Monthly Archives: January 2019

Videographer Preston to stop filming, start serving in Air Force

January 19, 2019

Anchorage’s Demietrius Preston thought he would post just a few highlight videos of his younger brother when he created his YouTube channel in 2011. He ended up creating a go-to source for Alaska high school basketball. Armed with a used camera his grandmother gave him, Preston turned his ‘wegotnextt’ mix-tape videos into a must-see attraction… Read more »

Lonnie O’Connor Iditarod Basketball Tournament

(2018 by Don Stiles) For more than 40 years, people from all over Alaska have come for the weeklong Lonnie O’Connor Iditarod Basketball Tournament. In the early years more than 60 teams participated. The tournament’s appeal rivals that of the Iditarod crowds and adds to the already bustling environment in Nome.

Alaska Ski for Women

(2010 by Ann Mize) Sally Burkholder and I created the Ski for Women in 1997. Our goal was to get more women out for the local races already held. We were overwhelmed with the fantastic turnout of more than 1,000 women of all ages! The event continues each year on Super Bowl Sunday. All proceeds… Read more »

Tui Alailefaleula

(2018 by Nick Brodd) Tui was a standout in track, basketball and football at Bartlett High School and competed as an offensive lineman at the University of Washington. He was signed by the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets (but never played). He returned to Alaska to play for the professional indoor football… Read more »

Gustafson, Curran notch points in same game for 12th time

January 18, 2019

Aquinas College hockey players Steven Gustafson and Mike Curran of Anchorage each produced points for the Saints in a 4-1 win over Michigan State in the NAIA. It was the 12th time in 24 games this season that each Alaskan registered a point in the same game. Both players helped Aquinas win the NAIA national… Read more »

Watts registers assist to continue career year for No. 4 Norwich

Chugiak’s Kirsten Watts assisted on a second-period power-play goal to help No. 4 Norwich University blank Salem State 8-0 and continue her most prolific scoring season for the NCAA D3 women’s hockey team. The junior defenseman has five points in her last six games and bolsters career-best 4-6—10 totals in 16 games. Her four goals… Read more »

With Poly Bowl nod, Fa’amasino steps out of big bro’s shadow

January 17, 2019

As flattered as Anchorage’s Niko Fa’amasino is to be compared to his older brother, he really wants to forge his own path. “I want to make a name for myself and not only be known as Lui’s little brother,” he told me. “Not that there is anything wrong with it, but some people expect me… Read more »

Bayne goes bananas in second half to lead Whatcom comeback

January 16, 2019

Sitka’s Tevin Bayne scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half to lead Whatcom College back from a 12-point deficit in a 93-85 win over Bellevue in the NWAC. The 6-foot-5 sophomore sank 7-of-10 field goals in the final 20 minutes and during one stretch scored eight straight points for his team. He… Read more »