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Nebraska-Omaha ends Lathrop grad's goaltending streak

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Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 11:49 pm

FAIRBANKS—Lathrop High School graduate Stephon Williams backstopped seven straight wins for Minnesota State University before Nebraska-Omaha interrupted his flow during last weekend’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association series.

Williams, a freshman goaltender, registered 25 saves in Friday’s 6-3 win in the CenturyLink Center in downtown Omaha. His streak ended with Saturday’s 5-1 loss, which he denied 28 shots.

Williams is 7-4-1 this season with a 1.95 goals against average and .921 saves percentage for the Mavericks of Mankato, Minn. His GAA ranks 15th in NCAA Division I while his saves percentage ranks 25th.

• Junior left wing and Lathrop graduate Nona Letuligasenoa will reach 100 career games this season if she skates in every game for the rest of the season for the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute women’s hockey team.

Letuligasenoa has played in 84 career games for the Engineers of Troy, N.Y., and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference team has 16 games left in the regular season.

RPI, which includes junior left wing Jordan Smelker, of Anchorage, returns to action Jan. 4 with a home and conference game against Dartmouth.

Letuligasenoa has one career goal, but has no points through 16 games this season.

• Freshman guard and Galena graduate Jenna Buchanan contributed 24 points, 17 rebounds, 10 steals and five assists for the Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team in the first two games of the AT&T Hoops Classic at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

Buchanan chipped in seven points, five rebounds, five steals and an assist in Monday’s 100-68 win over BYU-Hawaii. She provided 15 points, seven rebounds, five steals and an assist Tuesday in a 82-40 romp of Eastern New Mexico.

Buchanan had five rebounds, three assists and two points Wednesday in a 66-56 win over California State Los Angeles.

• Sophomore guard and West Valley grad Jasmine Yarde scored in double figures each night for the Peninsula College (Wash.) women’s basketball team, including a pair of game-high efforts, in the Lane Crossover Tournament in Eugene, Ore.

Yarde tied sophomore center and Juneau-Douglas grad Taylor Larson for the team high with 15 points in a 68-66 overtime win against Spokane Community College (Wash.) on Friday.

Saturday’s 83-52 loss to host Lane overshadowed Yarde’s game-high 21 points. Her nine rebounds matched the game best.

She matched the game-high Sunday with 18 points in Peninsula’s 68-62 win over Clark College (Wash.).

Yarde ranks 20th for scoring in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges, averaging 14.7 points per game.

• Freshman forward Kandace Carroll from Fort Yukon had a team-high 10 rebounds to go with 14 points for Little Big Horn College (Mont.) in Saturday’s 66-62 loss to Chandler-Gilbert Community College in a women’s basketball game in Phoenix.

• Sophomore Ryan Baker from Craig posted a 3-1 record for the Pacific University (Ore.) wrestling team in the Wartburg Desert Duals in Las Vegas *on Sunday.

Baker, competing at 141 pounds, earned a 3-1 decision H.T. Kotchinan of Washington and Lee (Va.). He lost 8-2 to Justin Holhm of Olivet College (Mich.).

Baker rebounded with pins in his last two matches. He won in 6:59 against Trent Lyons of Loras College (Iowa) and he pinned Paxon Fowloer of Baker University (Kan.) but no time was recorded.

• At least four Alaskans are involved with teams in college football bowl games.

San Diego State, with freshman long snapper Jeff Overbaugh from Service, faces BYU tonight in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego. Bartlett grad David Garness is a redshirt junior offensive tackle/guard for Southern Cal, which plays Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31 in El Paso, Texas. Junior wide receiver Dane Ebanez of North Pole and junior running back Bill Chimphalee of Kenai are with Oregon, which takes on Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., on Jan. 3.

• The Michigan volleyball team, coached by Mark Rosen, an East Anchorage grad, and assistant coach Leisa Rosen, a Wasilla grad, lost in five sets (25-11, *21-25, 23-25, 25-12, *15-11) to eventual champion Texas in a semifinal of the NCAA Division I volleyball tournament on Dec. 13 in Louisville, Ky.


Sunday’s NFL game between the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz., features two Alaskans — Cardinals left offensive guard and North Pole grad Daryn Colledge and Bears cornerback Zack Bowman, a Bartlett grad.

• An ankle injury has kept Denver Broncos left offensive guard and Dimond grad Chris Kuper out of practices this week for Sunday’s NFL home game against the Cleveland Browns.

• The Charlotte Bobcats, coached by Lathrop grad Mike Dunlap, are hoping to break a 13-game losing streak in Friday’s NBA contest against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif.

Contact staff writer Danny Martin at or 459-7586.

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