Soldotna's Tuter named head coach at UC-Irvine

Posted: Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Soldotna native Molly Tuter was named interim head coach of the NCAA Division I University of California-Irvine women's basketball team Monday.

Tuter replaces Mark Adams, who resigned after the Anteaters opened the season 0-7.

The Anteaters opened Big West Conference play Tuesday against Cal Poly and plays UC-Santa Barbara Thursday.

Tuter is in her fifth season as a coach at Irvine, starting the year as the program's top assistant. Prior to joining the staff at Irvine, Tuter served as an assistant for two seasons at UCLA.

In high school, Tuter was twice named Alaska Gatorade High School Player of the Year and led Soldotna to the 1993 state 4A championship. Tuter played college basketball at Arizona State and was the first Alaskan selected to play in the WNBA, joining the Phoenix Mercury for 1997-98. She also played professionally in Luxembourg.

Hicks makes Augsburg hockey squad

Zack Hicks, a 2003 graduate of Kenai Central High School, is a member of the Augsburg College men's hockey team. Hicks is a defensemen for the NCAA Division III team. The Auggies play in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Augsburg College is located in Minneapolis.

Christensen playing for Cornell cagers

Nick Christensen, a 2001 graduate of Soldotna High School, is a member of the Cornell College men's basketball team. The NCAA Division III school is located in Mt. Vernon, Iowa.

Christensen has started in all 10 of Cornell's games this season and is averaging 30 minutes per game. He is averaging 8.8 points per game and leads the team with 30 assists.

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