Sports Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Blackburn nabs MVP award

Soldotna’s Paige Blackburn was named most valuable player in the Northern Lights Conference Southern Division in awards announced following the conference tournament on Saturday in Kodiak.

Stephanie Houser of Palmer was the MVP of the Northern Division, while Kodiak’s Rick Carman was the coach of the year.

The all-conference first team was made up of Skyview’s Melissa Fay, Jennifer Holland and Alex West, Kodiak’s Alysa Horn and Roweena Yamat, Colony’s Hannah Curtis, Homer’s Rachel Bornheimer and Palmer’s Nicole Kenney.

On the second team were Wasilla’s Chelsea Lewis and Ashlen Welch, Palmer’s Ashley Dickerson and Sarah Svedin, Colony’s Desi Diselrod and Katie Enloe, Kodiak’s Syrena Poulos, Homer’s Erika Gavenus and Reba Temple, Kenai’s Katie Foley and Kyla Steward, Soldotna’s Dani Donaldson and Christa Kennedy and Skyview’s Chelsea Martin.

On the good sport team were Skyview’s Martin, Soldotna’s Jessi Stenga, Kenai’s Devon Copple, Homer’s Gavenus, Wasilla’s Kahle Ess, Colony’s Micaela Stein, Palmer’s Mariah Kincaid and Kodiak’s Chelsea Filburn.

Kasilof man rows at Head of Charles

Ed Demers of Kasilof rowed at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston on Oct. 21 representing the Alaska Midnight Rowing Association, a group of rowers based on the central Kenai Peninsula.

Demers raced in a boat of four rowers plus a coxswain and placed 12th out of 20 in the Senior Men’s Masters. In Senior Masters, the crew age averages over 50. Demers was joined in the boat by Stan Olson, Kevin Hall and John Clark of Anchorage and coxswain Liz Smith of Colgate University.

The Head of the Charles is billed as the world’s largest two-day regatta and the premier distance race in the sport of rowing. The regatta hosts over 7,500 rowers.

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