Warm weather in Anchorage has forced a last-minute venue change for the upcoming Besh Cup Series Nordic ski races.
On Monday, the Cross Country Alaska competition committee met to discuss the races, which were to be held in Anchorage Dec. 16-17. Due to rapidly deteriorating conditions at Kincaid Park, the committee voted to move the races to Fairbanks instead.
Josh Robles was going to have to wait another year for his shot at a conference championship. With less than a minute left in his finals match Saturday at the Cook Inlet Conference tournament, the Eagle River 113-pounder trailed East’s Octavius McCleskey by eight points and was running out of gas.
“I was tired, I was like, ‘I don’t know if I can do it,’” he said.
But Robles wasn’t about to quit, either, and when McCleskey made a small mistake, Robles pounced.
“I just saw an opportunity and I took it,” he said.
For the second straight week, Eagle River’s Helen Wilson was the top local Nordic skier at Kincaid Park as she raced to a fourth-place finish Saturday at the Lynx Loppet, the largest high school ski race of the season.
Wilson held her position in Saturday’s pursuit race, a 5.4-kilometer freestyle race in which racers were sent onto the course in the order of their finish in Friday’s 5-kilometer interval start classic technique race. Wilson held off Chugiak’s Heidi Booher, who finished 15 seconds back in fifth.
Alev Kelter continues to fly high for the U.S.A. Eagles women’s rugby sevens team.
Kelter, a 2009 Chugiak High graduate, helped the national team to a second-place finish at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai. The 27-year-old from Eagle River played a key role in the team’s quarterfinal victory over favored New Zealand, kicking the winning two-point conversion in the team’s 14-12 Friday, Dec. 1 win.
Eagle River’s Lauren Murphy improved her pro MMA record to 10-3 Friday, Dec. 1 with a victory at the Ultimate Fighter 26 season finale in Las Vegas.
The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame blog reported Murphy’s victory, a narrow three-round decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) over Barb Honchak. The 34-year-old Chugiak High grad known as “Lucky” was making her flyweight debut in the bout.