UAF Sports Briefs – March 1, 2011
Compiled by Rebecca Coleman / Sun Star Reporter
March 1, 2011
National rifle team chosen
To determine the final member of the five-member rifle team for Nationals, coach Dan Jordan held a match on Feb. 19. The match was essentially between Scott Franz and Aaron Holsopple, but other team members also shot for the fun of it. At the end of the day, Holsopple out shot Franz 576-574 in air rifle and 582-573 in smallbore. He will join teammates Cody Rutter, Cole Bures, Anna Hjelmevoll and Mike Liuzza in Georgia, March 11 and 12. Ida Peterson used the match as her key to qualifying as an individual All-American in the smallbore competition. Before this match, she had been one meet shy of qualifying. Being an All-American means that she is one of the top four shooters in the nation for smallbore.
Women’s basketball ends with loss to rivals
The Nanooks women’s basketball season is officially over, ending with a 70-40 loss to the UAA Seawolves on Feb. 24. Alaska kept the game close throughout the first half by playing extraordinary defense. They held the lead until 7:12 in the half, but lost momentum after that. What kept the Nanooks down was their shooting. As a team, they shot 20.4 percent for the game. Senior Nicole Bozek led the team with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Alaska ended the season with just one win: a 76-71 victory over Central Washington on Jan. 6.
Men’s basketball gives seniors a sad farewell
The Nanooks men’s basketball team lost to the UAA Seawolves in the rivalry games Feb. 22 and 23. Feb. 22 was Senior Night for the Nanooks. Alaska kept the game even with the Seawolves throughout the first half, but UAA was able to take over the second half and win the game 74-65. The following night, the Seawolves, fueled by the energy of their 721-member crowd and home-court advantage, dominated the perimeter and took a 118-82 win against the Nanooks. This loss knocked the Nanooks out of playoff contention, so their season is now over.