Nanooks take Saturday competition by storm, 5 for 5

Erin McGroarty/Sun Star Reporter
February 26, 2013

Members of both the Alaska Nanook Women's basketball team and the Saint Martin's Saints women's basketball team fight for posession of the ball during the game in the Patty Center on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Erin McGroarty/Sun Star

Members of both the Alaska Nanook Women’s basketball team and the Saint Martin’s Saints women’s basketball team fight for posession of the ball during the game in the Patty Center on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Erin McGroarty/Sun Star

Men and Women’s Rifle

The second day of NCAA Qualifiers went well for the Alaska Nanook Rifle team. The team ended with shooting  score of 2359 and concluding the air-rifle section of the competition on Sunday, Feb. 17. This pushed their total weekend score up to an Alaska season high score of 4672. This score was also the second highest national team score of the year, beating Nevada by 59 points and Texas El Paso by 140 points that weekend. Sophomore Business Management student Mats Eriksson shot a season high and personal best individual score of 593. This was also the highest score shot that day at the UTEP Rifle Range in El Paso, Texas.

“We have two weeks to get a lot of work done but I have some ideas of things to work on to try and help get people out of their comfort zones and the confidence to shoot up to their potential,” said head coach Dan Jordan.

Men’s Skiing

Sunday, Feb. 17 wrapped up the Central Collegiate Ski Association Championships for the Alaska Nanook Men’s Ski team. The team completed the two day competition in third place over all, out of seven participating teams. On Saturday, Feb. 23, the Alaska Men’s Ski team competed in the first day of competition in the NCAA Champsionships. These races took place at the Michigan Tech Nordic Ski trails. Due to outstanding performances by freshman Michael Fehrenbach, sophomore Logan Hanneman and graduate student Lex Treinen, the Nanooks placed first for team standings. Fehrenbach took first place in the Men’s 10 kilometer classic race with a time of 30:37.8, Hanneman followed directly after with a time of 31:16.4 and Treinen came in sixth with a time of 31:51.7. Also competing were sophomore Jonas Loffler, senior Tyler Kornfield and junior Max Olex.

Women’s Skiing

The Alaska Nanook Women’s Ski team competed a successful weekend at the CCSA Championships, finishing in second place overall. The team maintained their strong hold on the competition, finishing the 15 kilometer mass start skate race on Sunday, Feb. 17, with team members in four of the top six winning spots. Sophomore Alyson McPhetres took first place in the 15 kilometer race that day with a time of 48:19.7, joining teammates Raphaela Sieber, who took first place in the 5 kilometer classic race on Saturday, Feb. 16 and  Marit Rjabov, who dominated the 1.5-kilometer freestyle race in the competition three weeks ago in 2013 Individual Titles. Senior  Crystal Pitney took third place in the 15 kilometer race on Sunday with a time of 49:37.8, followed closely by senior Civil Engineering student Heather Edic in fifth place with a time of 50:00.7 and senior biology student Rebecca Konieczny in sixth place with a time of 50:01.0.

The team also competed on Saturday, Feb. 23 in the first day of the NCAA Championships. This was a successful first day of competition with two team members, sophomore Alyson McPhetres and and senior Theresia Schnurr, taking first and second place in the Women’s 5 kilometer classic race.

Women’s Basketball

The Alaska Nanook Women’s Basketball team completed a successful weekend winning both home games against Western Oregon University and Saint Martin University on Thursday, Feb. 21 and Saturday, Feb. 23. The winning score for Thursday’s game was a close 55-40, with the Nanooks putting up a strong defensive front. Junior forward, Samantha Thornton led the Nanooks with 17 points and 10 rebounds. The Nanooks won their third consecutive game in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference against Saint Martin’s University on Saturday afternoon. They won with a score of 67-65 after overtime. The  Nanooks will play a rival home game against Alaska Anchorage on Saturday, March 2 at 7 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

Nanook fans were thrilled with a Nanook victory over second ranked Western Washington University on Thursday, Feb. 21 in Bellingham, Wash. Nanook’s win against WWU broke WWU’s 30 game winning streak. The final score was 77-73. This was the first time the Alaska Nanooks made it to the GNAC Championships in tournament history. Junior business administration student Benissa Bulaya, scored a season high of 26 points. While Saturday, Feb. 23 was not as momentous as Thursday’s game, the Alaska Nanooks managed to outscore Simon Fraser University by only 2 points in the final minutes of the game, finishing the evening with a score of 63-61. This game was also a celebration of senior day, with the Nanooks bidding farewell to senior guard Dominique Brinson and senior forward Zach Ngawaka since both will graduate in May.

Men’s Ice Hockey

The Alaska Nanook Men’s Hockey began the weekend with a shaky start, losing 1-0 to Michigan state on Friday night, Feb. 22, they came back with a strong 4-2 win against the same team the following night. The Nanooks could not seem to stay on their feet Friday night, letting in the first and only goal from Michigan state early in the first period and spending more time horizontal on the ice than scoring for the remaining two periods. Saturday’s game was a tied score of 2-2 until the final minutes of the game. Senior Arts and Sciences student Andy Taranto scored the Nanook’s tied breaking goal with just over a minute left in the game and former Michigan State Spartan Adam Henderson scored the final and fourth goal with only eight seconds left in the game.

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