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Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2003

KPHA girls team takes Coach Mac

The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Lady Hawks, an all-girls under-15 team, took first place in the Mustangs Hockey Association Coach Mac Roundup Invitational in Eagle River last weekend, notching a 4-0 record in tournament play.

The Lady Hawks opened the tournament with a 4-1 win over the Anchorage Boys and Girls Club Snow Leopards, with a hat trick by Holly Perkins and a goal from Elora Hammer. Notching assists in the game were Rainy Sirois, Meagan Duwe and Heather Sinclair.

The Lady Hawks notched a 4-1 win in Game 2 against the host Mustangs with goals by Hammer, Perkins, Duwe and Sirois and assists from Kahlia McDermott-Johnston and Jamie Sinclair. The Lady Hawks defeated the Anchorage Hockey Association Mustangs 3-1 in their third game with goals by Perkins, Sirois and Hammer and assists from Perkins and McDermott-Johnston.

In the championship game, a 3-1 win in a rematch with the Snow Leopards, Heather Sinclair notched an unassisted goal while Perkins scored twice, one unassisted and one assisted by Rachael Hanke.

Lady Hawks goalie Leah Garske made 38 saves in four games. Also representing the Lady Hawks at the tournament was Halle Carter, Kayley Mucha, Bree Mucha, Ashley Rabalais, Nicole Simmons and Jenna Redford.

Kenaitzes host Youth Olympic Meet

The Kenaitze Indian Tribe Native Youth Olympic team hosted a meet Saturday at Kenai Middle School.

Participating teams included the Palmer Wolverines, Tyonek Chiefs, Seward Orcas, Chickaloon-Eklutna Eagles and the host Kenaitze Ggugguyni. The event gave teams the opportunity to prepare for the state Native Youth Olympics scheduled for April 24, 25 and 26 in Anchorage.

Kenaitze Indian Tribe Native Youth Olympics Meet

Saturday at Kenai Middle School

Kenaitze Ggugguyni Placewinners

GIRLS

Wrist Carry -- 1. Willow Hunter, 55 feet, 7 inches. Foot Pull -- 1. Stephanie Holley. Stick Pull -- 1. Stephanie Holley. Kneel jump -- 1. Willow Hunter, 2 feet, 4 3/4 inches. Alaskan High Kick -- 1. Lenora John, 4 feet, 7 inches. One-foot high kick -- 1. Lenora John, 5 feet, 1 inch. Two-foot high kick -- 1. Lenora John, 4 feet, 8 inches. Seal hop -- 1. Stephanie Holley, 54 feet, 1 3/4 inches; 2. Ashley Krall, 28-3; 3. Martina VanVelzor, 21-8.

Wrist carry -- 1. T.J. Olick, 223 feet, 1/2 inch; 4. Nate Davis, 87; 5. Joe Leach, 43-8. Kneel Jump -- 1. T.J. Olick, 2 feet,11 1/2 inch; 2. Joe Leach, 2-6 1/2, 4. Daniel Alexie, 1-10 3/4. Alaskan High Kick -- 2. T.J. Olick, 6 feet; Daniel Alexie, 4-10. One-foot high kick -- 4. T.J. Olick, 7 feet, 4 inches. Two-foot high kick -- 4. T.J. Olick, 5 feet, 2 inches; Joe Leach, 4-10. Seal hop -- 1. T.J. Olick, 120 feet, 7 1/4 inches; 4. Steven Holley, 50-1 3/4; 5. Daniel Alexie, 37-9 3/4.

Stern gives ultimatum to WNBA players

NEW YORK -- NBA commissioner David Stern told WNBA players Tuesday that unless they settle their contract dispute by April 18, the 2003 season for the women's league will not be played.

''We want to get a deal and work with the players,'' said Stern, announcing at the same time that his league had voted an additional $12 million to subsidize its women's affiliate. ''But if that's not to be, it's not to be. We'll know in the next 10 days if there will be a WNBA season.''

That came as no surprise to the players.

''We anticipated this coming out. It was just a question of what the day was going to be,'' Houston Comets guard Sonja Henning, president of the WNBA Players Association, said in an interview Tuesday with Houston television station KRIV. ''We knew there would be a deadline set.

''It's not the sort of thing where we are suddenly going to cave in and say, 'Well, we've got to get a deal done, so let's get a deal done by the deadline.' The deadline, if anything, puts more fire under their feet than ours.''

Strawberry released from prison

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Darryl Strawberry smiled, hugged his wife, thanked a guard and drove away from prison Tuesday, beginning what his lawyer hopes will be a drug-free life.

The eight-time All-Star was released from Gainesville Correctional Institution after serving 11 months of an 18-month prison sentence for violating probation on cocaine possession charges.

After saying ''Thank you'' to a guard, he and his wife got into a silver Lincoln Navigator, which was driven by another man, and drove off, getting only about a half-mile away before they had to turn back -- Strawberry had forgotten his personal belongings. A guard handed him a plastic bag and he was off again.

Martinez says he'd like to finish career in Boston

TORONTO -- Now that Boston has exercised its $17.5 million option for 2004, Pedro Martinez would like to stay with the Red Sox.

''I'm looking forward to finishing my career in Boston,'' Martinez said Tuesday. ''Hopefully, this will be a sign of me remaining with the Boston Red Sox. I wasn't very optimistic about it. By showing the compromise of picking up my option they are actually saying 'Yes we can work something out.' ''

The Red Sox exercised the option seven months before the deadline. Martinez had wanted a five-year extension, and the sides put aside talks on a new deal.

''We just didn't agree on the average salary a year,'' Martinez said.

The 31-year-old right-hander said he was willing to take less money if the Red Sox had signed him to a multiyear contract now. That offer, he added, won't be made when negotiations resume after the season.

''I sacrificed a lot to remain in Boston,'' Martinez said. ''If I bring out the numbers, you'll be shocked, but we decided to keep it private and we are going to stick to our word. They already picked up my option, which tells me that they are trying, so I'm just going to let it go. But the same offer is not going to be there in November.''

Martinez said he asked for less money than teammate Manny Ramirez, starting the third season of a $160 million, eight-year deal.

''What I wanted from Boston was way, way below Manny status,'' Martinez said. ''I don't know about November. That's different.''

The three-time Cy Young Award winner is 0-0 with a 0.60 ERA this season after two stellar starts that were squandered by the bullpen. He is second in the AL with 14 strikeouts.

Martinez was 20-4 and led the AL with a 2.26 ERA last season while staying off the disabled list for the first time in four seasons.



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