Local Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2001

Berdahl signs with Western Oregon volleyball

Western Oregon head volleyball coach Judy Lovre announced the signing of Nikiski senior Laura Berdahl on April 20.

Berdahl, a 5-foot-11 middle blocker, helped lead the Bulldogs to the Class 3A state volleyball championship last fall.

Western Oregon finished the 2000 season, its first as a full-fledged member of NCAA Division II, with a 10-14 record -- the first losing record in school history. The Wolves were 8-10 in Pacific West Conference play, which includes a season-ending three-match win streak. Lovre is scheduled to begin her 14th season at the helm of the Wolves on Aug. 24 at the UCSD Tournament in La Jolla, Calif. Lovre has an all-time record of 454-147 (.755).

Nikiski's Glazes make All-Academic Team

Nikiski's Lindsy and Mary Glaze, both track and field athletes at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, were named to the Pacific West Conference All-Academic Team this past week.

Lindsy is a sophomore with a grade point average of 3.26 majoring in music. Mary is a senior with a 3.52 grade point average majoring in English education.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 and be in the second year of competition at their institution.

Mary Glaze then added another laurel to her list of accomplishments Friday when she captured the Pacific West Conference heptathlon by 39 points.

Glaze was in third place entering the 800, but she cruised to victory in the event, posting a time of 2:28.89, to earn 785 points and take the title with 4,134 points.

"She did very well in six of the seven events and I feel she can score 100 more points in the high jump in the NAIA National Meet, which would put her among the leaders," Northwest coach Randy Dalzell said in a press release.

Birch Ridge open for business

The Birch Ridge Golf Course, pro shop and driving ranged opened for the 2001 season Saturday. The course is on five regular greens and four temporary greens.

Call 262-5270 to schedule a tee time, or stop by the pro shop and use the driving range to start getting the swing back in shape.

Soldotna High School to host hoops camp

Soldotna boys basketball coach Ron Becker will have a camp at Soldotna High School from June 4 to 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A special guest at the camp will be Barry Hecker, who has served in numerous capacities at every level of basketball including stints as a player scout for the Orlando Magic, assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers, director of player acquisition for the Cleveland Cavaliers and head coach at Westminster College.

The camp will be three days of individual skills instruction for high school students. To register, contact Becker at 262-7411. Proceeds from the camp benefit Soldotna High School basketball.

Homer High School hosts basketball camp

Homer High will have individual skills basketball camps for elementary, junior high and high school students on June 6 and 7, then have a high school varsity boys team camp June 8 and 9.

The camps will be conducted by Seattle Pacific University head coach Ken Bone, who is one of the nation's most successful NCAA Division II coaches.

Under Bone, the Falcons have made five trips to the NCAA Sweet 16 in the past seven years while winning over 71 percent of their games and five Pacific West Conference championships.

The individual skills camps for grades five through eight will be on June 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The $40 entry fee includes lunch. The skills camp for high school students will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 7. The $40 entry fee includes lunch.

The high school boys varsity team camp will be June 8 and 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The $70 fee includes T-shirt, lunches and a barbecue Saturday after the last game. Teams are guaranteed three games each day. Awards will be given for top finishes in a one-on-one tournament, a shooting contest and the team tournament.

Barry Hecker, who has been a player scout for the Orlando Magic and an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers, will be a special guest at the camps.

To register, contact Homer Community Schools at 235-6090. Proceeds from the camp benefit Homer High School basketball.

Anchorage Golf Course opens temporary greens

The Anchorage Golf Course opened on temporary greens Saturday. This is the earliest opening date in the 15-year history of the course. The golf course and driving range will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Call 522-3363 for more information, reservations or tee times.

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