Kenai Firefighters tourney basks in sun
The team of Butch Anderson, Mark Matarrese, Eldon Harvey and Kenai firefighter Tom Carver won the 12th annual Kenai Firefighters' Association Golf Tournament Saturday at the Kenai Golf Course. The tournament enjoyed terrific weather.
The first-place team combined for a score of 3-under 69 in the four-man scramble format. Taking second was the team of Kenai Fire Marshal James Baisden, Jon "Gibby" Gibson, Doug Kaaihue from Kulis Air National Guard Fire Department in Anchorage and Tony Lohrman from Elmendorf Fire Department. This foursome fired a 2-under 70.
Gibson fueled his team's contention for the title. He had a 40-foot birdie putt on the 13th hole and saved par on the 17th hole with a chip from off the green. He also had a "true" eagle on No. 8. However, Gibson's team, which started its round on the 10th hole, could not muster up a birdie on the ninth hole to force a playoff.
Long drive and one of the four closest to the pins on the par 3s were collected by Matarrese. The long drive came on No. 8 and the closest to the pin came on No. 9.
The other closest to the pins were collected by Scott Sheldon on No. 5, Wes Roberts on No. 10 and Kenai Fire Chief Scott Walden on No. 14.
At least 16 current or retired firefighters participated in the event that was held to benefit the Kenai Peninsula Chapter of SAFEKIDS and the Kenai Firefighters' Association.
Michigan angler takes weekly Seward derby prize
David Van Ocker of Williamsburg, Mich., won last week's $500 prize for coming closest to the target weight in the Seward Jackpot Halibut Derby.
Van Ocker's catch of 78 pounds, 8 ounces was just 8 ounces shy of the target weight of 79 pounds.
Robert Jensen of Palmer took the $250 second prize with an 80-pound, 6 ounce fish, and Mike Erickson of Anchorage and Nick Love from Traverse City, Mich., tied for the $125 third-place prize as each landed a fish weighing in at 77 pounds, 8 ounces.
Daily derby tickets are $5; a ticket for the whole tournament is $35. For more information, contact the Seward Chamber of Commerce at 224-8051.
Red Cross Golf Classic slated for July 6
The 2002 American Red Cross Golf Classic is slated to tee off at 8 a.m. July 6 at Birch Ridge Golf Course.
Check-in for the four-person scramble starts at 7 a.m. The entry fee of $60 covers greens fees for 18 holes of golf. There will be a $100 early-bird drawing, longest drive and closest to the pin contests, door prizes, breakfast and refreshments. For more information, call 260-6647.
Alyeska to host 5-kilometer fun run
The Alyeska Resort in Girdwood will host a 5-kilometer fun run July 6 to kick off Forest Fair weekend. Registration is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. with the race slated to start at 9 a.m.
The race starts at Girdwood Mercantile and follows the Girdwood bike path along Alyeska Highway and Moose Meadows to a turnaround point, then heads back to Girdwood Mercantile.
Preregistration is $12 by July 1 or $15 on race day and includes a T-shirt, official time and a chance to win prizes. Registration can be done by mail or be dropped off at the Alyeska tram ticket office.
For more information, contact Lyric Smith at 754-2209.
NHL to operate Sabres
TORONTO -- The NHL is taking over operation of the financially troubled Buffalo Sabres.
Commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday that owner John Rigas had agreed to the move. Although Rigas technically remains the Sabres' owner, the move helps clear the way for the potential sale of the franchise.
''Based on discussions and an agreement we've made with the Rigases, the operational control of the franchise resides in the league office,'' Bettman said. ''They've empowered us to operate the franchise.''
Bettman sounded hopeful that the team could be sold soon.
Buffalo businessman Mark Hamister is trying to form a group of investors to purchase the Sabres and keep them in Buffalo. Bettman said there is more than one group interested in purchasing the team but gave no details.
Bettman said the NHL will not pick up any of the team's debts, which amount to $157 million owed to Adelphia Communications.
Bettman said Sabres general manager Darcy Regier will oversee the team's daily operation, working under the terms of a budget which Rigas had approved months ago.
The arrangement will allow the Sabres to make offers to re-sign a number of its players -- including goaltender Martin Biron and forward Maxim Afinogenov -- eligible to become restricted free agents at the end of the month.
''We're not in a position where we're selling off players,'' Regier said. ''We're going to try to make this as competitive a hockey club as we possibly can.''
Regier said that despite the cloud of uncertainty hanging over the franchise, 70 percent of the team's season ticket-holders have already renewed for next season.
The NHL's arrangement is not without precedent. In 1983, the league took control of the St. Louis Blues when the team's owner -- Ralston Purina -- was rejected by the NHL in a bid to sell the team to a group interested in moving the franchise to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
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