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March 06, 2012
Fairbanks Daily News Miner
FAIRBANKS — Team Alaska got off to a solid start in individual competitions as the 2012 Arctic Winter Games rolled into high gear Monday in Whitehorse, Yukon.
Alaska had the unofficial lead in the medals count after the first full day of competition in the weeklong Olympic-style event featuring 20 sports and more than 2,000 athletes, coaches, staff and cultural participants.
Alaskans garnered at least 26 ulus (medals) Monday, including eight golds, 11 silvers and seven bronze. Northwest Territories and the host Yukon teams each had 21 medals, including six golds apiece.
Alaska’s alpine skiers made the biggest hall of the day with eight medals including gold ulus by Hannah Ingram in the junior female division and Barron Cabana in the junior male event.
Alaska picked up six ulus in the Arctic Sports. Jose Casados earned gold in the junior male division and Erica Meckel captured the top spot in the open female division.
Alaska also picked up two gold ulus in Nordic skiing as Max Donaldson won he juvenile male 5K race and Forest Tarbeth took the top spot in the junior male competition.
Joe Bue garnered a gold medal in the juvenile male ski biathlon, while Alex Kilby won the juvenile male snowshoe biathlon and Zoey Grenier captured the junior female snowshoe biathlon gold ulu.
Riley Moser was the winner of the juvenile male 2.5K snowshoe race.
Following are a few other highlights from Monday’s competition.
Alaska notched a pair of hockey victories on Monday morning at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games. The junior female team downed the Yukon 4-1 at Takhini Arena, while the bantam male squad rolled 5-0 past the Yukon at the Canada Sports Centre. In the midget male division, Alaska dropped a heartbreaker, 5-4, to Nunavut at Takhini Arena.
Alaska scored three goals in the third period to pull away from the Yukon in the girls game.
Goal scorers for Team Alaska were Karinna Vohden, Cayla Wiita, Zahn Thompson and Brittany Stahle, while Yukon’s Dana VanVliet evaded the shutout with the team’s lone goal with six seconds remaining in the game.
Stan Skorulski tallied two goals to lead Alaska against the Yukon in the bantam game. Other Alaska goal scorers included Alex Parker, Jason Donald and Codie Cope. Alaska’s goaltender, Lane Wood, was named the team’s Most Valuable Player.
Nunavut’s Nathan Gardner scored with 3:22 remaining in the third to break the tie in the in the midget male game. Four different Alaska skaters had goals — Trevor Naylor, William Harren, Jake Inukai and Dalton Buness.
Alaska’s junior male soccer team rolled to a 10-0 win against Nunavut as indoor soccer swung into full gear Monday.
Taylor Zietlow led the rout with a game-high four goals. Stuart Thurston and Nick Stewart each had a pair of tallies, while Tommy Thompson and Ben Scudder added one goal apiece. Alaska outshot Nunavut by a commanding 24-1 margin.
Alaska’s juvenile female team notched a 6-4 win against Northwest Territories. Maddie McKeown recorded a hat trick while Sarah Walling-Bell notched a pair of goals. Sierra Denny accounted for the final goal.
In the intermediate female division, Sapmi rallied to claim a 5-3 victory against Team Alaska. Bekka Ord led Alaska with a pair of goals, while Solana Ashe scored once.
Team Alaska posted a 25-11, 25-9 win against host Yukon in the opening game of the junior female volleyball tournament. Morgan Hooe led the way for Team Alaska with six kills and an ace.
In the junior male competition, Yukon downed Team Alaska 25-19, 25-18. Braden Hall had three kills for Alaska, while Brandon Viena, Tyribe Siu-Felton and Ishmael Agae had two apiece.
Team Alaska lost both of its opening round basketball games Monday.
Yukon rolled to an 80-55 win in the junior male contest, while Northwest Territories prevailed in a hard-fought girls game, 59-54.
In the girls game, Alaska’s Nicole Forrey, Ne’Chelle Martinez and Taylor Hastings each tallied 12 points.