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Story last updated at 4:52 p.m. Thursday, March 6, 2003

Sports Briefs

By DAVID MORSE

CHS' Vik records three firsts

Chugiak High senior Kevin Vik placed first in the 1,600-meter freestyle, 1000 freestyle and 400 individual medley in the Alaska State Senior Sectionals held at the Bartlett pool Feb. 20-23.

The Mustang ace, who placed third in the 500 free and 200 IM during the State 4A Championships last fall, raised his state ranking, placing second at those same distances in the Sectionals.

Vik received a full scholarship at the Virginia Military Institute.

YMCA boys to wind up season

The YMCA League Chugiak Mustangs will round out their 14-game basketball schedule with games today and Saturday.

The team, coached by Allen Cannamore, currently sports a 5-7 record.

Team members include Shane Ghramm, John Lerch, Jake Lester, Jay Levesque, Justin Mark, JC McAleavey, Nathan Morhain, Hans Odegard, Gerardo Smith and David Cannamore.

Gruening skiers second

Although only the third actual race in a weather-abbreviated season, Gruening ski members made the best of a bad situation, placing second overall in the open division relay race Feb. 27 on the Bartlett cross-country trails.

The runner-up team was comprised of Kyle Loan, Forrest Meyen, Annie Brownlee and Colin Singleton. Brownlee was the team's only girl present at the meet.

The team held an end-of-season pizza party Friday.

Blue Devils one goal short

The Mustangs Hockey Association Bantam B Blue Devils came up one goal short of making the crossover round during their state championships held in Fairbanks last weekend.

The team, coached by George Kobelnyk, started the tournament by beating the Anchorage Bulldogs, 3-1, and Kenai, 3-0 Feb. 27. Unfortunately, the team lost to the Southcentral Wolves, 2-1, Friday, before losing to the pool's top seed, the Mat-Su Eagles, 1-0, Saturday night.

Micah Wheeler scored the Blue Devils' lone goal against Southcentral.

Either a tie against the Wolves or a victory against the Eagles would have advanced the squad out of its five-team division.

Brothers first in snowboard races

Greg Bombeck and brother Walter Bombeck of Eagle River placed first in the Breaker boys (ages 12-13) and Junior men (ages 16-17) divisions of the Wells Fargo Alaska Snowboard Series Slopestyle competition held Feb. 22-23 at Hilltop Ski Area, in Anchorage. The event was the final two days of competition in which snowboarders and skiers qualified to represent Alaska at the United States of America Snowboarding Association (USASA) National Competition, to be held in Sunday River Ski Area, Maine, March 21-28.

Guns and Hoses game Saturday

The Anchorage Fire and Police departments will face off in the third annual Guns and Hoses Charity Hockey Game Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Sullivan Arena. The event, which this year will raise money for the American Diabetes Association, precedes the Aces vs. Long Beach game at 7 p.m. Tickets to both games are $10 each and available at the gate or at AFD's Station 11 in Eagle River.

Mumma named to JO team

Gruening eighth-grader Brittany Mumma was one of 15 skiers named to the Junior III Alaska Junior Olympic downhill team after races at the Alyeska Cup/Alaska State Championships held in Girdwood Feb. 22-23. Mumma also excelled in cross-country running, going undefeated in her seventh- and eighth-grade seasons. She was also a member of the Gruening Colt cross country ski team this year.

Injury stops speedskater Arnett

Eagle River's Jessica Arnett will have to hope the performances of others will be enough as Alaska Speedskaters Club makes its way to a couple of high-exposure speed skating meets in Milwaukee later this month.

The 21-year old suffered a broken ankle in the season's last preparatory races in Fairbanks two weeks ago. She will be in a cast for six weeks, then will undergo physical therapy. She'll be out just long enough to miss the events she had trained for and motivated her all season, said Jessica's mother, Wendy Arnett.

"She still wants to go and meet people and perhaps to live her dreams through others," said Wendy said.

Five other members of the local club also plan to make the trip: Clay Moody, Chris Dahl, Nathan Hall, Katie Black and Nan Thompson.

Hall had also injured his ankle but has returned to skating in less than two weeks.