Team AK volleyballadvances to final

Juneau's Nathan Ord earns two more ulus at Arctic Winter Games

Posted: Friday, March 10, 2006

The Team Alaska junior female volleyball team advanced to the gold ulu game of the Arctic Winter Games Thursday at Skyview High School.

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The team, which features Juneau-Douglas High School students Lesley Kalbrener and Sarah Christianson, defeated Northwest Territories 25-29, 25-16, 25-7 in the semifinal.

With the win, Team Alaska will take on Greenland at 7:30 p.m. tonight for the gold. Team Alaska has yet to drop a set in tournament play.

Team Alaska's junior male volleyball team also advanced to the final with a 25-19, 25-22, 25-11 victory over Team Yukon.

Juneau's Andrew Hart was named game MVP as the team qualified for tonight's championship match against either Alberta North or Nunavut. Team Alaska features Juneau residents Andrew and Ryan Hart, Robert Hickok, Bryan Ryder and Dmitriy Stepanov.

At Alyeska Ski Resort in Girdwood, Juneau Ski Club member Nathan Ord picked up his third and fourth ulus of the Games by taking bronze in the dual slalom. Kevin Jensen won the gold.

Ord also earned a gold ulu in the team alpine skiing competition with Team Alaska.

In basketball, Team Alaska's junior male squad will play for the bronze ulu today after falling to Northwest Territories in the semifinals at Cook Inlet Academy.

Juneau's Scott Bergmann scored seven points as Team Alaska fell 96-80. Team Alaska will take on Nunavut today for the bronze.

Over at the soccer venue at Soldotna High School, a host of Juneau-Douglas High School players have helped Team Alaska's intermediate female team qualify for the semifinals.

Gretchen Dierking and Jessy Post scored three goals each Thursday in a 6-1 rout of Team Yukon. Team Alaska finished pool play 3-0-1 and will take on Team Yukon today in the semifinals.

In addition to Dierking and Post, the team also features JDHS students Brittany Lehnhart, Jordon Cottingham and Lindsey Kato.

Team Alaska's junior female team will take on Nunavut today in the semifinals after beating Northwest Territories 2-1 on Thursday. The junior female side features Juneau's Carly Lehnhart and Rachel Tarver.

Team Alaska's juvenile female soccer team finished pool play in first place with a 3-1 record after beating Northwest Territories 5-1. The team, featuring Juneau's Mahlet Tingley and Annika Ord, battles Nunavut today in the semifinals.

On the boys side, Team Alaska junior male team split two games Thursday to qualify for semifinal play.

Team Alaska fell 3-0 to Greenland but rebounded to defeat Northwest Territories 4-2. The team, which features Douglas' Colin Flynn along with Juneau's Sam Post and Dominic Smith, takes on Northwest Territories again today.

The juvenile male soccer team representing Alaska fell to Northwest Territories 5-1 today despite a goal from Juneau's Joe Slagle. Juneau resident Andrew Slagle also plays on the team. The juvenile males ended pool play 1-3.



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