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Haines graduate Fossman helping UAA to NCAA finals

Posted: March 8, 2012 - 1:07am
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Kyle Fossman, a 2010 Haines High School Glacier Bears guard, is now a sophomore on the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves. Fossman is averaging 11.7 point per game in the league and ranks among the Great Northwest Athletic Conference leaders in three-point field goal percentage (third, .463), assist-turnover ratio (third, 2.4), three-point field goals per game (eight, 2.2) and field goal percentage (18th, .481). Fossman is currently just off school-record pace with career .474 three-point field goal accuracy and is tied for the team lead with Travis Thompson in free-throw percentage (.852). Fossman was selected to the AT&T Jamboree All-Tournament Team on Dec. 3 and is a member of the GNAC All-Academic Team.

Fossman is a predicted starter as the Seawolves, ranked number two with a 22-6 record, open the NCAA Division II West Regional Championships on Friday against number-seven ranked Montana State Billings (18-11). The tournament is at number-one ranked Western Washington University in Bellingham.

Montana State Billings earned the GNAC automatic bid by coming from the fifth-seeded position to defeat #4 Western Oregon 80-75, #1 Western Washington 82-75 and #2 UAA 74-70 in last week’s GNAC Tournament in Lacey, Wash.

The Seawolves finished #16 in the final National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II Top 25 poll of the season, released prior to the NCAA tournament on Mar. 6 this year, UAA stayed among the top 25 for all but two polls in mid-January, reaching as high as #15 in the Feb. 28 ratings. There is no post-NCAAs poll so it marks the seventh time UAA has finished the season ranked. UAA and fellow GNAC squad Western Washington (#12) were the only West Region teams in the last rankings. An abbreviated version of that pole: 1 Colorado Mines (27-2), 2 Alabama-Huntsville (26-3), 3 West Liberty (29-2), 4 Bellarmine (25-3), 5 Midwestern State (26-3), 6 Southern Indiana (24-6), 7 Shaw (25-3), 8 Christian Brothers (23-6), 9 Tarleton State (26-5), 10 Indiana, Pa. (23-5), 12 Western Washington (25-5), 16 UAA (22-6).

2012 NCAA Skiing Championships.

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Senior Jaime Bronga earned All-America status for the fourth time of her career, pacing the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves in Day 1 of the 59th annual NCAA Skiing Championships in the women’s freestyle race at Bohart Ranch with a fifth-place performance Wednesday.

After the completion of the men’s and women’s freestyle races, the Seawolves are currently eighth with 112 points, six points behind seventh-place Denver (118). Dartmouth College, of the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association, leads the 21-team field with 214 points, while Vermont (EISA) is second with 183 points and Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association’s Utah is third with 179 points.

Host Montana State sits fourth with 176 points, while NCAA defending champion Colorado is tied with Northern Michigan with 154 points apiece.

Bronga, an East High product from Anchorage, earned First Team All-America honors with a time of 14 minutes, 40.9 seconds in the 5K race. The RMISA’s women’s Nordic MVP, Bronga received two All-America awards in 2011 and one in 2010.

Helping the Seawolves to 75 points in the women’s race was the senior duo from Germany in Steffi Hiemer and Laura Rombach. Hiemer (Kruen) made her third appearance at the NCAAs with a 21st-place finish at 15:37, while Rombach (Neukirch), competing in her fourth National meet, finished 23rd in the race at 15:47.3.

In the men’s 10K freestyle, sophomore Lukas Ebner, from Furtwangen, Germany, led the Green & Gold, finishing 21st at 27:01.4. Making their NCAA debuts were sophomore Lasse Molgaard-Nielsen (27:12.6) and freshman Nevio Zeni (27:59.3), completing the course in 26th and 36th, respectively.

The Nordic squad will have a day off before the classical races on March 9. The Alpine portion will get underway tomorrow with the men’s and women’s giant slalom at Bridger Bowl. The races can be viewed live at NCAA.com.

Standings to date are: 1. Dartmouth 214; 2. Vermont 183; 3. Utah 179; 4. Montana State 176; 5. Colorado 154 & Northern Michigan 154; 7. Denver 118; 8. Alaska Anchorage 112; 9. New Mexico 74; 10. Middlebury 60; 11. St. Scholastica 49; 12. Bates 40; 13. Alaska Fairbanks 34; 14. St. Lawrence 24; 15. Williams 20; 16. New Hampshire 19; 17. Harvard 13 and Michigan Tech 13; 19. Colby 8; 20. Colby-Sawyer 0 and St. Michaels 0.

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