Thursday, April 26, 2007

Evanger third at Emerald Cup

Staff ReportPublished April 26, 2007

Bodybuilding newcomer Janice Evanger placed third in the women’s masters division in her first entry in the Emerald Cup in Bellevue, Wash., last Friday and Saturday.
The 46-year-old mother of five, competing in only her second event, was among five finalists in the division for ages 35-50.

“I was ecstatic, I thought it was great,” Evanger said Wednesday. “I was real happy because third place was better than I anticipated I would do.”
The prestigious bodybuilding, figure and fitness competition, which field of participants from around the nation included three women from Fairbanks and three other entries from Alaska, was a little overwhelming for Evanger, who qualified for the Emerald Cup by taking the women’s overall title in her bodybuilding debut at the National Physique Committee Last Frontier Championships in Anchorage on April 7.
“I was nervous with this one,” Evanger said. “I knew it would be much bigger and probably out of my range because most of the people who go to the Emerald Cup have quite a bit of experience behind them in bodybuilding.”
Theresa Knoll, co-owner and a trainer at Jungle Gym, where Evanger trains, placed third in the women’s heavyweight bodybuilding division. She was runner-up in the division in 2003.
Sheila Bratten, who trains at The Alaska Club, placed fifth in the women’s figure division for competitors 5-foot-2 to 5-3. She was among three figure competitors from Alaska, as Sherry Smith of Anchorage earned the runner-up honor in the 5-2 and under category and Heidi Hansen-Carlin of Ketchikan took third place in the over-35 division.
Anchorage entry Garry Lodoen placed ninth among men’s middleweight bodybuilders.
Canada fourth
Canada, which included Alaska Nanooks freshman center Dion Knelsen, lost 8-3 Sunday to Sweden in the bronze medal game of the World Under-18 Hockey Championship in Tampere, Finland.
Knelsen’s last day in the tournament featured a plus-minus rating of -1 and him receiving the game’s last penalty, a tripping minor with 43 seconds left in the contest.
Knelsen, the only collegian among 22 players for Canada, had four points in six games of the 12-day tournament, and all of his points came from two goals and two assists in a player-of-the game performance in a 9-1 rout of Latvia on April 14 in Rauma, Finland. The native of Three Hills, Alberta also finished his first international competition with eight shots and a +3 rating.
Forward Mikael Backlund led Sweden with a hat trick and forward Simon Hjalmarsson scored twice.
Canada was led by two goals from Angelo Esposito, a forward from the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Later Sunday, the United States lost 6-5 to Russia in the gold-medal game.
Forward James vanRiemsdyk, a University of New Hampshire recruit, led Team USA with a goal and two assists, and forward Colin Wilson, who’s headed to Boston University, contributed a goal and an assist for the silver medalists.
Forward Evor Averin scored the game-winner with 2:15 left in the third period and fellow forward Dmitry Kugryshev contributed a goal and an assist for the champions.

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