FAIRBANKS — Curling was one of the first sports to get started in the 2014 Arctic Winter Games and it will be the first team sport to begin its playoff round today at the Fairbanks Curling Club.
Playoff matches are scheduled for 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to see which teams advance to the ulu-round matches on Thursday.
During the qualifying rounds, Alberta North sported the best records in the Junior female and Junior male divisions. Both teams finished the round-robin portion of the event with 4-0 records.
Northwest Territories was second in the female event at 3-1, followed by Yukon at 2-2, Alaska at 1-3 and Nunavut at 0-4. In the male event, Yukon was second at 3-1, with Northwest Territories at 2-2, Nunavut at 1-3 and Alaska at 0-4.
The bronze ulu matches take place at 9 a.m. on Thursday, with the gold ulu matches following at 2:30 p.m.
Curling wraps up with a Junior mixed event on Friday and Saturday.
Skiers from Alberta North ruled the slopes at Mt. Aurora Skiland, winning gold ulus in all four divisions of the slalom.
Avery Naim captured the gold ulu in the Junior female race, completing two runs in 1 minutes, 23.7 seconds. Alaska’s Roan Elizabeth Willson finished second a little more than five seconds off the pace and Courtney Doerkson of Northern Alberta took third.
Dan Wieben and Will Nagge gave Alberta North a gold-silver finish in the Junior male event. Wieben’s winning time of 1:26.24 edged out Nagge by .09 seconds. Alaska’s Alec Stepovich finished about two seconds back to claim the bronze.
Alberta North’s Portia Fernandes took the gold in the Juvenile female slalom with a 1:27.88, followed by Katie Vowk of Yukon and Alaska’s Arianna Marie Hall.
In the Juvenile male division, it was Alberta North’s Curtis Munroe taking the top spot in 1:26.74, with Alaska’s Cabell Hildreth in second and Alberta North’s Dawson Brancati third.
The giant slalom is on today’s schedule.
Alaska captured the gold ulu in team wrestling winning all four of its dual matches by wide margins. Alberta North captured the silver and Northwest Territories took the bronze.
Five wrestlers — three from Alaska and two from Alberta — earned 20 points during the two-day event.
Alaska’s 20-point scorers were Deirdre,Creed, Gage Warren Hoffman and Joel Valdez. Mikayla Bridge and Brayden Lambert accomplished the feat for Alberta North.
Alberta North edged Alaska by less than a point to win the team title on the first day of the Gymnastics competition at Gymnastics, Inc.
Alberta North earned the win with 108.6 points, while Alaska finished with 107.8. Yukon was third with 100.367.
The individual gymnastics events are scheduled for Thursday.
The snowboard competition moved from Birch Hill on Fort Wainwright to the Hulbert Nanooks Terrain Park on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus for Tuesday’s rail jump.
Alberta North took the top two spots in the Junior female event with Regan Berg claiming gold and Alex McKinnon claiming silver. Yukon’s Rachel MacIntosh grabbed braze.
Greenland’s Mathias Mark earned gold in the Junior male division, while Yukon’s Adam Waddington took silver and Greenland’s Jonas Stramsted was third.
Yukon’s Reanna Newsome captured the gold ulu in the Juvenile female division, with a pair of Alberta North boarders — Sydney Kickbush and Karli Gordon — taking second and third, respectively.
In the Juvenile male division, Alberta North’s Jack MacDougall won the gold ulu, with Yukoners Tim Schimmer and Esa Suominen taking silver and bronze.
For results from other sports events Tuesday, go to www.awg2014.org.