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Story last updated at 1:56 PM on Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sports Briefs

Nikolaevsk student wins Wendy's Heisman


Blake Klaich

Nikolaevsk High School student Blake Klaich has been named one of two students in the state to be awarded the Wendy's High School Heisman.

Begun in 1994, the Wendy's High School Heisman Program, in partnership with the Heisman Memorial Trophy Committee, has recognized more than 250,000 of the country's "most esteemed high school seniors," according to information provided on the program website. The award winners are well-rounded young men and women who excel in learning performing and leading in the classroom, on the field and in their communities.

Klaich's application for the award included documentation of his grades, awards he has received as an athlete, his community service involvement and a personal essay. Nikolaevsk teacher Heather Pancratz reviewed the entire packet for content, before being submitted online.

The awards are given at several levels, beginning within the school and working up to national finalists. State winners are determined by ACT, Inc., with a panel of program judges selecting national winners.

Progressing beyond Alaska's 40 state finalists — 20 boys and 20 girls — Klaich and Karissa Carroll of Nenana High School were named the two state winners.

They will each receive a silver medal, a Heisman patch and a $50 Wendy's gift card.

"You don't get a scholarship, but this is an award that's very good to put on applications," said Klaich.

— McKibben Jackinsky

Best Western still on top in city league basketball

The Best Western Riptide remain undefeated after week 8 of city league basketball, beating the Alaska Bible Institute 89-47. Eric Rozeboom and Joshua Veldstra combined for 20 points for ABI. Dean Devaney had a big game for the Riptide, scoring 32 points. Heath Smith pitched in 16 off the bench for the victors. The Gregoire Construction Smooth Operators fell to the Bulletproof Nets 49-39. Heath Johnson scored a game high 19 while Dave Drake pitched in 4. Josh Gilbert scored 17 for the Nets, followed by Edan Badajos' 9. The Home Run Oil Titans came ahead in a nail biter against the K-12 Teachers 52-50. Mark Putney and Paul Story combined for 30 points for the teachers. Titans Keith Edens scored 19 and Erick Tutt followed with 17 points for the night.

Standings after week 8

Best Western Riptide 8-0

Bulletproof Nets 6-2

Home Run Oil Titans 4-4

ABI 3-5

Smooth Operators 2-6

K-12 1-7

°©— Norm Anderson

'Meet the Mariners' tonight

A "Meet the Mariners" community event, including team introductions and scrimmages, and a bake sale fundraising auction is at 6 p.m. today in the gymnasium. The JV boys basketball team's first home game vs. Seldovia is at 1 p.m. Saturday in the gymnasium.