Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, December 07, 2003

Wolverines lose fourth-place match

The Ninilchik volleyball team lost the fourth-place match Saturday at the Class 1-2-3A West state tournament at Dimond High School.

Ninilchik fell to Tok 25-23, 27-25 and 25-23. The Wolverines had made their way to the match with a 25-17, 26-24 and 25-21 victory over Klawock Friday.

Barrow won the tournament, beating Dillingham in the championship match, while Hoonah topped Nome for third place.

Alaska Fairbanks stops Nebraska Omaha

FAIRBANKS Forward Paul Austin scored his first career goal as the University of Alaska Fairbanks overcame an early 1-0 deficit to defeat the University of Nebraska-Omaha 4-1 in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association game on Saturday.

The victory completed a series sweep for UAF (7-7-0 overall, 6-4-0 in the CCHA) and was the team's seventh straight home victory. The Nanooks defeated UNO (4-10-2, 3-8-1) by a 5-2 score on Friday.

The Mavericks took a 1-0 lead in the first period on Dan Hacker's goal at 7:38. UAF tied the contest 1-1 on Austin's goal at 13:32 of the first period. It was Austin's first goal in 64 NCAA games played.

Curtis Fraser gave the Nanooks a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal at 5:46 of the second, putting home the rebound of a shot by defenseman Felipe Larranaga. At 9:29 of the second period sophomore defenseman Jordan Hendry scored to give UAF a 3-1 lead.

Fraser scored his second goal of the night at 10:42 of the second period, tipping home a shot by Larranaga to give UAF a 4-1 advantage.

Nebraska-Omaha held a 39-28 advantage in shots on goal.

Goaltender Preston McKay made 38 saves for UAF. Netminder Chris Holt stopped 12 of 16 shots he faced before being lifted for Brian Haaland after the Nanooks fourth score. Haaland stopped all 12 shots he faced.

Alaska Anchorage splits with Minnesota

ANCHORAGE The University of Alaska Anchorage overcame four unanswered goals from the University of Minnesota by scoring three times in the final seven minutes to eke out a 6-4 victory in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Saturday night.

UAA (5-7-2, 2-6-2 WCHA) jumped out to the early lead on goals at 2:27 and 13:14 from right wing Brent McMann and defenseman Matt Smith. The Gophers (7-8-1, 4-7-1 WCHA) would start to dig back in the opening frame with a wrister from center Matt Koalska to make the score 2-1.

Troy Riddle triggered a three-goal second period for UM and tied the game on the breakaway 8:51 into the second period. Gopher center Gino Guyer gave UM their first lead of the game four minutes later. Guyer then made it 4-2 at 15:22.

Starting at 14:07, the Seawolves tallied twice in 24 seconds to pull ahead 5-4. The game winner came on Hopson's second goal of the night, which squirted glove side past Gopher goalie Kellen Briggs at 13:43. Briggs dropped to 6-5-1 with a 17-save performance before being lifted with 38 seconds to play and watching Charlie Kronschnabel score an empty netter for UAA's final goal.

UAA goalie Kevin Reiter also saved 17 shots and saw his record improve to 2-4-1.

The victory broke Minnesota's five-game winning streak and their six-game run against the Seawolves.

Friday, right wing Troy Riddle and defenseman Keith Ballard pitched in a point and an assist each to lead the University of Minnesota to a 4-0 blanking of the University of Alaska Anchorage in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action.

Skyview second at Jerry Palmer

Wasilla defeated Skyview 49-24 Saturday in the finals of the Jerry Palmer Team Tournament Saturday at Bartlett High School.

In the Jerry Palmer tourney, teams wrestle dual meets against each other to either advance or get dropped out of the bracket. Skyview finished second at the tournament, while Soldotna, after losing to Wasilla in the quarterfinals, was eliminated early in the third-place bracket by Palmer.

The Panthers had a bye in the first round, then defeated West Valley 53-21 to advance to the semifinals. There, Skyview moved into the finals with a 38-26 victory over Lathrop.

But in the finals, the Panthers ran into Wasilla, which has proven itself the top team in the state in the early season. The Warriors won the North/South Tournament, and Saturday added another big title to their resume.

Wasilla blitzed Skyview from the start, taking a 40-0 lead in the dual meet. Eli Hutchison, Skyview's lone returning state champion, got the Panthers on the board with a pin at 119 pounds. Dallas Seavey, at 130 pounds, and Clark Buffington, at 135 pounds, kept things headed in the right direction with pins.

However, Skyview had fallen too far behind to catch up. Jake Savely, at 145 pounds, and Tyler Wehrli, at 160 pounds, picked up victories to push Skyview's final points total to 24.

Saturday's Finals

Wasilla 49, Skyview 24

171 Jake Wade, Was, p. Antonio Silva, 3:28; 189 Jed Wade, Was, p. Jessie Grant, 2:17; 215 John Olsen, Was, p. Nick Pyfer, 1:08; 275 Jeramiee Meisler, Was, p. Joel Morse, 2:58; 103 Alan Bartelli, Was, won by forfeit; 112 Danny Lyles, Was, p. Luke Morse, Sky, 1:38; 119 Gunnar Brannon, Was, maj. dec. Elliot Gauthier, 15-5; 125 Eli Hutchison, Sky, p. Duane Carpenter, 1:47; 130 Dallas Seavey, Sky, p. Ceaser Berrera, 5:59; 135 Clark Buffington, Sky, p. Ammon Pettijohn, 1:34; 140 Mike Miller, Was, dec. Zack Aragon, 4-1; 145 Jake Savely, Sky, dec. Mike Trudeau, 10-5; 152 Chuck Carpenter, Was, p. Brandon Cleveland, 5:04; 160 Tyler Wehrli, Sky, dec. Roland Warrior, 5-4.

Saturday's Semifinals

Skyview 38, Lathrop 26

171 Antonio Silva, Sky, dec. Kyle Holthaus, 6-5; 189 Tom Doyle, Lat, p. Jessie Grant, 2:30; 215 Josh Devers, Lat, p. Nick Pyfer, 0:33; 275 Joel Morse, Sky, p. Johnny Hanson, 0:31; 103 Dean Bachert, Lat, won by forfeit; 112 Gary Hawkins, Lat, p. Luke Morse, 4:25; 119 Elliot Gauthier, Sky, dec. Kyle Demientiff, 10-3; 125 Eli Hutchison, Sky, p. Dennis Achman, 3:02; 130 Dallas Seavey, Sky, dec. Jeff Bailey, 5-0; 135 Clark Buffinton, Sky, maj. dec. Jame Hughes, 15-5; 140 Zach Aragon, Sky, dec. Brandon Stoner, 9-4; 145 James Mills, Lat, dec. Jake Savely, 7-6; 152 Brandon Cleveland, Sky, maj. dec. Dustin Borland, 15-6; 160 Tyler Wehrli, Sky, p. Andrew Brown, 4:40.

Saturday's Third-place bracket

Palmer 34, Soldotna 33

171 Willie Ratcliff, Pal, won by forfeit; 189 Colby Yuill, Pal, p. Terrance Carlson, 5:12; 215 Jake Heun, Pal, p. Jose Gomez, 0:39; 275 Sean Whitmore, Sol, p. Justin Vanover, 0:35; 103 Double forfeit; 112 Tom Eller, Pal, maj. dec. Jake Ciufo, 9-1; 119 Erick Morris, Sol, dec. Marshall Caryle, 12-9; 125 Kory Spooner, Sol, won by forfeit; 130 Scott Foster, Sol, won by forfeit; 135 Zach Tomco, Pal, dec. Jeremy Goracke, 8-4; 140 Shane Tachick, Sol, won by forfeit; 145 Trevor Pempek, Pal, p. Jeremy Kauffman, 8-1; 152 Justin Ratcliff, Pal, won by injury default over Ryan Fuller; 160 Ben Breakfield, Sol, won by forfeit.

Friday's Quarterfinals

Wasilla 52, Soldotna 18

152 Chuck Carpetner, Was, p. Ryan Fuller, 1:17; 160 Ben Breakfield, Sol, p. Roland Warrior, 5:10; 171 Jake Wade, Was, won by forfeit; 189 Jed Wade, Was, p. Terrance Carlson, 2:25; 215 John Olsen, Was, p. Jose Gomez, 0:13; 275 Jeramiee Meisler, Was, p. Sean Whitmore, 3:08; 103 Alan Bartelli, Was, won by forfeit; 112 Danny Lyles, Was, p. Jake Ciufo, 4:57; 119 Gunnar Brannon, Was, maj. dec. Erick Morris, 13-4; 125 Duane Carpenter, Was, p. Kory Spooner, 1:05; 130 Scott Foster, Sol, dec. Leaser Berrera, 10-9; 135 Jeremy Goracke, Sol, dec. Ammon Pettijohn, 6-3; 140 Shane Tachick, Sol, dec. Mike Miller, 8-4; 145 Jeremy Kauffman, Sol, dec. Mike Trudeau, 10-5.

Skyview 53, West Valley 21

152 Brandon Cleveland, Sky, p. Eric Coulter, 3:30; 160 Tyler Wehrli, Sky, t.f. Donald Moriss, 5:47; 171 Antonio Silva, Sky, p. Jay Phillips, 2:19; 189 Jessie Grant, Sky, p. Gavin Lorens, 1:10; 215 Bo Dinstel, WV, dec. Nick Pyfer, 25-21; 275 Joel Morse, Sky, dec. Dan Neetz, 6-5; 103 Double forfeit; 112 Ryan Holzmueller, WV, p. Luke Morse, 1:58; 119 Elliot Gauthier, Sky, dec. Luke Roberts, 11-7; 125 Eli Hutchison, Sky, p. Norm Davis, 3:35; 130 Dallas Seavey, Sky, p. Dustin Baxter, 3:19; 135 Clark Buffinton, Sky, p. Jeremy Fulk, 2:57; 140 David Wiese, WV, dec. Zach Aragon, 9-5; 145 Kayler Baxter, WV, dec. Jake Savely, 7-5, OT.

Furyk wins Grand Slam by eight strokes

POIPU BEACH, Hawaii Jim Furyk carded a 4-under-par 68 to win the PGA Grand Slam by eight strokes Saturday over Mike Weir.

U.S. Open champion Furyk pocketed $400,000 of a $1 million purse and snapped Tiger Woods' record string of five straight victories in the exclusive 36-hole event for the winners of this year's four majors. Furyk wound up 9 under on the 7,081-yard Poipu Bay course.

Furyk, who won twice this year on the PGA Tour and finished fourth on the money list, was never seriously threatened. He opened Friday with a 67, good for a five-stroke lead over Masters champion Weir.

Weir, the first Canadian to win a major, closed with a 71 to earn $250,000. PGA champion Shaun Micheel shot a 70 to finish 10 strokes back at 145 and collect $200,000. British Open champion Ben Curtis was another shot behind after a final-round 73 and made $150,000.

It was the first event in the Grand Slam's 21-year history featuring all first-time major champions. But it was nine-year tour veteran Furyk who showed his experience.

He held off his opponents with strong iron play, maintained his five-stroke advantage at the turn and birdied Nos. 10, 12 and 14 to pull away.

Furyk hit a 5-iron approach shot from 158 yards to set up a 6-foot birdie putt on the 435-yard 12th hole. The birdie, coupled with Weir's bogey, gave Furyk a commanding eight-stroke lead.

He went up by another stroke on par-4 14th when he hit a wedge within 6 feet of the cup.

Furyk's round included five birdies and one bogey. He had a total of 11 birdies for the tournament. His opponents combined for 15.

His bogey on No. 15 broke his string of 29 bogey-free holes.

The final round was played in balmy and slightly breezy conditions on the course on southern coastline of Kauai.

Poipu was designed around several ancient Hawaiian ''heiaus'' or sacred worship sites and features 86 bunkers and seven water hazards. The scenic course has a backdrop of the lush, green, rugged mountains on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other.

Furyk, who owns a home on Maui, came into the Grand Slam having earned more than $1.8 million in Hawaii. He won the 2001 Mercedes Championships in the Islands, and took the 1996 Hawaiian Open,

Weir cut the margin to four strokes twice with birdies on Nos. 2 and 6 but couldn't put a dent into Furyk's lead on the back nine. Weir also missed several birdie opportunities during the day.

One of the highlights of the event was his chip shot on the par-3 seventh hole. His ball was wedged between a large rock and the rough, but he managed to chip to 10 feet with the toe of his putter.

He didn't save par, but received loud applause from the gallery.

Micheel began the day fourth after shooting himself out of contention with a first-round 75. But he managed four birdies on the back nine to finish third.

Curtis, 26, the youngest player in the field, had a two-stroke edge over Micheel to start the final round. But he failed to get find his rhythm with only one birdie.

Last year, Woods finished the first round with a tournament-record 11-under 61. He had a record 17-under 127 total for a 14-stroke victory over Davis Love III and Justin Leonard.

Woods failed to win a major this year, precluding him for defense of his record.

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