boat in Prince William Sound. Bosick said he will have to cut the fishing season short to get in shape for Carroll, which plans on using him at running back.

“It’s very exciting,” he said. “I think it’s a great school and a great program. I’m honored to get to be a part of it.”

Soldotna’s Besse loses in semifinals

Soldotna graduate Rachel Besse and her Vanguard University women’s basketball team lost in the semifinals of the NAIA Division I women’s basketball tournament on Monday. Vanguard lost 68-64 to Cumberland University.

Vanguard, which had been the top-ranked team, finished the season with a 31-1 record after losing in the semifinals for the second straight year. Besse, a 6-2 senior, had 17 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks in the game.

Leman finishes up solid season for Eastern Oregon University

Whitney Leman, a 2003 graduate of Ninilchik School, finished her junior season at Eastern Oregon University ranked fifth in NAIA Division II in assist-turnover ratio and ranked eighth in NAIA Division II in assists. Leman had 173 assists this season, averaging 5.58 per game, while turning the ball over 78 times.

Leman earned honorable mention on the All-Cascade Collegiate Conference team. She finished second in the conference in assist-turnover ratio and fourth in the conference in assists.

Eastern Oregon finished the season tied for first in the conference. The squad then won a coin toss to earn a berth to nationals, where EOU lost to Hastings College (Nebraska), the defending national champions.

Soldotna graduate Liebner earns All-America honors

Andy Liebner, a graduate of Soldotna High School, earned All-America honors at the 2007 NCAA Skiing Championships on March 7 at the Jackson XC Center in Jackson, N.H. Liebner is the 62nd University of Alaska Anchorage skier to earn All-America honors.

Liebner got his ninth straight top-10 finish of the season by finishing ninth in the 10-kilometer freestyle. Liebner finished with a time of 26 minutes, 10.0 seconds, to earn Second Team All-America results.

Liebner, in his first year at UAA, also earned second-team all-conference recognition from the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association this season.

Area skiers compete at Junior Nationals

Area skiers wrapped up competition at the Junior Nationals at Soldier Hollow, Utah, on March 10, helping Team Alaska to a third-place finish behind Intermountain and New England.

The final day of competition was a relay. In the Junior 1 girls relay, Erika Klaar of Homer High School was on a team that finished 24th. In the Older Junior boys relay, Kenai Central’s Christopher Hall and Skyview’s Erick Romig were on a team that finished 22nd. In the Junior 2 girls relay, Soldotna’s Kailey Mucha was on a team that finished seventh.

On March 9, the skiers competed in a classic race. In the 5-kilometer Junior 2 girls race, Mucha finished 39th, with her time of 16:01.8 placing her 1:51.6 behind the winner. In the Junior 1 girls race, which also was 5 kilometers, Klaar finished 76th with a time of 16:28.6, which was 2:49.9 behind the winner.

In the Junior 1 boys 10-kilometer race, Romig was 57th with a time of 33:36.3, which was 7:16.5 behind the winner. In the Older Junior 10-kilometer race, Hall finished 47th with a time of 33:20.4, placing him 6:35.7 behind the winner.

On March 7, the skiers competed in a freestyle mass start format. At the Older Junior level in a 15-kilometer race, Hall finished 45th, 6:27 behind the winner with his time of 45:12.2.

The Junior 1 racers also did 15 kilometers, and Romig finished 37th with a time of 42:41.9. He was 3:52 behind the winner.

The Junior 1 girls raced 10 kilometers. Klaar finished 47th with a time of 34:03.1, 3:24 behind the winner.

The Junior 2 girls raced 5 kilometers. Mucha finished 23rd with a time of 16:47.0. She was 1:40 behind the winner.

Kenai’s Miles plays football for Bemidji State

Kenai Central graduate Brandon Miles was a member of the 2006 Bemidji State University football team that earned the school’s first trip to a post-season bowl game. Miles, a freshman majoring in business administration, played running back. The team finished the year with a 9-3 record.

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