• Newsletters
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
View complete forecast
News-Sentinel.com Your Town. Your Voice.

Local pair wins skating national championship

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.The Associated Press

Hale, Bertsch whip competition in Omaha

Sunday, January 27, 2013 01:26 pm
Carroll junior Austin Hale and partner Alicia Bertsch won first place Friday at the United States Figure Skating Championships in the intermediate pairs division. The duo, which has been competing together for less than two years, finished second in their division last year.Hale, 16, and Bertsch, 12, scored 67.85 in Omaha, Neb., to easily top the second-place total of 59.65. Hale and Bertsch's score was seven points higher than last year's championship total.

``They skated perfectly clean,'' said Fort Wayne Ice Skating Club coach Alena Lunin. ``They didn't have any mistakes, It was just how we planned.''

Bertsch, who lives in Ann Arbor, Mich., spends the summers in Fort Wayne to work with Lunin and Hale, and then comes down every weekend during the school year to practice on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at Lutheran Health SportsCenter. They will now move up to the novice division when the next season starts in June.

Lunin's son Sasha, also had a great performance at nationals, finishing third in the juvenile boys division as a singles skater. The 12-year-old will move up to the intermediate level next season. He's a sixth grader at Maple Creek Middle School.

``We're all happy and proud of their acheivements,'' Alena Lunin said.


News-Sentinel.com reserves the right to remove any content appearing on its website. Our policy will be to remove postings that constitute profanity, obscenity, libel, spam, invasion of privacy, impersonation of another, or attacks on racial, ethnic or other groups. For more information, see our user rules page.
comments powered by Disqus