Connecting You With AK Athletes Outside the 907

The Alaska Sports Blog is sponsored by the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame and provides daily updates on local athletes outside the state. The blog was created in 2009 to fill a void of media coverage once Alaskans left the 907 area code. Former Anchorage Daily News sports editor and Alaska Press Club award winner Van Williams has been with the blog since the beginning and written more than 3,000 stories on over 500 Alaska athletes.

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August 22, 2017

Lewis Wilson soccer

Aaliyah Lewis, Mia Wilson, Ariela Lewis

Graduates from the same high school, Anchorage’s Ariela Lewis and Mia Wilson faced off as college opponents for the first time.

Lewis scored a goal for Alabama State, but Wilson’s Jacksonville State team won 3-1 to give her bragging rights during a NCAA D1 women’s soccer game in Oxford, Alabama.

Last year’s game between the two schools was canceled because of lightning.

Lewis, of Dimond High fame, is a senior forward and one of the greatest players in Alabama State history. She is a three-time first team all-conference selection and ranks second in career points with 75.

The only person ahead of her on the all-time scoring list is her sister Aaliyah, who graduated last season and holds school records for points [116], goals [45] and assists [24].

Together, Ariela and Aaliyah were the No. 1 scoring sister act in the country.

Lewis is on her own now. But she wasn’t the only Alaskan on the field against Jacksonville State.

Wilson, of Dimond High fame, is a sophomore midfielder with the Gamecocks.

She logged 42 minutes against Alabama State after playing a full 90 against Alabama two days earlier.

Wilson played in eight of 19 matches as a freshman, but she’s already playing an instrumental role as a strong defensive player this year.

August 21, 2017

Sean Rash bowling

Sean Rash

Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good, but professional bowler Sean Rash of Anchorage was both in the championship match of the Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic in Middletown, Delaware.

He threw seven straight strikes – including one when he missed the pocket – to beat reigning Tour player of the year EJ Tackett 257-223 to capture his first title of the season and 12th of his PBA career.

Rash, of Dimond High fame, earned $15,000 and 25 points in the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup points race, which moved him into fifth place going into the season’s final event in Coldwater, Ohio.

He has now cashed in 12 of 15 events this year.

In the Cup race, he has compiled 54 points, just six ahead of No. 6 and 14 behind No. 4. Tackett leads the way with 83 points.

Another strong performance will secure a bonus payday for Rash.

The 34-year-old has been a staple on the PBA Tour, winning a title in nine of his 12 seasons and racking up $1.2 million in career earnings. Of his 12 titles, two are major championships.

August 20, 2017

Chad Trammell Mountain Running

Chad Trammell

Chad Trammell of Anchorage was victorious at the TransRockies Run in Colorado, a grueling six-day, 120-mile race through the heart of the White River and San Isabel National Forests.

He didn’t just win, he dominated the men’s open division that featured 47 finishers.

Trammell won five of the six races with a series total time of 15 hours, 28 minutes, 37.6 seconds in a race that had participants climbing 20,000 feet of elevation gain.

He beat second-place Yoanna Stuck of France by half hour.

Trammell, of Alaska Endurance Project fame, capped his title with a resounding 11-minute win in the final stage.

August 19, 2017

Brandon Pili football

Brandon Pili

He is yet to play a football game at the University of Southern California, but Brandon Pili of Anchorage is already turning heads.

With cartwheels.

All joking aside, the 6-foot-4 defensive lineman is an awesome athlete, especially for a man his size.

“He’s 340 pounds and he is pound for pound I think the best athlete on this team,” defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze told the Los Angeles Times.

“I mean, he can dunk a basketball. He can do a cartwheel. He’s out there throwing on the run and putting it on the money. He’s a phenomenal athlete.”

Pili, of Dimond High fame, could wind up being the nose guard of the future for the Trojans.

His size, strength and athleticism add up to trouble for offensive linemen trying to block him.

A year ago, nobody in the Pac-12 knew anything about Pili. Then he transferred for his senior season to Westview High in Portland, Oregon, where he earned all-conference honors and proved he could play.

Now he’s proving himself all over again at USC, going from relative unknown to pleasant surprise to secret weapon.

August 18, 2017

Doron Perkins basketball

Doron Perkins

Doron Perkins of Anchorage isn’t finished playing basketball.

The 34-year-old signed up for his 13th professional season after agreeing to terms with the Goyang Orions of the Korean Basketball League.

South Korea will be the 12th country where he has played pro ball, joining Iran, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Ukraine, China, Germany, Belgium, Japan, Israel and Italy.

Have passport, will travel.

Perkins, of Bartlett High fame, played last season with Iran’s Naft Abadan and averaged 12.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2 steals in 29 games.

The 6-foot-3 guard led the team to the Iranian Superleague finals and was named second team all-conference.

Even at 34, Perkins remains an effective point guard on both sides of the ball. He is a superior perimeter defender and rebounds the ball exceptional for a player his size.

The former Santa Clara University standout is one of the greatest players from Alaska and one of the most decorated overseas.

His 55 Euroleague appearances are third most among Alaskans, trailing only Brad Oleson of North Pole and Trajan Langdon of Anchorage.

Perkins won a Euroleague championship in 2013 with Greek power Olympiacos and was named league MVP in Japan in 2006 and Israel in 2009.

August 17, 2017

Alev Kelter Rugby and Soccer

Alev Kelter

Eagle River’s Alev Kelter helped the United States do something it hasn’t done since 1998.

The Americans reached the semifinals of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland after finishing second in Pool B play to snag the fourth and final berth to the medal round.

They advanced despite a 47-26 loss to world champion England in the final game of pool play.

Team USA will face New Zealand on Tuesday in the semifinals, with the winner guaranteeing a medal and a shot at the gold medal.

England and France will meet in the other semifinals.

Kelter, of Chugiak High fame, started and scored a pair of two-point conversions. She ranks fifth in the World Cup with six conversions in the tournament.

August 16, 2017

Jeremiah Bailey basketball

Jeremiah Bailey

Jeremiah Bailey of Fairbanks has big plans on the basketball court and so he picked a college coming off a big year.

The 6-foot-6 all-state wing has committed to Arizona’s Pima Community College, which is coming off a 22-win season that saw them advance all the way to the Elite Eight in the NJCAA Division II Tournament.

“Pima and I fit so well because we both understood each other’s goals off the bat for this upcoming season,” Bailey told me. “The coach and I are on the same page for this year for my freshman year and I’m excited to see what this team does this year.”

Bailey, of Monroe Catholic High fame, got in contact Aztecs coach Brian Peabody through a family friend. The coach came out to watch Bailey with Team 907 during an exposure trip on the West Coast.

“First game he was impressed and right there we started talking,” Bailey said. “I also had some other schools in the run, but Pima had a lot to offer and showed a lot of evidence.”

Pima’s 22 wins was the most since the 1989-90 season and the 13 conference wins were the most since 2001.

“My personal goals are to improve everyday and make sure I’m playing hard and to help my team,” Bailey said. “My team goal is to, of course, to get a national championship. They made it to the Elite 8 last year and this year we are striving to make it beyond that.”

Bailey is a swing player capable of playing on the perimeter and on the wing.

“I’ll be able to stretch the floor and also not being a walking turnover when I get on to the court,” he said. “I’ll rely on my ability to adjust to every game and continue learning from the experience.”

Leaving Alaska won’t be easy for Bailey. He is close to his family, who have supported him on an off the court. He spent much of his summer working out with his brother, Kyle.

“They all wanted me to succeed and made sure I did it the right way,” he said.

August 15, 2017

Eddie Lewis tennis

Eddie Lewis

Anchorage’s Eddie Lewis reached the Round of 32 at the USTA Grass Court Tennis Championships at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island.

Unfortunately, he dropped a three-set decision to Benjamin Maxwell of St. Pete Beach, Florida.

Lewis, of South High fame, lost 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 for a chance to advance to the Round of 16.

The recent Eckerd College graduate was seeded ninth in the tournament. He received a bye in the first round and beat Paul Webster of Washington, D.C., 6-0, 6-2.

At Eckerd, Lewis posted a 66-59 career record, with 33 wins coming in singles and 33 in doubles.

August 14, 2017

Ramon Harris basketball

Ramon Harris

After playing the past five seasons in the NBA G League, Ramon Harris of Anchorage is taking his game overseas.

The 29-year-old agreed to terms with Greek power Kolossos, which plays in the country’s top league and finished in the middle of the pack last season.

The 6-foot-7 forward played last season for the Grand Rapids Drive, where he averaged 7.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. He started 20 of 49 games.

Harris, of West High fame, played five years in the G League, where he set Alaska career records for games, points and rebounds and won a championship with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in 2014.

He played 227 games for Fort Wayne, the Iowa Energy and Grand Rapids, and collected 1,461 points and 948 rebounds. He also played in 12 playoff games, helping Fort Wayne reach the 2015 Finals.

The former University of Kentucky player owns a career high of 30 points in the G League. He also sank four buzzer-beaters and hit 8 3-pointers in a game.

Harris has previous international experience in China and Germany.

August 13, 2017

Alev Ketler rugby

Alev Kelter

Back in the starting lineup, Eagle River’s Alev Kelter found herself back in the end zone several times in Team USA’s second game at the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Dublin, Ireland.

She scored three 2-point conversions in a 43-0 victory over Spain in Pool B play, helping the Eagles improve to 2-0 in the tournament.

Kelter, of Chugiak High fame, now ranks fifth in the World Cup with four conversions in two games. She leads Team USA in that category.

She also scored in a 24-12 win over Italy.

The former University of Wisconsin hockey and soccer player was the team’s leading scorer last season and during the Olympics.

Team USA’s win set up a highly anticipated matchup with world champion England on Thursday in the final pool-play game.

August 12, 2017

Jake Heun MMA mixed martial arts

Jake Heun

Palmer’s Jake Heun delivered a flurry of punches, kicks and knees, and controlled the mixed martial arts fight for all three rounds to win by unanimous decision at ROAD FC41 in Wonju, South Korea.

Heun beat hometown hero Mu Bae Choi, a decorated former Greco Roman wrestler and one of his country’s first MMA fighters.

The former University of Hawaii football player earned his 11th professional win since turning pro in 2011. He is 11-6 overall.

Heun, of Palmer High fame, has now won three fights by unanimous decision in his career. He was coming off a loss at World Series of Fighting 34 on New Year’s Eve.

The loss was Choi’s seventh in 19 pro fights.

August 11, 2017

Scooter Bynum baseball

Scooter Bynum

Even though the Bismarck Larks are out of the playoff hunt, Scooter Bynum of Fairbanks hasn’t stopped gunning for base hits.

The 21-year-old center fielder is hitting .394 in the month of August after a 13-for-33 clip in nine games.

Bynum, of Monroe Catholic High fame, has racked up four RBIs, two doubles and four walks this month.

He was named a Northwoods League all-star last month.

The Bismarck Larks are 29-40 overall as they finish out the season with the dog days of summer.

In 54 games, Bynum is hitting .276 with five home runs, 32 RBIs, 39 runs and eight stolen bases.

Bynum will be a senior at the University of Northern Illinois this year. Last year, he led the team with a .300 batting average, seven triples and 22 RBIs in 54 games.

August 10, 2017

Lyndon Prayer Basketball

Lyndon Prayer

Anchorage’s Lyndon Prayer is basketball’s ultimate late bloomer.

He played JV as a junior and barely got off the bench as a senior, yet Prayer never lost hope that he could play at the next level. Even when others didn’t.

Prayer, of West High fame, worked two jobs after he graduated in 2016 to help pay his tuition at Impact Basketball, a prestigious training program in Las Vegas that serves as a prep school.

It was like he learned the game all over again. A year later, it was like the 6-foot guard was a different player. A college-ready player.

“I was put in the right hands there,” he told me. “I got the training and exposure I needed. Playing against to JCs, and playing against top prep schools like Findlay Prep and Wasatch Academy, teams you wouldn’t see in Alaska. It gave me the exposure I needed.”

Prayer fine-tuned his shooting stroke and caught the attention of Presentation College, which signed him on his 19th birthday.

“This is definitely a dream come true,” Prayer said. “It’s an amazing opportunity. I never thought it would have happened last year with the position I was in.”

He credited former coach Mike Wyne at West for keeping him on the right track.

“He’s a big reason why I kept my head high. He really believed in me. He kept pushing me even at when I was at the bottom; and he always mentioned that I will get my chance,” Prayer said.

“It’s funny because last year I specifically remember me telling myself, ‘Even though you’re a kid at the end of the bench, with hard work and reps you can really make it out.’ And I did. It’s crazy.”

Prayer was neither all-state nor all-conference at West. His only varsity start came on Senior Night, when he pumped in a career-high 18 points against Bartlett.

“So pretty much I was that kid that didn’t get an opportunity in high school, moved to Vegas and got some opportunities,” he said.

Presentation College liked his 3-point shooting ability and Prayer liked the coaches, the campus and town of Aberdeen, South Dakota.

“I talked with my parents about it and they were comfortable,” he said. “The coaching staff checked on me every day to see how I was doing, and he did a great job recruiting me. I thank my parents, and God for giving me a second chance.”

August 9, 2017

Alev Kelter

Alev Kelter

Eagle River’s Alev Kelter made sure Team USA was victorious in its first match at the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Dublin, Ireland.

The 26-year-old came off the bench to score in a 24-12 victory over Italy in Pool B play.

Kelter, of Chugiak High fame, was inserted into the game as a substitute in the 50th minute. In the 64th minute, she bulldozed her way to a two-point conversion.

Scoring is nothing new for the bruising Kelter, who led Team USA in scoring last season.

The former University of Wisconsin hockey and soccer standout is a powerful runner and one the most consistent scoring options for the Eagles on the rugby field.

She is effective because she is fast, strong and fearless.

Kelter doesn’t shy from contact and can deliver a vicious hit just as well as take one – without pads, mind you.

Team USA is part of a tough Pool B group that includes defending world champion England.

The Eagles won the inaugural tournament in 1991 and reached the first three finals but have failed to reach the semifinals since 1998.

Led by Kelter, Team USA has increased its physicality over the last few years to better compete on the world stage.

The Eagles next face Spain on Sunday before a much-anticipated matchup with world champion England on Thursday.

August 8, 2017

Dylan Baker baseball

Dylan Baker

Juneau’s Dylan Baker is making his way back from the disabled list in the Arizona League.

The 25-year-old right-hander with the Cleveland Indians organization is making a rehab assignment in the rookie league since coming back from Tommy John surgery in 2015.

Baker, of Juneau-Douglas High fame, has thrown a scoreless inning both times, totaling three strikeouts.

Most recently he was asked to actually register four outs after an infielder booted a ground ball on a play that should have ended the inning.

The flamethrower started this season in Double-A with the Akron RubberDucks until he reaggravated his elbow injury in May.

Since turning pro in 2012, Baker has appeared in 59 games and made 47 starts. He owns a 12-11 record, one complete game and a 3.63 ERA. He has struck out 206 batters in 235.2 innings.

August 7, 2017

Lawjen Ashmore basketball

Lawjen Ashmore

Gallaudet University’s Lawjen Ashmore of Fairbanks has been recognized with a 2016-17 North Eastern Athletic Conference Inspirational Award.

Born hard of hearing and growing up with English as a second language, she exhibited perseverance, dedication and independence.

As a young girl in elementary and middle school, she did not use an interpreter and relied on hearing aids to follow the teacher’s instructions.

That no-fear attitude eventually led her to Gallaudet University, the world’s only university designed for deaf and hard of hearing students.

Ashmore, of West Valley High fame, is a two-sport athlete in basketball and track and field for the NCAA D3 school in Washington, D.C.

Each year, the NEAC honors student-athletes that have endured personal hardships leading to bravery or dedication within athletics through participation, volunteerism, coaching or administration.

Ashmore is one of five student-athletes to receive a NEAC Inspirational Award this year.

After learning about Gallaudet University from her interpreter in high school, Ashmore set her sights on playing basketball for the Bison and traveled cross country in the spring of 2013 on her own to visit campus.

Suffering an academic setback in her freshman year, Ashmore stepped away from the court and turned her focus to the classroom. She never lost sight of the court and returned last season, when the junior forward averaged 5.2 points in 25 games.

Ashmore also competes as a sprinter on the women’s track and field team at Gallaudet.

“Lawjen not only believes in herself, but she believes in other people,” Gallaudet University administrator Anna Hall told the school’s website. “She is always volunteering her free time to helping others and she is already keeping her team motivated for the upcoming season.

“Lawjen is an amazing person that inspires us all to be better people. She works hard and enjoys every moment.”

August 6, 2017

Janay DeLoach track

Janay DeLoach

Long before she became world renowned in the long jump, Janay DeLoach of Fairbanks did her thing at Colorado State University.

She racked up five school records and four All-American finishes before becoming the school’s first women’s track and field athlete to medal at the Olympics.

She’s one of the greatest athletes in CSU history, so naturally it was only a matter of time before the Hall of Fame called her name.

That time is now.

DeLoach will be recognized as part of the official Hall of Fame at a Class of 2017 induction ceremony on the night of Oct. 27 in Fort Collins at the new on-campus football stadium.

Last year, she was inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.

DeLoach, of Eielson High fame, was 7-time state champion in high school from 2000 to 2003. She won three in the 100 meters and four in the long jump, an event in which she still holds the Alaska state record of 19-5.

Nonetheless, she was terrifically talented and remarkably raw when she arrived at Colorado State, where the coaches maximized her potential and molded her into something special.

In addition to her All-America status, DeLoach was a two-time recipient of the Virginia K. Frank Award given the most outstanding female athlete at CSU.

In 2012, she became the first CSU women’s track star to earn an Olympic medal when she won a bronze in the long jump in London. She made another trip to the Summer Olympics in 2016 in Rio De Janeiro.

August 4, 2017

Louis Wilson basketball

Louis Wilson

No matter how far he goes in the basketball world, no matter how many years go by, Louis Wilson of Anchorage will never lose sight of his hometown.

He remembers the people that shaped his life, the ones that stuck by his side and the fresh faces that look his way for an assist.

When the longtime college basketball coach now at Utah State University isn’t recruiting and signing Alaska players, Wilson is putting in work behind the scenes to honor and inspire the men that molded him into the person he is today.

Wilson, of East High fame, played an instrumental role in getting Chuck White and Geno Morgan memorialized in the Anchorage hoops community by naming two events after the former coaches.

“It is important to honor these two men of monumental consequences because they epitomized community,” Wilson told me.

The Chuck White S.W.E.A.T. Camp – which is celebrating its 25th year of existence – is this weekend and the inaugural Geno Morgan Memorial G.E.N.I.U.S Basketball Tournament is next weekend.

Chuck White

White – a member of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame – had a legendary 45-year high school coaching career that saw him win 18 Alaska state championships and post 921 career victories at East, Eisenhower (Wash.) and West before walking away in 2010.

Wilson, who played for White from 1979 to 1983 and coached with him from 1988 to 1992, said paying tribute was his special way of saying thank you.

“I met Coach White as a 10-year-old boy who couldn’t afford the T-bird basketball camp. He sponsored me in so that he could reach me through the game of basketball,” Wilson said. “I have never forgotten what that meant to my life and there are so many others he did that for.”

The S.W.E.A.T. Camp over the years has given kids, many underprivileged and underserved, a free opportunity to interact with college coaches and players. Campers also get a free meal, T-shirt and prizes.

“Almost everybody who is anybody [in the game] has come through S.W.E.A.T. Camp and many others have come back to coach and or to donate to it,” Wilson said. “My mother, Dolores Waldron, ran this camp for 24 years. This is her first year not running the camp, which makes it bittersweet. But it’s time for the next generation of servant leaders to step up and lift these young hoop aspirations in the name of the greatest coach in Alaska history.”

The inaugural Geno Morgan Memorial G.E.N.I.U.S Basketball Tournament will feature nearly two dozen teams split into divisions for men and women, boys and girls. All proceeds from the tournament will go toward funding scholarships awarded by the Geno Morgan Foundation.

Morgan was an NAIA All-American at Alaska Pacific University in the late 1980s before turning to coaching. He coached high school in Alaska, Hawaii and Utah and college at the University of Alaska Anchorage and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

At East Anchorage, he led the T-birds to the Class 4A state championship in 2000– the school’s 15th title but first without Chuck White. At Wasatch Academy in Utah he won three state championships, with the first in 2011 being the school’s first hoops title in the school’s 136-year history.

Geno Morgan

Morgan passed away in 2005. He was 49.

“Geno Morgan is not celebrated for dying. We honor him for living,” Wilson said. “He donated many, many hours throughout the state of Alaska, representing many organizations, paying it forward. The Geno Morgan Foundation is awarding scholarships in his name because organizers knew the best way to honor his life was by representing his spirit of empowering others when he was alive.”

August 2, 2017

Willy Homza baseball

Willy Homza

Willy Homza of Anchorage went to the California Collegiate League in search of consistent playing time.

He found that and so much more with the Rockville Rock Hounds.

The Brown University standout capped his sensational summer by winning MVP honors at Rockville’s season-ending tournament.

Homza, of South High fame, hit .350 with a home run, two doubles and six RBIs to help the Hounds go 4-1 for the tournament.

The cleanup hitter was a triple-crown threat for his team, ranking first or second in batting average [.366], home runs [6] and RBIs [38].

August 1, 2017

Maceo Melton basketball

Maceo Melton

Anchorage’s Maceo Melton believes basketball gave him a second chance in life.

Hoops helped him get an education and see the world.

Now he wants to use the game to connect with the next generation in his hometown.

Melton, of Grace Christian High fame, has teamed with the national exposure camp Phenom America to form Phenom Alaska, which advocates discipline, hard work and leadership skills on and off the court.

Phenom Alaska is holding a camp Aug. 7-11 in Anchorage that will headline former NBA great John Lucas, who is now a player development coach with his old team, the Houston Rockets; and Nike trainer Chris Thomas, a nationally renowned skills instructor.

“To be the best you have to be around the best,” Melton told me. “These guys can identify talent and speak life into a young soul and that inspiration can catapult a young life to places unimaginable, so please do not be discouraged or intimidated by this level of quality.”

Melton believes he can relate to any basketball player because he grew up wearing different hats in life.

“My parents were in and out of my life, due to drugs, alcohol and repeated incarcerations. Basketball and school were the tools that I used to change my environment but the lack of connection had already made its impact,” he said. “I was a kid from Fairview that went to school on Huffman. That in itself creates an inner dialogue that is hard to silence as I searched for self-worth and identity.”

He found basketball to be his salvation. The game provided him with opportunities and helped him travel to Europe and get paid to be involved with the game he loves.

Now he’s back in Alaska, looking to use basketball as a way to relate with Anchorage kids.

“We want to get local youth excited about the potential of skill development and universal exposure,” Melton said. “Can we change the conversation of others regarding the talent in our state? Can we make them think twice about overlooking our players? We cannot do it alone, as it takes a concerted effort to positively impact the lives of our youth and keep them connected with the community that helped to define them.”

Jalil Abdul-Bassit basketball

Jalil Abdul-Bassit

Jalil Abdul-Bassit of Anchorage is playing like the Most Valuable Player in the Queensland Basketball League.

Even on the last-place team.

The 6-foot-4 guard is the league’s third-leading scorer at 25 points a game and over the weekend flirted with triple-doubles in back-to-back losses with the Toowoomba Mountaineers.

Abdul-Bassit, of East High fame, collected 28 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in a 117-77 loss to Gold Coast.

He also played a little defense with a steal and two blocked shots.

The next day he amassed 30 points, eight rebounds and five assists in a 116-82 loss to SW Metro.

He seems to be his team’s only offensive option, yet Abdul-Bassit continues to put impressive numbers.

The former University of Oregon standout is averaging 25.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 16 games.

July 31, 2017
Trap shooting

Desi Edmunds, Matt Toth

Alaska trap shooters Desi Edmunds and Matt Toth each won team gold medals at the 2017 World FITASC shoot in Budapest, Hungary.

Edmunds, who grew up in Anchorage and now lives in Houston, was part of the three-woman American team that beat a group from Great Britain and Northern Ireland by a score of 491-480 to claim the gold medal.

Edmunds hit the most clay targets in two of the eight rounds in the final.

In the individual competition, she finished ninth out of 62 shooters and missed the medal round by just five targets. She hit 24 out of 25 clays in round three and posted a 23 in round seven.

In the junior division, Chugiak’s Toth was part of a dramatic victory by the Americans.

Team USA beat the Brits and Irish by the slimmest of margins, 521-520.

Toth posted 23s in the second and fifth rounds, and 22s in the first and sixth.

Individually, he placed 22nd out of 61 shooters. He missed the medal round by eight targets.

July 30, 2017

Caleb Holley football

Caleb Holley

Anchorage’s Caleb Holley returned to the football field for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and made an immediate impact.

The 26-year-old wide receiver had missed the previous three games with a left shoulder injury, the same side he injured during training camp.

Holley, of East High fame, finished with two catches for 25 yards and a touchdown in a 38-27 victory over the Toronto Argonauts during Week 6 action in the Canadian Football League.

The 6-foot-4 wideout saw his first target in the second quarter when he caught an 11-yard pass for a first down.

In the fourth quarter, he hauled in a 14-yard touchdown grab for his team’s final score.

Holley’s return is key for the Roughriders. He’s coming off a strong rookie season, when he had 56 receptions for 655 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games.

This season started well as he caught five passes for 55 yards in Week 1 and five more for 74 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 before the injury.

July 29, 2017

Zak Naylor soccer

Zak Naylor

He called it the biggest moment of his soccer career before the game, so you could imagine how good Zak Naylor of Anchorage felt when he scored the winning goal.

The 23-year-old converted the deciding penalty kick to give the Boise FC Cutthroats a 5-4 edge as they prevailed over the Golden State Force U23 team in the quarterfinals of the United Premier Soccer League in Los Angeles, California.

Naylor, of South High fame, buried his PK high and hard to where the keeper had no chance to stop the shot.

The Cutthroats advanced to the semifinals against California Victoria FC, which won 2-1 to knock Boise out of the tournament.

July 27, 2017

Willy Homza baseball

Willy Homza

Anchorage’s Willy Homza continues to flirt with one of the most sacred statistics in baseball.

The cleanup hitter is batting .375 in 30 games with the Rockville Rock Hounds of the wood-bat California Collegiate League.

Homza, of South High fame, isn’t just spraying the ball around the field.

He’s ripping the ball in the gaps and knocking it out of the park.

In the last three weeks alone Homza has 10 extra-base hits on six doubles and four home runs.

Homza is also reaching base at a .455 clip, thanks in part to having nearlys as manys walks [15] as strikeouts [19].

He is tied for the team lead in RBIs with 27.