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Story Last modified at 11:05 p.m. on Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Colorado school mines Chugiak talent
Bulawa secures spot on up-and-coming soccer team

Staff report


Chugiak High soccer defender Kendra Bulawa hasn't yet kicked a ball for the Mustangs in 2011, but she already knows where she'll be doing her sweeping as a college freshman.

Bulawa, a 5-foot-10 senior, was one of four high school players who recently signed on with the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo., according to a press release issued by the NCAA Division II school.

"I am very excited about the players we are brining in this year," said Orediggers coach Kevin Fickes in the release. "We feel that all of them have the potential to challenge for starting positions in their first year."

Bulawa will be joined on the team by incoming freshmen Annie Hull (Tulsa, Okla.), Nichole Cusak (Golden, Colo.), and MacKenzie King (Albuquerque, N.M.).

The Orediggers' soccer program is an up-and-coming squad that reached the NCAA tournament in 2010 for the third time in just six seasons.

Bulawa is a three-time letter winner who is expected to again lead the Mustangs in the upcoming spring season. She's a two-time All-CIC first-team performer and in 2009 helped her club team, Cook Inlet SC, to a state title.

Bulawa is also a standout flag football player who in October was named a first-team all-CIC quarterback and punter by the league's coaches.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, February 9, 2011.