Sports Briefs

Posted: Thursday, September 02, 2004

JDHS cross-country squads head to Kayhi

The Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country running teams head to Ketchikan this weekend for the second Region V meet of the season.

The Crimson Bear girls will run at 1 p.m., and the boys at 1:30 p.m., on Saturday north of Ketchikan at Ward Lake. The rolling 5-kilometer course follows the shore of the lake, and is known for being somewhat faster than Juneau's home course on the Treadwell Mine Trails.

Juneau is coming off a dominant performance at last weekend's Juneau Invitational, where the Crimson Bear boys and girls swept the top five spots in their respective races to post perfect team scores. Senior Tristan Knutson-Lombardo won the boys race, while junior Lexi Garvey edged senior Megan Bush in the girls race. Overall, many Juneau runners set personal records for the course.

After Saturday's race, there will be two more weekends of regular-season meets before the Region V championship in Sitka on Sept. 25, followed by the state meet on Oct. 2 at Skyview High School on the Kenai Peninsula.

Petersburg grad to join UAA men's hoops squad

Aaron Severson, a 2003 Petersburg High School graduate, has committed to play basketball next season for the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves.

Severson, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward, played last season as a freshman for Allan Hancock Community College in Santa Maria, Calif., where he averaged 7.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.

"Aaron is a very important piece as we build this program," UAA coach Rusty Osborne said in a press release. "He is long and athletic, with a load of potential. With three years to play, we expect him to have a tremendous impact in that time, but at the same time, we don't want to put any unrealistic expectations on him for this year.

"Had he returned to junior college, he would have been recruited by numerous Division I programs. We're excited he decided to come back to Alaska to play for UAA."

Osborne is entering his first year as the Seawolves' head coach after 13 years as a UAA assistant.

In his senior year at Petersburg, Severson helped lead the Vikings to a second-place finish at the 2003 Region V-Class 3A tourney, behind eventual state champion Craig. Petersburg finished sixth at the state tournament. Severson was named to the all-Region V-Class 3A squad and the Class 3A state all-tourney team, and was a Class 3A second-team all-state selection.

Severson is the sixth player to commit to the Seawolves for the upcoming season, with several more additions expected in the next few days. The only other Alaskan among the signees is 6-5 forward Carl Arts, a 2004 graduate of Valdez High School and last season's Class 3A boys state player of the year.

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