UAF Sports Briefs – Jan. 19, 2010
By Reba Lean
Sun Star Reporter
Rough break for men’s basketball team
GNAC play over the winter break was not kind to the Roundball Nooks, as the Alaska men were stung, scratched and ravaged by their opponents.
The indignities began Jan. 7 in Fairbanks against the Montana State Billings Yellowjackets. While four Nanooks scored double-digits for the team that night, including junior Parrish West’s game-high of 20, it was not enough to prevent a 68-82 loss.
A week later, the team traveled to Ellensburg, Washington for a mauling from the Central Washington Wildcats. Recovering from a slow start, the Nooks went on a pre-halftime shooting rampage that nearly closed the score’s gap. The team managed to get four points within range, but didn’t make their target. The Wildcats won 120-103. West again led the team in points with 25 but senior Jon Moe was close behind with 21.
Two nights later in Bellingham, the Nanooks faced the Vikings. The Nooks were able once to catch up to within seven points of their opponents, but the Vikings sailed ahead, not letting the Alaska men get within 10 points throughout the second half. West upped the ante with 27 points of his own, and Sophomore Boe Edwards got eight rebounds for the team, but Western Washington won 87-71.
Nanooks match Wolverines
January 15 in Ann Arbor, Michigan was a nightmare for the Nooks as they lost to the Wolverines, 6-0. The Nanooks set out on the ice fired up, but when the Wolverines managed three points in 83 seconds, the spark was lost. Goalie Scott Greenham was replaced by rookie Steve Thompson, who stopped 19 shots, but not the three that Michigan used to double their score.
The next night the Alaska men were ready to redeem themselves. A back-and-forth game with three shots from junior Kevin Petovello, senior Dion Knelsen and sophomore Carlo Finucci got the match into overtime, and then a shootout put Alaska on top. Knelsen was the sharpshooter, with the only score from both teams.
Skier takes gold
A technicality at the U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships at Kincaid Park in Anchorage left freshman Tyler Kornfield a national champion, while sophomore Erik Soderstrom actually came in first place. The two were the unlikely winners of the classical sprint, and with Soderstrom in first and Kornfield in second UAF now has some bragging rights. Soderstrom is from Sweden, so he cannot be declared a U.S. champion. Einar Often and Henri Soom came in fifth and 11th in the sprint.