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The Nanook Clay Classic, a fundraiser for the University of Alaska Fairbanks rifle team, returns Saturday after a six-year hiatus.

The clay-shooting competition, which was announced Tuesday by Nanooks head coach Layne Lewis in a UAF news release,  takes place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Fairbanks Trap Club. Registration begins at 1 p.m. at the facility located at corner of Hagelbarger Avenue and the Old Steese Highway.

The Fairbanks Trap Club also is the event’s sponsor.

The entry fee is $60 each for individuals and $300 each for teams. All proceeds of the Clay Classic go to the UAF rifle team.

Saturday’s competition includes one round each of singles and midrange handicap, while mixing in trap-shooting games.

Prizes will be awarded to individual and team winners, and door prizes will be given to participants.


Cornhole tourney 

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Face-Off Club and the Nanooks hockey team are hosting the Battle of the Boards Cornhole Tournament on Saturday.

The third edition of the tournament takes place from 1-4 p.m. at Growden Memorial Park.

The two-player per team tournament features a $500 prize for first place and a $250 prize for second place. 

Players, coaches and alumni are scheduled to be on hand to interact with fans and participate in the tournament.

The entry fee is $60 and more information is available at


Cross country opener

The University of Alaska Fairbanks men’s and women’s cross country teams open the season with Alaska Nanooks Blue and Gold 5-Kilometer Race on Aug. 31 at the UAF Running Trails, which are located by ski hut on the West Ridge.

A 5K community race begins at 10 a.m., and the Nanooks and the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves hit the trails for men’s and women’s races between the intrastate and Great Northwest Athletic Conference rivals.

The women’s 5K is set for 10:45 a.m., and the men will race for 7K, starting at 11:15 a.m.

After the men’s race, a 1K for children will be conducted.

The entry fee for the 5K community race is $10 per person or $30 each for families. The proceeds go to the Nanooks cross country running teams.

The event also features food, live music, free refreshments and appearances by each of the Nanooks’ 10 varsity sports teams.

Contact News-Miner sports editor Danny Martin at 459-7586. Follow him on Twitter:@newsminersports.