Monthly Archives: February 2017

Hebard earns all-league honors in premier Pac-12 Conference

February 28, 2017

It’s no surprise Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks is playing at a high level for the University of Oregon women’s basketball team. But she’s probably pinched herself at least once this season to make sure it’s all real. It got real today when the 6-foot-4 forward was named to the all-league team in the Pac-12 Conference… Read more »

Looney is loco for defense, earns Pac West honor for 3rd time

February 27, 2017

Whether he’s taking charges, making steals or forcing turnovers, Connor Looney of Palmer is all-in on defense. He can’t help it. That’s the culture at Hawaii Pacific. “We take pride in getting stops and making teams work for their points, then turning those stops into points on the other end,” Looney told me. The senior… Read more »

Bell-Holter snags sixth double-double in win for Italian pro team

Damen Bell-Holter of Hydaburg picked a fine time to come up big-time for his Italian pro team Agrigento. The 6-foot-9 forward recorded his sixth double-double of the season but the first since Jan. 6 with a 16-point, 10-rebound effort to spark an 87-84 over Treviglio in a matchup between potential playoff teams. Both clubs are… Read more »

Lehnhart named NCAA D3 All-American for Amherst College

February 26, 2017

Juneau’s Jackson Lehnhart earned a huge honor recently when he was selected to the NCAA D3 All-America Team by from a field of nearly 500 nominations. The Amherst College senior defender finished the season with five goals and three assists for 13 points in 19 games. He scored on his final shot of his… Read more »

Tufi inches closer to Alaska HR, RBIs record for D1 softball

February 25, 2017

As soon as Pauline Tufi of Anchorage got her swing right, the Louisiana Tech softball team got right. With the senior slugger leading the way, the Lady Techsters extended their five-game winning streak with back-to-back victories at the Louisiana Tech Classic over Northern Iowa and Grambling State. Tufi, of West High fame, has hit .400… Read more »

Griffin named Bendigo Spirit MVP for third straight season

February 23, 2017

When it comes to ranking the best players in Bendigo Spirit women’s basketball history, Eagle River’s Kelsey Griffin will go down as one of the all-time greats. The fifth-year forward won her third consecutive team most valuable player award for the WNBL team in Australia. The 6-foot-2 captain had her typical solid season by averaging… Read more »

Two Hickel sisters, two pro careers on opposite sides of globe

February 22, 2017

On the same day that Anchorage’s Zoe Hickel scored a pair of goals with the Connecticut Whale in the NWHL, her sister Tori Hickel notched an assist and sported a +4 rating for her pro team in Sweden. Just another day in this family’s pucks paradise. Zoe Hickel, of Service High fame, is a second-year… Read more »

Looney does it all to lead No. 8 Hawaii Pacific on Senior Night

February 21, 2017

Palmer’s Connor Looney made sure his last home game at Hawaii Pacific University ended on a high note. He nearly single-handedly led the nationally ranked Sharks to a 76-66 victory over a strong Dixie State team in a battle of Pac West powers on Senior Night in Honolulu, Hawaii. The 6-foot-2 guard registered a team-high… Read more »

Baker looks for big bounce back year w/ Cleveland organization

February 20, 2017

He hasn’t pitched in a baseball game in two years, yet Dylan Baker of Juneau has remained on the 40-man roster for the Cleveland Indians because of his rocket right arm. The 24-year-old has a crazy-good fastball that touches 97 mph and crazy-bad luck with injuries that have kept him off the field. Upside trumps… Read more »

Hebard on pace to set Pac-12 record for shooting percentage

February 19, 2017

Who holds the Pac-12 record for field-goal percentage? The answer could be Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks. The freshman with the University of Oregon women’s basketball team lifted her season percentage to .649, which is on pace to break the conference record of .645 set in 2007 by Judie Lomax of Oregon State. Hebard, of West… Read more »