The Next Level

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2002

Kasilof's Hakkinen completes World Cup

Kasilof's Jay Hakkinen, a Skyview High School graduate, finished up his World Cup season on a high note Saturday in Oslo, Norway.

After finishing 55th in Thursday's 10-kilometer sprint, Hakkinen recorded just two penalties as he moved all the way up to 21st in Saturday's 12.5-kilometer pursuit. The performance left Hakkinen 3 minutes, 37 seconds off the leader and broke Hakkinen's World Cup points drought.

"It all just came easy today," Hakkinen said in a press release. "I did not stress about my shooting today. I knew that I have been shooting well in practice and I just relaxed.

"It was a good way to finish the season and gain confidence and enthusiasm to train hard for next season."

Hakkinen finished 57th on the World Cup points list. Anchorage's Jeremy Teela finished 53rd.

Hakkinen's final competition of the season will be the International Biathlon Union Grand Prix competition this week in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia.

Kenai's Hansen 22nd at national meet

Morgan Hansen, a 2001 graduate of Kenai Central High School, finished 22nd in 3-meter diving at the NCAA Division III Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Oxford, Ohio, in mid-March. Hansen, a freshman at Alma College in Alma, Mich., scored 284.05 points for 10 dives in the competition.

Hansen also placed 19th in 1-meter diving at the championships, scoring 303.10 points. She was one of two freshmen selected to compete at the national championships. Hansen also is just the third female diver at Alma to compete in a national championship.

Kenai's Reilly finishes season for UAA

Jessi Reilly, a 2001 graduate of Kenai Central, finished up her first year with the University of Alaska Anchorage basketball team in early March.

Reilly, a freshman at UAA, started 23 games for the Seawolves, averaging 2.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. She also had 76 assists and 33 steals for UAA, which finished with a 5-22 record.

Soldotna's Green wraps up first year with UAA

Soldotna's Lee Green wrapped up his first season with the University of Alaska Anchorage hockey team in early March.

Green played in 34 games and had one goal and five assists for the Seawolves, who finished with a 12-19-5 record.

Kenai's Canady finishes first year at North Dakota

Kenai's Brian Canady recently completed his freshman season with the University of North Dakota hockey team.

Canady, a forward, played in 36 games for the Fighting Sioux. He had four goals and four assists for North Dakota, which finished with a 16-19-2 record.

The Next Level highlights peninsula athletes that have gone on to compete beyond the high school level. If you know such an athlete, contact the Clarion sports department by phone at 283-7551, by fax at 283-3299 or via e-mail at

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