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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October 19, 2017

Rebecca McKee of Anchorage is thrilled with her performance at Saturday’s Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

McKee, the owner and coach of Peak Center Alaska, placed eighth in the 45-49 age group among non-professionals in 10 hours, 40 minutes and 41 seconds. She was also the 91st female overall.

“I gave it all I had today,” McKee wrote on Facebook. “I gambled a little and flirted with the (age-group) podium. … I’m beyond proud and excited to have finished eighth today!”

Rebecca McKee (left) and Kinsey Laine

The famous event, which has tough qualification standards, begins with a 2.4-mile swim followed by a 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run.

McKee, 45, had her strongest leg on the bike, which she completed in 5:36. On that leg, she improved in her division from the 26th fastest split to the eighth fastest. McKee spent 1:09 in the water and finished with a marathon of 3:47.

McKee revealed that she needed medical attention after the race.

“I got to spend some time in the med tent due to my blood pressure dropping too low,” she wrote.

McKee’s result was a considerable improvement from three previous Ironman Worlds: she finished in 10:53 in 2016, 11:03 in 2014 and 11:01 in 2013.

Meanwhile, Kinsey Laine, a 28-year-old former swimmer and coach at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, took 10:56:48 to cover the grueling course, good for 18th in the 25-29 age group and 104th among non-professional women.

Laine, who was Alaska’s top triathlete before moving to Oregon this summer, started strong with a swim of 55:35. This placed her second in her age group and was faster than 26 of the 38 professionals who started.

Laine, racing her first time at the Ironman World Championships, dropped back with the 17th fastest age group time on the bike (5:44:38) before struggling on the run (4:07:04) and being passed by McKee.

– By Matias Saari, Alaska Sports Blog contributor

October 18, 2017

Travante Williams basketball

Travante Williams

Now in Portugal, Travante Williams of Anchorage started the season on the bench in part because the team probably didn’t know much about him.

They know now.

Oliveirense added the 6-foot-3 guard to the starting lineup and the Alaskan paid immediate dividends in a 93-78 win over FC Porto.

Williams, of Mt. Edgecumbe fame, scored 14 points, grabbed six rebounds and made four steals to earn the team’s highest individual ranking.

He sank 5-for-7 field goals, with his only two misses being 3-pointers. He made all four free throws.

Oliveirense [3-0] is one of three unbeatens in Portugal’s top division.

Williams recorded 9 points and 9 rebounds in the game before his first start.

October 17, 2017

Clair DeGeorge hockey

Clair DeGeorge

Clair DeGeorge of Anchorage has been an instant hit with Bemidji State women’s hockey team.

The freshman forward leads the team in scoring after six games and has garnered at least one point in each of the first three series of the season.

DeGeorge played especially well in the second game of last weekend’s home series with nationally ranked Minnesota.

The 5-foot-10 winger assisted on the tying goal in the second and third periods to help push the game to overtime, where the Golden Gophers escaped with a 5-4 win.

DeGeorge has one goal and four assists in six games with Bemidji State.

She leads the team in points and assists, and is tied for second with 12 shots.

One of her teammates is Anchorage’s Bailey Wright.

October 16, 2017
Ethan Falaniko football

Ethan Falaniko

Ethan Falaniko of Anchorage made the most out of his limited playing time with the University of South Dakota football team and in the process accomplished some state history.

The freshman running back finished the final series of the fourth quarter and picked up two first downs to close out a 56-6 victory over Indiana State in Vermillion, South Dakota.

Falaniko, of Bartlett High fame, rushed for a career-high 26 yards on six consecutive carries inside the final six minutes.

To most college football fans his performance wasn’t anything special, but here in Alaska it represents a step in the right direction.

With no college or professional teams, the state struggles to gain respect on the national level.

Falaniko is hoping to change that.

He’s the first Alaskan in 11 years to play running back for an NCAA D1 school.

His 26 rushing yards were the most by an Alaska player at the D1 level since Nov 8, 2006, when former Dimond star Brett Denton of the Boise State ran for 125 yards against Utah State.

Arguably the greatest college running back from Alaska was former Chugiak star Yohance Humphrey, who rushed for 4,070 yards during a Hall of Fame career at the University of Montana from 1998 to 2001.

Falaniko also rushed for 24 yards in his college debut against Drake on Sept 2. He also appeared in a game against North Dakota but did not carry the ball.

On the season, 5-foot-10, 230-pounder has amassed 50 yards on 10 carries. His longest runs are 11 and 9 yards.

By comparison, Denton logged 416 career yards  and 4 TDs in 20 games at Boise State. He also made 7 receptions for 76 yards and a score.

October 15, 2017

Croix Evingson hockey

Croix Evingson

After losing its first three games of the season, the University of Massachusetts Lowell hockey team needed a spark.

Enter Anchorage’s own 1-2 punch.

Croix Evingson hit ‘em early and Kenny Hausinger hit ‘em late as the 12th-ranked River Hawks beat Nebraska Omaha 5-2 in a conference crossover game in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Evingston was credited with the game-winning goal in the second period after scoring on an odd-man breakaway coming out of the penalty box to make it 3-0.

The 6-foot-5 defenseman made his college debut in this game. He finished with

Evingston was drafted in the seventh round by the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets over the summer.

Kenny Hausinger hockey

Kenny Hausinger

Hausinger netted an unassisted goal in the third period, his second goal of the season.

The sophomore forward has collected points in three of four games this season.

The 5-foot-9 winger has 11 goals in 42 career games at UMass Lowell.

Last season he registered 9 goals and 9 assists for 18 points, third most among first-year players.

Four of his goals have been game winners.

October 14, 2017

Conor Feckley football

Conor Feckley

This season hasn’t exactly been a thing of beauty for Dubuque University quarterback Conor Feckley of Anchorage, but he looked good today against Nebraska Wesleyan.

The senior signal caller threw two key touchdowns in the second quarter to help the Spartans pull away in a 42-27 win during NCAA D3 action in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Dubuque and served as a measure of redemption for Feckley, who was bench a few weeks ago.

With the score tied at 14-14 after the first quarter, he tossed scoring strikes of 29 and 81 yards to give Dubuque a 28-14 lead at halftime.

Feckley, of West High fame, orchestrated scoring drives of 78 and 76 yards in the second half.

He finished with 200 yards on just 7-of-20 passing.

Feckley has thrown for 1,052 yards and 10 TDs – a far cry from last year when he finished third nationally with 37 TDs and 14th with 3,129 yards.

October 13, 2017

Whitney Williams football

Whitney Williams

Whitney Williams of Anchorage collect her sixth career doubles title with the Abilene Christian University women’s tennis team in Dallas, Texas.

Maybe more importantly, though, she moved closer to a coveted record among Alaska players.

With 116 career victories, Williams is now within single digits of matching the state record of 125 set by Anchorage’s Emma Lewis at Bowdoin College.

Both players are of South High fame.

Williams and partner Lucile Pothier claimed the No. 1 doubles title with a 6-4 win over a Louisiana Monroe team in the finals at Metroplex Mania at the SMU Tennis Complex.

Williams lost both matches at No. 2 singles, including a three-setter in an elimination match.

She made up for it in doubles, where the Abilene Christian duo defeated three talented teams.

The Georgia State team they beat 6-1 featured an All-Sun Belt performer. The team from SMU they beat 7-5 featured one All-Big 12 player and another All-MAC player. And the team they beat from Louisiana Monroe qualified for the NCAA Championships last season.

October 12, 2017

Danielle VanOrd soccer

Danielle VanOrd

Whenever the Lane Community College women’s soccer team scores a goal, chances are an Alaskan played a role in making it happen.

The Titans feature four freshmen starters from The Last Frontier, including leading scorer Danielle VanOrd from Anchorage.

Overall, Alaskans have produced 47 percent of the team’s total offense with 33 of 71 points.

VanOrd, of Bartlett High fame, leads the way with 10 goals and 22 points.

Her goal total is tied for 11th in the NWAC and her point total is 17th. She has scored two goals in back-to-back games.

The other Alaskans on the Lane team include Alia Donley of Wasilla, Autumn Straub of Anchorage and Jessie Scott of Eagle River.

Alia Donley soccer

Alia Donley

Donley, of Mat-Su Career & Tech High fame, has accumulated 3-1–7 totals in 13 games.

The midfielder scored on her first shot in her first college game and never let up.

She is currently riding a three-game points streak with a goal-assist-goal.

Lane sits in second place in the NWAC’s South Region standings with 15 points and a 5-3 league record. The Titans are 6-5-2 overall.

Autumn Straub soccer

Autumn Straub

Straub, of Service High fame, has four assists in 13 games.

The defender eased into the college game while going pointless in her first seven games.

Then she found her offensive grove with four assists over her next six games.

Her first career assist was on a goal from VanOrd in the 73 minute. She added another assist in the 89th minute. Beter later than never.

Jessie Scott soccer

Jessie Scott

Scott, of Eagle River High fame, has started 12 of 13 matches, and although she hasn’t recorded a point, all six of her shots have been on goal. So it’s only a matter of time.

All four Alaskans played at different high schools, but now they are on the same side in college and leading Lane into playoff contention.

October 11, 2017

Ariela Lewis soccer

Ariela Lewis

Ariela Lewis of Anchorage has scored more goals and racked up more assists than any other player in NCAA D1 women’s soccer.

The Alabama State University senior striker is the country’s career leader with 53 goals and 134 points. She ranks fourth with 28 assists.

Lewis, of Dimond High fame, has continued her scoring spree this season with eight goals in 12 games.

She’s netted five goals in her last five games, including two scores and her first assist of the season in a 4-1 win over Howard last week.

That performance earned Lewis the Southwestern Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week award.

Last year she was the SWAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year.

On the NCAA active career list, Lewis owns a 20-point advantage and 9-goal edge over No. 2 Martha Thomas of the University of North Carolina Charlotte heading into the second half of the season.

In terms of Alabama State history, Lewis is still chasing her twin sister, Aaliyah, who graduated last year. Aaliyah holds school records for goals [57], assists [33] and points [147].

October 10, 2017

Aaron Fletcher running marathon

Aaron Fletcher

Anchorage runner Aaron Fletcher has taken unbeatable to a whole new level.

The 25-year-old broke course records and won all four races he participated in this summer, capping his 2017 season at the St. George Marathon in Utah, where he posted the second-fastest 26.2-mile time by an Alaskan.

Fletcher, of South High fame, clocked a time of 2 hours, 14 minutes, 45 seconds in the St. George Marathon to best a field of 2,504 men’s finishers.

The only other Alaskan to run a faster marathon time was Chugiak’s David Morris, who went 2:09:32 at the 1999 Chicago Marathon.

It seemed to be the only record Fletcher didn’t break this summer.

In addition to the St. George Marathon, he shattered course records at the Timp Trail Marathon, the Elephant Rock Trail Run and the Top of Utah Half Marathon.

October 9, 2017

Ben Gall cross country running

Ben Gall

California Baptist University has boasted the best cross-country running program in the Pacific West Conference since 2011.

In those six years, the men have won six conference titles while the women have won four.

Runners come and go, but the consistent factor has been coach Ben Gall of Anchorage.

Gall, of East High fame, is in his seventh season at the helm of the men’s and women’s teams at the NCAA D2 school in Riverside, California.

The six-time Pac West Coach of the Year led both teams to the national championships last year and both teams are nationally ranked this year, with the women at No. 6 and the men at No. 9.

Over the weekend, the Cal Baptist women upset the Nos. 1 and 4 teams to win the Lewis Conference Crossover meet in Chicago, Illinois.

“This win today means a lot to us for sure,” Gall told the school’s website. “Beating two teams that hardly lose in Grand Valley State and Hillsdale is huge for us, it was definitely an exciting moment.”

Gall is one of at least four Alaskans coaching college programs in the Lower 48.
Others include Ben Welch of Wasilla at Eastern Oregon, David Morris of Chugiak at Carroll College and Matt Morris of Fairbanks at Colorado State Pueblo.

October 8, 2017

Caleb Holley football

Caleb Holley

Once he caught the ball in stride, Caleb Holley of Anchorage left the defense in his dust.

The second-year wide receiver with the Saskatchewan Roughriders hauled in career-best 75-yard catch-and-run touchdown to highlight a 27-24 win over the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League.

Holley, of East High fame, came off the line in motion and ran a quick slant pattern, catching the ball all alone in the middle of the field.

The 6-foot-4 speedster broke a tackle at the 50-yard line and then outsprinted two defenders all the way to the end zone.

Holley’s touchdown came on the final play of the third quarter and put Saskatchewan ahead 24-17.

He finished the game with a team-high 86 receiving yards on two receptions.

It was Holley’s third touchdown this season and fifth in 20 career CFL games.

October 7, 2017

Andrew Shortridge hockey

Andrew Shortridge

Andrew Shortridge of Eagle River gave underdog Quinnipiac University men’s hockey team every chance at knocking off 13th-ranked Boston College in the season opener.

He kept a clean sheet for the first 55 minutes before surrendering a power-play goal late in regulation and settling for a 1-1 tie in Boston, Massachusetts.

The sophomore goaltender finished with 25 saves, including nine in the first period when he helped establish the flow of the game.

Shortridge, of Eagle River High fame, entered the season ranked among the NCAA’s active career leaders in save percentage [.920/10th] and goals against average [2.08/7th].

He only bettered those numbers while earning his first tie in 26 career games. His career record now stands at 13-7-1.

October 6, 2017

Eric Schierhorn hockey

Eric Schierhorn

Already the best goaltender in the Big Ten, University of Minnesota’s Eric Schierhorn of Anchorage is also one of the finest in the country.

The two-time Big Ten Conference Goaltender of the Year was among 20 goalies named to the watch list for the Mike Richter Award, which honors the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA Division I men’s hockey each season.

He was nominated for the award two years ago, just one of four freshman to be considered for the award.

His 23 wins, five shutouts and 984 saves were most among Big Ten goaltenders last season. The then-sophomore also posted career bests for save percentage (.908) and goals against average (2.61).

In tonight’s season opener, Schierhorn turned aside 40 shots but Minnesota suffered a 4-3 overtime loss to Minnesota Duluth at the Ice Breaker Tournament.

It was Schierhorn’s 76 consecutive start, which moved him into a tie for 10th all-time in NCAA history for consecutive starts.

He’s now just two shy of the Minnesota school record.

October 5, 2017

Bubacar Touray soccer

Bubacar Touray

Anchorage’s Bubacar Touray isn’t afraid to take his shot for the Tacoma Community College men’s soccer team.

The freshman midfielder leads his team and ranks seventh in the NWAC with 30 shots.

He’s also his team’s best offensive weapon.

Touray, of West High fame, bagged his fifth goal in a 2-0 win over Belluvue College in Tacoma, Washington.

Tacoma has won seven matches, including all four when Touray scores a goal.

Last spring’s Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year has buried five of his nine shots on goal.

October 4, 2017

Derryk Snell football

Derryk Snell

Derryk Snell uses his elusive moves to avoid getting tackled on the high school football field, but the Chugiak Mustangs senior scoring machine didn’t need to dance around his college decision.

He picked the school that’s been with him since the start: Montana State University.

The Alaska player-of-the-year candidate has verbally commitment to the Bobcats of Bozeman and could sign his letter of intent in December when he makes his official visit.

“I might sign on Dec. 20, but if not, I’ll sign in February,” Snell told me. “With playoffs just in a couple of days, making the decision gives me a lot of confidence and it just shows that all my hard work with my team and family is finally coming true since Division I football is our dream.”

Snell has racked up a state-best 31 touchdowns at running back and wide receiver this year to help the undefeated Chugiak Mustangs assert themselves as the team to beat at the ASAA First National Bowl large-school playoffs, which begin this weekend.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder is a shifty runner with good cutback skills and faster-than-he-looks speed. He also has good hands and packs a powerful stiff arm that makes him difficult to bring down.

The coaches at Montana State want to keep him on offense, which makes Snell happy.

“They recruited me as a tight end but they said I’ll be getting some receiver and running back time as well,” he said. “The most exciting thing is I get to play at the highest level of college sports and get to play against the best in the nation. I could possibly be playing against or even with NFL or CFL players.”

Western State Colorado and Eastern Washington also expressed interest in Snell.

The Montana State coaches have had their eye on the Alaskan for the last year and got to know him better after inviting him to a camp in Bozeman, where he put together a strong performance on and off the field.

“I love the coaches; they have high energy,” he said. “I want to be a part of something like that.”

October 3, 2017

Logan Williams bowling

Logan Williams

Anchorage’s Logan Williams helped the Robert Morris University bowling team place second at the Boilermaker Classic in West Lafayette, Indiana.

The junior transfer tied for 97th out of 227 finishers in the men’s competition, the first meet of the college bowling season.

Williams, of Bartlett High fame, averaged a score of 184.5 in five games with a high of 220.

Robert Morris had the second-best team score among the 20 colleges that participated.

“We are really good this year,” he told me, “and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Williams finished ninth on his team – a far cry from his days at Iowa Central when he was arguably his team’s top dog.

Last year, he won a NJCAA national championship in doubles and finished second to his partner for the individual national title.

But this is why he came to Robert Morris, which in 2013 won the NAIA national title and USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships national title.

“RMU has a great bowling program with some one of the best coaches in the nation,” Williams said. “It’s more like a big family, which is a great feeling being away from home.”

Williams is majoring in business administration.

October 2, 2017

Brynn Sulte volleyball

Brynn Sulte

Anchorage’s Brynn Sulte has a lot of responsibilities as a first-year cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Yet the freshman middle hitter has managed to still contribute to the volleyball team.

Sulte, of Dimond High fame, has a 3-to-1 kill-to-error ratio and owns the team’s best attack percentage.

The 6-foot-2 net player has 17 kills compared to just 5 errors for a staggering .387 hitting percentage.

The two-time Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year has played in 17 of the team’s 67 sets as the NCAA D1 Falcons slowly work her into the lineup.

October 1, 2017

Phillip Fenumiai football

Phillip Fenumiai

When it comes to college football players from Alaska, Phillip Fenumiai of Juneau is one of the best.

And most versatile.

The Western Oregon University senior playmaker is one of the rare Alaskans to accomplish the trifecta on offense by scoring touchdowns as a passer, rusher and receiver.

Fenumiai, of Juneau-Douglas High fame, scored his 26th career touchdown and first of the season on a 7-yard run in the third quarter in a 48-17 loss to Azusa Pacific in Glendora, California.

The game symbolized the do-everything skills of the 6-foot-3, 235-pounder, who rushed for 31 yards, caught a 4-yard reception and attempted one pass.

He can play quarterback, tight end and fullback. He’s also played on special teams.

Of his 26 TDs, he’s passed for 18, rushed for six and caught two.

Fenumiai has racked up 3,122 career yards – 2,065 passing, 975 rushing and 82 receiving.

Most of his receptions came as a freshman when he played tight end. Since then he’s played most of time at quarterback.

As a junior, he led Western Oregon with 1,387 passing yards, 10 passing touchdowns and 480 rushing yards.

As a sophomore, he found the end zone 12 times and finished second on the team with 450 rushing yards, including four scores on the ground.

September 30, 2017
Lui Fa’amasino football

Lui Fa’amasino

Anchorage’s Lui Fa’amasino played a college football game in front of a crowd big enough to be Alaska’s second-largest city.

The New Mexico State starting linebacker traveled to SEC country to face Arkansas before of an announced crowd of 70,727 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Fa’amasino, of West High fame, didn’t wilt under the bright lights as he registered 12 tackles and forced his first fumble in a 42-24 defeat.

The 6-foot, 230-pounder had six solo tackles, including a tackle for loss, to go with six assisted tackles.

He ranks third on New Mexico State with 43 tackles on the season, including tied for second with 19 solo tackles.

Fa’amasino also has 3.5 tackles for loss and a half sack.

Aislinn Waite soccer

Aislinn Waite

Anchorage’s Aislinn Waite is a lucky charm for the Southern Oregon University women’s soccer team.

The sophomore midfielder scored the game-winning goal in the 68th minute to secure a 1-0 win over Northwest Christian in Springfield, Oregon.

Waite, of Service High fame, has two goals on five shots on net this year for the NAIA Raiders of Ashland, Oregon.

Southern Oregon improved to 3-0 all-time when the Alaskan scores dating to last year.

September 29, 2017

Dominick Meriweather MMA

Dominick Meriweather

Despite violent nature of MMA, the sport brings out the softer side in many fighters.

Anchorage’s Dominick Meriweather is no different.

Raised by an abusive father, he lived with rage and carried it everywhere. He needed an outlet.

“I was really angry when I got involved with mixed martial arts,” he told me.

A formula of training, discipline and structure did wonders for Meriweather. His attitude on life shifted. Confidence replaced doubt, peace overcame fury.

“I didn’t expect it to impact my life,” he said. “People don’t realize how much it clears your mind and heals the soul.”

Meriweather turned pro in 2015 and the 5-foot-9, 155-pounder has won his first four fights, including three by TKO.

The hard-hitting lightweight is one of Alaska’s most promising fighters and was included on FloCombat’s list of North America’s top 155-pound prospects.

“I want to win for Alaska,” he said. “Eventually I want to bring a belt back home. This is my home and I want to continue to build it up.”

Growing up in an abusive environment didn’t push him towards MMA; in fact, he initially grappled with the idea of using his fists to make money.

“It definitely felt weird to go hit people and get paid for it,” he said.

Meriweather, 25, doesn’t have a violent nature. He has a full-time job with K&L Distributors during the week and he works with children on the weekend, something he takes serious.

The kids get a kick out of him being a pro fighter and they gave him a nickname and slogan: ‘Mocha Bear Don’t Care.’

“I put that on my fight shirts,” he said, proudly.

Meriweather also draws inspiration from his daughter, Arya, who pushes him to work hard as a fighter and as a father.

“My ultimate goal in life is to give her all the things I didn’t have and I will die to make it happen,” he said.

He trains at Anchorage Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The coaches there have changed his life.

They convinced him that an angry mind is a narrow mind. They pushed his limits. They broke him down and put him back together.

“Martial arts is without a doubt the best way to cope with multiple issues in life, especially if you have a fantastic team behind you that supports and cares about you,” Meriweather said.

September 28, 2017

Kalameli Matautia volleyball

Kalameli Matautia

Kodiak’s Kalameli Matautia has meant double trouble for opposing volleyball teams in the NWAC.

The Columbia Basin College sophomore has posted double figures in kills in five of the last six matches and digs in two of the last three.

All the while the Hawks had soared to the top of the NWAC’s East Region with a 5-0 start.

Matautia, of Kodiak High fame, recently posted a marvelous 17-kill, 17-dig effort to spark a 5-set win over Spokane.

It was the fifth match in a row in which she increased her kill total from previous match, building from 8 to 10 to 11 to 15 to 17.

The 5-foot-9 outside hitter ranks second on her team with 102 kills and third with 66 digs.

September 27, 2017
Griffin Effenberger basketball

Griffin Effenberger

Even though Ketchikan’s Griffin Effenberger is quite a bit younger than his sister Laci, the game of basketball has kept them close.

Laci was a true hardwood hero, a persistent player who overcame seven knee surgeries to become a scoring sensation at Clackamas CC and NCAA D1 starter at Cal State East Bay.

Now 25, she’s a second-year assistant at Northwest Nazarene in Nampa, Idaho.

“After growing up watching my Sister play the point guard, I have followed her footsteps and done the same,” Griffin told me. “Now that Laci is a college coach, she has continued to help me grow on and off the court.”

Effenberger, of Schoenbar Middle School fame, is currently a high school junior in Spokane, Washington, where his father got a new job.

“During my current recruitment, I have had the opportunity to meet coaches and play at different campuses throughout Montana, Oregon, California, Idaho and Washington,” he said. “I plan to keep working and see where the future leads me.”

The 6-foot-4 guard only hopes to duplicate his sister’s career.

In 2014, Laci pumped in a NWAC tournament record 42 points for Clackamas and averaged 29.7 points in three tournament games.

Laci Effenberger basketball

Laci Effenberger

At Cal State East Bay, she set school records for most 3-pointers in a game [7] and season [96]. She also made at least one triple in 47 consecutive games.

Hard act to follow, but Griff is up for the challenge.

“My main takeaway from Laci is that, your time on the basketball floor can be taken from you at any second,” he said. “So I don’t take anything for granted. She has taught me that being a part of any team is a privilege.”

He’s hoping to return to Ketchikan next year.

“Next year I am hoping to bring my high school team to the infamous Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic,” Effenberger said.

September 26, 2017
Kayla Sims volleyball

Kayla Sims

Kayla Sims of Anchorage reached 1,600 career assists to inch closer on the all-time list for The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, California.

The junior setter ranks No. 7 on the NAIA school’s assist list, needing just 34 more to reach the No. 6 spot.

She’s on pace to become just the fifth player in The Master’s history to reach 2,000.

Sims, of South High fame, is also knocking on the door of the top 10 aces list. She has 91, needing 110 to make the cut.

She is averaging 7.3 assists per set and has a season high of 50. She’s also got 35 kills and a .212 attack percentage.