WHITEHORSE, Yukon – Colleen Prenoslo scored a game-high 40 points and garnered countless rebounds to lift Yukon to the gold ulu in junior female basketball at the Arctic Winter Games with a 69-60 win in the title game against Alaska on Saturday afternoon at F.H. Collins Secondary School.
After scoring 26 points in the first quarter to hold a six-point lead, Alaska struggled from the field in the middle quarters, tallying just 17 points in the second and third. Yukon more than doubled Alaska’s point total in those quarters, with 35.
Other key contributors for Yukon included Robyn Fortune and Mikaela Lane, who had 13 and seven points, respectively.
Alaska was led by Nicole Forrey (Anchorage, Dimond HS), who posted yet again another double-double with team-highs of 24 points and 12 rebounds. She also had six assists and four blocks. Taylor Hasting (Fairbanks) tallied 20 points and hit five three-pointers in the game.
With the defeat, Team Alaska is the silver ulu medalists for female basketball.
Down 55-46 early in the fourth, Hasting drained a trey from up top to close the gap to just six, but five straight points for Yukon gave it an 11-point lead at 60-49 with 6:05 to go. Hasting answered with another three to get Alaska to within eight, but it could never get closer than seven the rest of the way.
Alaska enjoyed success on the court for not just 40 minutes, but 80 minutes as both the junior female and male basketball teams downed Northwest Territories in the bronze ulu match to reach Saturday’s title games.
The females rallied from 10 down in the second half to win 75-63, while the males led throughout most of the game to win 77-72.
Both squads will play Yukon, with the females tipping off at 11 a.m. and the males at 1 p.m. at F.H. Collins Secondary School.
In the female junior game, Nicole Forrey and Taylor Hastings each scored game-highs of 21 points. Forrey posted a double-double with 17 rebounds to go with four steals and four assists, while Hastings made four treys. Asia Do tallied 16 points and six rebounds, while Ne’Chelle Martinez added 10 points, nine rebounds, six assists and five steals.
Trailing 43-33 early in the third quarter, Alaska climbed to within a point at 52-51 by the end of the frame. The fourth was all Alaska as it opened the fourth on a 21-0 run and held NWT without a point until 3:17 to go in the game.
Rogine Olayvar led Northwest with 16 points, all coming in the first two and half quarters, but Rachel Jordan of Alaska was subbed in to guard Olayvar early in the third and she did not score again and was held to just one shot late in the contest.
On the male side, Muhamad Cole (20), Konrad Koscik (17) and Dyllon Mills (16) combined for 53 of the team’s 77 points to outlast Northwest Territories. After trailing by a point at 23-22 after one, it took a 42-37 lead into the break. Alaskaoutscored NWT 15 to seven in the third and was able to hold off a late surge to reach the gold ulu game on Saturday afternoon.
Leading the way for the Territories was Laurent Isaiah, who scored a game-best 32 points. Narek Khachatryan also scored 12 as NWT took the bronze in male basketball.
Team Yukon used a nice shooting afternoon and outscored Alaska 40-22 in the middle quarters to claim the gold ulu in the championship of the junior male basketball division at the Arctic Winter Games on Saturday at F.H. Collins Secondary School.
Alaska, which went 3-3 on the week, garnered the silver ulu.
Brian Prenoslo scored a game-high 30 points to lead Yukon to the title, while Gerard New and Jake Jacobs had 14 and 10 points, respectively.
For Alaska, Rocky Vasai tallied a team-best 17 points to lead three Alaskans in double figures. Dyllon Mills and Allen Pangelinan both scored 11 points apiece, while Austin Osborne, son of Alaska Anchorage head men’s basketball coach Rusty Osborne, brought down 15 rebounds.
The game was tight early into the second quarter, but with Yukon leading 31-30, it shut down Alaska’s offense and outscored it 16-6 to take a 47-36 lead into the break. The shooting woes continued in the third and Yukon built the lead to 21 by the end of three at 67-46.
Alberta North scored four straight goals between the second and third periods to win the junior female hockey gold ulu, 5-2, against Alaska on Friday night at Takhini Arena.
Morgan Loroff led Alberta with a pair of second-period goals while Shyann Nichol, Machaela Rose and Charity Price each had one, respectively.
Alaska, which was represented with silver ulus following the game, was led by Jamie Rall and Cayla Wiita, who each scored in the loss.
Alaska jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Rall got the puck past the goaltender amidst a scrum in front of the net. The lead didn’t last as Alberta North scored 52 seconds later when Nichol fired a snapper from up top into the net.
Alberta took the lead at 2-1 1:36 into the second on a slap shot from the top of the offensive end by Loroff. Alaska knotted it up at the 7:38 mark when Wiita received a pass from Rall on a two-on-one and wristed it in. Less than a minute later, Alberta regained the lead for good when Loroff had another slapper go through multiple defenders and in the goal.
Team Alberta North also added two insurance goals, included one open-net tally to win the gold.
Team Alaska continued to rack up the ulu medals on Friday at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games, as it won 36 on the day to up the week-long tally to 182. Ten golds, 12 silvers and 14 bronzes were given out to representatives of Alaska as the squad still leads in all three medal counts (60 gold, 62 silver, 60 bronze).
Behind Alaska, the Yukon holds a slim advantage for second with 110 ulus, while Northwest Territories is at 109. Rounding out the rest of the contingents are Yamal (99), Alberta North (92), Nunavut (43), Nunavik (34), Greenland (30 and Sapmi (12).
Friday’s gold ulu recipients for Team Alaska included eight team medals, one Dene athlete and one snowshoe athlete.
In cross country skiing, Team Alaska won the 3 x 2.5-kilometer relay in the midget male, juvenile female and juvenile male divisions. Alaska also won the junior female and male pole push gold ulus, while Randy Standifer, Jr. was first in the junior male all around category, with 29 points, which was over double the point total of second place.
Alaska’s duo of Alea Robinson and Nathaniel Stitt won the 7.5-kilometer dog mushing (4 dogs) race in the junior mix category with a time of 20 minutes, 59.85 seconds, which was 40 seconds faster than the nearest tandem.
Alaska’s snowshoe foursome of Riana Boonstra, Corbin Mitchell, Riley Moser and Carolyn Sam won gold in the 4 x 400-meter relay in the juvenile mix division with a mark of 7:43.9. Moser also won gold in the juvenile male short distance combined with 2,943 time-points.
Finally, the junior female volleyball team cruised to the gold ulu medal in straight sets against Yukon. Alaska won the match by set scores of 25-5 25-12 and 25-11.
Alaska Gold Medals:
Cross Country Skiing 3 X 2.5 km Relay Free Midget Male; Cross Country Skiing 3 X 5 km Relay Free Juvenile Female; Cross Country Skiing 3 X 5 km Relay Free Juvenile Male; Dene Games Pole Push Junior Female; Dene Games Pole Push Junior Male; Dene Games All Around Junior Male, Randy Standifer Jr.; Dog Mushing 4 Dogs - 7.5 km Race Team Junior Mix; Snowshoeing 4 x 400 m Relay Juvenile Mix; Snowshoeing Short Distance Combined Juvenile Male, Riley Moser; Volleyball Junior Female.
Alaska Silver Medals:
Biathlon - Snowshoe 3 x 2.0 km Relay Junior Mix; Biathlon - Snowshoe 3 x 2.0 km Relay Juvenile Mix; Biathlon - Snowshoe 4 km Mass Start Junior Female, Caitlin Tozier; Biathlon - Snowshoe 4 km Mass Start Junior Male, Lucas Hepler; Cross Country Skiing 3 X 2.5 km Relay Free Midget Female; Cross Country Skiing 3 X 5 km Relay Free Junior Female; Cross Country Skiing 3 X 5 km Relay Free Junior Male; Dene Games All Around Junior Male, Jonathan Wilson; Dene Games All Around Juvenile Female, Victoria Treder; Snowboarding Banked Slalom Junior Female, Brigit Noon; Snowshoeing Short Distance Combined Junior Male, Keenan Brownsberger; Snowshoeing Short Distance Combined Juvenile Male, Corbin Mitchell.
Alaska Bronze Medals:
Arctic Sports Knuckle Hop Open Male, David Thomas; Arctic Sports Sledge Jump Open Male, David Thomas; Biathlon - Ski 3 x 3.0 km Relay Juvenile Mix; Biathlon - Snowshoe 2.5 km Mass Start Juvenile Female, Hannah Romberg; Dene Games Pole Push Open Male; Dene Games Pole Push Juvenile Female; Dene Games All Around Open Male, Drew Dewberry; Dene Games All Around Junior Female, Olivia Piiyuuk Shields; Dog Mushing 4 Dogs - 7.5 km Race Team Juvenile Mix; Hockey Bantam Male; Indoor Soccer Soccer Juvenile Female; Indoor Soccer Soccer Intermediate Female; Speed Skating 2000m Relay Juvenile Male; 2000m Relay Team ; Volleyball Junior Male.