5 to 8 1. Bobby Black, 15 inches; 2. Ozric Sparks, 14 inches; 3. Ayden Roe, 13 inches
9 to 13 1. Elizabeth Roe, 11 inches; 2. Orion Sparks, 10 inches; 3. Timothy Farring, 10 inches
Local products win hockey titles
Eagle River twins Alev and Derya Kelter, who graduated from Chugiak High in 2009, are national champions after helping the Wisconsin Badgers to the NCAA Division I championship on March 20 over Boston University. Alev Kelter had an assist in the championship game.
The girls were soccer and hockey stars while at Chugiak, and both also play on Wisonsin's women's soccer program which also reached the NCAA tournament this season.
The Kelters weren't the only Chugiak locals to pick up a national title over the weekend. Nicole Moore who also graduated from Chugiak in '09 earned a championship with her Rainy River (Minn.) Community College teammates on March 13. The Lady Voyageurs defeated West Chester (Pa.) 8-1 in the finals of the American Collegiate Hockey Association tournament in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Middle school track season gets under way
Practices began this week for middle-school track and field athletes, with training happening indoors until conditions warm up and melt off enough for outdoor practice.
Both Mirror Lake and Gruening middle schools have two weeks before their first meets, though. Gruening faces off against Romig and Goldenview middle schools April 13 at the Anchorage Dome, and Mirror Lake challenges Girdwood and Wendler on April 14, also at the Dome.
This year, the city championship finals will be held on Mirror Lake's home turf. That meet is set for May 12. The championships will be the only opportunity for the cross-town rival Coyotes and Colts to meet up during the season, as neither school races against each other until the preliminaries begin May 10.
This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, March 23, 2011.