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 almost 4,000 stories on some 1,000 Alaska athletes.

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November 13, 2018
Jeremy Johnson footgolf

Jeremy Johnson

Jeremy Johnson of Palmer has always dreamed of representing his country on the world stage.

He will finally get his chance at age 44, although it wasn’t in the sport he planned.

The longtime Alaska soccer specialist has been named to the U.S. National Footgolf Team that will participate in the World Cup next month in Marrakesh, Morocco.

“To represent my country and wear the red, white and blue … I almost break up just talking about it,” he told me. “I can’t describe how amazing it is.”

The footgolf World Cup will feature 500 players from more than 40 countries and include individual and team competition using standard and match play rules.

“It’s like the Ryder Cup in golf,” Johnson said.

The Americans won the 2014 World Cup.

Johnson earned one of 10 automatic berths to this year’s national team based on his No. 9 national ranking from the American Footgolf League Tour.

He spent the summer – and his life savings – traveling around the country in an attempt to qualify for the World Cup team.

He made multiple separate trips to tournaments in Florida, Illinois, Texas and Michigan.

“I went through my retirement fund. It was a sacrifice but it was something that was worth it,” Johnson said.

November 12, 2018
Sean Duffy football

Sean Duffy

Coming off his worst game in a Spartans uniform, University of Dubuque transfer quarterback Sean Duffy of Anchorage bounced back to deliver his second-highest completion percentage and touchdown total of the football season.

The sophomore southpaw completed 16-of-22 passes and threw for four scores in a 47-28 loss to Wartburg College in NCAA D3 action in Iowa.

The signal caller finished the 10-game season with 2,076 yards and 26 touchdowns as the Spartans finished 7-3.

Duffy, of West High fame, closed the season on a high note as he tossed 13 TDs in the final four games and raised his efficiency rating more than 50 points.

November 11, 2018
Travante Williams basketball

Travante Williams

After a slow start to the season, Travante Williams of Anchorage has heated up in Portugal.

The 6-foot-4 guard pumped in a season-high 26 points on a night when Oliveirense needed his offense in a 96-82 win over FC Porto.

The team improved to 6-0 and has won 21 straight games in the Portuguese League dating to last season.

Williams, of Mt. Edgecumbe High fame, has bagged 45 points in the last two games after netting only 32 in the previous four.

His shooting went from good (8-for-16) to great (13-for-21).

All the while, the defending Portuguese League Defensive Player of the Year has continued to shadow opposing guards with 14 steals and four blocked shots.

November 10, 2018

Kenai’s Allie Ostrander of Boise State University ran away with her second NCAA West Regional championship after claiming the women’s title by 13 seconds in Sacramento, California.

It was the All-American’s seventh career victory and third All-Region selection in three years of cross country.

Her dominant victory helped the Boise State women’s team earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships. The Bronco women placed second as a team with 49 points, only five behinf first-place and No. 2-ranked Oregon.

Ostrander, of Kenai High fame, dropped the field before the one-mile mark, putting a 25-meter gap on the chase pack early in the race.

She never wavered over the 6-kilometer course, easily winning by more than 13 seconds in 19:09.

Ostrander won the 2015 NCAA West Regional in Seattle by 22 seconds. That year she went on to finish as the national runner-up.

November 9, 2018
Bubacar Touray soccer

Bubacar Touray

After he netted the most goals in the Northwest Athletic Conference since 2013, Bubacar Touray of Anchorage scored West Region MVP honors.

The Tacoma Community College sophomore striker leads the league with 23 goals and 51 points in 21 games heading into the NWAC playoffs.

Touray was joined on the NWAC All-Star Teams by fellow Alaskans Danielle VanOrd and Autumn Straub of the Lane Community College women’s team.

Touray, VanOrd and Straub each earned all-league honors last year as well.

They are the lone all-stars among the 19 Alaskans (12 women, 7 men) in the NWAC this year.

Touray, of West High fame, took his game to another level this year as he orchestrated one of the greatest offensive seasons in NWAC history.

His 23 goals are the 10th most since 2003.

The former Alaska Gatorade Player of the Year strung together a six-game goals streak and scored at least one goal in 15 of 21 games. Six times he had two goals or more, including a pair of hat tricks.

Danielle VanOrd soccer

Danielle VanOrd

VanOrd, of Bartlett High fame, is another points machine as she finished fourth in the NWAC with 18 goals and fifth with 43 points in 18 games.

The sophomore striker notched three hat tricks, including a four-goal game. She had a career-high nine points that day.

Twice, she strung together five-game points streaks.

VanOrd finished her Lane career as one of the school’s greatest offensive players as she racked up 31-16-78 career totals in 37 games.

Autumn Straub soccer

Autumn Straub

On the flip side, Straub will be remembered as one of the best defensive players.

The sophomore has anchored a unit that allowed just 12 goals in 18 games.

Straub, of Service High fame, was one of five players to start every game for Lane.

November 8, 2018

Not even a knee injury could stop Aaron Fletcher from qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.

Fletcher, of South Anchorage High School fame, won the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon on Nov. 3 in 2 hours, 17 minutes and 23 seconds, comfortably under the sub-2:19 B Standard requirement for a spot at the 2020 Olympic Trials.

However, Fletcher called the result “bittersweet” as he’d been shooting for the A Standard time of sub-2:15. That bid was compromised as he missed some key training in the six weeks before Indianapolis due to knee pain.

“While I’m really happy to have won and I’m glad I will be on the starting line for the Trials in 2020, I am left thinking what could have been if I hadn’t had so much injury trouble during this build-up,” Fletcher wrote on Facebook.

Despite the injury concerns, Fletcher decided to run 2:15 pace as long as possible and reached halfway right on schedule in 1:07:34.

“After that, the missed training started to show and I gradually started to slow down until I was hanging on for dear life. The last 10K of the race I was seriously suffering,” Fletcher said.

The Salt Lake City resident and Brigham Young University graduate earned $2,200 — $1,200 for the victory plus $1,000 for running under the Trials threshold.

The performance served as redemption from this June’s Grandma’s Marathon in Minnesota, where a disoriented Fletcher was pulled from the course by aid station medical personnel around mile 23.

“I don’t remember much of it. It wasn’t my finest moment!” Fletcher said.

Fletcher’s next big race will be the Boston Marathon in April 2019.

Fletcher holds the fastest time ever by an Alaskan in a half marathon (1:04:06) and second-fastest in the marathon (2:14:45). Both those results came in 2017.

Currently 93 men have qualified for the 2020 Marathon Trials. Fletcher holds the 54th fastest time.

“I know I can run much faster!” Fletcher said.

November 7, 2018

By Matias Saari, Alaska Sports Blog Contributor

Marko Cheseto has had a monumental week.

On Sunday, his photo, with the caption “Kenya’s Blade Runner” was featured on the front page of Kenya’s newspaper The Daily Nation. That same day, the former University of Alaska Anchorage cross country and track standout ran the New York City Marathon in 2 hours, 52 minutes to set a new record for a bilateral (below the knee) double amputee on prosthetics.

Two days later in Orlando, Fla., Cheseto became a naturalized U.S. Citizen at a ceremony in Orlando, Fla.

“This country has offered me so much,” Cheseto, who came to Anchorage from Kenya in 2008, said on Facebook. “My higher education, a great family, running career and the list goes on and on.”

Cheseto’s life nearly ended in November, 2011 through a tragedy that attracted national attention. Suffering from depression following the suicide of his cousin (a fellow Kenyan runner at UAA), Cheseto spent 55 hours without shelter or adequate clothing in the snowy woods near UAA before walking out with hypothermia and frostbite. He says he does not remember the episode. Doctors subsequently had to amputate both of Cheseto’s feet above the ankles.

Eventually Cheseto, a popular Healthy Futures role-model athlete, resumed running on custom prosthetics (carbon fiber blades). He also earned a degree in nutrition from UAA and got married in 2014.

Initially he hoped to compete at the Paralympics and he even qualified for the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Brazil, though his participation fell through due to funding problems with the Kenyan team.

However, the longest event at the Paralympics is 400 meters, so Cheseto switched his focus to distance events, where before his accident he’d had considerable success (he still holds the Mayor’s Half Marathon record of 1:07:47 set in 2010).

But Alaska with its harsh winters is a tough place to train properly year-round. So this June Cheseto moved with wife Amanda and their three daughters to Orlando, Fla. There he works at a prosthetics manufacturing company and has a good training atmosphere.

“I am glad I moved. Everything is going well,” Cheseto said by phone.

Cheseto returned to race the Anchorage RunFest half marathon in August, placing 10th overall in 1:26:55. He also finished a 10K in Florida Sept. 30 in 37:27 (6:02 pace per mile).

Those efforts, along with training nearly 80 miles per week, helped prepare him for the New York City Marathon, one of the largest and most prestigious marathons in the world, though in retrospect he wishes he’d had more than 3 ½ months to get ready.

“This was my first marathon and I didn’t know what to expect. My goal was to run it in sub-3 (hours),” adding that the previous record for his category was 3:02 (the overall record for a double amputee is 2:42)

Cheseto, representing the Challenged Athletes Foundation, ambitiously sped through the first half in 1:20:37 (6:09 pace) despite being accidentally tripped and falling at Mile 8.

“Within 10 seconds I was up. I only had a bruise on my right elbow,” Cheseto said.

But the final five miles, which included some hills and many turns, proved to be difficult and Cheseto’s pace slowed considerably. “Running in prosthetics, the sudden changes in gradient are hard,” he said.

Spurred on by enthusiastic spectators, Cheseto still finished in 2:52:33, placing 614th among more than 52,000 runners.

Cheseto, 35, feels like he’s just getting started. He plans to race the Chicago Marathon next October, which features a flatter and straighter course than New York.

And he has a new goal: to run a marathon in under 2 hours, 20 minutes, a time that even few able-bodied runners achieve.

“My next move is just committing and training professionally,” said Cheseto, who has a coach in California. “Maybe in two years time I want to run with the elites in a marathon.”

Cheseto also looks forward to increased opportunities as a U.S. citizen. Tuesday’s ceremony fell on election day, which didn’t allow time for him to register and cast a ballot.

“The next election, I can vote,” he said.

NOTE: Other notable performances by Alaskans at the New York City Marathon included Michelle Baxter (149th place among women in 3:05:52) and Jay Mullen (527th place overall in 2:50:57).

 

November 6, 2018
Dane Kuiper basketball

Dane Kuiper

If the season opener for the University of New Mexico men’s basketball team is any indication of what’s going to happen this season, we can expect a breakout senior season from Wasilla’s Dane Kuiper.

The 6-foot-7 forward netted nine of his 15 points in the second half as the Lobos escaped with an 87-84 win over Cal State Northridge in California.

He played 26 minutes compared to his 18-minute career average and his point total tripled his career scoring average.

Kuiper, of Wasilla High fame, had a hand in 12 of New Mexico’s 45 second-half points.

He drilled a 3-pointer to open the half and two minutes later stole the ball and drained another trey to put team up 48-44.

At the 8:52 mark he converted an old-fashioned three-point play and two minutes later he assisted on a 3-point shot to put the Lobos up 72-68.

Kuiper made 5-of-8 field goals, including 3-of-5 on 3s. He added four rebounds, two steals and one assist.

Kelsey Griffin basketball

Kelsey Griffin

New team, same Kelsey Griffin.

It doesn’t matter which uniform the 6-foot-2 all-star wears in the WNBL, she continues to perform like an MVP.

After the Eagle River native spent her first six seasons in the WNBL with the Bendigo Spirit, the 6-foot-2 all-star is playing some of the best basketball of her career in her first season with the UC Capitals.

Griffin has bagged a double-double in each of the last three games after scoring 15 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in an 84-79 victory over Sydney in Canberra.

UC Capitals improved to 4-1 this season – a half-game out of first but a half-game ahead of Bendigo.

The veteran forward has been remarkably consistent over the years in Australia, yet even she has raised the bar with her new team.

Griffin, of Chugiak High fame, ranks third in the WNBL with 10.6 rebounds per game and fourth at 17.2 ppg.

Compared to previous years, this is her best season for rebounding, 3-point shooting percentage (.350) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2-to-1), and her second best for scoring and assists per game (2.6).

Griffin comes into the season after leading the Australian Opals national team to the gold medal Commonwealth Games after bagging 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals in a player-of-the-game performance.

The former NCAA All-American out of the University of Nebraska was the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup MVP with the Opals.

Before that she led Bendigo to a pair of WNBL titles in 2014 and 2013 as a two-time Grand Final MVP.

November 4, 2018
DaJonee Hale basketball

DaJonee Hale

DaJonee Hale of Anchorage used a perfect performance at the foul line to trigger her first 30-point game as a professional player in Germany.

The 5-foot-8 rookie went 12-for-12 at the free-throw line and finished with a season-high 30 points to lead Bamberg to a 79-71 victory over Wrzburg in the country’s second-division league.

The former NAIA player of the year out of Central Methodist University leads her team and ranks third in the league with a 21.5 points per game average.

Hale, of Houston High fame, also has games of 20, 24 and 25 points.

Bamberg leads the league’s South Division with a 5-1 record.

November 3, 2018
Riley Fredrickson football

Riley Fredrickson

Five Alaskans took center stage when NAIA football teams Valley City State University and Presentation College squared off in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Valley City won the NAIA game 49-21, thanks to the play of senior linebacker Riley Fredrickson, senior wide receiver Tyler Howell of Soldotna and senior offensive lineman Dahlton Wasankari of Wasilla.

Not to be outdone, Presentation got excellent efforts from sophomore wide receiver Marshal Chace of North Pole and sophomore wide receiver Michael Swoboda of Homer.

All told, it was a great look for Alaska football.

Tyler Howell football

Tyler Howell

Fredrickson, of Wasilla High, recorded a season-high eight tackles, including five solo stops, to go with his first interception in 24 career games.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder was all over the field. He earned a sack, had a pass deflection and forced a fumble for the first time.

Fredrickson has 134 tackles and 4.5 sacks for his career.

Howell, of Soldotna High fame, hauled in two catches (both on scoring drives) for a season-high 69 yards. He also had a 57-yard catch-and-run called back on a holding call.

Dahlton Wasankari football

Dahlton Wasankari

In the third quarter, the 5-foot-11, 174-pounder caught took a 36-yard pass play all the way down to the 1-yard line, just missing his first career touchdown.

Howell made 34 receptions for 348 yards in 15 career games. He also rushed the ball five times for 43 yards.

Wasankari, of Wasilla High, was part of an offensive line that blocked for six rushing touchdowns and helped Valley City hold possession for more than 32 minutes.

The 6-foot, 315-pounder has been starting games since his freshman season and was named all-conference last season.

Both Alaskans at Presentation made huge plays, with Chace scoring a touchdown and Swoboda blocking a punt.

Marshal Chace football

Marshal Chace

Chace, of North Pole High fame, was on the receiving end of a 60-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter that tied the game at 14-14.

It was the second touchdown of the season for the 6-foot, 182-pound wideout.

Chace delivered a fabulous first season for Presentation with 40 catches, 538 yards and a pair of scores in nine games.

He delivered a season-best 11-reception, 132-yard performance against Dakota State last month. He also had two games with eight catches.

Michael Swoboda football

Michael Swoboda

Swoboda, of Homer High fame, made the special teams’ play of the game when he blocked a punt and recovered the loose ball in a scoreless game in the first quarter.

Just last week, the 5-foot-8, 175-pounder was named his team’s special teams player of the week.

Looks like Swoboda could win the award again.

The Alaska pipeline to Valley City and Presentation has produced a total of 17 players being on the roster of both teams.

November 2, 2018
Keegan Messing figure skating

Keegan Messing

Girdwood’s Keegan Messing captured his first Grand Prix medal after striking silver at Skate Canada in Quebec.

The 26-year-old used a first-place showing in the short program and a second-place effort in the long program to add up to one of his greatest accomplishment on ice.

Defending Skate Canada champion Shoma Uno of Japan leapfrogged Messing on the final day, winning by an 11-point margin, in a battle between Olympic skaters. At the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, Uno won silver and Messing took 12th for Team Canada.

Messing, who is a dual citizen, led by almost seven points after the short program and delivered a strong Charlie Chaplin-themed free skate, but his program did not have the technical merit compared to Uno. That meant Messing had to be perfect.

It’s been a big year for Messing, who completed at the Olympics, won the Nebelhorn Trophy, captured his first Grand Prix medal and got engaged to girlfriend Lane Hodson.

She said yes after he proposed at McHugh Peak in the Chugach Mountains.

“We had to pitch a wind block because it was blowing about 30-40 miles an hour up there,” Messing told the Anchorage Daily News. “Everything went wrong. I made her favorite soup but then forgot the matches for the stove. So no soup. No hot chocolate.

“But if she says ‘yes’ when everything goes wrong …”

November 1, 2018
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October 31, 2018
Rachel Thompson soccer

Rachel Thompson

Fresh off helping the Washington State University women’s soccer team earn a draw against the defending NCAA champions, junior goalkeeper Rachel Thompson of Nikiski was rewarded by the conference.

She was named Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week for the second time this season.

Thompson matched a career high with nine saves in a 1-1 tie with Stanford and also anchored a 4-2 win over Cal.

She faced 31 shots in 110 minutes against Stanford, which leads the nation in shots on goal.

The win against Cal snapped a five-game losing streak.

Thompson, of Nikiski High fame, has a posted 6-4-1 record with two shutouts in 12 appearances.

The first time she had nine saves came against UCLA in a 1-0 win for her first college clean sheet.

The first time she won Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week she closed out a 3-0 win over Idaho and added an assist, the program’s first for a keeper since 2015.

October 30, 2018
Sean Duffy football

Sean Duffy

Coming off a career day in the pocket, University of Dubuque quarterback Sean Duffy of Anchorage has been named American Rivers Conference Football Offensive Player of the Week.

The sophomore transfer threw for a season-high 367 yards and six touchdowns in a 54-35 victory over Nebraska Wesleyan University.

That’s more than the 459 yards and five TDs he accumulated his entire freshman season at City College of San Francisco, where he started one of six games.

Duffy, of West High fame, came to Dubuque and has settled in nicely.

After a slow start, he has doubled his efficiently rating (87.4 to 151.2) and had four games over 194 and two over 200.

Meanwhile, his completion percentage has gone from .500 to .590.

On the season, Duffy has thrown 22 TD passes compared to seven interceptions.

October 29, 2018
Aaron Tomasuolo football

Aaron Tomasuolo

Dakota College at Bottineau freshman quarterback Aaron Tomasuolo of Chugiak finished the season strong to build confidence going into next season.

He was a late replacement under center in a 41-15 loss to North Dakota State College of Science during a Minnesota College Athletic Conference quarterfinal playoff game in Wahpeton, North Dakota.

Tomasuolo, of Chugiak High fame, entered in the fourth quarter and promptly completed his first pass en route to leading the Jacks on a scoring drive, capped by his 28-yard touchdown strike.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder finished 4-of-9 passing with 70 yards and a touchdown.

Two weeks earlier, Tomasuolo threw a 15-yard touchdown on his only pass attempt in the fourth-quarter of a 48-2 win over Minnesota State Community & Technical College.

Felila Manu hockey

Felila Manu

Felila Manu of Anchorage scored her first goal of the season for the Merrimack College women’s hockey team in a 5-0 win over Holy Cross during NCAA D1 action in Worcester, Massachusetts.

It was the fifth career goal for the senior defenseman and her 20th career point.

Manu, of East High fame, has collected 5-15—20 totals as a defense-first player.

Last year, she led the team with 64 blocked shots.

The Alaskan is something of an ironwoman for the Warriors, having played every single game of her career for the 3-year-old program.

October 28, 2018
Levi Thomet Cross Country Running

Levi Thomet

Kodiak’s Levi Thomet was among the five University of Oregon runners who scored points for the Ducks at the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships in Stanford, California.

The junior runner missed a top-30 finish by one second as he broke the line of the men’s 8K in 23:49.

Thomet, of Kodiak High fame, was fifth among the 10 Oregon runners in the race.

October 27, 2018
Elizabeth Balsan cross country

Elizabeth Balsan

Two years after getting injured at the Western Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships, Anchorage’s Elizabeth Balsan returned and captured glory.

The Grand Canyon University junior runner took 11th place out of 70 women in the 6K race in Seattle, Washington.

That result earned the Alaskan All-WAC second team recognition for the first time.

Balsan, of Anchorage Christian Schools fame, crossed in 21:20 and outsprinted a pack that included runners from Missouri Kansas City, New Mexico State, Texas Rio Grand and Utah Valley.

She was the top runner for her team, which finished sixth.

“This is Liz’s second season fully healthy,” GCU coach Sara Slattery said on the school’s website. “She got injured at this meet two years ago, so, it was good having her come away healthy and strong, and having her be our top finisher. I thought she ran a solid race the whole way.”

October 26, 2018
Allie Ostrander cross country running

Allie Ostrander

Allie Ostrander of Kenai earned her third first-team All-Mountain West honors after the junior runner placed fourth at the conference cross country championships in San Diego, California.

She was the top finisher for the Boise State University women’s team, which finished two points behind New Mexico for the Mountain West team title.

Ostrander, of Kenai High fame, clocked a 6K time of 20:14 as she finished behind three New Mexico teammates – the same three women that went 1-2-3 in 2017.

She was the conference champion as a freshman and finished fourth as a redshirt sophomore.

Andrew Shortridge hockey

Andrew Shortridge

Anchorage’s Andrew Shortridge turned aside 22 shots in a 4-1 win over American International College in his first start of the season for the Quinnipiac University hockey team.

The junior goaltender reached a major milestone with his 1,000th career save.

Shortridge improved to 24-17-2 with a 2.16 goals against average and .915 save percentage in 48 career games. He has 1,007 saves.

October 25, 2018
Nolan Walker hockey

Nolan Walker

Anchorage’s Nolan Walker has really taken to his new gig in college hockey.

The St. Cloud State University freshman has registered a point in each of his first five games in a Huskies sweater after bagging two goals in a 7-0 win over Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Walker has scored three goals on just five shots on goal to go with three assists.

The 5-foot-10 forward is tied for third on the second-ranked team in the country with six points.

St. Cloud moved to 5-0 on the season and has outscored opponents 25-5.

October 24, 2018
Austin Vanderford mixed martial arts

Austin Vanderford

Ninilchik’s Austin Vanderford earned another win by stoppage over another solid opponent, helping the 28-year-old mixed martial arts fighter move to 6-0 for his professional career.

The former NAIA wrestling champion out of Southern Oregon University knocked out Brazil’s Edmilson Freitas in just 98 seconds on the undercard of FFC 32 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Vanderford, of Ninilchik High fame, turned pro only 19 months ago, yet he’s already built a remarkable resume against a list of accomplished fighters that were a combined 28-11 before facing him.

Three out of his last four opponents were 7-2 before losing to the Alaskan, nicknamed ‘AK-47.’

He brought plenty of pop against Freitas, landing a series of booming punches that ended the fight in the first round.

In his six wins, Vanderford has two by KO, two by submission and two by decision.

Ashton Jessee volleyball

Ashton Jessee

Anchorage’s Ashton Jessee threw a block party in Fresno, California.

The University of Hawaii Hilo middle blocker equaled the highest blocks total in a PacWest Conference match since 2013 with three solo blocks and 10 block assists in a four-set win over Fresno Pacific University.

Her career-high 13 blocks were one shy of the school record, set by Alofa Tagataese in 1984.

Jessee, of South High fame, added four kills with a .357 hitting percentage.

The 6-foot-3 sophomore leads the PacWest with 1.25 blocks per set and ranks sixth with a .352 attack percentage in 21 matches.