Two silver ulus for Juneau's Ord

Juneau-Douglas High School athletes dominate indoor soccer tournaments at the Arctic Winter Games on the Kenai Peninsula

Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2006

Juneau Ski Club member Nathan Ord helped Team Alaska dominate the slalom and giant slalom events at the Arctic Winter Games.

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Ord, 15, captured silver ulus in both Tuesday's slalom and Wednesday's giant slalom at Alyeska Ski Resort in Girdwood.

Team Alaska skiers swept the ulus - the Arctic Winter Games' version of medals - in each alpine skiing discipline.

In Wednesday's giant slalom, Ord finished just 0.6 seconds behind Team Alaska teammate Kevin Jensen for first place.

Ord completed his two runs in 1:25.56, finishing his first run in 42.36 and his second in 43.2. Kevin Jensen won the event in 1:24.96.

On Tuesday, Ord won the silver ulu with a combined time of 1:38.13. His first run took 47.13 while he finished his second run in 49.01.

Richard Kelly won gold in 1:36.31.

The alpine competition wraps up today with the dual slalom.


Over at Soldotna High School, Team Alaska's intermediate female soccer team sits tied atop its pool with Northwest Territories with one game to play.

The squad features a bevy of Juneau players, many of whom starred on the Crimson Bears' varsity team last year. Team Alaska features JDHS seniors Gretchen Dierking and Jessy Post, who were Crimson Bears co-captains of the girls team last year, along with Juneau-Douglas juniors Brittany Lehnhart and Jessy Post. JDHS student Jordon Cottingham is also on the team.

Team Alaska is currently 2-0-1 in pool play. The squad opened Monday with a 4-4 tie with Northwest Territories. It followed up the draw Tuesday with a 5-2 win over Nunavut and a 4-2 triumph of Greenland.

Team Alaska finishes pool play today against Team Yukon.

JDHS sophomore Carly Lehnhart and fellow Juneau resident Rachel Tarver helped the junior female indoor soccer team rack up a 2-1 record in pool play with only today's game with Northwest Territories to go.

Team Alaska topped Nunavut 4-2 on Wednesday splitting two games on Monday. Team Alaska fell 6-3 to Greenland before rebounding to blank Team Yukon, 4-0.

The junior male team, headed by JDHS boys soccer coach Gary Lehnhart, currently sits at 1-0-1 with two games remaining in pool play.

Team Alaska, which features Juneau residents Sam Post, Colin Flynn and Dominic Smith, tied Team Yukon 4-4 and beat Nunavut 7-3 on Monday. They take on Greenland and Northwest Territories today.

Juneau's Mahlet Tingley and Annika Ord helped the juvenile female indoor soccer team win two games in pool play. Team Alaska currently sits at 2-1 and takes on Northwest Territories today at Soldotna.

Team Alaska split two games on Tuesday, beating Team Yukon 6-3 and falling to Northern Alberta 4-3. Team Alaska defeated Nunavut 10-1 on Wednesday.


In volleyball at Skyview High School, a pair of Juneau-Douglas High School students helped Team Alaska finish pool play a perfect 4-0 in the junior female division.

Crimson Bears' Sarah Christianson and Lesley Kalbrener contributed to a dominate team effort. Team Alaska has yet dropped a set in competition.

Team Alaska opened play Monday with a pair of victories. Kalbrener posted eight kills and four digs while Christianson added three kills and seven digs as Team Alaska routed Team Yukon 25-10, 25-9, 25-17.

Later that day, Team Alaska defeated Nunavut 25-3, 25-3, 25-9 as Christianson slammed down four kills and Kalbrener contributed seven kills and two aces.

On Tuesday, Team Alaska topped Northwest Territories 25-9, 25-11, 25-10. Team Alaska completed its clean sweep Wednesday by pounding Greenland 25-6, 26-10, 26-12. Kalbrener was named game MVP for her play against Greenland.

Team Alaska will take on Northwest Territories today in a semifinal match.

The Team Alaska junior male volleyball finished 3-2 in pool play on Wednesday and will take on Team Yukon today in the semifinals.

The junior male team features five Juneau residents - Andrew Hart, Ryan Hart, Robert Hickok, Bryan Ryder and Dmitriy Stepanov.

The volleyball team closed out pool play Wednesday with a 25-21, 25-20, 25-23 defeat to Team Yukon at Skyview High School.

On Tuesday, Team Alaska split a pair of games as two Juneau players were named game MVPs.

Team Alaska opened Tuesday play with a 25-16, 19-25, 25-28, 25-29 loss to Northern Alberta. Despite the loss, Stepanov earned MVP honors for his play.

Ryder picked up MVP honors in Team Alaska's 25-16, 26-19, 26-17 victory over Nunavut.

Team Alaska kicked off pool play Monday with a bang by winning two matches.

The team opened play Monday with a 25-21, 25-16, 25-11 win over Greenland. Ryder was named game MVP after posting 12 kills and four blocks.

Stepanov had nine kills and five digs, Ryan Hart chipped in with four kills and three digs, Hickok had one dig and Andrew Hart had an ace in the win.

Team Alaska ended Monday's play with a 25-17, 25-14, 25-22 in over Northwest Territories. Ryder led his team with seven kills, Stepanov had six kills and Ryan Hart added three kills.


Juneau's Scott Bergmann scored seven points Wednesday to help Team Alaska defeat first-place Team Yukon 88-77 at Cook Inlet Academy.

With the win, Team Alaska sits in second place at 3-2 with only today's game against Northwest Territories left.

Earlier Wednesday, Team Alaska ripped Nunavut 88-67. Bergmann chipped in two points in the win. Bergmann, the lone Juneau player on Team Alaska, is averaging 3.6 points per game in the tournament.

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