November brings busy weekend for Nanooks; Basketball season begins with Blue v. Gold game

Lauren Fisher/ Sun Star Reporter
November 6, 2012

Alaska Nanooks Men’s and Women’s basketball season begins with Blue v. Gold game

Senior Dominique Brinson hustles around junior Andrew Kelly to attempt to swipe the ball away from blue. Nov. 1, 2012. Lauren Fisher/Sun Star.

Thursday, Nov. 1, the Patty Center hosted the first Alaska Nanook’s Basketball game of the school year between UAF Gold and UAF Blue.  The Women’s Basketball team played first at 5:30 p.m.  Although senior Taylor Attenburg was the lead scorer for Gold, Blue had the victory that night with a final score of 34-45.

The Blue team won the Men’s game.  The final score was 63-74, with Blue team member, junior Dallen Bills, scoring the most points.

The Alaska Nanooks Men’s Basketball Coach Mick Durham, used the night as an opportunity to get all of the players out on the court and in front of a crowd in order to get them used to playing in a more serious setting.  “Scrimmage is designed to get everyone out there to see how people will react,” Durham said.

Nanooks Hockey team wins and looses one against Lake Superior State University

Junior Colton Beck sealed the deal against Lake Superior State University 11 seconds before the final buzzer with a shot that brought the Nanooks one point ahead of their competitors on Friday, Nov. 2.  The final score was 2-1.

LSSU’s Chris Ciotti scored the first goal on sophomore goaltender for the Alaska Nanooks’ Sean Cahill.  After that, LSSU maintained their one point lead all the way through the first and second periods.   Freshman Colton Parayko scored the second goal in the third period, assisted by Beck.  Junior Michael Quinn got the puck to Beck for the final and game-winning goal for UAF on Friday night.

On Saturday night, the Nanooks faced LSSU again.  LSSU scored one goal in each of the first, second and third periods before the Alaska Nanooks managed to get the puck past their LSSU’s goalie.  At 14:39 into the third period, senior Andy Taranto brought the score up to 1-3, in favor of LSSU.  With 1 minute and 32 seconds left in the game, Taranto scored another goal for the Nanooks, but LSSU scored once again before the final buzzer, leaving the final score 4-2.

Women’s Volleyball Team wins heated match against Simon Fraser 3-2

The Alaska Nanooks Volleyball Team took Simon Fraser into five sets before taking the win on Friday night’s game in Burnaby, BC.  With the set scores at 31-29, 23-25, 30-28, 23-25 and 15-13, it was a close game.  Freshman Sam Harthun led the Nanooks to their victory with 31 kills.  SFU’s Katie Forsyth had the second highest kill rate for the game at 24.

The Nanooks’ game against Western Washington on Saturday, Nov. 3 resulted in a sweep for the Warriors.  The final scores were 11-25, 17-25 and 11-25, leading to a victory for Western Washington.

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Running Teams finish final events for the season.

At the 2012 National Collegiate Athletic Association Div. II West Regional Cross Country Championships, the Alaska Nanooks Womens Cross Country Running team got 20th place out of 25 competing teams.  The Alaska Nanooks Mens Cross Country Team finished 16 out of 18.  The top Nanook competitors for the men and women were Alyson McPhetres and Ross MacDougal.  McPhetres finished in 47th place with a time of 23 minutes and 12.39 seconds for the 6km run.  MacDougal finished his 10km run in 34 minutes and 4 seconds, 40th place.

The second and third fastest runners for the Women’s running team were junior Raphaela Sceber, who came in 57th, and freshman Julia Ebner, placed 94th.  Sophomore Kryston McPhetres and freshman Sara Falconer made up the other two of the Nanook’s top five runners.

Junior Tux Seims was the second-fastest Nanooks male, coming in at 95th place in the 10k run.  Freshman John Klein was the third UAF athlete to finish.  Freshman Isaac Lammers and Kenny Brewer also made it into the top five of Nanook cross country runners for the race.

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