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Lathrop grad wins triple jump in Division I debut

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Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 11:56 pm

FAIRBANKS—If the Wyoming Power Meet is any indication, Alisha Allen is making a good transition from high school track and field to competition at the NCAA Division I level.

The University of Northern Colorado freshman and Lathrop graduate won the women’s triple jump in 34 feet, 11 inches in her collegiate debut and the indoor season opener on Friday in Laramie, Wyo.

Allen captured the last three Class 4A state girls triple jump titles, setting the state record of 38-10 1/4 last May at Lathrop Stadium. Her other two state titles also occurred at her now alma mater’s facility.

• The University of Michigan volleyball team, coached by East Anchorage grad Mark Rosen and assisted by his wife, Leisa, a Wasilla grad, faces third-ranked Texas on Thursday in a semifinal of the NCAA Division I Volleyball Tournament in Louisville, Ky. The match can be seen at 3 p.m. on ESPN (GCI Channel 34).

Michigan advanced to its first-ever national semifinal with a four-set upset (20-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-20) of second-ranked Stanford in Saturday’s final of the Berkeley Regional in Berkeley, Calif.

The Michigan-Texas winner plays for the national title Saturday (3 p.m., ESPN) against the winner of the other semifinal between No. 1-ranked Penn State and fifth-ranked Oregon (5 p.m. Thursday, ESPN).

• There was no third straight Red Baron Western Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Week honor for Stephon Williams. However the Minnesota State freshman goaltender and Lathrop graduate was impressive in last weekend’s sweep of visiting Alaska Anchorage.

Williams recorded 20 saves Friday in a 3-1 win over the Seawolves in the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato, Minn. He earned his second career shutout Saturday with a 16-save performance in a 3-0 win.

Williams’ 1.61 goals against average for the season ranks sixth among NCAA Division I netminders. One place ahead of him is Notre Dame junior and Dimond grad Steven Summerhays at 1.56.

• Summerhays’ Notre Dame teammate, Fairbanks-born Mario Lucia, earned his second straight Central Collegiate Hockey Association Gongshow Rookie of the Week honor on Tuesday.

The freshman left wing and the son of Don Lucia, who coaches the University of Minnesota and was the Alaska Nanooks head coach from 1987-93, was recognized for contributing three points to Notre Dame’s sweep of Michigan State last weekend in Notre Dame, Ind.

The younger Lucia had a power-play goal and assisted on T.J. Tynan’s power-play game-winner in Friday’s 3-2 victory. In Saturday’s 5-1 win, Lucia had a helper on Mike Voran’s game-winner in the second period.

• A trio of Alaskans scored in double figures for the Peninsula College (Wash.) women’s basketball team in Saturday’s 89-28 rout of Olympic College (Wash.) in the Pierce College Tournament in Tacoma, Wash. Sophomore forward Abigail Jones from Haines poured in 22 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds; sophomore guard and West Valley graduate Jasmine Yarde scored 19 points and collected a game-high seven steals; and sophomore center and Juneau-Douglas alum Taylor Larson chipped in 15 points and seven rebounds.

Freshman guard Billi Miller from Teller had five rebounds and a point for Olympic.

• Redshirt sophomore forward and Hutchison graduate Kevin Rima matched a team-high with seven rebounds and contributed four points and a block after coming off the bench for the Northwest Nazarene University men’s team in a 73-53 win over New Hope Christian College (Ore.) in Friday’s nonconference game in Nampa, Idaho.

• Sophomore guard and North Pole alumnus Jesse Ward provided five points, four rebounds and a steal for the Ohio Dominican University men in a 74-64 loss to Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., on Dec. 6.

Contact staff writer Danny Martin at or 459-7586.

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