Sports Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Quarter-midget racers take to Mat-Su track

Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions quarter-midget racers traveled to Northstar Speedway in Wasilla for their second pavement race of the season Saturday. The quarter-mile, high-bank oval of Northstar Speedway presses the limits of the quarter-midget race cars, which are designed for smaller race tracks with lower top speeds. Drivers from the peninsula, who range in age from 8 to 13, quickly adapted to the track that had them traveling at speeds close to 50 mph — wheel to wheel and bumper to bumper.

Steven Young, with his new Nervo car, had a standout outing, winning the first heat, second heat and main event, though Annita Braun, Keith Porter and Kendall Soares all made strong efforts to catch him. Also putting on a good effort in the chase was Russell Akers and Cody Lippes.

The drivers will be back on the peninsula this weekend for their first dirt track race of the season, Saturday at Twin City Raceway in Kenai. Time-in is at 5 p.m. with racing at 6 p.m.

For more info on quarter Midget Racing go to the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions on the Web at or call 260-3926.

Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions Quarter-Midgets

Saturday at Northstar Speedway, Wasilla

First Heat — 1. Steven Young; 2. Annita Braun; 3. Kendall Soares; 4. Keith Porter; 5. Russell Akers; 6. Cody Leppes. Second Heat — 1. Steven Young; 2. Keith Porter; 3. Annita Braun; 4. Kendall Soares; 5. Russell Akers; 6. Cody Leppes. Main Event — 1. Steven Young; 2. Annita Braun; 3. Keith Porter; 4. Kendall Soares; 5. Russell Akers; 6. Cody Leppes.

Lady Kings fare well in Anchorage

The Peninsula Lady Kings, a 14-and-under girls competitive softball team, won two games and lost two on a trip to Anchorage last weekend.

The Lady Kings started the trip with a 13-10 win over the Arctic Storm, 16-and-under team.

“It was the first game we played as a competitive team. They all did real well. We didn’t know what kind of competition we would run into up there,” said coach Jay Griffel.

Lierin Flanagan and Molly Cox shared the pitching duties in the game, and Flanagan hit an inside-the-park home run.

The Lady Kings dropped their second game 8-0 to the 49ers, a 14-and-under team.

Against the Alaska Northern Stars, the Lady Kings lost a close game, 8-7. Alysha Shaginoff and Flanagan pitched in the game, Savannah Griffel had three runs batted in on two hits, and Flanagan notched another inside-the-park home run.

The Lady Kings finished up their trip with a 21-5 win over the 16-and-under Alaska Ice. Flanagan and Molly Cox saw action on the mound, and the game was called after three innings.

Griffel credited Mariah Huhndorf with a good effort in the field for the Lady Kings, and added that the whole team played exceptionally well.

The Lady Kings are made up of players from Kenai, Soldotna and Nikiski. The team will play a home series Friday and Saturday at the Steve Shearer softball fields on the Kenai green strip. Friday’s doubleheader starts at 5 p.m.; Saturday’s double dip is slated to start at noon.

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