Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2002

Sen. Phillips donates $10,000 to Team Alaska Fund

State Sen. Randy Phillips, retiring from the Legislature after 26 years of service, donated $10,000 to the Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska Trust Fund, the first major donation to the fund established by the Legislature in 2001.

Phillips had been made an honorary Life Member of Team Alaska in appreciation for his service and support of Team Alaska and his generous donation. Phillips was instrumental in bringing the Arctic Winter Games to Eagle River and Chugiak in 1996 and has championed Team Alaska from the grass roots level to the Legislature.

The Arctic Winter Games is an international sport and culture festival held every other year involving teams from Alaska, Yukon and Northwest territories, Nunavat, Northern Alberta, Nunavik Quebec, Greenland and the Russian provinces of Chukotka and Magadan.

Pop Warner officials clinic scheduled

A one-day officials clinic for Pop Warner football referees is planned for Saturday at 10 a.m. at Skyview High School.

Participants will need shoes suitable to run in and writing materials to take notes. Applications for rulebooks and certification will be available.

For more information, contact Randy Sparks at 262-7293.

Kenai Peninsula Football Officials to meet July 29

The Kenai Peninsula Football Officials Association will meet July 29 at 6 p.m. at the Lambe, Tuter, Wagner & Moore office in Soldotna. Anyone interested in officiating high school football this season is welcome.

Applications, tests and rulebooks will be available.

For more information, contact Randy Sparks at 262-7293.

Sports physicals available at Homer High Tuesday

A free sports physical screening will take place Tuesday at Homer High School. The screening is open to all high school students on the lower Kenai Peninsula as well as Pop Warner athletes.

Screening times for athletes with last names starting with A through M is 7 to 8 p.m. Screening times for athletes with last names starting with the letters N through Z is 8 to 9 p.m.

Gym shorts and T-shirts should be worn for the screening.

For more information, call 235-2261.

Homer High looking to fill coaching vacancies

Homer High School is seeking candidates for the following coaching vacancies: head varsity football coach; C-team boys basketball coach; varsity hockey coach; and assistant boys soccer coach.

Wednesday is the last day to apply for the football coaching position. Practice starts July 29. Applications will be accepted for the other positions until filled. Candidates must have or be willing to obtain an Alaska Coaching Certification and need to have a completed extracurricular application on file with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Department.

For more information, contact Homer athletic director Chris Perk at by phone 299-1330, by fax at 235-4628 or by e-mail at Homer High School's mailing address is 600 E. Fairview, Homer, AK 99603.

Peninsula grapplers fare well on national stage

Several wrestlers from the Kenai Peninsula fared well on a recent trip Outside to participate in the Western Regional and the National Championships with Team Alaska.

At the Western Regional, medalists from the peninsula in freestyle included: Lance Kitchen from Kasilof, who placed third in at 112 pounds in the Midget division; Cody Booth of Kenai, who placed fifth at 100 pounds, and Tanner Waterbury of Soldotna, who placed fifth at 140 pounds, in the Novice division; Clark Buffington of Kenai, who placed third at 115 pounds in the Schoolboy division; and Lance Penhale of Nikiski, who placed fourth at 84 pounds, and Eli Hutchison of Kasilof, who placed second at 98 pounds, in the Cadet division.

Greco-Roman medalists at the Western Regional included: Kitchen, who tool second at 112 pounds in the Midget division; George Larson of Nikiski, who placed sixth at 112 pounds, and Waterbury, who placed fourth at 140 pounds, in the Novice division; Clark Buffington, who was third at 115 pounds, and Ed Buffington of Kenai, who was third at 120 pounds, in the Schoolboy division; and Penhale, who placed fifth at 84 pounds, and Hutchison, who was second at 98 pounds, in the Cadet division.

At the National Tournament, four peninsula wrestlers earned medals. Booth, wrestling at 100 pounds in the Novice class, placed fourth in Freestyle and sixth in Greco-Roman. Jordan Goracke of Soldotna, wrestling at 105 pounds in the Novice class, was fifth in Freestyle. Clark Buffington, wrestling at 115 pounds in the Schoolboy division, was sixth in Freestyle and fourth in Greco-Roman. Ed Buffington, wrestling at 120 pounds in the Schoolboy division, placed fifth in Greco-Roman.

Athletes were selected to Team Alaska based on their performance at the state championships earlier this year.

Davenport, Seles win first two Fed Cup matches

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Monica Seles breezed past Tzipi Obziler 6-4, 6-2, and Lindsay Davenport overpowered Anna Smashnova 6-3, 6-3 Saturday as the United States took both opening Fed Cup matches against Israel.

Davenport, sidelined from serious competition since injuring her knee in November and returning from knee surgery in January, showed the same power that once made her No. 1 in the world, dominating Smashnova with power serves and ground strokes that pushed Israel's No. 1 player far behind the baseline.

Davenport showed signs of rust by making a number of unforced errors. But whether she was hitting winners or unforced errors, Davenport controlled the tempo of the match, played in 90-degree heat.

In the second match, Seles demonstrated too much experience and savvy for her lesser-ranked opponent.

To close out the first set, Obziler crushed a backhand passing shot down the line. But Seles lunged to her right and feathered a short-angle, backhand drop shot that clinched the set and brought a collective gasp from the audience of about 2,000.

After a 6-4 first set, she took total control of the match in the first meeting between the two. In a somewhat uneven first set, Seles appeared to do only as much as she needed to stay ahead.

Davenport struggled only when she was serving for the match at 5-3. Smashnova fought off three match points before the Davenport gave the U.S. team the opening victory in the best-of-five competition.

Davenport's second serves were in the 85 mph range -- usually faster than Smashnova's first serves.

Davenport consistently tried to draw Smashnova wide, which opened the court for multiple winners down the line.

In the Fed Cup quarterfinals, defending champion Belgium was tied 1-1 with Italy after Saturday's singles matches. Austria led Croatia 2-0, Spain led Germany 2-0, and France and Slovakia were tied 1-1.

Belgium's Els Callens beat Rita Grande 6-2, 6-1, before Italy's Silvia Farina Elia defeated Caroline Maes by the same score on clay in Bologna. Belgium is without Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin, who each reached a Grand Slam tournament final and led Belgium to its first Fed Cup title in 2001.

In other World Group playoffs, Australia and Netherlands were tied 1-1, Russia led China 2-0, Argentina led Hungary 2-0, the Czech Republic led Canada 2-0, Sweden led Switzerland 2-0, and Slovenia led Ukraine 2-0.

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