GREAT ALASKA SHOOTOUT BEGINS TODAY
The Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball team (4-0) enters its annual gauntlet of Div. I opponents this week when it hosts the 35th annual Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout at Sullivan Arena. CBS Sports Network will televise seven games from the tournament, beginning with Wednesday’s 10 p.m. first-round game between UAA and Belmont (3-0). UAA features starting guard Kyle Fossman of Haines. Oral Roberts University features 6-foot-9 Damon Bell-Holter who played for Hydaburg, then Mt. Edgecumbe and finished his high school career at Ketchikan. Bell-Holter was chosen as a member of the Alaska Media All-State Basketball team his senior season along with Juneau-Douglas High School’s Will Egolf. The Crimson Bears’ Talisa Rhea was chosen for the women’s All-State team that season and Kayla Harrison was a second team member. Rhea was also chosen Player Of The Year that season. The men’s POY went to Wasilla’s Jesse Bean. The 3A boys POY was Petersburg junior Cameron Severson (his coach, Rick Brock was Coach of the Year). Severson is now in his senior season at Western Washington University. Last year Severson and the WWU Vikings won the NCAA Division II Men’s National Championship, making Severson one of an exclusive club of players who have won state and college championships. No 3A southeast women were first team all state in 2007, but Wrangell’s Michelle Villarma was a second team selection. Yakutat’s Heidi Esbenshade was a first team 1A/2A selection as well as POY.
The schedule for the Great Alaska Shootout is as follows:
Wednesday, Nov. 21 (First Round): 7:30 pm - UC Riverside (1-3) vs Northeastern (2-1); 10 pm - Belmont (3-0) vs Alaska Anchorage (4-0).
Thursday, Nov. 22 (First Round): 5 pm - Loyola Marymount (2-1)vs Oral Roerts (1-1); 7:30 pm - Texas State (2-1) vs Charlotte (3-0).
Friday, Nov. 23 (Consolation Semis & Semifinals): 1 pm - Belmont/UAA loser vs NU/UCR loser; 3 pm - ORU/LMU loser vs Charlotte/TXST loser; 7 pm - Belmont/UAA winner vs NU/UCR winner; 9:30 pm - ORU/LMU winner vs Charlotte/ TXST winner.
Saturday, Nov. 24 (Placing Round): Noon - 7th/8th-place game; 2 pm - 4th/6th-place game; 6 pm - 3rd/5th-place game; 8:30 pm - Championship game.
UAA XC’s CHELIMO NAMED NATIONAL ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Alaska Anchorage senior Micah Chelimo was named the National Men’s Athlete of the Year for the 2012 cross country season by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday.
A local of Kapkoi, Kenya, Chelimo became the first UAA athlete to win a national title in cross country when he raced to victory in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Div. II Cross Country Championships, Nov. 17. The Great Northwest Athletic Conference and NCAA Div. II West Region champion, Chelimo posted a time of 28:56.6 to outdistance Adams State’s Kevin Batt by 15 seconds.
With the win, Chelimo remained undefeated on the season and helped the Seawolves to their third straight GNAC team championship. The national title was the second of Chelimo’s career, having won the 5,000-meter race at the NCAA Div. II Outdoor Track & Field Championships last spring.
Alicia Nelson of Adams State was named the National Women’s Athlete of the Year, while Adams State’s Damon Martin was recognized as the National Men’s Coach of the Year and Jerry Baltes of Grand Valley State was named the National Women’s Coach of the Year.
National Men’s Athletes of the Year: 2012- Micah Chelimo, Alaska Anchorage; 2011- Ryan Haebe, Western State; 2010- Michael Crouch, Queens (N.C.); 2009- Reuben Mwei, Adams State; 2008- Scott Bauhs, Chico State; 2007- Nicodemus Naimadu, Abilene Christian.
WARNER ADDED AS ASSISTANT HOCKEY CAPTAIN
ANCHORAGE - Head bench boss Dave Shyiak announced Monday that senior defenseman Scott Warner has been named an assistant captain for the remainder of the Alaska Anchorage hockey season.
“In speaking with the staff and our upper classmen, we though Scott would be a great addition to balance out our leadership group in relation to our defensive core,” said Shyiak, “Scott is well respected in the locker room, he is a hard worker and one of our best students.”
Warner, a local of Anchorage, will join junior Matt Bailey as an assistant captain, while senior Chris Crowell dresses as this season’s captain. The Seawolves return to action this weekend in Bemidji, Minn., when they take on the Beavers, Nov. 23-24.