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Posted: February 22, 2013 - 12:13am
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Andy Newell skis to seventh in classic sprint qualifying at the opening of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme.
Andy Newell skis to seventh in classic sprint qualifying at the opening of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme.

Alaska Sports Hall of Fame to honor Class of 2013

The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame is inviting the public to attend the induction ceremony for the Class of 2013 on Feb. 26 from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Anchorage Museum auditorium.

The event features video biographies, portrait unveilings, and acknowledgements by the Class of 2013 inductees. Herb Didrickson, of Sitka, and Buck Nystrom will be the two people inducted. The Equinox Marathon will be recognized in the “Event” category. Chris Clark’s Olympic Trials marathon victory and Les Anderson’s World Record King Salmon will be honored in the “Moment” category. The Directors’ Awards: The Joe Floyd Award, The Trajan Langdon Award and the Pride of Alaska Awards will be presented. Alaska Goldpanner General Manager Don Dennis, wrestler Paul Tandy, The Nunaka Valley Girls Softball Team, and Mario Chalmers will be honored. Author Lew Freedman will be signing Alaska Sports Hall of Fame coffee table books before and after the ceremony for those making donations to the Hall.

Quarterfinals Claim USA

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy (Feb. 21) - The U.S. Ski Team qualified three skiers into the heats but all fell victim in the quarterfinals as the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships got underway in Val di Fiemme with classic sprints. Russia’s Nikita Kruikuv and Norway’s Marit Bjoergen took gold. Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) finished 19th, Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT) 20th in her World Championships debut and Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) 21st. Canadian Alex Harvey took bronze. Action continues Friday with nordic combined and women’s ski jumping, with cross country back Saturday with skiathlon.

“I wanted more out of today, for sure,” Randall said. “I’m happy with the way I skied that last round and think I skied with what I had today. We’ve been at altitude for a long time now and maybe just haven’t done quite enough of this really hard stuff, but I think today will be really good for Sunday. I was skiing all out the whole time and just didn’t feel like I could really access that sprint gear today. I felt like I was going as hard as I could and not really even hanging on but I got myself back in there a couple of times. I was happy with the way I skied that 180 degree corner and thought I was back in contention but I don’t think I should have gone in my own lane before the bump to the finish. I think I should have stayed in the draft. I was pretty maxed out. I didn’t have a ton of gas in the finish.”

UAF’s Adams and Heller in 2013 NCAA Championship

INDIANAPOLIS – Sophomore Margot Adams (Anchorage, Alaska/Political science) and junior Bente Heller (Hamburg, Germany/Communication) are both headed to Birmingham, Ala., for the 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship, as the official qualification list was released Wednesday afternoon. The championship meet will take place March 6-9 at the CrossPlex Complex and information regarding live results and web streaming will be released as it becomes available.

Both swimmers will be making repeat appearances at the national meet as they were both a part of last year’s championship in Mansfield, Texas. In that meet, Adams was national runner-up in the 100 butterfly while Heller was an Honorable Mention All-American in all three freestyle sprints. The two were also part of three All-American relays, which included a fourth-place showing in the 800 freestyle relay.

Adams will swim in three individual events while Heller will participate in four solo races.

Adams (Anchorage) will partake in the 100 butterfly, which she is seeded fourth, as well as the 200 fly and 100 free, as she is ranked 19th and 54th, respectively. Adams won the 100 fly title for the second straight year last week at the Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference Championship.

Heller will once again swim in all three freestyle sprints as well as a new stroke for the German native. She is seeded third in both the 100 free and 100 backstroke while placing 15th in the 50 free and 17th in the 200 free. She automatically qualified during the PCSC Championship when she turned in an NCAA A-cut time of 55.09 in her 100 back split in the 400 medley relay. That mark was a new varsity record.

Nanooks NCAA Schedule: Date/Swimmer/Event/Rank (Time) - 3/6 Bente Heller 50 Free 15th (23.59); 3/7 Margot Adams 100 Fly 4th (55.35), Bente Heller 200 Free 17th (1:51.54); 3/8 Bente Heller 100 Back 3rd (55.09), Margot Adams 200 Fly 19th (2:06.52); 3/9 Bente Heller 100 Free 3rd (50.28), Margot Adams 100 Free 54th (52.52).

UAA men 8th in regional poll

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball team is at No. 8 in the season’s West Region rankings, released Wednesday by the NCAA. With a 13-5 record against Division II competition, UAA is currently in the final position to reach the NCAA West Regional Championships, which will take postseason tournament winners from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, California Collegiate Athletic Association and Pacific West Conference, along with the next five highest-ranked teams.

The Seawolves join top-ranked Western Washington (21-0 vs D-II) and No. 3 Seattle Pacific (17-3) to represent in the GNAC in this week’s poll. WWU, SPU and regionally 2nd-ranked Cal Poly Pomona are all among the top five in this week’s NCAA Div. II national rankings as well. UAA has a chance to move up in the final two weeks of the regular season as it hosts WWU on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex (7:30 p.m. AST) and travels to SPU on Feb. 28. Chaminade (14-5), of the Pac West, currently sits seventh in the region. The regional rankings will be released the next two Wednesdays – Feb. 27 and Mar. 6 – before the NCAA selection committee announces the playoff fields on Sunday, Mar. 10.

Before hosting their home finale against WWU, the Seawolves return to action Thursday against Simon Fraser (7:30 p.m.) at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

NCAA Div. II West Region Men’s Basketball Rankings (Rk Team vs DII vs West Conf): 1 Western Washington 21-0 / 17-0 GNAC; 2 Cal Poly Pomona 19-1 / 19-13 CCAA; 3 Seattle Pacific 17-3 / 17-3 GNAC; 4 Dixie State 17-5 / 16-4 PWC; 5 Grand Canyon 18-5 / 18-3 PWC; 6 CS San Bernardino 15-5 / 15-5 CCAA; 7 Chaminade 14-5 / 14-4 PWC; 8 Alaska Anchorage 13-5 / 11-5 GNAC; 9 San Francisco State 13-9 / 13-8 CCAA; 10 Cal State Chico 11-9 / 11-9 CCAA. (D-II & West Region records as of Feb. 18).

UAA”s Gibcus All-America honors

TOWSON, Md. – Alaska Anchorage senior Liam Gibcus was recognized Wednesday as one of the top 15 performers in NCAA Division II men’s basketball in terms of both academic and on-court accomplishments, earning selection to the Capital One Academic All-America Third Team. The 6-10 center from Lysterfield, Australia, becomes just the second Seawolf to earn the award, joining Rick Stafford, who was a second-team pick in 1997.

A three-time Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-academic selection, Gibcus holds a 3.80 overall grade-point average as a civil engineering major. On the court, he is the leading rebounder (6.5 rpg) and third-leading scorer (10.9 ppg) for the Seawolves (16-6, 9-5 Great Northwest Athletic Conference), who are chasing their third straight NCAA Tournament berth. He also leads the team and ranks fourth in the GNAC with a .575 field-goal percentage.

Gibcus ranks No. 7 on UAA’s career FG% list at .562, while the team’s only 4th-year senior is also No. 9 in games played (107) and tied for No. 4 in games won (77). With one more victory, he will tie former All-Americans Carl Arts and Luke Cooper (2004-08) as the second-winningest player in program history.

The Capital One All-America Teams are selected by a vote of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America. Men’s Division II Basketball Team. FIRST TEAM (Name, School, Yr., Hometown, GPA, Major): Andrew Davis, Texas A&M-Commerce, Sr., Richardson, Texas, 4.00, Finance; Michael Dentlinger, Nebraska-Kearney, Jr., Omaha, Neb., 3.97, Business Admin.; Luis Leao, Mercyhurst, Sr., Brusque, Brazil, 3.87, Biology; Alex Novak, Minnesota St.-Moorhead, Sr., Oxford, Iowa, 3.85, Biochemistry; *Marcus Ruh, Saint Leo, Sr., Green Bay, Wis., 4.00, Business Admin. SECOND TEAM: Mike Kromka, Clarion, Jr., Monroeville, Pa., 3.89, Mid-level Math Educ.; Cameron McCaffrey, Augustana (S.D.), Sr., Portland, Ore., 3.54, Exercise Science; Dominykas Milka, Saint Rose, Jr., Queens. N.Y. 3.57, Accounting; Andrew Morris, Coker, Sr., Melbourne, Australia, 4.00, Business Admin.; Jonathan Morse, Metro State, Sr., Boulder, Colo., 3.45, Biology. THIRD TEAM: Alex Bazzell, Lindenwood, Sr., St. Charles, Mo., 3.65, Mass Comm.; David Downs, Seattle Pacific, Jr., Kirkland, Wash., 3.82, Accounting; Liam Gibcus, Alaska Anchorage, Sr., Lysterfield, Australia, 3.80, Civil Engineering; Jeff Hart, Colorado Mesa, Sr., Phoenix, Ariz., 3.85, Finance, Econ., Marketing; C.J. Hester, West Liberty, So., West Mifflin, Pa., 3.76, Biology.

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