Monthly Archives: July 2018

Vanderford wins MMA fight in Contender Series, improves to 5-0

July 18, 2018

Austin Vanderford’s extensive background as a champion wrestler paved the way for the 28-year-old from Ninilchik to win his fifth straight pro mixed-martial arts fight. The former NAIA national champion and two-time state champion earned his second consecutive win via rear-naked chokehold as he got Angelo Trevino to tap midway through the second period. The… Read more »

Boozer grabs 16 rebounds, highest single-game total in BIG3

July 17, 2018

Juneau’s Carlos Boozer had the best rebounding performance of the season in the BIG3 pro basketball summer tour. The 6-foot-9 former NBA all-star and Duke University All-American with the Ghose Ballers grabbed a league-best 16 boards in a 50-45 loss to Power in Week 4, the halfway point of the regular season. Eight times this… Read more »

Lewis scores twice in semifinals, leads Seattle into NWPL Final

July 16, 2018

With her team nursing a 1-0 lead in the second half, Anchorage’s Ariela Lewis struck twice to push the Seattle Stars over the top and into the Northwest Premier League championship match. The former Alabama State University star scored goals in each of the 73rd and 78th minute to highlight a 5-0 victory over the… Read more »

University of Montana honors Klever’s gridiron greatness again

July 15, 2018

He hasn’t played football for the Grizzlies since 1981, but the University of Montana will never forget Rocky Klever of Anchorage. The former all-time leading rusher was inducted into the Montana Football Hall of Fame, two years after he was named to the Grizzly Sports Hall of Fame. Klever, of West High fame, was the… Read more »

Lewis participates in first-ever ITF Futures event in Morocco

July 14, 2018

Eddie Lewis of Anchorage has accomplished a lot of firsts for Alaska tennis lately. He’s likely the first Alaskan to play on the International Tennis Federation tour and now he’s the first to play in the ITF’s new Futures event on the clay in Morocco. The 23-year-old dropped a 6-1, 6-2 decision to former ATP… Read more »

Second-year pro Homza crushes 1st home run in Arizona League

July 13, 2018

First came thunder from Jonny Homza’s bat. Then came lightning. The Anchorage 19-year-old crushed his first home run of his professional career with the San Diego Padres rookie-level team in the Arizona League. His two-run bomb came in the first inning of a 12-1 win over the Mariners in a game shortened to five innings… Read more »

Crow Pass Crossing website is up and running

July 12, 2018

– By Matias Saari;  Alaska Sports Blog Contributor Alaska’s iconic backcountry footrace is now managed by Healthy Futures, the signature program of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.  Proceeds from the event now go toward supporting Healthy Futures work  in empowering Alaska’s youth to build the habit of daily physical activity.  Visit the new Crow Pass… Read more »

Lasher playing like an all-star in Australia, team leads league

July 11, 2018

Colter Lasher of Anchorage notched his seventh game of the season with a player ranking of 25 or better in the State Basketball League in Australia. No surprise the Geraldton Bucs are undefeated when that happens. The 6-foot-7 rookie has put together an all-star campaign for Geraldton, which has posted four straight wins to surge… Read more »

One and done: Panoam signs with North Dakota after year at JC

July 10, 2018

If personal relationships drive college recruiting, then the camaraderie Anchorage’s Bentiu Panoam built with the coaches at the University of North Dakota basically chauffeured him to the NCAA D1 school. They didn’t charm him as much as show love, loyalty and trust. “North Dakota kept it real with me,” Panoam told me. “I talked to… Read more »

Boozer plays big in BIG3, among leaders in rebounds, points

July 8, 2018

He might be older, but Juneau’s Carlos Boozer is still a beast in the post. The 6-foot-9 forward collected his second double-double in his third game with the Ghost Ballers of the BIG3 pro basketball summer tour. The 13-year NBA veteran scored a team-high 17 points on a game-high eight field goals to go with… Read more »