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Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 12:03 am | Updated: 11:55 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS—Lee Jones’ days as a quarterback for North Pole High School have come in his handy this season as a tight end for the University of Dubuque in Iowa.

Jones, because he threw passes to former Patriots teammates, seems to relate well to Dubuque senior quarterback Wyatt Hanus. The 2010 North Pole graduate caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from his Spartans teammate in the second quarter of Saturday’s 45-0 win over Loras College of Dubuque in the annual Key City Clash.

It was the first collegiate touchdown catch for the 6-foot-3, 225-pound sophomore, who also is the Spartans’ sixth-leading receiver this year with eight catches for 61 yards in nine games. Jones played in nine games last season, collecting nine receptions for 107 yards.

Jones, as a North Pole quarterback, was the Railbelt Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2009, when he completed 59 of 118 passes for 1,052 yards with 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed that season for 774 and nine TD’s.

Dubuque, a member of the NCAA Division III Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, includes fellow North Pole grad Todd McCormick, a senior defensive back who has played in one game this season, recording a tackle, a pass defended and a pass break-up.

Dubuque, 4-5, ends the season Saturday at home against Buena Vista University of Storm Lake, Iowa.

• Sophomore and West Valley grad Will Vealy finished as Presentation College’s leading rusher this year following Saturday’s season-ending, 50-18 win over Trinity Bible College (N.D.) in Aberdeen, S.D.

Vealy rushed for 75 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown, to compile 674 yards for the year. He finished last season with 443 yards and two touchdowns.

Freshman wide receiver/kick returner Keenan Honore, a Bartlett alumnus, finished with 1,242 all-purpose after rushing Saturday for 40 yards and compiled 62 yards in returns. He also scored on a 19-yard run for the Saints, who ended at 2-8 in the second year of the Division III program.

• The Waldorf College (Iowa) men’s soccer team, which includes freshman right wing Peter Shurr from Hutchison, lost 8-0 Friday to Oklahoma Wesleyan in Bartlesville, Okla., in a semifinal of the Midlands College Athletic Conference Tournament.

Shurr played in seven games this season and had two shots for the Warriors.

• The Willamette University women’s team, which includes West Valley alumni Malia Simpson and Jill Phillips, tied 2-2 against Pacific University (Ore.) in a regular season-ending Northwest Conference game Saturday in Salem, Ore.

Simpson, a sophomore midfielder, contributed a goal and three assists for five points in 20 games this season and Phillips, a freshmen defender, had an assist while playing in as many games.

• Vermont freshman defenseman Dayna Colang of Fairbanks recorded her second assist of the season during a 6-2 win over Robert Morris (Pa.) in Saturday’s nonconference women’s hockey game in Burlington, Vt.

• Notre Dame junior goaltender Steven Summerhays of Anchorage earned his fourth career shutout with Sunday’s 4-0 win over Western Michigan in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association game in Notre Dame, Ind.

• PRO NOTES: Forward Hunter Bishop of Fairbanks scored two goals and had an assist for the South Carolina Stingrays in a 3-0 win over the Orlando Solar Bears in Saturday’s ECHL hockey game in North Charleston, S.C. Former Alaska Nanooks left wing and team captain Kevin Petovello assisted on Bishop’s first goal.

• Miami Heat point guard and Bartlett grad Mario Chalmers ranks 12th in the NBA with 7.0 assists per game, and forward and Juneau-Douglas graduate Carlos Boozer is the Chicago Bulls’ third-leading scorer with 13.3 points per game. The Charlotte Bobcats, coached by Lathrop alumnus Mike Dunlap, are 1-1 on the season heading into tonight’s home game against the Phoenix Suns.

• Chicago Bears cornerback and Bartlett grad Zackary Bowman had a tackle and a pass break-up in a 51-20 win over the Tennessee Titans in Sunday’s NFL game in Nashville, Tenn.

Contact staff writer Danny Martin at 459-7586.

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