Following 10 weeks of wrestling, the Soldotna Whalers freestyle wrestlers completed their season with a strong showing at the Alaska USA Greco Roman/Freestyle State Tournament on May 1-2.
A total of 30 Whalers competed at the tournament, held in Wasilla, with 17 earning medals for placing in the top six of their respective weight and age divisions. There were a total of 688 grapplers from around the state competing.
Greco Roman (May 1):
Intermediate (9 and 10-year olds) -- Gideon Hutchison (55 pounds), first; Paul Wilcox (95), second.
Novice (11 and 12-year olds) -- Seth Hutchison (70), second; Laine Archuleta (85), second; Tyler Frates (120), first.
Schoolboy/girl (13 and 14-year olds) -- Troy Streiff (136), first.
Cadet (15 and 16-year olds) -- Austin Cunningham (105).
Open (19 and older) -- Erick Morris (163).
Freestyle (May 2):
Pre-Bantam (5 and 6-year olds) -- Sammy Baker (50), third; Luke Reaves (60), first; Bodhi Panamarioff (65), first.
Intermediate -- Gideon Hutchison (55), second; Matthew Anfeldt (60), sixth; Keyshawn McEnerney (80), sixth; Paul Wilcox (95), second.
Novice -- Seth Hutchison (70), third; Laine Archuleta (85), second; Bailey Blumentritt (95), second; Jared Chavez (100), first; Tyler Frates (120), first; Brett Smith (140), third.
Schoolboy/girl -- Troy Streiff (136), fifth; Kyler Ledet (175), fourth.
Cadet -- Austin Cunningham (98), first.
Junior -- Fred Pollard (171), fifth; Nick Van Bruggen (215), second.
Also competing was Avery Hart, Luke Reaves, Cameron Johnson, Isaac Rodman, Zion McEnerney, Hunter Woodward, Ryder Pietro, Trayton Bird, Tyrone McEnerney, Kaleb Reaves, Shane Blumentritt and Kyle Pietro.
Skyview High School athletes are strongly encouraged to attend physical training sessions starting Monday, June 1 at 4 p.m. The Skyview weight room will be open to Skyview athletes from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. Incoming eighth-grade athletes are also strongly encouraged to attend. Coaches will be supervising the strength and conditioning programs.
Soldotna High School is hosting the Stars ages 14-and-under volleyball camp from June 9-11 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The camp focus is on teaching fundamental skills and having fun. The cost is $75 and participants will receive a T-shirt. The camp is limited to 30 participants.
The Northern Lights Volleyball Club continues to take registrations for its June volleyball camp. This year, Division-I coach, Brent Aldridge, will devote his efforts to developing each player's individual and team skills.
Aldridge, of the Arizona State Sun Devils volleyball program, has agreed to assist at the camp. In the past, Aldridge has served as defensive coordinator for BYU, helping the Cougars to a 50-10 overall record. Aldridge has over 12 years of volleyball coaching experience at the college, high school and club levels. He also has extensive experience working at high school and club camps, having served as instructor or director at 14 volleyball camps.
This year's camp runs from June 8-11 and will be held at Palmer Junior Middle School.
Girls currently in grades four through seven will attend in the morning.
This "Expansion Level" focuses on fundamentals, individual training and court energy. The "Intensity Level," for girls currently in grades eight through 12, will meet in the afternoon and focus on challenging competition, fast-paced and exciting play and improved self-confidence. Both sessions promise to build enthusiasm for the sport.
Camp fees are kept at $175 for the Expansion Level and $200 for the Intensity Level. All participants will receive a camp T-shirt.
For more information and to register for this year's Northern Lights Volleyball Club summer camp, please visit the club's Web site at NorthernLightsVolleyball.net or call Diane Clawson at 745-2447.
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