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2011: A year full of rises, surprises and demises

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Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 11:19 pm

FAIRBANKS—A few observations from the past 348 days as penned in a Christmas poem.

Many apologies to Christmas poem writers past, present and future.

It’s 10 days before Christmas and the ice is quiet this weekend at the Big Dipper.

Meanwhile in Los Angeles, Chris Paul is now a Clipper.

Kobe Bryant is bummed that the Lakers became Chris Paul idle.

All he wants for Christmas is a trade for Dwight Howard and another NBA title.

The reigning Super Bowl champ Green Bay Packers have won every NFL game.

The Indianapolis Colts, however, don’t have a win to their name.

A local football thought comes to mind as I ponder the Colts’ futility.

Would the Fairbanks Grizzlies still be here if they had had an indoor practice facility?

A good-bye and best wishes to an Alabama-Huntsville hockey program with a rare NCAA Division I distinction:

It’s the first Frozen Four host that’s entering extinction.

Several college hockey teams changed D-I conferences for 2013-14.

It’s too bad there were none to keep Huntsville on the scene.

In February, the Stanley Cup came to town.

Visitors were speechless, in awe of the NHL’s crown.

Among those who saw it were many Ice Dog skaters.

They captured the NAHL’s Robertson Cup three months later.

Many things happened this year, which isn’t yet done.

In the meantime, enjoy your Christmas Day and have some fun.

CAMPUS TRAILS: Maggie Callahan, a West Valley graduate and former University of Arizona standout, and University of Portland (Ore.) junior and Kodiak grad Trevor Dunbar posted top-20 finishes in their respective races Saturday in the USA Track and Field National Club Cross-Country Championships in Seattle. Callahan completed the women’s 6-kilometer course at the Jefferson Golf Course in 20 minutes, 45 seconds to place 16th among 265 entries. It was her first post-collegiate competition. Dunbar covered the men’s 10-kilometer course in 29:51 to place fifth among 358 runners. Dunbar, a two-time All-American for Portland, is transferring next fall to the University of Oregon, the alma mater of his father, Marcus.

•Junior forward and Monroe Cathlolic graduate Michael Stepovich had a team-high seven rebounds and contributed two points for the Post University (Conn.) men’s basketball team in Saturday’s 63-55 win over the University of Sciences in Philadelphia. Post senior guard Josh Lopez, a Service graduate, provided game highs of 24 points and six steals to go with his five rebounds and four assists. ... Also in Philadelphia on Saturday, junior guard Anna Simmers, an Anchorage Christian School graduate, led the Army women with 18 points in a 70-60 loss to Pennsylvania.

•Freshman goaltender and West Valley graduate Kaitlyn Evans registered 29 saves for Concordia University (Wis.) in a 2-1 win over Bethel College (Minn.) in Saturday’s women’s hockey game in Tomahawk, Wis.

•Second-ranked Carroll College (Mont.), which includes junior linebacker Noah McWilliams from Homer and redshirt freshman defensive tackle Dalton Riggs from Service, faces Saint Xavier of Chicago in the NAIA football national championship game on Saturday in Rome, Ga.

•Sacred Heart (Conn.) sophomore Lizzy Bennett, a Monroe Catholic grad, placed third in 1 minute, 2.17 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly during Saturday’s women’s swimming dual meet against Siena in Albany, N.Y. Siena won the meet 121-78. ... Wright State (Ohio) freshman and Hutchison grad Greg Evershed placed fifth in the 100 butterfly (56.36 seconds) and sixth in the 50 butterfly (25.73) in a 151.5-110.5 loss to the University of Tampa in Florida.

PRO NOTES: Guard and North Pole grad Brad Oleson scored 16 points for Caja Laboral in Sunday’s 75-67 win over UCAM-Murcia in a Spain ACB League professional basketball game in Murcia, Spain. ... Fairbanks-born Jessica Moore, a Colony grad, had nine points and eight rebounds for Antakya in Sunday’s 88-83 overtime loss to host Mercin in a Turkish Basketball League women’s game. ... Cornerback and Bartlett grad Zackary Bowman had a tackle for the Chicago Bears in a 13-10 loss to the host Denver Broncos in Sunday’s NFL game. Dimond grad Chris Kuper started at right guard for the Broncos.

Contact staff writer Danny Martin at or 459-7586.

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