Nikiski boys clinch No. 1 seed in NLC South

Posted: Sunday, May 16, 2010

Nikiski's boys clinched the No. 1 seed in the Northern Lights Conference Southern Division for the first time in school history with a 4-1 win over Seward on Saturday.

"I'm real excited for our seniors," Bulldogs head coach Jim Coburn said. "It's nice to see them have some success."

Nikiski's Stefan Krogseng scored first. Seward came right back with a goal to tie the game, Coburn said.

Bob Seater broke the tie with a goal soon after Seward's tally, Coburn said. Krogseng then added his second of the game and Nathan Stangel rounded out the scoring.

Coburn said Nikiski controlled a majority of the play.

"We were on their end most of the game," he said.

The Nikiski girls had a scrimmage against Seward and picked up a forfeit.

Soldotna girls 6, Ketchikan 0

The host Stars tuned up for the Northern Lights Conference tournament by defeating the nonconference Kings on Friday.

Casey Coupchiak and Kaili Sholin each had a pair of goals for the Stars, while Jenna Redford and Emily Rohloff also had tallies.

"My seniors did a good job coming out and putting forth a lot of effort," Soldotna coach Mike Tovoli said. "They knew it was their last home game and they used it to get ready for regions."

The seniors on the varsity playing their final home game were Redford, Emily Rich, Emily Rohloff, Shana Powell and Coupchiak.

Ketchikan boys 5, Soldotna 0

The visiting Kings ruined the final home game for the SoHi seniors.

Soldotna coach Jeff Siemers said his team was not at full strength due to several injuries, but gave Ketchikan credit for the victory.

"They had some good goals," Siemers said after finishing the regular season at 7-3. "I guess they've only had two losses all year."

Siemers paid tribute to seniors Blaine Carver, Braylon Blades, Ian Buffington, Josh Harvey, Brett Vadla, Braden Cresap, Will Christianson, Luke Clyde and Will McDermid by starting the game with all of them on the field.

Wasilla girls 4, Skyview 1

The Panthers lost a Northern Lights Conference game to the host Warriors on Friday.

"On Friday I thought we played our best game of the year," Skyview coach David Carpenter said. "We lost 4-1, but Wasilla has kind of dominated everybody. It didn't get out of control at all."

The Warriors were up 2-0 at the half and 3-0 before Skyview's Alicia West broke through for a goal. With two minutes to play, Wasilla scored the final goal of the game.

Carpenter said Hannah Hutchison had a great game at forward. The coach said Hutchison hustled back from her forward position and broke up Wasilla's attack.

The coach also said Rebecca Egan played well in goal.

Wasilla boys 13, Skyview 0

The Warriors cruised to a Northern Lights Conference victory over the Panthers on Friday in Wasilla.

Skyview girls 3, Houston 0

The Panthers finished up the regular season with a 3-1-5 record by shutting out the Hawks on Saturday.

Egan and Dallas Derflinger combined on the shutout in net for the Panthers.

West had a pair of goals. The first came from Hannah Hutchison. The second came from Monica Hutchison.

"The weekend was just fantastic," Carpenter said. "This team has really stepped up and kept improving the entire year."

Houston boys 7, Skyview 4

In a wild shootout, the host Hawks prevailed on Saturday in Houston. Nathan Penrod had a pair of goals for the Panthers, while Chad Oakes and Curtis Martin each added tallies.

Skyview coach Rustin Hitchcock said Bryce Wilson, who had been solid in goal all year for Skyview, was not at Saturday's game. Like Wilson, Hitchcock gave credit to the rest of the seniors for a solid year.

Houston girls 1, Homer 0

Houston's girls notched their first win since 2007 over Homer on Friday.

Wasilla boys 7, Homer 1

Jake Barker scored three goals to lead the Warriors past Homer on Saturday.

Wasilla girls 9, Homer 0

Eight different players scored goals as the Warriors cruised past Homer on Saturday.

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