NANOOK CORNER: A recap of the 2018 Winter Sports
The end of hockey season means that the majority of Winter Sports are now over for the University of Alaska.
We'll take a look at the recently finished Sports for this year in this week's Nanook Corner.
Devin Fry; Reporting>>: "The Nanook Hockey team finished the year at 11-22-3 overall this year and 9-17-2-1 in conference play. They were able to finish at 8th place in the WCHA and earn a spot in the conference Championship tournament. The Nanooks saw their season come to an end after dropping six of their last seven games and getting swept in the opening round of the Conference Tournament. Senior Defenseman Zach Frye had an amazing season for the Nooks, finishing the year as the leader in assists with 20, goals with 11, and Points with 31. The Nooks were able to secure the Governor's cup again this year with four wins over the UAA Seawolves and showed a lot of bright spots throughout the season, including defeating the conference leading Minnesota State Mavericks 5-0 on January 12th. They will only be graduating five seniors, so Head Coach Lance West will have a lot to work with in his second year.
To say that the Nanook Women's Basketball team had a tough year would be an understatement. The Lady Nooks finished the year at 4-22 overall and 0-20 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play. They earned their wins early in the season with a 56-50 win over Hawaii Hilo on November 11th, a 73-29 win over Holy Names on November 18th and then back to back wins over Multnomah on December 16th and 17th. Lexi Carpenter, who was named an honorable mention for the All-GNAC Team, led the Nooks in points with 335. Josie Sewell led the team at the boards, finishing with 113 rebounds this season while Emily Evans led the team in assists, dishing out 55. The Lady Nooks will only have to say goodbye to Senior Guard Cassi Williams this offseason.
The Nanook Men were one win away from their first Conference Championship berth in three years. They suffered a heartbreaking, buzzer-beating defeat to UAA on February 20th. They finished the year at 11-15 overall and 9-11 in conference play. The Nanooks saw some amazing play from their big man up front Michael Kluting. Kluting led his team in points this year with 303 and rebounds with 211, a little over 100 more than the runner-up Joe Lendway. Davis Kimble was the assist leader, finishing the year with 95. Much like the women, the Nanook men will only be graduating one senior this offseason, Forward LaDonavan Wilder.
We aren't quite done with UAF Sports yet. Both our Rifle and Ski teams were able to earn conference championship berths. The NCAA Skiing National Championships will begin on March 8th in Steamboat Springs Colorado while the NCAA Rifle Championships start on March 9th at the Citadel. The most prestigious UAF Athletic program, The Nanook Rifle team, will be searching for their 11th National Championship."