UAF Sports Briefs – March 22, 2011

Rebecca Coleman / Sun Star Reporter
March 22, 2011

Hockey season over after second round of playoffs

After defeating Michigan State in the first round of the CCHA playoffs, the Nanooks headed to Oxford, Ohio to face Miami for round two, March 11 and 12.  Two nights in a row, Alaska took the first goal of the game, but was shut down by the Red Hawks 4-1.  In Friday’s game, senior Bryant Molle tallied the only goal for the Nanooks.  In Saturday’s game, that honor went to sophomore Chad Gehon.  Both nights, Miami doubled Alaska’s shots on goal: they outshot the Nanooks 36-18 on Friday, and 36-15 on Saturday.  The season may be over for Alaska, but the Nanooks still picked up conference awards.  Senior Kevin Petovello received the Terry Flanagan Memorial Award at the CCHA Awards banquet March 17 in recognition of his perseverance, dedication and courage while overcoming severe adversity.  He sustained a knee injury, but only missed three games as a result.  He finished his career with 20 goals and 30 assists in 127 career games.  Junior Scott Greenham earned a spot on the CCHA All-Conference second team.  He played 1699:24 minutes this season, more than any other goaltender in the CCHA, and has the second highest amount of saves with 898.


Rifle team takes sixth place at nationals

Six Nanook shooters voyaged to Columbus, Ga. March 11 and 12 for the NCAA Rifle Championships.  Senior Cody Rutter, sophomores Aaron Holsopple and Cole Bures, and freshmen Michael Liuzza and Anna Hjelmevoll made up the five-member Alaska team. Senior Ida Peterson represented Alaska as an individual for the smallbore competition.  Rutter led the Nanooks on the first day of competition with his 580 score in smallbore.  On day two, Hjelmevoll’s 592 in air rifle made her the only Nanook to make it to a 10-shot final.  She shot 102.2 in the final and placed fourth of the eight shooters.  Alaska finished fifth in smallbore and sixth in air rifle, giving them an overall sixth-place finish.  Rutter had the second highest average in the nation this past month, so he earned a spot on the US National Team.


Pavlovskaya swims solo at nationals

Senior Mariya Pavlovskaya took the trip to San Antonio, Texas by herself March 9-12 for the NCAA Division II Championships, as she was the lone Nanook to qualify.  She competed in the 200 Yard IM on day one, but didn’t qualify for either a final or consolation final.  She swam much faster in the 400 Yard IM on day two, qualifying for a consolation final and a 13th place finish.  On the last day of competition, she swam in the 100 Yard Breaststroke and the 200 Breaststroke.  With the 200 Breaststroke, she qualified for the final and swam the fastest of her career and just shy of her lifetime best, earning a 12th place finish.  She earned All-American certificates in the 200 Breaststroke and 400 Yard IM, giving her eight over the course of her career.


Weather makes nationals tough for skiers

Stowe, Vt. hosted five Alaska skiers for the 2011 NCAA Championships March 9-12.  Junior Lex Treinen, sophomore Tyler Kornfield, and freshman David Norris represented the Nanooks on the men’s side, and junior Theresia Schnurr and sophomore Rachaela Sieber represented for the women.  Norris led the Nanooks on the first day with a team-high 12th place finish.  Day two was tough because of challenging weather conditions.  It was warm and wet, so a lot of skiers had troubles getting the wax just right on their skis, including Treinen, Schnurr and Sieber.  “It’s frustrating; it’s not a good feeling as a coach to know that you didn’t get the wax right,” said head coach Scott Jerome.  “But that happens in ski racing.”  Overall, the Nanooks finished 13th as a team.


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