Monthly Archives: January 2015

Byers wins weight class at Dave Schultz Invitational

January 31, 2015

One of the greatest wrestlers in Alaska history added another awesome accomplishment to his remarkable resume. Chugiak’s Cayle Byers won the 213-pound bracket at the prestigious Dave Schultz Memorial Invitational at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado. “It was good,” he told “I tried to start fast and score early. It wasn’t always the… Read more »

Effenberger remains resilient after 7 knee surgeries

January 30, 2015

Her knees are shot, but her jumper isn’t. Ketchikan’s Laci Effenberger of the Cal State East Bay women’s basketball team recently returned to the court with a 3-point barrage after yet another round of rehab following her seventh career knee surgery. The junior transfer pumped in 9 points in back-to-back NCAA D2 games in California… Read more »

Bookert hits double figures for fifth straight game for FSU

January 29, 2015

Anchorage’s Devon Bookert continued his strong play in the Florida State backcourt, racking up double figures for the fifth consecutive game and the 11th time in 16 games this season. The 6-foot-3 starting guard bagged 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting in an 82-76 victory over Wake Forest in the ACC. Bookert, of West High fame,… Read more »

Laws, Wells key Western Wyoming win; team now 17-5

January 28, 2015

Jarred Laws of Anchorage and Tyler Wells of Fairbanks each reached double figures as Western Wyoming Community College beat Central Wyoming College 75-65. Laws started at guard and scored 11 points on the strength of three 3-pointers. Wells came off the bench to collect 10 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals. Western Wyoming improved to… Read more »

Gone but not forgotten, Coach Wilson stays true to 907 roots

January 27, 2015

It’s been more than 20 years since he coached in Alaska and 30 since he played here, but Louis Wilson still claims the 907. Now in his fifth season as men’s basketball at Adams State University in Colorado, Wilson has surrounded himself with Alaskans. It’s not by chance. But it’s not by design either. Wilson,… Read more »

Olesch wins three swimming events for Beloit College

January 26, 2015

Dana Olesch of Homer swam her heart out for Beloit College against UW Oshkosh during NCAA D3 action in Wisconsin. The junior won three events and played second in another. Olesch won the 100-yard fly [1:03.46], 200 fly [2:30.04] and helped her 200 free relay team claim victory by more than 6 seconds. Her 200… Read more »

LaVern cashes in on rare playing time w/ D1 SE Louisiana

She doesn’t get a ton of playing time, so when Anchorage’s Adrina LaVern does get on the basketball court for Southeastern Louisiana University she usually goes for broke. She maximized her minimal minutes in a 74-53 loss to Texas A&M Corpus Christi, making both jump shots and scoring a season-high 4 points in three minutes…. Read more »

Sherman-Newsome strikes again, leads PL in league scoring

January 25, 2015

Straightforward and hard-driving, Damon Sherman-Newsome of Anchorage keeps his game plan simple. And he keeps getting the job done. The Colgate University senior guard struck again, pumping in 16 points and scoring the go-ahead bucket with 19 seconds left to provide a 59-58 victory over Loyola in New York. Colgate trailed by a deuce with… Read more »

Get that outta here! Cole No. 1 in NWAC in blocked shots

January 23, 2015

When it comes to blocking shots, nobody is better in the Northwest Athletic Conference than Aminata Cole of Anchorage. The 5-foot-11 sophomore center has led the JC league in each of the last two seasons for Southwestern Oregon Community College. Her season high is 5 blocked shots. She’s had three other games with 4. Cole… Read more »