Sports Briefs - May 11
May 11th | Staff Report
Anchor Kings catch first place
With strong wrestling roots, the Anchor Kings Wrestling Club re-established itself three years ago in a grassroots effort to be an all-inclusive, kid-focused program where wrestling is secondary to providing a healthy, character-building activity for anyone who wants to put in the time.
Under the tutelage of head coach Bubba Wells, 29 Anchor King wrestlers showed up in Wasilla at the end of April with a goal of doing the best they could. What followed after three days of competition was a state championship in the small-team division, two triple-crown winners in Wayne Newman and Kyle Wells and 40 individual medalists.
Both Newman (113 pounds) and Wells (220 pounds) took first in the folkstyle tournament on day one of competition. Newman secured first place with a 5-0 win over Alex Logsdon of the Arctic Warriors Wrestling club. Wells followed with a 7-1 win over Tanner Clark of Interior Youth Wrestling Club.
Other placers in the folkstyle tournament included second-place finishers Russell Nyvall in the novice 100-pound division and Tristen Cook in the junior 195 division. Newman's younger brother, Blake, and first-year wrestler Craig Levi took third in their divisions, while Seth I'nama and Levi King were fourth in the junior division. A contender in the junior 195 division, King suffered a tournament-ending elbow injury against teammate Tristen Cook.
The Anchor Kings ended the day with fifth-place finishes from CJ Burns and first-time state placer Carter Woodhead.
Day two again proved successful for the Kings in the Greco and women's freestyle tournaments. Newman and Wells continued their road to the triple-crown with first-place finishes, while Cook, Nyvall and King each earned second-place finishes. Blake Newman received his second medal of the weekend with a third-place finish, and Woodhead finished fourth in his first Greco tournament of the season.
I'nama finished fifth, while sisters Saoirse and McKenzie Cook finished sixth.
In the women's freestyle tournament, Alysha Nyvall finished first in the intermediate 60 division, along with Alexandrea Moseley in the Cadet 122 division and McKenzie Cook in the Cadet 15-pound division. The Wells sisters, Mischelle and Allison, both finished second on the day, along with Saoirse Cook and first-year wrestler Hayley Blaine.
In the freestyle tournament on day three, Newman solidified the triple-crown with a 14-4 technical fall win over Juneau's Connor Norman, and Wells wrapped up his triple-crown performance with a 15-4 technical fall over Chugach Eagles' Alex Rumfelt. Tristen Cook placed first with a win over Brandon Antesberger of Interior Youth Wrestling Club, while tenacious teammate Justus Grimes finished second. Russell Nyvall also wrapped up his state performance with a second-place finish.
King and I'nama finished the last day of competition with third-place finishes, while Burns, Aidan Gaedecke, Tyler Johnson and Moseley all finished fourth. Woodhead finished his weekend with another fifth-place finish, and Levi's older brother and first-year wrestler Corey finished his weekend in sixth place.
Lady M's beef up for home games
In an ongoing effort to make his Lady Mariner softball team more competitive, Homer coach Bill Bell took his Lady M's to Anchorage over the weekend to compete in the Blue and Gold Battle. The team went 1-3 at the tournament, picking up their one win with a 13-3 win over the Krush, an under-16 team from Anchorage.
Annalynn Brown pitched 3 2/3 innings, giving up one run on three hits, while striking out five and walking four. Annali Metz finished the game with 1 1/3 inning, where she gave up two runs on one hit.
Mary Hana Bowe led the way among Homer batters with 2 for 3 hitting and two RBIs. Malina Fellows went 2 for 2 with three runs, and Elsie Smith scored two runs. Briana Hetrick had two runs and Rylee Doughty had three runs
Homer losses came at the hands of Dimond, Palmer and Service.
So far for the season, Bowe has logged 11 hits in 17 at-bats for a team-leading batting average of .647. Bowe has scored eight runs, driven in six runs and stolen five bases.
Rylee Doughty and Elsie Smith are both batting .600 so far; Doughty leads the team with nine RBIs and nine stolen bases. Smith has eight RBIs and four stolen bases.
The Lady Mariners host Houston on Thursday at 4 and 6 p.m., and Kodiak on Friday and Saturday.
Moose Pretzel Disc Golfers hit the links
More than 30 disc golfers competed in Saturday's annual Shorebird Showdown at Jack Gist Disc Golf Course in Homer. Sponsored by Moose Pretzel Disc Golf, players competed in two rounds of 18 holes in six different divisions.
Tourney organizer Edan Badajos finished first in the open division with a two-round total score of 91; his first round score of 42 was the best among all competitors for the day. Thad Gunther was second in the open division with a total score of 95, while James Beckner finished third with 99.
In the advanced division, Kylie and Zack tied at 103, while Brad Beiser was third at 108. Doyle took the top spot among intermediate competitors with a total score of 116. Russell Crocker and Glen Yamada tied for second with 120.
Among advanced women, Loretta Brown placed first with 132 points, while Dawn Montez and Amber tied for second with 134.
Pat Miller picked up $69 and Matt Hernanadez $63 for aces on hole 2 of the main course.