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Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 11:21 pm | Updated: 1:50 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

FAIRBANKS—Early-bird registration is underway for the 18th annual Beat Beethoven 5K run on Saturday, April 14.

The out-and-back race starts at 11 a.m. in the parking lot at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Patty Center.

Participants try to finish the hilly 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) course through the UAF campus before the completion of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony as its played throughout the race. Those who finish before the last note of the 31-minute classical piece will receive a voucher good for a free concert ticket for the 2012-13 concert season of the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra.

The early-bird registration runs through Monday, April 9 and the entry fee is $20 per person. The race bib and t-shirt pick-up are also scheduled that day from 5-7 p.m. in the Patty Center lobby.

Late registration runs April 10-13 and the cost is $30 per entry and the race-day registration fee is $40.

There is also a $5 fee for children in strollers to cover the cost of race-timing charges.

For more information, contact Greg Solomon at 474-5733 or visit the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra web site at www.fairbankssymphony.org.

Prep soccer opens

The West Valley High School boys soccer team kicks off the season against Matanuska Valley teams on Thursday and Friday in The Dome in Anchorage.

The Wolfpack take on the Colony Knights of Palmer at 12:30 p.m. Thursday and face the Wasilla Warriors at the same time Friday.

West Valley head coach Howard Maxwell, in an e-mail to the News-Miner, anticipates an interesting year for the Wolfpack. West Valley lost several key seniors, including prolific forward Luke Carson, from last year’s squad which captured the Mid Alaska Conference regular-season title and placed fifth at the Class 4A state tournament in Anchorage.

“The coaches are hoping that this group jells quickly and that we can compete with the traditionally strong Mat Valley teams of Colony and Wasilla this trip,” Maxwell said in the e-mail. “It is always tough stepping onto a full-sized field and playing a match against a strong opponent after three weeks confined to a gymnasium floor.”

Roller derby

The Fairbanks Rollergirls All-Stars will be setting jams and executing blocks against Killamazoo Derby Darlins on Saturday, April 7 in the Carlson Center.

A Junior Derby League is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and the Rollergirls are set to take the oval track at 7 p.m. against the Derby Darlins of Kalamazoo, Mich.

A portion of the proceeds of the bout go to the Interior Alaska Green Star recycling program.

It’s the third bout of the season for the All-Stars and the fifth overall for the Rollergirls league, which includes the Raven Rebels and the Gold Diggers.

WWU coach *honored

Brad Jackson, who guided Western Washington University of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference to the NCAA Division II men’s basketball title, was named Tuesday as the 2012 Schelde North America/Division II Bulletin Coach of the Year.

It’s the second straight national honor for 27-year head coach, who on Monday received the National Association of Basketball Coaches accolade. He also recently received the NABC West District and GNAC Coach of the Year recognitions.

Jackson, the winningest coach in Western Washington history, tutored the Vikings to the national championship with a 72-65 victory over Montevallo University of Alabama in Saturday’s final in Highland Heights, Ky.

The Division II championship capped a 31-5 season for the Vikings. The wins are a school season record and the national title is the first in the 110-year history of the program.

It’s only the second collegiate national title by a men’s basketball team in Washington. The University of Puget Sound in Tacoma won the NCAA Division II title in 1976.

Jackson has compiled a 518-279 career record with the Vikings of Bellingham, Wash., including 19 postseason appearances.

Western Washington swept the Alaska Nanooks this season in GNAC play. The Vikings won 101-81 at the Patty Center Jan. 14 and 77-72 Feb. 11 at WWU’s Carver Gymnasium.<</p>

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