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SHOOTOUT Guide 2012

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UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA ANCHORAGE / / THENORTHERNLIGHT.ORG / / NOVEMBER 20, 2012 COVER BY CASEY KLEEB


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NEWS November 20, 2012

Shootout survives history of ups, downs

By Keldon Irwin News Editor

While the Great Alaska Shootout has not earned the expected profits for the last four years, Athletic Director Steve Cobb sees better teams and better net gains for years to come. The Great Alaska Shootout was founded without a sponsor in 1978. Eventually, Carrs/Safeway picked it up and began funding a large portion of the event. “This year, Safeway has spent a lot more money than they have in the past,” Cobb said, explaining Safeway’s financial efforts to revitalize the tournament.

While there are many forms of revenue for the Shootout, it is countered by expenditures. One of the biggest expenditures is called a game guarantee. This game guarantee is the total amount teams are paid to participate in the Great Alaska Shootout. “What that means is we pay an average of $61,000 per team to get them up here. That’s a total of seven teams. Now, I didn’t pay anyone $61,000. I paid some a bunch more and some a little less, but teams won’t come without getting paid anymore,” Cobb said. Cobb, who has been helping with the Shootout since 2000,

went on to explain how much the market for basketball tournaments has changed. “Ten years ago, we were able to get Duke for $14,000,” Cobb said. In previous years, he said UAA would either offer teams a small payment or offer to help pay for some of their travel fees, but it has been more expensive lately because of “market conditions.” The rising costs of these teams, caused UAA to request state funding in 2011. At one point, there were as many as 80 national basketball tournaments. Now that the number has dropped to roughly 50, expenditures should lower, Cobb explained. Last year, Safeway provided $175,000 to fund the Shootout. While this figure has not changed much over time, the revenue from ticket sales has depreciated exponentially since 2008. In 2008, over $670,000 was brought in through ticket sales. In 2011, $231,506 was earned through ticket sales. Cobb said this is because the increasing costs being demanded by colleges hindered UAA’s ability to bring up prestigious teams. “After a number of years of (game guarantee prices) skyrocketing, they’re coming down now. It’s because so many

tournaments have failed,” Cobb said. As an indicator that these two figures are likely correlated, he said he has already signed contracts that show what should be a 20-25 percent increase in revenue over the next two years. “We try to maximize ticket sales and sign higher profile teams,” Cobb said, Cobb explained the 34-year success behind the Great Alaska Shootout, saying, “The biggest thing we do is the Seawolf Captains Program. We have people whose job is to do nothing but take care of that team. They meet them at the airplane and they stay with them and host them the whole week to make sure they have no problems.” Cobb said, “We have 200 volunteers that help us pull off the Shootout, or else it would be a financial disaster.” “It’s a very interesting story. The man responsible for starting it never got to see a (Shootout) basketball game,” Cobb said, explaining the original intent of

the Great Alaska Shootout. Cobb said Bob Rachal, former UAA basketball coach and the founder of the classic, founded it in secret so teams could play games without the NCAA counting them towards a maximum number of games allowed. “I believe Bob Rachal was a pretty good showman. And I’m pretty sure it (the Shootout) was started to bring attention and PR (public relations) to Alaska,” Cobb said, explaining his belief about why the Shootout was started. He said Rachal had several contracts signed to participate in an Alaska basketball competition before he was fired. When the next coach came in, he found the contracts in the office desk. Lawyers assessing the contracts deemed them valid, and, out of necessity, the first Great Alaska Shootout took place. Since then, the Shootout has suffered through bad times and made plenty of money through good times. Despite its ups and downs, it is still alive because of local support and Alaskans’ love for basketball.

“We have 200 volunteers that help us pull off the Shootout, or else it would be a financial disaster.” -Steve Cobb

Free Thanksgiving meal for students and community

By J. Almendarez

Mathematics sophomore John Repasky said he’ll be going to the There are many reasons why meal because he works at resident some people might not have a life and his family is too far away place to go for Thanksgiving — to visit for Thanksgiving. His dad home might be too far away to go is in the Army, and his family is to for the short holiday, funds may currently stationed in New York. be tight this year or perhaps the He said he used to look forward idea of cooking a large to the food during the meal for friends and The holiday season, but this family is too daunting Thanksgiving year he’s just grateful this time around. meal will take to have a break from Whatever the place from 11 school. reason, those who find a.m.-1 p.m. Drew Lemish, themselves with no Thursday at outdoor leadership place to partake in a the Gorsuch and administration holiday feast can find Commons. sophomore, said he solace from 11 a.m.-1 The event is also works for resident p.m. Thursday at the free and open life and will be going Gorsuch Commons. to the public. to the meal. He said he “It’s just another mostly looks forward option for them,” to eating the stuffing USUAA Sen. Christine Borowski and hearing what people are said. thankful for. The event is free and open to Borowski said volunteers the public. are still needed Wednesday and She said the Thanksgiving Thursday to help prepare food and spread consists of a carving station set up the event. with roast turkey, mashed potatoes For more information or to with gravy, candied yams, green volunteer, contact Anita Bradbury, beans, coleslaw and a variety of USUAA administrative assistant salads, deserts and beverages. at 907-786-1203 or Borowski at cmborowski@alaska.edu. Executive Editor

CORRECTIONS In the Oct. 30 edition of The Northern Light, we misspelled Ric Nelson’s name. We erred in describing his disability. He has a physical disability. We also misstated the name of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education. Finally, we want to clarify that Ric’s direct quote was not intended to imply that he started the TAPESTRY program. We regret these errors.


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NEWS November 20, 2012

Great Alaska Shootout timeline UAA  Chancellor,John  Lindauer, appoints  Bob Rachal as  athletic director and  basketball coach. Rachal changes  basketball team  name from  Sourdoughs to     Seawolves. Rachal conceives  the Sea Wolf  Classic.

Sea Wolf Classic  coined by  commentator Billy  Packer as The  Great Alaska  Shootout.

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The Shootout  moves from the  Buckner Field  House to the newly  constructed Sullivan  Arena. Capacity  doubled from 4,000  to 8,000. Total  money lost amounts  to over $70,000.

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John Lindauer  leaves UAA. Bob  Rachal fired from  coach and athletic  director position.   November: First Sea  wolf Classic held in  Fort Richardson at  the Buckner Field  House.

ESPN begins  broadcasting the  Shootout. Bob  Rachal dies of  cancer.

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NCAA declares that  games can not be  played before the  start of the season,  Dec. 1. Then  athletic director Ron  Petro and basketball  coach Harry  Larrabee petition to  the NCAA to make  an exception for the  Shootout and it  worked.

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Seawolves win the  women’s tournaThe Seawolves beat  ment again against  UC Riverside 78-70. the odds once  again, overtaking  Clemson 61-58 in  the women’s  tournament. 

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The Seawolves  barely win against  South Alabama  88-87 in The  Northernlights  Invitational.

The Seawolves  take Syracuse to  town, winning  58-57.

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Carr Gottstein Food  Inc. becomes  primary sponsor of  the Shootout. Name  changed to The  Carrs Great Alaska  Shootout.

The Shootout turns  its first profit of  $1,000. The Northernlights  Invitational begins  for UAA women’s  basketball.

The Northernlights  Invitational is  discontinued  because of lack of  funding.

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Five future NCAA  tournament teams  begin their season at  the Shootout:  Alabama, Minnesota,  Oklahoma, Utah and  Washington.  Safeway purchases  Carrs. The Shootout  is renamed The  Carrs/Safeway  Great Alaska  Shootout. The  Shootout includes  its first women’s  tournament.

The Seawolves  secure the fourth  win in a row,  overtaking Cincinnati  49-48.

ESPN discontinues  the airing of the  Shootout. The  Seawolves teach  Santa Clara how to  play ball, beating  them 52-50. GRAPHIC BY CASEY KLEEB

Parking Services requests new fee increase Keldon Irwin News Editor

At the Union of Students at University of Alaska Anchorage meeting Nov. 16, Glenna Muncy, director of UAA Parking Services, shared a presentation explaining the request for an increase in parking services fees. In fall of 2009, a $10 per semester parking services fee was implemented. However, Parking Services is now requesting the 2014 budget increase that fee to $13 per semester to cover general expenditure increases brought with new students. Muncy said, Parking Services does not wish to raise their prices for the Pay-n-Park or parking permits because they are already comparable to city parking fees. Parking Services’ revenues break down as follows: Permits account for 68 percent, Meters/Pay-n-Park account for 12 percent, parking citations account for 11 percent and the $10 per semester transportation fee charged to all students accounts for nine percent of Parking Pervices’ total budget. Muncy said that the increase is projected to be enough to sustain services already

offered for four years. She also said the department wants to install additional parking meters in the next few years to increase convenience for the UAA community and to competently spread the meters across developing areas of the campus. Another reason for the requested increase is because the new parking garage near the engineering building will attract more cars and drivers to patrol. “We are expecting additional services as UAA continues to grow,” Muncy said. If the fee is not implemented, decreased services and the elimination of programs may ensue. While no particular cuts are projected, services would be cut or eradicated to meet fund requirements. The Seawolf Shuttle could also be forced to offer fewer services for students, which could be enacted through fewer hours or limited routes.Parking Services recently received their first data set from the People Mover’s Wolfcard swipe system. From July to October, People Mover offered 63,876 rides to 2,294 different Wolfcards. Muncy said the buses offered services

to at least 1,718 students because there are only 576 total faculty members at UAA. Muncy also updated the union about the Hertz On Demand program, which offers two on-campus cars to be rented by students. Hertz considers 30 percent overall usage to be full-time use of these on-campus cars. While month-to-month usage varies, October’s usage was 27 percent. She said that if Hertz sees that the program is being used well, they could allot a third or fourth car. In other news, mechanical engineering freshman Joseph McGlaughlin spoke out in the USUAA meeting sharing that he would like to see more cameras in heavily populated areas around campus. He explained that a student belligerently damaged his car at the crosswalk at UAA Drive because the student felt that he had not stopped to let the individual cross. He claims that he was nearly through the crosswalk when the student neared. His call to the police did not yield results because there were no cameras to confirm the situation.


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A&E November 20, 2012

Additions to the Shootout half-time lineup By Heather Hamilton A&E Editor

Halftime is cool-down time. The players are off the court, the bathroom breaks are commencing and it’s everyone’s chance to unwind from the game tension for a few minutes. But just because the players aren’t on the court, it doesn’t mean that nobody is working. The Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout is known for its usual halftime performers in recent years, such as local high school cheerleading groups, UAA’s cheerleading team, a short children’s basketball game, Underground Dance Company and the Alaskanettes Baton Corps. There are a few new things to look out for this year, in addition to these veteran Shootout performers. Business Professor Frank Jeffries is a local taiko drummer with the group Tomodachi Daiko Inc. “I’ve been with the group for seven years now, and I’ve gotten to where I like it quite a bit,” he said. “We use a variety of instruments ... and it’s not just playing the drum. There’s choreography in arm movement and steps around the drum that goes with it. Things like that.” Taiko drumming can be traced back to feudal Japan, when the drums were used in court music. They were also used in warfare to keep the marching pace, summon troops and indicate strategic moves. Daihachi Oguchi established modern taiko drumming in 1951 and is credited with forming the first taiko performance ensemble. Taiko came to America from Japan around 1968, when a postwar

immigrant named Seiichi Tanaka started the San Francisco Taiko Dojo. Grand Master Tanaka also helped form Tomodachi Daiko Inc. in 2000, along with the group’s founders Sachiko Kono and Miyuki Imai, the group’s website states. While this will be Tomodachi Daiko’s first performance at Shootout, it will not be their first performance at the Sullivan Arena. “We really enjoy it because of the large crowd, and it’s a great venue,” Jeffries said. “It’s a great place to make a lot of noise.” Another big addition to the Shootout’s halftime entertainment is involvement with Carrs/Safeway. While the organization has

sponsored Shootout for years, it has never actively participated before. “We’re working with our corporate sponsor, Carrs/Safeway, on anything that they’re wanting to do at Shootout this year,” Margot Ferguson, marketing and game day coordinator for Shootout, said. “Some kind of fun halftime games to give away prizes and other little things they’ll do at timeouts and stuff like that to give away prizes to people in the crowd.” Ferguson later said they would be firing T-shirts from cannons into the crowd, and are sponsoring a little blimp that will fly over the crowd and drop gift certificates. During halftime, they’ll be putting on a

children’s game and an adults’ basketball game, where the players compete for prizes. Carrs will be doing more than just halftime and time out entertainment as well. “They’ll be doing stuff up on the concourse, the main area, and other areas to give prizes and give away samples and things like that,” Ferguson said. “This is the first year that CARRS has been so interactive with us. ... We’re really excited for how much involvement they have this year.” There will also be a greater push towards military appreciation this year, including a half-time show featuring members of the military from JBER. “It’s just something we really wanted to do for them. This whole Shootout is kind of going to be military appreciation, but we’re going to be having one specific night where we’re going to be doing a big military appreciation night. That Wednesday during the men’s session (Nov. 21), at the 7:30 p.m. game, we’re going to do color guard, honorings for the people who are in attendance,” Ferguson said. “We have a lot of men and women (in the military) who are single and who don’t have much to do. They don’t have time to go home for the weekend, so it’s a really good event for them to come to. We do military discounts and we have military sponsor tickets where sponsors will pay to give the military a free ticket. It’s a fun event for them, and it’s over a holiday where they might not have a lot else going on.” While the Shootout has always offered a variety of halftime entertainment and activities, it has even more to show off this year.

DRINK REVIEW

Not all cocktails a slam dunk

By Heather Hamilton A&E Editor

When hosting a game day gathering, there’s nothing more important than food and beverage choices. For those over the age of 21, “beverages” usually means beer. But for those who aren’t fond of beer, cocktails are also acceptable. The Slam Dunk cocktail is a basketball-themed drink that may be too fruity for some but just sweet enough for others. The original recipe calls for five ounces of cranberry juice, four ounces of orange juice and one and a half ounces of Southern Comfort, which can be found in the whiskey aisle. But since the mixed drink looked so ugly with its brownish coloring, I threw in

two extra shots of orange juice, to lighten the color to something remotely orange. It didn’t work too well, but it was worth a shot. The nose is completely void of any alcohol indicative scents, offering up only an overall scent of an orange mixture with no cranberry at all. The tip of the cocktail, stirred in a tall glass, tastes sweet and tangy, with the cranberry makes a more pronounced appearance. It is nearly impossible to taste the Southern Comfort itself, but it is obvious that something alcoholic is mixed in. As the sip rolls back on the tongue, the fruity flavor melts away, leaving a warm, weighty, indescribable something in its place. By the third sip, there’s no doubt the drink contains alcohol. The Southern Comfort is smooth enough to make that alcoholic hint difficult to pin down, and that’s disappointing. Tasting and being able to identify the liquor involved is part of the fun of the cocktail. If it just tastes spiked, it’s almost childish and pointless. While the Slam Dunk itself is fruity and tasty, it’s not a very good game day drink. The only unique thing about it is its name, while the quality of the beverage doesn’t live up to it.

Drink: Slam Dunk Cocktail Ingredients: cranberry juice, orange juice, Southern Comfort


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Avoid being an inconsiderate spectator Step 1: Supervise children

Step 3: Bathroom breaks

Children at the Great Alaska Shootout are inevitable and even encouraged. I fully support taking the whole family out to activities. Children often enjoy the excitement of watching sports, even if they are too young to understand exactly what’s going on. However, this does not give you license to bring them, ignore them and allow them to ruin the event for those around you while you enjoy the games. At Shootouts past, I’ve seen plenty of children running around unsupervised in the main halls of the Sullivan Arena. Many of the unattended kids run into people walking between the bathrooms and concession stands. Some have hurt themselves and others by playing too rough, all while parents aren’t around or watching. I once had to help a child call his father from my cell phone because he was lost and didn’t remember where they were sitting. When you neglect to watch your kids, you are giving them opportunities to get into trouble, hurt themselves and even get lost. What if something happened to your kid? What if someone walked over and snatched them up? You would be both helpless and clueless. Supervise your kids. It’ll work out better for spectators, and their own safety.

Depending on where you sit, getting up to use the bathroom could be difficult for you — and for the people you have to plow through to get to there. Try to use the bathroom before the game and during halftime or time outs. Bring your kids along too. The lines are long, but you’ll miss less action and disrupt less people if you time your potty breaks. People understand that emergency situations arise, and that is perfectly fine. But if more people would try to time their business, less awkward shuffling and view-blocking would occur.

Step 2: Control souvenirs By Heather Hamilton A&E Editor

Noisemakers have a time and place and in front of my face during the game-winning shot isn’t it. Sporting events can get tense at various intervals, but that doesn’t mean you can abandon reason and ruin my viewing experience in your excitement. To avoid being that person I secretly, or not so secretly, hate during games and tournaments, give me your hand and let me lead you on a five-step journey to general spectator courtesy.

Back to the noisemakers — not in my face. I enjoy noisemakers and even giant foam hands, but there is an unspoken etiquette to having fun with them. Do me and other spectators a favor. Keep them at your side or in your lap until someone makes a basket, a game is won or when your team pulls off a really epic maneuver. When any of the above occurs, please unleash the full fury of your excitement. That’s part of the fun. The deal is this: If the players are still running around with a basketball, I want to be able to see what happens next. Please be conscious of those who sit next to you so everyone can enjoy the game.

Step 4: Turn you cell phones off Cell phones at sporting events and other spectator-based outings are the bane of my existence. I don’t go to events to hear you talking about how terrible your boss is or how wonderful your love life is. I am going to view the thing I have paid to view. Or, since students get free tickets, the thing I am taking time out of my day to enjoy. Again, emergencies happen. If you’re anticipating an important call, put your phone on vibrate and try to sit close to an aisle if possible. That way, you can quickly get up and move to somewhere more private than next to a group of strangers.

Step 5: Clean up after yourself If you bring nachos and spill them, clean them up to the best of your ability. If you have papers and schedules that you don’t want, please don’t leave them in the bleachers. Pick them up and throw them away. It creates more unnecessary work for the janitorial staff and is generally disgusting for other attendees. Be a decent human being and clean up a little. It’s just the considerate thing to do. You don’t have to wipe down where you sit or anything like that. Just pick up your stuff. It doesn’t take any real effort.


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A&E November 20, 2012

A&E’s top 5 basketball songs 5 “Slam Dunk (Da Funk)” by Five

By Heather Hamilton A&E Editor

The percent of songs associated with basketball that actually have something to do with basketball is freakishly small. “Whoomp! (There It Is)” by Tag Team is not a basketball song. It’s a song about drinking and partying that happens to include the phrase “slam dunk” once near the end. And. frankly, no one remembers more than the chorus anyway. Honest to goodness basketball songs are in short supply, and some just aren’t very good. If you can’t imagine yourself playing basketball to the song or if the energy is low and the vocals are soft, it has no place on game day. Here’s my pick of the five best basketball songs currently out there — or at least songs that make a genuine effort to integrate commendable amounts of basketball lingo.

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Don’t start with me. I know Five is a 90s wannabe bad-boy band. This song is, regrettably, catchy and high on energy. Honestly, it’s kind of fun, and the band makes an effort to integrate more than just “slam dunk” into their lyrics, utilizing phrases like “put it up,” “ally-oop,” “shooting,” “passing” and others repeatedly. So while the song isn’t strictly basketball related, it’s actually more basketball-themed than one of the most famous B-ball songs out there (I’m lookin’ at you, “Whoomp!”). Add that to the almost playful beats and very 90s sound, and you’ve got an energetic track fit for a backyard hoops match or your kids’ games.

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“Basketball” by Lil’ Bow Wow

Yes, this one is a remake of Kurtis Blow’s song in 1984. The deal though, is that it has more umph than the original. Lots more, and somehow manages to be less cheesy to boot. The rapping by guests Fabulous and Jermaine Dupri gives the song a layer of maturity that Lil’ Bow Wow lacks on the track. The music also loses the 80s synthetic sound and upgrades to a much less fake percussive beat. It may not be game-day intense, but Lil’ Bow Wow’s “Basketball” certainly delivers on pure game goodness fit for highlight reels or halftime entertainment routines.

“Now You’re Mine” by Gang Starr

This is a superb basketball song about being better than your opponent on the court and knowing it. Not just for actually being about basketball and featuring rap (rapping seems to be a necessity for good basketball songs, I’m finding), but for a uniqueness in sound. Gang Starr’s track has fun jazzy beats that make you want to get up and move. DJ Premier pops in to scratch between verses, adding another element that doesn’t seem as if it should mesh, but does. “Now You’re Mine” will get you pumped and, similar to Shaq’s track, brags enough to get you feeling good about yourself. It’ll loosen the tension while still mentally getting you ready to get onto the court.

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“(I know I got) Skillz” by Shaquille O’Neal

This is a basketball song performed by a basketball legend. It has to make the list. It helps that it’s one of Shaq’s better tracks too. Sure, Shaq spends the entire track bragging about how good a player he is, but this kind of egotistic, too serious for its own good track is good for game day. It’ll get you pumped and promotes competition and confidence. Just don’t get too carried away and declare yourself the best player on the team. That’s a good way to never see the ball in a game.

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“Space Jam” by Quad City DJs

It isn’t as music-classy as “Now You’re Mine,” nor is it as serious as “Skillz,” but no one can dispute that “Space Jam” should be the official anthem of basketball. Why? Because it’s fun, it brings a smile to your face, it makes you want to dance and, as if those weren’t enough reasons, there’s rapping and integrated basketball terminology. Boom. Perfect. Seriously though, it’s a basketball song about a fun basketball movie starring Looney Tunes and Michael Jordan, the king of basketball himself. It’s cheesy, brilliant and knowing this song indicates your childhood was likely an awesome one. What better way to get loosened up for a big game than to listen to something that’ll make you laugh and think of less stressful times and Bugs Bunny? Your argument is invalid.


FEATURES November 20, 2012

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Super fan still loyal after 36 years of attendance

UAA versus Regis University in a women’s basketball game Saturday at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

By Nita Mauigoa

Assistant Features Editor

Seawolves basketball super fan Tom Pitzke sports a green afro wig while watching the UAA versus Regis University women’s basketball game Saturday.

When Anchorage resident, Thomas “Tom” Pitzke scheduled a neck surgery procedure with the nurse in his surgeon’s office, he had one pressing concern: “Will I miss a Seawolves basketball game?” “She kind of giggled and laughed when I said, ‘Can we schedule it to when the team is out of town?’” Pitzke said. “And it was perfect because they were out of town for two weeks going down to Washington and Oregon at the time.” Pitzke said that for the past 36 years, he has not missed one home game. By next year, he will have gone to 500 games in a row. He did emphasize that this pertains to the Seawolves men’s basketball games. “It’s not that I don’t want to go to women’s. It’s just hard for me financially to go to both. If they were all played the same nights, it would make more sense,” Pitzke said. He does make it to the women’s games when possible. It all started when Pitzke was a student at Anchorage Community College. He knew some of the men’s basketball players from high school. Then it took off from there. When one does a search on Google for information on Pitzke, pictures on www.akdemocrats.org pop up of him with Senator Johnny Ellis and Jackie Purcell of KTUU, with captions that refer to him as, “Seawolves super fan Tom Pitzke.” There are also pictures of Pitzke’s birthday cake, decorated with green and gold frosting and basketball hoops made of black icing. When former TNL sports editor Taylor Hall was asked about the super fan of Seawolves basketball, he replied, “Tom Pitzke.”

PHOTOS BY NITA MAUIGOA

Pitzke said he gladly accepts the title of the Seawolves super fan. Though he has faced challenges, he still remains loyal. Among other medical procedures, Pitzke has had two neck surgeries, a throat surgery and carpal tunnel surgery on both wrists. “I wanted to make sure if I had a chance, not to miss a game. Fortunately, all the other surgeries which, there’s been multiple, have usually been late springtime or summer or fall where I don’t have to worry about that,” Pitzke said. Pitzke also said that he has to take the bus or taxi from Government Hill to all the games, which can be a challenge for someone on a fixed income. Through the years Pitzke has collected many memoriessome funny, some crazy. “The concession stand popcorn popper would cause so much smoke they’d have to evacuate the building a couple times. Then one of these other incidents, a player from the other team popped one of our guys in the mouth and he had to have his jaw wired shut for the rest of the season,” Pitzke said. If one wants to find Pitzke at a basketball game, he is easy to spot. Pitzke has a collection of fan wear from yellow or green afro wigs, to face paint to a basketball mask. “What I did over the years is literally take a knife to it and cut it right down the middle and then I cut in a couple eye holes in the basketball and a nose to breathe, and a hole for the mouth to breath,” Pitzke said. When asked whether or not he will be at the next Seawolves basketball game, Pitzke answered as any super fan would: “I’ll be there even if I have to crawl on my hands and knees.”


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11 FEATURES November 20, 2012 What are surefire Love, sports and stuff ways to prevent muscle soreness? By Vicente Capala Multimedia Editor

ILLUSTRATION BY CASEY KLEEB

By Kate Lindsley Contributor

Whether you’re reading this as a college-level athlete or a couchpotato level athlete, delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) has likely hit you at one point or another. Typical symptoms are limping, whining to friends or skipping a few gym days. If you’re not into these setbacks, there are changes you can incorporate into your after-workout routine. DOMS comes from micro muscle tears that happen during a workout. In response, your body stimulates an immune response to fix these tiny tears, but it can take a couple of weeks to completely heal. What does this mean for your body and the level of pain typically associated with DOMS? It is important to differentiate DOMS from legitimate injury, as DOMS can heal itself over time (sped up by certain recovery habits), and injuries need to be treated by a doctor or physical therapist. According to a literature review conducted by Vanshika Sethi in 2012, DOMS is characterized by soreness and aching starting 12 to 24 hours after exercise that reaches peak discomfort two to three days after exercise. The muscle will be tender to the touch and will only get more painful with further exercise. Sometimes, the muscle will spontaneously shorten, which causes the stiffening sensation. You may also experience loss of range of motion in the 12 to 24 hours before muscle soreness sets in. This can be followed by muscle weakness that lasts for one to two

weeks. Now for the good news. This pain and whining can be prevented by boosting the most common molecule in the human body: dihydrogen oxide. That’s just the fancy term for water, so don’t get freaked out. Increases in hydration has been shown to decrease protein degradation, the main cause of muscle soreness. It is especially important to rehydrate and take frequent breaks when exercising in a hot, humid environment. Hot yoga, anyone? Speaking of yoga, warmup exercises such as dynamic stretching (movement while stretching) can reduce the likelihood of developing DOMS. Warm-ups drive blood to the muscles and activate the muscle fibers, preventing micro-tears. In addition, pre-exercise stretching reduced the risk of injury during exercise by 5 percent, with some sports health professionals touting up to a 70 percent reduction in injuries credited solely to pre-exercise warm-ups. Static stretching (where you hold a stretch while staying still) marginally helps prevent muscle soreness, but according to WebMD, static stretches should be done after exercise, when the muscles are warm. To be effective, each stretch should be held for over 30 seconds. Drinking more water and dynamic stretching are two easy steps to becoming a sports legend. In your championship trophy acceptance speech, feel free to thank The Northern Light. We won’t mind.

Imagine yourself cuddling with your partner. You two are watching your favorite soap opera or TV show. For me, I’d be watching “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Suddenly, the game comes on. It doesn’t even matter what game. Sports seasons vary throughout the year, so there never really is a time when you can catch a break from it. Whether it is basketball, football or baseball, it is always the same result: Your partner’s focus goes from you to the team. Girls, you probably have this occur to you most often if you are dating a sports jock. His bros come in through the door without even knocking. Chips and salsa just happen to be strapped to their arms. Soda begins to fly everywhere. The sound of popping cans becomes a symphony of sporty testosterone. You have now fallen in to a zone where you just become the arm candy. Rest assured, not all guys just completely ignore you like that. But, in the event you become strapped in a situation like the one just described, the following advice may help. Get to know the sport your partner is so crazy in love with. You don’t need to know everything about it, just the basics. You won’t be able to whip out an entire history of winning baseball teams, recite the NBA coaches from the past ten years or even know the difference between NFL and college football. Instead, simply make a comment that is relevant and understandable during the wild action of the game. It is simple but truly impressive. Things you can master are general game terms, rules and regulations and names of famous players. You can always just Google the most popular player in the specific sport. Also, do not be afraid to just ask if you don’t understand something. Just make sure you don’t ask during an adrenaline-filled moment of anticipation.

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Do it during halftime. Always remember that the same sports situation you are in is the same kind of situation your partner was probably in while you were watching your soaps — or for me, “Ellen.” He is there for you when you watch them, and you should do the same. Even if he isn’t so invested in your soaps, you should still take the first step and try to understand his sport. Maybe he will realize the effort you are putting in and do the same later on. Just learn how to adapt. Do your research. The situation doesn’t even have to relate to sports games. It could be about plays, video games or even chess. If you like your partner, then he or she deserves at least an effort — something surprising may even come from it.


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FEATURES November 20, 2012

Crazed Shootout fans: A user’s guide By Evan Dodd Contributor

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It’s that time of year again, and, just in case you didn’t read literally every other article in this issue, the Great Alaska Shootout is upon us. This means that for many of us, our Thanksgiving is fully booked. In my experience, 99 percent of people enjoy the Shootout in a perfectly normal manner, watching the game with baited breath, cheering excitedly or cursing in dismay after every shot. You know, fans behaving normally. This column is not for those people. Those people, while probably very nice to know, are incredibly uninteresting to watch at the Shootout. No, this column is for the crazy fanatics, the ones who attend every game with a sort of religious fervor rarely seen outside the walls of a circus tent. These are the people who abandoned the concepts of “socially acceptable” and “common decency” somewhere around the time of the Cold War, and their antics continue to impress me every year. So here’s a few of my favorite characters who inevitably appear at every game. First, the garden-variety super fan. This is the one that paints themselves in the home team’s colors three weeks in advance, the ones who decide that the best use of their time is to make a billboard-sized sign that takes the strength of three men to lift. These people are loud, colorful and generally harmless — and damn, are they fun to watch. Next we have the loyalist. This guy has been rooting for the home team since he was in the womb and will seriously consider butchering you in the parking lot if you disagree. In the outside world these people are probably

fairly normal members of society, but the second they set foot in the bleachers all hell breaks loose. Note their high blood pressures and the bulging veins in their foreheads. Unless you’re wearing a Kevlar vest and some earplugs, I’d avoid these guys at all costs. Then the lurkers. Those people who are vaguely aware that they are expected to attend the Shootout, but couldn’t explain basketball to a patient four-yearold if their lives depended on it. These people shuffle awkwardly throughout the stands, stuffing their faces with popcorn and praying that no one asks them a question. These “fans” are harmless and have likely been dragged along as the only non-athletic member of a group. Just try not to grind your teeth into dust as they stumble through a stuttering explanation of how “Number 23 on the green team just shot a touchdown.” Finally you’ve got the crazies. Much like the mole people beneath New York City, these wild-eyed beings seem to have not showered since before Y2K. They drift aimlessly throughout the stands, possibly just to get out of the cold of outside. These are the people who, despite the fact they’ve attended the Shootout for several millennia, always seem disoriented and unsure of how they got there. I’d strongly advise you to avoid the crazies. Though I’m sure that the majority of them are harmless and misunderstood, I can’t rule out the possibility that a few of them might want to wear your skin as a suit. So there’s your guidebook of fans for the 2012 Shootout. You can use it for fun, personal safety or even to play bingo in between the games. It’s your call. Bingo sheet sold separately.

Creating art from recycled materials for a cause UAA Art Education class will sell art made of recycled materials at upcoming First Friday ‘Junk to Funk’ fundraiser By Nita Mauigoa

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The class has gained experience outside of the classroom as well. They recently set up a table in Rasmuson Hall and taught students how to make candle holders out of soda cans along side the sustainability group who brought awareness to campus about how much garbage UAA produces. The class also helped clean up the garbage that was on display in the Cuddy Quad to show how much garbage is produced daily. “My favorite part of the course would be that I get to work together with my peers and get to put together an art show that benefits our local community and raises awareness for recycling,” art major Tanya Hryhoryeva said. Aside from the collective items produced in class, each student has been creating their unique functional art pieces to sell. “I’m making a lamp using mostly recycling material, out of can tabs,” art major Hilary Kjerland said. Din said the class is still working on prices for each piece of functional art, and she has reminded her students not to set the prices too high. Though students have had fun adding their own creative flare to make the functional art to sell, it runs much deeper than that.

Rachel Dorough (left) and Jordan Beckenbach (right) hold candle holders made out of soda cans.

“We are going to be selling everything for the Kids’ Kitchen so the proceeds go there,” Kjerland said. “So that’s the motivation behind our projects.” The First Friday “Junk to Funk” fundraiser event will be from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Campus Bookstore. The event is open to the community. For more information visit the Junk to Funk Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ junktofunk.uaa, or call Din at 907-786-1785.

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Anyone can toss a plastic bottle or crinkled paper ball into a recycling bin, but why not take it a step further? The Introduction to Art Education class in the art department has been working on a semester-long project which has culminates into a First Friday “Junk to Funk” fundraiser, where students will sell functional art made of recycled materials. 100 percent of the proceeds will go towards Kids’ Kitchen, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing nutritional meals to children at no cost. “Throughout the semester, we have been developing seven to eight different productsmagazine paper-bead earrings, T-shirt scarves, gift bows from magazine paper, aluminum can snowflakes. This is just half of them,” Herminia Din, associate professor of art education, said. Students have developed lesson plans and have taught each other how to create the assortment of functional art to sell. The creations are just one part of the process. “They have to experience every single detail from the production to the set up and the marketing, promotion, documentations and Facebook, that kind of thing,” Din said.

Tanya Hryhoryeva models earrings made out of magazine paper.

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FEATURES November 20, 2012

From the Classic to the Shootout By Jacob Holley-Kline Staff Reporter

From Tierra del Fuego to Alaska, talented athletes exist in all corners of the earth. Realizing the wellspring of athleticism at UAA deserved a spot on the national stage, then-chancellor John Lindauer appointed young, ambitious coach Bob Rachal as athletic director and basketball coach in 1977. Rachal coached the team for only one season, but he left an indelible mark on the University. His first act as head coach was to change the team name from the Sourdoughs to the Seawolves. Formerly, the NCAA handbook had a rule that said games held outside of the Lower 48 weren’t counted in the season. As a way to attract nationally ranked teams to Alaska, Rachal took advantage of this rule and conceived the Sea Wolf Classic. He was fired for recruiting violations before the first iteration was held in November 1978. The North Carolina State Wolfpack came out on top, beating the Louisville Cardinals 72-66 to become the first Classic champion. Commentator Billy Packer coined the name Great Alaska Shootout the next year. To diversify UAA athletic competition, the Northern Lights Invitational began for the women’s basketball program in 1980. That year, the Iowa Hawkeyes prevailed over the Seawolves 73-52. Three years later, the Shootout moved from the Buckner Field House in Fort Richardson to the newly constructed Sullivan Arena. By this time, the event had lost $70,000 dollars in total. Just a year later in 1984, the Shootout turned its first profit of $1,000 dollars. As popularity increased, former coach Bob

Rachal’s health declined, culminating in his death from cancer in 1985. But at the end of every life comes a birth. That same year, ESPN brought the Shootout to a national audience, cementing Alaska’s status as the go to state for preseason basketball. But potential tragedy struck in 1992. The NCAA declared that games could not take place before the start of the season. Then athletic director Ron Petro, along with Coach Harry Larrabee, petitioned the NCAA to make an exception for the Shootout. Their petition succeeded and the annual event would continue. Two years later in 1994, Carr Gottstein Food Inc. became the primary sponsor of the event. Again, the name was modified to, Carrs Great Alaska Shootout. Because of a lack of funding, the Northern Lights Invitational was discontinued in 1998, but it became a part of the Shootout in 1999 as the women’s tournament. After Safeway’s purchase of Carrs, the name was again modified to the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout. Eight years later in 2007, due to ESPN’s rising prices and the event’s declining popularity, the network and the Shootout parted ways. But this year, a new era is again on the horizon as athletic director Dr. Steve Cobb announced that a multi-year agreement could be reached with CBS Sports to air the Shootout nationally. The talented athletes at UAA will once again take their deserved place on TV sets across the nation November 20-24. Tickets are on sale now at the Sullivan Arena Box office or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

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UAA repels Regis rally, 70-67

Getting to know coach Ryan McCarthy By Keon McMillan Contributor

The Seawolf women’s basketball team ended last year nationally ranked. Led by longtime coach Tim Moser, they were nearly unstoppable with a record of 30 wins and five losses. Between coach Moser’s departure earlier this year and the hiring and resignation of head coach Nathan Altenhofen, it’s been a rollercoaster ride for the women’s basketball program. New head coach Ryan McCarthy, however, is up to filling big shoes. McCarthy was born in Anchorage at Providence Hospital, but lived in Chugiak until he was about twelve years old. “I grew up watching the Seawolves play and going to the Shootout,” McCarthy said. “I learned how to ice skate right here at the UAA ice rink and shot hoops on the courts here as well.” McCarthy played basketball at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho from 2002-2006, followed by a professional career overseas in Germany. “I really enjoyed it,” he said. “As a little kid it was something I always dreamed of.” Playing basketball in Germany influenced McCarthy’s decision to go into coaching. He said it gave him the “coaching bug.” McCarthy described why the fans should be excited about the women’s team under his watch.

ANCHORAGE Point guard Sasha King had another big game and forward Kylie Burns recorded her first career double-double Saturday to lead 22nd-ranked Alaska Anchorage to a 70-67 women’s basketball victory over Regis at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. The Seawolves (2-1) built a 22-point lead early in the second half and held on down the stretch to stop a furious rally by the Rangers (0-2). Led by a career-high four steals from Burns, the Seawolves had 12 swipes and forced 24 turnovers, while committing only six of their own. King, a 5-6 senior, finished with a team-high 17 points and dished seven assists with no turnovers in 36 minutes. After seeing their 45-23 lead shaved to 67-64 with under two minutes to play, Burns made the clinching play when she grabbed an offensive rebound and converted a layup with 1:14 on the clock. Regis guard Meghan Hollenga banked in a 30-foot three-pointer at the buzzer to account for the final score.

Seawolves overcome Shock, 71-58 ANCHORAGE Junior guard Colton Lauwers scored 11 of his career-high 16 points in the first half Thursday as Alaska Anchorage built a 20-point halftime lead and recorded to a 7158 men’s basketball victory over Washington Adventist. The Seawolves (3-0) also got 14 points on perfect shooting from junior guard Kyle Fossman, while senior forward Abebe Demissie tallied 12 points. UAA scored the first five points and increased its lead to 32-10 on Mike MacKelvie’s jumper and a pair of technical free throws by Teancum Stafford at the 8:16 mark. The Seawolves led 41-21 at halftime and stretched their advantage as high as 53-25 early in the second half. Lauwers topped his previous scoring high by one point, nailing 4 of 6 three-pointers and dishing a gamehigh five assists. Meanwhile, Fossman couldn’t miss, going 4 of 4 from the floor and 3 of 3 from both three-point land and the free-throw line. Demissie finished with 4-of-8 shooting, and Stafford reached double figures for the third straight game with 10 points.

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Remembering the 2007 Great Alaska Shootout 50

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Cross Country teams place in Championship JOPLIN, Mo. – Powered by the men’s individual national title from senior Micah Chelimo and a runnerup women’s finish from junior Susan Tanui, the Alaska Anchorage men produced a program-best thirdplace result, while the women’s team finished sixth Saturday at the 2012 NCAA Div. II Cross Country Championships. UAA has now competed in 16 NCAA races (9 men, 7 women), including consecutive appearances in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and now 2012. The Seawolves, who also swept the GNAC Championships earlier this season, will go straight into UAA’s first Indoor Track & Field season.

Briefs compiled by Thomas McIntyre from the Associate Press and Goseawolves.com

“Our players are really going to work hard,” he said. “We’re going to defend, and we’re going to push the pace of the game.” McCarthy looks to lead the new team with a fast-paced style of basketball that is fun to watch. The players will look to create as many turnovers as possible, and he ensures that they’ll score plenty of points. This year’s team does have a smaller roster and less returning players, but these are things coach McCarthy looks at as advantages. “Coach Moser did a good job of creating a national powerhouse,” he said. “To me, this is an opportunity to build it back to where it was and put my own signature on it.” Considering the talent level in the GNAC conference, McCarthy feels that any of the top six or seven teams can beat each other on any given night. “Our players, I believe, night in and night out have a chance to win,” he said. Senior guard Sasha King and senior forward Alysa Horn are two of the top returnees for the team this year. “They’ve got a lot of minutes, they’ve won a lot of games, and they’ve got a lot of hardware next to their names,” McCarthy said. The new look Seawolves have a great chance to show the changes McCarthy has made as they face a competitive field of teams in this year’s Shootout.

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Saying a Shootout is “slept on” seems odd, but the 2007 Great Alaska Shootout is slept on. Mention the Shootout around any hoops fan born before 1990, then buckle up. You’re about to get broken off with memories about how old Preston Shumpert looked in college and what a thrill it was to see Cincinnati stun Duke in ’98. What you won’t be presented with is an analytical breakdown of why the 2007 installment of the Shootout is grossly underappreciated — unless you’re talking to me. In retrospect, the ‘07 Shootout was a tweener. We were in a transitional phase from bringing up juggernauts to bringing up lesserknown — but still exciting — schools. There were no Duke or North Carolina programs in the field. Instead, there was Gonzaga University, based out of Spokane, Washington and Butler University, based out of Indianapolis, Indiana. The lack of marquee names has haunted the ’07 session for years now. There also wasn’t a single moment or game that defined the tournament. But the product as a whole delivered. I’m not suggesting we forget the year Iowa State forward Marcus Fizer lit this city on fire.

I just think the Fizer diehards need to get over it and let us talk about the ’07 Shootout before the memories fade away, like Fizer’s game. Enough Fizer bashing (no such thing). It’s time to run through the reasons this particular Shootout deserves more love. For starters: Deron Washington, the Virginia Tech wing who carved out a solid collegiate career by doing spectacular things. He was there, leaping around and trying crazy stuff that made all the high school coaches in the building cringe. How about that Michigan team? Manny Harris as a freshman; DeShawn Sims as a decent power forward; Ekpe Udoh in what appeared to be his first time ever playing the sport. Udoh would get picked sixth overall in the NBA draft only a few years later. Can’t leave out Courtney Lee. The Western Kentucky shooting guard filled it up all weekend and finished with the most points in the tournament. We also got a good look at the now legendary Ty Rogers. He’s the guy who hit a long three to upset Drake in that year’s NCAAs, but you already knew that. Don’t forget Bobby Knight was in town. I actually locked eyes with him once while he was walking onto the floor. It was like staring into the eyes of one of those animatronic characters at Disneyland, whatever that means. Gonzaga. All 120 pounds of Austin Daye; superstar Matt Bouldin; slam-dunk artist Micah Downs; the ferocious Jeremy Pargo; enforcer David Pendergraft. Everything about the Zags was interesting that year. Lastly, 2007 was the start of the Brad Stevens era at Butler. We witnessed the prodigy

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The Butler section doesn’t end there — not when we’re talking about a team with A.J. Graves. My friends and I went to the Butler games with a sign that read, “A.J. Graves Is The White Jordan.” It was funny because it was true.

coach his first tournament as the Bulldogs’ head coach. Everybody in the arena knew Stevens would go on to lead Butler to multiple championship games after watching him game plan his way through the ’07 Shootout. On a pound-for-pound scale, I think the ’07 Shootout can hang with those earlier installments we marvel about every November. It’s unrealistic to hold those stacked lineups from years back as the standard in 2012. The game has changed. We saw the shift happening in 2007, yet the stories were there and the basketball was fun. The shift has become more drastic in the last couple years. But again: The stories are still there and the basketball is still fun.


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SPORTS November 20, 2012

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

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SPORTS November 20, 2012

A rundown of this year’s Shootout field

By Thomas McIntyre Sports Editor

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University of Alaska Anchorage Located: Anchorage, Alaska Conference: Great Northwest Athletic Conference Previous Season: 23-7

University of California Riverside Located: Riverside, California Conference: Big West Conference Previous Season: 14-17

What to watch for: The Seawolves can succeed with a balanced attack led by guard’s Kyle Fossman and Teancum Stafford, who are both capable of hurting defenses. Efficient shooting from beyond the arc could turn the hometown team into a bracket buster.

What to watch for: Former Chicago Bulls forward Bill Cartwright spent time with the Highlanders at a Nov. 10 practice, so I’m preparing to see a lot of illegal elbows in the paint. But on a serious note, the Highlanders are an extremely young team. Guard Robert Smith is the lone senior on a roster with eight freshmen. I’d peg them as unpredictable.

Texas State University Located: San Marcos, Texas Conference: Western Athletic Conference Previous Season: 13-17

Northeastern University Located: Boston, Massachusetts Conference: Colonial Athletic Association Previous Season: 14-17

University of Alaska Anchorage Located: Anchorage, Alaska Conference: Great Northwest Athletic Conference Previous Season: 30-5

What to watch for: The Seawolves will mainly rely on point guard Sasha King and forward Alysa Horn. It’ll be interesting to see how they fair against steeper competition. If those two get ample room to work, the team can put up enough points to make some noise.

Prairie View A&M University Located: Prairie View, Texas Conference: Southwestern Athletic Conference Previous Season: 21-12 What to watch for: Swingman Latia Williams has been named the SWAC Preseason Player of the Year. Last season, Williams brought home the SWAC Tournament MVP trophy as the Panthers won the conference championship. Two things are for certain: she’s got game and the Panthers are tough.

Utah State University Located: Logan, Utah Conference: Western Athletic Conference Previous Season: 21-10

What to watch for: The Aggies landed at number one in both the Western Athletic Conference coaches’ poll and media poll. Guard Devyn Christensen was slotted as the WAC Preseason Player of the Year. And then there’s guard Jenna Johnson, the former Wasilla High School standout who’s playing the role of defensive specialist for the Aggies.

North Dakota State University Located: Fargo, North Dakota Conference: The Summit League Previous Season: 11-20

What to watch for: The Bison are a group of veterans. Nine of their twelve returning players saw time as starters in 2011. Among their lineup of vets is Hannah Linz, a heady guard who can drain the three-ball and has survived cancer — inspiring stuff.

What to watch for: The Bobcats are made up of eight newcomers, including three transfers from other Division I programs. Expect to see forward Matt Staff lead the even-keeled Texas State unit.

Oral Roberts University Located: Tulsa, Oklahoma Conference: Southland Conference Previous Season: 27-7

What to watch for: Two-guard Warren Niles should have the green light all weekend long to score buckets. Niles is the offensive weapon that can lessen the blow from losing forward Dominique Morrison, who put in 20 points a night for the Golden Eagles last season. The Eagles will also get important contributions down low from center Damen Bell-Holter, a native of Ketchikan, Alaska.

Belmont University Located: Nashville, Tennessee Conference: Ohio Valley Conference Previous Season: 27-8

What to watch for: The Bruins are adjusting to the loss of three key players, but they return the backcourt of Kerron Johnson and Ian Clark. When Johnson isn’t taking you off the dribble, Clark is dropping a trey in your face. Belmont has a deep rotation, applies suffocating pressure on defense, and plays with speed. People who like basketball, come watch Belmont play.

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What to watch for: The dramatic. Two last second wins over Boston University and Harvard have college basketball scribe, Ken Pomeroy, questioning if the Huskies are a team of destiny. Lock your eyes on the lanky wing Quincy Ford as he tries to keep the magic alive.

Loyola Marymount University Located: Los Angeles, California Conference: West Coast Conference Previous Season: 21-13

What to watch for: When it comes to the Lions, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. They’d like to outwork opponent after opponent en route to a Shootout crown. And yes, forward Adam Drexler is the son of Clyde. If he starts channeling his pops, all bets are off.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte Located: Charlotte, North Carolina Conference: Atlantic 10 Conference Previous Season: 13-17

What to watch for: The 49ers boast a second-team preseason All-Atlantic 10 player in forward Chris Braswell and a preseason Atlantic 10 All-Defensive player in guard Pierria Henry. Henry is going to be a vital piece in a tournament that’s filled with offenses dependent on high-scoring backcourts.


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HOROSCOPE The coming week is likely to offer a respite from that which has been most taxing to individuals -- but as every individual is different and has different immediate needs, every opportunity for rest at this time is likely to be different for each person. There may be some who feel so confident that they refuse to lighten the load, slow down or otherwise take a much-needed break from a difficult routine -- but this is likely to be a mistake, for serious fatigue can strike without warning. This week, those who don’t rest may find their efficiency and productivity compromised. Intellectual pursuits will surely be favored on at least two distinct occasions during the week, and though each episode may be quite brief, the impact is likely to be significant -- and is not directly related to native brainpower. Anyone can think up a winning idea!

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ARIES (March 21-April 4) -- What you read this week is likely to affect you more deeply than anticipated, and some images will remain with you for quite a long time. (April 5-April 19) -- You may be vulnerable in a way that you are not used to; you’re going to have to accept your fate.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 5) -- You’ll be able to anticipate events with remarkable accuracy. It may seem to some as if you have a magic touch. (March 6-March 20) -- You’re expecting to work hard all week long, but on two occasions you’ll want to take some time off.

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CANCER (June 21-July 7) -- You mustn’t be tempted to do more than you have promised, as exhaustion may set in and threaten more than you can afford to lose. (July 8-July 22) -- This week brings a surprise to you dressed up in clothes that seem vaguely familiar.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 7) -- You mustn’t let a small mistake stay with you too long; the more you think about it, the worse it will seem, and the less you’ll do. (Aug. 8-Aug. 22) -- Family matters take on an unusual tone this week, but much of this is merely a matter of perception. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 7) -- You may be trying to do something that simply cannot be done -- and no one is willing, at this time, to tell you so. (Sept. 8-Sept. 22) -- You may not be getting information as quickly as possible this week, so much of it may not be entirely up-to-date.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 6) -- Your own needs must be balanced with professional concerns this week. Focusing on one and not the other is a mistake. (Jan. 7-Jan. 19) -- You’re not ready to separate yourself from another whose ideology is very close to your own. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 3) -- You can avoid many obstacles, but you must do all you can to prepare for one that is, in truth, inevitable. (Feb. 4-Feb. 18) -- Your emotions are likely to ebb and flow throughout the week. A moving encounter sends you in a new direction.

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 7) -- Don’t let your attention be drawn too often to the things you are doing wrong this week; focus more on what you know you are doing right. (Oct. 8-Oct. 22) -- The only way you can get it all done is to share responsibilities with another; he or she knows what your plans are. TAURUS (April 20-May 5) -- What you and a partner are able to accomplish alone far exceeds any hopes you may have had for yourself. (May 6-May 20) -- You’re not likely to learn as much as you can by taking a shortcut this week; you’ll have to take the scenic route. GEMINI (May 21-June 6) -- You can prove something to yourself this week, and justify another’s high opinion of you. Together, it’s time for you to make big plans. (June 7-June 20) -- You may be reunited with someone who challenges you like no one else -- and you’ll

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 7) -- A few stories will lead you to a greater understanding of yourself and those around you. (Nov. 8-Nov. 21) -- You may have to deceive someone in order to do him or her a necessary favor this week -- but he or she is likely to have no idea. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 7) -- You can count on your native creativity to help you solve one or two big problems -- and a whole collection of small ones. (Dec. 8-Dec. 21) -You want to say “yes,” but you may have to say “no” until circumstances are more favorable to your method of working.

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