Six Nanook sports teams win games last weekend

Kurtis Gosney/Sun Star Reporter
Nov. 12, 2013

Rifle

The UAF Rifle team, who was ranked first in the country, competed in two away matches last weekend. The first was in Jacksonville, Alabama against the seventh-ranked Jacksonville State University Gamecocks. The second match was in Fort Worth, Texas against the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs.

The Nanooks beat the Gamecocks by just one point on Thursday, November 7, 4674-4673. Junior Biological Sciences student Ryan Anderson turned in a 586 for the Nanooks to lead all shooters in the smallbore event. Sophomore Mechanical Engineering student Tim Sherry turned in a 594 leading the Nanooks in the air rifle event.

The Nanooks won Saturday’s match against the Horned Frogs with a score of 4692-4646. Anderson finished with a match-high 589 in the smallbore while senior Business Administration student Mike Liuzza turned in a personal-best 593 in the air rifle to lead all shooters.

The next match for the Nanooks will take place in two weeks as they host the University of Kentucky Wildcats at the E.F. Horton Rifle Range in the Patty Center. 

Hockey

The UAF Hockey team played two away games last weekend against the Lake Superior State University Lakers, who were ranked 14th in the country prior to these games.

The Nanooks lost on Friday, November 8 by a score of 4-1. The Nanooks scored the first goal of the game six minutes into the second period, courtesy of junior defenseman and Mechanical Engineering student Trevor Campbell. The Lakers then scored three straight goals in the period to take a 3-1 lead going into the third period. Freshman forward Alex Globke scored two of those three goals for the Lakers, sophomore defenseman Eric Drapluk scoring another. Junior forward Andrew Dommett scored the final goal of the game for the Lakers five and a half minutes into the third period.

Freshman goalie Davis Jones finished the game with 21 saves.

The Nanooks won on Saturday, November 9 in a 3-2 overtime victory. The first score of the game came from senior center and Business Administration student Cody Kunyk on a power-play goal a little under five minutes into the first period. The Lakers responded late in the period with a power-play goal of their own from Drapluk, tying the game at 1-1 going into the second period.

Freshman right wingman and Business Administration student Marcus Basara scored the only goal of the second period about four and a half minutes in. The Nanooks took the lead 2-1 and kept that lead going into the third period. The Lakers tied the game 2-2 in the third courtesy of a goal from Globke forcing the game into overtime.

Freshman center and Business Administration student Joey Davies scored the game-winning goal for the Nanooks a little over two minutes into the five-minute overtime period. Sophomore goalie and Business Administration student John Keeney finished the game with 27 saves.

The next series for the Nanooks will take place on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23 in Big Rapids, Michigan as they take on the Ferris State University Bulldogs.

Men’s Basketball

Senior forward and Accounting student Mike Stepovich battles a Northwest Indian College player for a rebound. Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star Reporter

Senior forward and Accounting student Mike Stepovich battles a Northwest Indian College player for a rebound. Kurtis Gosney/Sun Star Reporter

The UAF Men’s Basketball team played in two home exhibition games last Friday and Saturday against the Northwest Indian College Eagles to start the 2013 season. The Nanooks beat the Eagles, 102-72 in Friday’s matchup. Senior forward and Justice student Andrew Kelly led all scorers with 19 points for the Nanooks. Kelly was also the leading rebounder in the game with 16.

The Nanooks lost to the Eagles in Saturday’s matchup 94-82. The Nanooks led until the 11:37 mark in the first half when their lead was 18-17. The Eagles then took the lead at 19-18. The Eagles never gave up their lead from that point going up by as many as 15 points. The score at the end of the first half was 51-38 in favor of the Eagles. The Eagles’ biggest lead of the second half, and of the game, was 63-46, which helped them win the game.

Kelly and senior center and Business Administration student Sergej Pucar finished the game with 17 points each to lead the Nanooks in scoring. Kelly led all Nanook rebounders with 10. Eagles forward Josh Nelson led all scorers with 34 points while also grabbing 12 rebounds.

Next weekend, the Nanooks will play in their first two regular season games as they travel to Anchorage for the AT&T Jamboree tournament. The first game will be on Friday, November 15 against the Regis University Rangers and the second game will be on Saturday, November 16 against the Holy Names University Hawks.

Women’s Basketball

The UAF Women’s Basketball team opened its 2013 season last Friday, November 8 at the Patty Center, where they hosted the Western New Mexico University Mustangs. The game started out a little slow for both teams as they combined for three turnovers in the first minute and a half. Turnovers happen when a team gives the ball to the other without making a basket or the other team getting a rebound. The Nanooks scored the first two points of the game, but the Mustangs took the lead soon after and remained in front of the Nanooks until there were 11 and a half minutes left in the half. The Nanooks then took a 16-15 lead with 11:20 left and did not look back. The Nanooks slowly pulled away from the Mustangs the rest of the game and ended up winning 87-72.

Freshman forward and Business Administration student Jordan Wilson finished the game with 27 points and 12 rebounds for the Nanooks leading all scorers and rebounders. “I was really excited,” Wilson said after the game. “It’s always been a dream to play college basketball. When that’s finally coming true and you know you’re about to step out on the court, it’s exciting.”

Next week, the Nanooks will travel to Hawaii to play four games in five days against the BYU-Hawaii Seasiders, Chaminade University Silverswords and University of Hawaii-Hilo Vulcans.

Volleyball

The UAF Volleyball team played one away game last Saturday, November 9 against the University of Alaska Anchorage.

The Nanooks lost the game three sets to one. The Nanooks were up 17-14 halfway in to the first set, but the Seawolves scored the next three points to tie the set at 17-17. The Nanooks took the lead again at 19-17, but the Seawolves went on a 5-0 run to take a 22-19 lead. The Seawolves won the set 25-23. The Nanooks never led at any point in the second set, allowing the Seawolves to win 25-21.

The Nanooks led for most of the third set, with the exception of a few one-point leads by the Seawolves. The Nanooks had a 22-19 lead late in the set, but the Seawolves scored three straight points to tie the set at 22-22. The Nanooks went on to win the third set 25-23. The fourth set was as close as it could get with both teams trading leads throughout. The biggest lead of the set for either team was 20-17 in favor of the Seawolves. The Nanooks would then grab one last lead at 25-24, but the Seawolves scored four out of the next five points to win the set 28-26.

Sophomore outside hitter and Art student Sam Harthun and senior outside hitter and Business Administration student Keri Knight finished the game with 15 kills each to lead the Nanooks. Freshman setter and Nutrition student Katelyn Camp had 35 assists.

The Nanooks will host the Simon Fraser University Clan on Thursday, November 14 as well as the Western Washington University Vikings on Saturday, November 16 in their final two home games of the season.

Cross Country

The UAF Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams traveled to Spokane, Washington where they competed in the NCAA West Region championships. The men’s team finished in 15th place overall out of 18 teams in the 10-kilometer race. Senior Civil Engineering student Tux Seims finished in 64th place individually to lead the Nanooks. Seims finished in 33 minutes and 55 seconds.

The women’s team finished in 20th place out of 23 teams in the six-kilometer race. Freshman Biological Sciences student Kali Striker finished in 88th place individually to lead the Nanooks. Striker finished the race in 24 minutes and seven seconds.

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