Staff reports

Posted: Friday, March 18, 2005

JDHS grad Chad Bentz sent to Marlins' minor league camp

The Florida Marlins sent left-handed relief pitcher Chad Bentz to their minor-league camp on Wednesday. He was one of seven players re-assigned as the team cuts down its spring training roster in advance of opening day.

Bentz, a graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, signed a minor league contract with the Marlins in December, with an invitation to spring training. Bentz spent last season in the Montreal Expos organization. He spent much of last season in the major leagues with the Expos.

The Marlins' upper-level minor league affiliates include the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes, part of the Pacific Coast League, and the AA Carolina Mudcats, members of the Southern League.

Juneau grad Reid earns All-American wrestling honors

Gary Reid, a 2000 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, won All-American wrestling honors last month with a seventh-place finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association championships in Rochester, Minn.

Reid, who wrestles for Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay, was one of three Laker wrestlers to earn All-American honors - former Dimond wrestler Darin Pestrikoff was one of the others. Reid finished seventh in the 149-pound weight class, winning his final match by injury forfeit.

Reid won a state title when he competed for Juneau.

UAF's Mason named to GNAC Academic All-Conference Team

University of Alaska Fairbanks women's basketball player Courtney Mason, a 2001 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, was named to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference's All-Academic Team earlier this month.

Mason, a senior guard with the Nanooks, is majoring in elementary education. Players must maintain a 3.2 GPA to be selected to the All-Academic Team.

Mason's teammate Adrienne Taalak, a senior guard who graduated from Mount Edgecumbe High School, was named to the GNAC All-Conference first team. Taalak was the second-leading scorer in the GNAC this season, averaging 19.5 points a game, shot 91.7 percent from the free-throw line and was named GNAC Player of the Week two times. She holds a number of GNAC career records.

Taalak also was named to the Daktronics All-West Region second team.

Hulegaard finishes fifth in NCAA Division III wrestling meet

Former Juneau-Douglas High School wrestler Jestin Hulegaard, now competing as a freshman for Iowa's Buena Vista University, finished fifth in the 133-pound division at the NCAA Division III championships on March 5.

Hulegaard won a state title with Juneau in 2000 before his family moved to Minnesota, where he graduated from high school in 2003. He started wrestling at the University of Minnesota before transferring to Buena Vista.

Hulegaard, seeded fifth at the national meet, won a quarterfinal match before falling in the semifinals to the top-seeded wrestler on. He lost in a wrestleback match to the third-seeded competitor, but ended the meet by winning a 10-8 decision over the sixth-seeded wrestler in the fifth-place match.

With his finish, Hulegaard earned All-American honors. The meet was held at St. Olaf College in Minnesota.

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