UAF Sports Briefs – March 16, 2010

By Reba Lean
Sun Star Reporter

Rifle: Don’t mess with Texas

A shot at the Alaska Rifle Team’s 11th NCAA Championship title was lost on the last day after an air rifle competition. Just the day before when the Nanooks won the Team Smallbore Competition, it looked like they’d be taking home another title. But on Saturday, the championship hosts, the all-female Texas Christian University Horned Frogs, surprised every one, especially the West Virginia Mountaineers, when they showed all the boys how to shoot, and took the championship.

On Friday, the smallbore team including Patrik Sartz, Billy Galligan, Jace Bures and Cody Rutter, led the field with a 2,320, six points above their nearest competitors – the Horned Frogs. Patrik Sartz was the only Nanook to make the top eight of the individual Smallbore Championship, coming in second.

The smallbore champions could not keep their groove the next day at the Team Air Rifle Competition. The Nanook team, consisting of Bures, Sartz, Rutter and Dustin Chesebro took sixth place with a score of 2,333 – 28 points behind the lead Horned Frogs. Also with 2,333 points in fifth place were the number-one ranked Mountaineers, who took third place overall.

Hockey: Out in second round

The Alaska Hockey Team headed to the Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs in Marquette, Michigan this past week, and soon found themselves out of the running.

Against the fourth-seeded Northern Michigan Wildcats on both Friday and Saturday, the number five Nanooks fell twice, despite outshooting their opponents both games.

On Friday the Alaska team could not get past the Wildcats goalie until the second half of the game, when they were already four goals behind. Of the three goals the Nooks made in the last half, two were during power plays, scored by Dustin Sather and Bryant Molle. Nik Yaremchuk made his goal in between theirs, during an evenly matched ice field. The game ended 4-3, Wildcats.

Saturday’s game got off to an even slower beginning, with Northern Michigan’s first goal in the beginning of the second period. Alaska did not come up with a response until the early third period – their only goal of the night, and lost the game 5-1. Aaron Gens put it in with assistance from Joe Sova and Dion Knelsen.

Dion Knelsen has had a big week in the CCHA, with a nomination as Alaska’s CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year and getting an honorable mention to the conference’s All-Tourney team along with rookie teammate Andy Taranto.

Swimming: Pavlovskiya gets honors

Mariya Pavlovskiya and Felina Rosadiuk were the two lone UAF swimmers to make it to the NCAA Swimming Division II Championships in Ohio last week. Pavlovskiya earned wide recognition for her medley skills, while Rosadiuk’s freestyle outdid many nationally ranked swimmers.

Pavlovskiya earned three All-American Honorable Mentions after finishing 11th in the 200-yard Individual Medley, ninth in the 400-yard IM and 14th in the 200-yard backstroke. The spots brought her career All-American honors to a total of six.

In Rosadiuk’s first championships, she finished just two seconds short of the finals cut in her 200-yard freestyle event, and ranked about halfway down the list in her other preliminary freestyle events. The team finished 28th out of 40.

Skiing: Strong start, turns downhill

In early March, four Nanooks were chosen to compete at the NCAA Championships in Colorado. The four were senior Aurelia Korthauer, junior John Parry, sophomore Theresia Schnurr and freshman Tyler Kornfield.

On the first day of competition, Korthauer outranked her teammates, coming in 11th in the Women’s 5K classic race. Schnurr followed about 12 seconds behind her for a 15th place finish on Thursday.

In the Men’s 10K classic race, Parry took the top Alaska place, arriving at the finish line with a 22nd place finish. Kornfield came in slightly behind by not quite eight seconds, and in 25th.

Saturday wasn’t Alaska’s day in Colorado, however. The high altitude probably contributed to the lower placings in both the Women’s 15K and the Men’s 20K Freestyle races. Korthauer made it in at 26th, and Schnurr at 37th out of 38. Kornfield took 31st, while Parry followed in at 35th.

While the season is done, Coach Scott Jerome plans on taking some of his team to the Canadian Nationals coming up in Whitehorse.

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