Make it 2 for 2 for Keith Osowski. 

Black Hills State University’s junior distance runner has started the 2021 indoor track season with two consecutive victories in the 1-mile run. 

His most recent win was over the weekend when he took first in the mile run at the Dave Little Alumni Mile at the Don Young Center in Spearfish, South Dakota. 

Osowski clocked a winning time of 4 minutes, 23.29 seconds, a tick slower than his season-opening victory at the Myrle Hanson Open. He finished two seconds ahead of runner-up Trestin Macillas-Finnerty of Minot State. 

Osowski wasn’t done. He added a runner-up finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:00.46, a mere .11 seconds back from winner Mohamed Abelgadir from Southern Idaho. He also ran the third leg of the sixth-place 1,600 relay that finished in 3:41.62. 

Up next for Black Hills State University is the Yellow Jacket Open on Feb. 12-13 in Spearfish. 

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

Kodiak’s Carly Glover saw ice time in Merrimack’s 6-0 loss to Northeastern on Saturday in North Andover, Massachusetts. 

The freshman forward failed to get into the statistical sheet during her time on the ice. Glover has four shots on goal and four blocks in nine appearances for the NCAA Division I school for the season. 

Merrimack (1-11) hosts University of Vermont on Feb. 9. 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Bethany Carstens scored four points and grabbed three rebounds in Nevada’s 73-70 Mountain West Conference victory over UNLV Monday in Las Vegas. 

Carstens, a graduate of Nikiski High and daughter of Kodiak wrestling great Dan Carstens, hit both of her free-throw attempts in 13 minutes. 

 In Saturday’s 62-57 loss to UNLV, Carstens tallied three points and two rebounds. Her bucket came from behind the arc. 

For the season, the sophomore guard is averaging 3.3 points and 1.4 rebounds in 11 games. The sharpshooter is second on the team in made 3-pointers (7).

BOWLING

Marshall Kent, the son of Kodiak High graduate Jim Kent, has switched bowling companies. 

Kent, a four-time PBA champion, is now with start-up Big Bowling after spending eight years with Storm. He recently said on The Bowlers Journal Podcast that the opportunity for growth with Big Bowling was difficult to pass up.  

The bonus is that Big Bowling is headquartered in Washington, where Kent was born and raised. 

“It gives me a sense of pride to represent a home-state company. No matter where I go, Washington is always going to be home to me,” Kent said on the podcast.

Jim Kent, the 1976 Kodiak High School male athlete of the year, died in October 2020 at the age of 62 from brain cancer. 

After running Tropic Lanes in Kodiak, Jim Kent and Harry Mickelson — a former Kodiak basketball, baseball and bowling coach — became business partners when they purchased the Nob Hill Bowling Center in Yakima, Washington. They ran the center until 2017.

On the podcast, Marshall Kent said that his dad dedicated his life to youth bowlers and never asked for anything in return for his advice. He was also one of the best ball drillers in the business. 

“He just genuinely loved helping and loved the game,” Marshall Kent said. “That is a rare quality to find in a person ... it is very inspirational for sure.” 

With the help of Big Bowling, Marshall Kent hopes to organize a yearly memorial scholarship in honor of his dad. 

“He has coached so many different bowlers from different states and countries,” he said. “Honestly, I don’t think I can make a tournament big enough to show what impact he had on the bowling world, but I can certainly try my best.” 

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