Monthly Archives: May 2017

Smelker re-signs with Boston w/ hopes of hoisting another Cup

May 31, 2017

Anchorage’s Jordan Smelker is driven to win championships, which is why she’s headed back to the Boston Pride. After helping Boston win the National Women’s Hockey League’s inaugural Isobel Cup in 2016 and reaching the Finals again this year, the 24-year-old forward signed a contract to come back for a third season. “I love this… Read more »

Abdul-Bassit leads Toowoomba with 26 points down under

May 29, 2017

His jumper wasn’t wet, so Jalil Abdul-Bassit of Anchorage turned his game into overdrive. The 6-foot-4 guard used 10-of-11 free-throw shooting to propel him to a 26-point effort for Toowoomba in a 104-79 loss in Australia’s QBL. Abdul-Bassit, of East High fame, finished 8-for-21 from the field, including an uncharacteristically offnight from 3-point land [2/8]…. Read more »

Perkins, Naft Abadan fall in Iranian Superleague finals

Doron Perkins of Anchorage produced a strong all-around game for Naft Abadan but it wasn’t enough to prevent a season-ending defeat. Regular-season champion Petrochimi beat Naft Abadan 87-73 in Game 3 to complete the sweep in the Iranian basketball Superleague finals. Perkins, of Bartlett High fame, contributed 12 points, seven assists, four rebounds and three… Read more »

Ostrander qualifies for NCAA Championships in two events

May 28, 2017

When Kenai’s Allie Ostrander competes at next month’s NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, she won’t only be representing her hometown but rather the entire state. The Boise State University redshirt freshman is believed to be the only D1 athlete from Alaska to qualify for nationals. Ostrander, of Kenai High fame, punched her ticket to… Read more »

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 »