Monthly Archives: May 2017

Doutrive finds niche on crowded EYBL team Cal Supreme Elite

May 26, 2017

He might come off the bench for the EYBL’s U17 Cal Supreme Elite, but Devonaire Doutrive of Anchorage has managed to stay relevant. The 6-foot-5 guard is averaging 9.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 12 games this spring against some of the nation’s premier high school players. “I’ve never played with so much… Read more »

White, Corban advance to first NAIA Softball World Series

May 25, 2017

Anchorage’s Rachel White is part of the greatest softball team in Corban University. The Salem, Oregon, school has won 43 games and qualified for its first NAIA Softball World Series. White, of South High fame, is a sophomore pitcher. The right-hander has a 3-2 record with a 3.55 ERA. She ranks third on the team… Read more »

Juneau’s 100-mph man adjusting to new role at Double-A Akron

May 24, 2017

After the string of injures that kept him off the baseball field for the last three years, Juneau’s Dylan Baker is back on the pitcher’s mound. And he’s brought his famous fastball with him. The 24-year-old rocket right-hander is with the Double-A Akron Rubberducks of the Cleveland Indians organization. He’s coming out of the bullpen… Read more »

Talkeetna’s Matthews follows her calling to Whitman College

May 23, 2017

A phone call helped Talkeetna’s Ruby Matthews make a tough call. The high school volleyball standout was torn between similar scholarship offers from Whitman College and Seattle Pacific University. She liked both schools and was having a hard time deciding where she wanted to go to school. “It was a toss-up,” she told me. At… Read more »

Page homers in dramatic fashion, LaTech drops heartbreaker

May 21, 2017

One moment she was down to her final strike. The next moment Anchorage’s Taria Page was rounding the bases it what could be the greatest individual moment in Alaska softball history. The Louisiana Tech’s sophomore slugger crushed a game-tying, pinch-hit home run with two strikes and two outs in the bottom of the seventh and… Read more »

Hebard believes her best is yet to come at USAWU19 tryouts

May 20, 2017

Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks believes her best basketball is still to come at the USA Basketball’s U19 women’s team trials. Rather than rest of her laurels, look for the 6-foot-4 forward to go all out on Sunday, the final day of the junior national team tryout in Colorado Springs, Colorado. “I think I have a… Read more »

Bynum helps NIU Huskies punch ticket to MAC Tournament

May 19, 2017

Scooter Bynum of Fairbanks sparked an 11th inning rally that helped Northern Illinois beat Miami of Ohio 11-7 in extra innings during Mid-American Conference action in Oxford, Ohio. It’s fitting since the leadoff hitter from Alaska has been on fire for the last month. Bynum, of Monroe Catholic fame, has been scorching at the plate… Read more »

Griffin re-signs with Bendigo to play sixth season down under

May 18, 2017

She’s been the team’s centerpiece for the past five years, so it only makes sense for the Bendigo Spirit to bring back Eagle River’s Kelsey Griffin. The 29-year-old all-star signed a one-year deal with the Australian women’s professional basketball team that she led to WNBL championships in 2013 and 2014. Griffin, of Chugiak High fame,… Read more »

Todd, Ealum help Liberty continue track dominance in Big South

May 17, 2017

For the third consecutive year, Liberty University swept the team titles at the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Charleston, South Carolina. This time, though, there were a couple Alaskans that help make it possible. Freshman Tanner Ealum of Anchorage won the 400 meters and was part of the 4×400 relay as the… Read more »

Thompson earns all-conference, all-defensive honors in Germany

May 16, 2017

Anchorage’s Travis Thompson isn’t just a shooter. He’s got a little grind to his game too. The 6-foot-1 guard was named second-team all-conference and first-team all-defense for the Fraport Skyliners of Frankfurt, Germany. Thompson, of Dimond High fame, led his team in scoring at 19.2 points in 17 games. He added 4.2 rebounds and 3.1… Read more »