FAIRBANKS Fairbanks players Kaiden Hafele and William Renfrew were selected to participate in the USA Hockey National Select Camp on July 15-20 in Amherst, New York. Their selections were announced Friday in a news release from Hockey Club Fairbanks.
Hafele, a 15-year-old West Valley High School freshman, plays for the HCF Arctic Lions 16U Tier II team. Renfrew is from Fairbanks and plays for the Anchorage North Stars.
The 6-foot-2 Hafele was among five defensemen selected in his age group from among players from Alaska, Washington, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Oregon.
“I think Kaiden moving on to the national camp is well deserved,’’ Adam Powell, HCF Arctic Lions 16U head coach, said in the release. “This chance wasn’t given to Kaiden by accident. Kaiden is a player that always does things the right way, puts in the work and doesn’t take shortcuts.
“Both on and off the ice, Kaiden is a committed hockey player and athlete and most importantly, a student. He excels in giving back to the community and our hockey community, and in my opinion, is the most important part of it. I am extremely proud of what Kaiden has accomplished and with continued hard work, the sky is the limit.”
Hafele was among 12 fellow Fairbanks-grown skaters in the 15 and 16-year-old age groups who earned opportunities to represent Alaska at the USA Hockey Pacific District Development Camp in San Jose, California, earlier this month after making it through the Alaska Selects tryouts in January.
In San Jose, Hafele attended hockey education seminars conducted by some of the sport’s best instructors. He was tested on and off the ice by elite coaches and competed against some the nation’s top young hockey players before he was selected to the USA Hockey National Player Development camp in Amherst.
USA Hockey uses national player development camps to evaluate players who are competing to represent the country at international tournaments and events, including the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, the Under-17 Five Nations Tournament and the Under-18 National Festival.
Fairbanks’ Winter Osborne competed in the Senior F division of the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Championships on Sunday in Cincinnati.
Osborne placed 48th among 57 participants in the all-around for division for the oldest Level 10 gymnasts in the two-day tournament.
The 20-year-old Osborne is the only Level 10 gymnast in Fairbanks and she competes for Gymnastics Inc.
Osborne compiled an all-around total of 35.925. She registered scores of 8.925 on the vault and uneven bars, respectively placing 55th and 43rd in the events.
She tied for 46th on the balance beam after recording a 8.775. Her best score of the nationals, 9.3 on the floor exercise, tied
her for 40th in the event.
Natalie Wojcik, of Stallone Gymnastics, of Douglassville, Pennsylvania, won the Senior F all-around title with a 38.775 total.
Murphy Dome Roam
Drew Harrington outpaced Ben Turman by nearly two minutes Saturday to take the overall title in the 27th annual Murphy Dome Roam.
Harrington finished in 1 hour, 15 minutes and 15 seconds on the 11.2-mile loop, gravel-road course that started at 8 Mile Murphy Dome Road.
Turman came across the finish line in 1:17:08 and Pete Leonard placed third in 1:18:50.
Dana Fjare led the women’s field with a fifth-place overall effort of 1:21:58.
Melissa Lewis was the women’s runner-up and sixth overall in 1:25:24 and Nikki Potter was third in the division and eighth overall in 1:31:30.
Five women placed in the top 10 of the races 28 finishers.
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