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Eagle River Lions Club Kids Fishing Derby winner Samaria Klayum poses reluctantly with the 17-1/4-inch rainbow trout she pulled out of Finger Lake on March 19.
PHOTO COURTESY JERRY McINTYRE

Annual derby hooks kids on fishing

Dozens of youngsters from Eagle River and the Mat-Su huddled over ice holes on Finger Lake near Palmer on March 19 for the annual Eagle River Lions Club Kids' Fishing Derby.

The event, sponsored by the Lions and Boondock Sporting Goods, included prizes for the largest fish caught in three age divisions.

The day's largest fish was hauled in by one of the smallest anglers. Samaria Klayum, 3, won first place in the under-4 age group with her 17.25 -inch rainbow trout.

Klayum was also honored for catching the event's largest fish.

Other age group winners included Bobby Black (5 to 8) with a 15-inch fish and Elizabeth Roe (9 to 13) with an 11-incher.

Eagle River Lions Club Kids Fishing Derby

March 19, Finger Lake

1 to 4 – 1. Samaria Klayum, 17 ¼ inches; 2. Jocelyn Hardy, 8 inches

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.