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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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February 20, 2017

Dylan Baker baseball

Dylan Baker

He hasn’t pitched in a baseball game in two years, yet Dylan Baker of Juneau has remained on the 40-man roster for the Cleveland Indians because of his rocket right arm.

The 24-year-old has a crazy-good fastball that touches 97 mph and crazy-bad luck with injuries that have kept him off the field.

Upside trumps downtrodden, so Baker is back at spring training this year with the reigning American League champion Indians in Goodyear, Arizona.

And he’s not messing around.

He recently aced the team’s annual endurance test for pitchers and catchers, called the ‘beep test,’ in which he outlasted the rest of the field.

“We had to run 20 yards down and back in a certain amount of time, then we would get about 10 seconds to rest, which kept getting less and less as we ran more. I ran 69 of them and got $750 for winning. It was awesome,” Baker told me.

Traditionally, the winner completes only 40 laps before bowing out.

However, Baker is more resilient than most. How else do you explain him sticking with his dream after suffering a broken ankle in 2014, Tommy John surgery in 2015 and lingering elbow problems in 2016.

“I never realized I was this mentally tough to get through all of this,” he said. “My wife, family and friends were huge supporters too, so that helped me a ton.

“It’s been an unbelievable road and it definitely will make this year probably one of the most special years for sure. I can’t wait.”

Baker attended spring training last year with the Indians, but obviously didn’t throw the ball.

This time around he is reportedly contending for a roster spot in the bullpen.

“I’m feeling really good,” he said. “I can’t wait to start feeling that rush again. There is nothing like it.”

He has pitched four seasons in the minor leagues, racking up 54 professional appearances with an 11-10 record, 3.68 ERA and 240 strikeouts in 242 innings.

Baker is one of eight Alaskans to win 10 games and earn 200 Ks at the pro level.

He last pitched in 2015 when he threw a five-inning no-hitter with nine strikeouts for Class A+ Lynchburg. Last season he was projected to be a starter for Class AA Akron before more elbow issues sidelined him for the year.

He’s grateful to be back at spring training, where the Indians never lost hope with their former fifth-round draft pick.

“They always had my back,” Baker said. “The Indians and all the staff were always checking up on me, making sure everything was going good. Just a great feeling knowing I have all that.”

February 19, 2017

Ruthy Hebard basketball

Ruthy Hebard

Who holds the Pac-12 record for field-goal percentage?

The answer could be Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks.

The freshman with the University of Oregon women’s basketball team lifted her season percentage to .649, which is on pace to break the conference record of .645 set in 2007 by Judie Lomax of Oregon State.

Hebard, of West Valley High fame, is also on pace to shatter the school record of .614 set in 1981 by Debbie Adams.

Hebard has sank 163-of-251 field goals with two regular-season games before the Pac-12 Championships and NCAA Tournament.

The 6-foot-4 forward leads Oregon and ranks ninth in the Pac-12 with 14.9 points and fifth with 8.6 rebounds in 27 games.

Over the last 12 seasons of Ducks basketball, Hebard’s 418 points are the sixth highest and her 240 rebounds are seventh.

She’s just the sixth player in school history to shoot above 60 percent in a season, the first since 1993.

February 18, 2017

Michael Joseph basketball

Michael Joseph

Last home game meant one last time to shine for Anchorage’s Michael Joseph.

The senior matched his career high with four 3-pointers on his way to scoring a season-high 16 points in a 76-70 victory over Puget Sound in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Joseph, of West High fame, increased his scoring average to 8.9 points in 24 games.

It marked the 11th time he reached double digits.

Jacob Calloway basketball

Jacob Calloway

Juneau’s Jacob Calloway had his first double-figure scoring game since before Christmas to help Southern Utah University snap a long losing streak.

The freshman came off the bench to drain five 3-pointers on his way to scoring 16 points in an 84-68 win over Northern Arizona in Cedar, Utah.

The win snapped SUU’s 11-game losing streak.

Calloway, of Thunder Mountain High fame, made all five of his 3-point attempts to go with a free throw.

The 6-foot-8 forward also grabbed four rebounds and passed off two assists in 16 minutes.

He raised his season average to 6.5 points in 14.6 minutes per game.

Calloway has reached double digits six times in 25 games, with a season-high of 19 points.

February 17, 2017

NeNe Hale basketball

DaJonee Hale

Anchorage’s NeNe Hale and Kodiak’s Jerica Nelson are basketball teammates at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri.

They are also among the NAIA D1 stat leaders.

Hale, a 5-foot-8 All-American guard, is fifth nationally with 511 points in 25 games.

Nearly 38 percent of her points have come on 3-pointers while 87 have come from the free-throw line.

Hale, of Houston High fame, is averaging a team-best 18.9 points per game.

She has made a 3-pointer in a season-high eight straight games. Her season high is 37 points, one of 13 games with 20 or more.

Jerica Nelson basketball

Jerica Nelson

Nelson, a 5-foot-5 UAA transfer, has shined in her first seaon with Central Methodist.

The pass-first point guard 17th nationally with 110 assists in 27 games.

Nelson, of Kodiak High fame, is averaging 4.1 per game.

She is coming off a season-high eight-assist performance, the second time she has done that.

Central Methodist is 19-8 overall and ranks 24th nationally among NAIA teams.

February 16, 2017

Da'Zhon Wyche basketball

Da’Zhon Wyche

Da’Zhon Wyche of Anchorage continued his second-half surge for Laramie County in a 92-75 win over North Platte in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

The freshman guard delivered his second double-double of the season with a 16-point, 11-assist effort. She added three steals.

Wyche, of West High fame, leads Laramie County with 440 points, 129 assists and 50 steals.

The former two-time Alaska Class 4A player of the year has been a different player in the second half of his first year in the NJCAA.

First 13 games
13.6 ppg, 3.6 apg, 8-5 team record

Last 13 games
20.7 ppg, 6.3 apg, 10-3 team record

Desmond Johnson basketball

Desmond Johnson

Anchorage’s Desmond Johnson is doing his best Russell Westbrook impersonation in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference.

The dynamic sophomore point guard is a triple-double threat every game with South Mountain.

Johnson, of East High fame, is averaging 19.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 9.0 rebounds in 14 games.

He’s been even better over the last five games with 25/9.2/9.8 averages.

The 5-foot-10 playmaker is also snagging 3.1 steals, including five in one game.

In last year’s league playoffs, he recorded a rare quadruple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals.

This season Johnson owns two triple-doubles in 14 games. He has racked up six double-figure assist games and four double-figure rebound games. He’s reached double digit in points in all 14 games, highlighted by a season-high 29.

February 15, 2017

Gabi Fenumiai basketball

Gabi Fenumiai

Evergreen State College senior Gabi Fenumiai of Juneau flirted with her school record while keeping the Geoducks in playoff contention.

The 6-foot center pumped in a season-high 34 points, two shy of her school record set last season, on a night when Evergreen beat Walla Walla 102-68 to set a team record for most points in a game.

Fenumiai, of Juneau-Douglas High fame, also grabbed 10 rebounds for her 10th double-double in 25 games.

With the win, the Geoducks moved into a tie with Multnomah for the eighth and final spots in the Cascade Collegiate Conference going into the final weekend of the regular season.

Evergreen concludes the league season against Multnomah.

Fenumiai has eight double-doubles in her last 10 games.

February 14, 2017

Livi Schellekens soccer

Livi Schellekens

Livi Schellekens of Fairbanks hit the trifecta with Dodge City Community College.

She will play soccer, pursue her dream of being an athletic trainer and have her best friend as a teammate.

Schellekens, of West Valley High fame, will sign her letter of intent Wednesday to make it official.

“Hopefully I’ll get the experience both athletically and academically to get me to the next level,” she told me.

Schellekens is a senior this year and was an all-league selection last season in the Mid Alaska Conference. She plays left center back, but said she can play anywhere on defense.

She will be joined in Dodge City, Kansas, by her best friend Alexis McKinnon of Chugiak.

“We are pretty much the same person,” Schellekens said. “She plays midfield and sometimes forward, so we connect both on and off the field very well.”

Schellekens is shooting for success in soccer and in school, specifically in interest to become an athletic trainer.

“Dodge City was a great choice for me because I’m able to get the key skills down that are needed for the next level and better myself by a lot of playing time,” she said.

“School is important to me because if soccer doesn’t stick with me most of my life, my job will be the next thing I should love and can’t get tired of easily. Athletic training interests me because I’ll still be around sports while helping people get better.”

February 13, 2017

Jalil Abdul-Bassit Basketball

Jalil Abdul-Bassit

Jalil Abdul-Bassit of Anchorage is a lucky man because he’s going to get paid to do what he loves.

In Australia, no less.

The 24-year-old basketball star has signed with the Toowoomba Mountaineers of the Queensland Basketball League, the country’s second division.

“I’m ecstatic to go there and play,” he told me. “The most exciting part is just to be able to what you love in life, which for me is playing basketball.

“Also, experiencing other cultures is always great for growth as a person, so I love it.”

Adbul-Bassit, of East High fame, is a former University of Oregon standout who as a senior in 2015 averaged 8.2 points for the Ducks and finished fifth in the Pac-12 with a .434 3-point shooting percentage.

Last season, the 6-foot-4 guard averaged 5.5 points in limited duty with the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League.

“I can’t recall anyone with his experience who has played in the QBL recently. He’s coming fit and ready straight out of the D-league,” Mountaineers coach Anthony Corcoran told the Toowoomba News. “It is good to finally put the pieces together.”

Adbul-Bassit is aware of the high expectations surrounding his signing for a Mountaineers franchise looking to regain the form that saw them reach the playoff semifinals in 2015.

“The team is expecting me to put up big numbers and I’m expecting to go there and dominate as well,” he said.

The Alaskan wants to use his time in the QBL to impress teams in Australia’s premier NBL.

“The goal is to get in the top league,” he said.

Some coaches already expressed an interest in Adbul-Bassit, but he opted for the D-League and signed with the Salt Lake City Stars. He was later released, which led to him signing with Toowoomba.

February 12, 2017

Iziah Sherman-Newsome basketball

Iziah Sherman-Newsome

Anchorage’s Iziah Sherman-Newsome collected his second double-double of the season and played a season-high 35 minutes to help Simon Fraser University post its biggest win of the season.

The 6-foot-4 junior scored 17 points and ripped down 11 rebounds in a 68-63 win over Western Oregon.

It was Simon Fraser’s first win in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference this season and denied Western Oregon its 11th.

Sherman-Newsome, of Bartlett High fame, converted 5-of-11 field goals, including a pair of 3s, and sank 5-of-6 free throws.

He grabbed seven offensive rebounds, helping deliver his first double-double since Dec. 30 against Western Washington.

Sherman-Newsome is one of three players on the team to start all 24 games this season.

He leads the NCAA D2 team with 122 rebounds and ranks fourth in scoring average at 8.3 points.

Jalon McCullough basketball

Jalon McCullough

Peninsula College’s Jalon McCullough of Fairbanks was twice as nice in a win against Everett in NWAC basketball action in Port Angeles, Washington.

The freshman guard doubled his scoring and assist averages with a 23-point, 6-assist performance to highlight an 88-79 victory that kept Peninsula in sole possession of first place in the North Region.

McCullough, of Monroe Catholic fame, is now averaging 10.7 points and 3.8 assists in 21 games.

He has drained at least one 3-pointer in 10 straight games, including a 6-for-6 effort against Skagit Valley.

The 5-foot-10 guard is shooting .421 [48-for-114] from deep.

McCullough has bumped his scoring average to 16.6 over his last five games as the Peninsula Pirates have gone 4-1.

February 11, 2017

Janay DeLoach track and field

Janay DeLoach

In a sport decided by hundredths of a second, the 60-meter hurdles can be cruel.

Janay DeLoach of Fairbanks felt the sting of missing a medal by a blink of an eye at the Millrose Games in New York, where she finished fourth in the women’s 60-meter hurdles.

She crossed in 8.03 seconds — just 0.01 from bronze, 0.02 from silver and 0.05 from gold.

DeLoach, of Eielson High fame, was the second-fastest American in the field of seven.

“I didn’t eat track today and a seasons best in the 60mh,” DeLoach tweeted. “I’ll take that as a good meet day. Can’t wait for outdoor though.”

The Millrose Games is the world’s longest-running and most prestigious indoor track and field meets, dating back 110 years.

DeLoach, 31, is a two-time hurdles winner at the Millrose Games in 2016 and 2014.

She is actually a world-class athlete in two events.

Just call it the ‘DeLoach Double.’

The Alaska Sports Hall of Famer is better known for the long jump. In 2012, she won a bronze medal at the Olympics and a silver medal at Worlds.

In 2015, she was forced to switch her traditional takeoff because of an injury to her left leg. She now jumps off her right leg. Despite the technique change she still qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials and remains one of the world’s top jumpers.

Look for DeLoach to compete at a high level in both events this season.

February 10, 2017

Marisa Ketterman hockey

Marisa Ketterman

Palmer’s Marisa Ketterman continues to write her name all over the record book for the Franklin Pierce women’s hockey team.

The senior forward ranks in the top three in virtually every offensive category and recently became the second player in school history to score 100 career points.

With three games left in the regular season, she’s on pace to become the first player to play in 100 career games.

Ketterman owns 48-52-100 career totals in 97 games for the NCAA D2 school in Rindge, New Hampshire.

This year she ranks second on the team with 25 points in 21 games on 13 goals and 12 assists.

Ketterman ranks second on Franklin Pierce’s career list in goals, third in assists, second in points, third in game-winning goals [7], second in power-play goals [11] and second in games played.

February 9, 2017

Dane Kuiper basketball

Dane Kuiper

Wasilla’s Dane Kuiper returned from a broken nose and concussion just in time for the University of New Mexico men’s basketball team.

The sophomore guard came off the bench to score 12 points as the Lobos beat Air Force 74-67 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the first time since 2012.

Kuiper, of Wasilla High fame, drained 4-of-5 3-pointers to contribute his first double-figure performance in five games. He hadn’t played since Jan. 28.

The 6-foot-7 swingman is shooting the 3 at a .426 clip, which is among the top two percentages on the team.

Kuiper now ranks third on the team with a 7.0 scoring average in just 20.9 minutes per game.

He has earned a career-high 11 starts in 20 games this season.

February 8, 2017

Travante Williams basketball

Travante Williams

When you get paid to move clear across the world to play professional basketball in a foreign country, as a rookie no less, you’d better deliver on the court.

Since arriving in the country of Georgia, Anchorage’s Travante Williams has been money.

Just call him cash on delivery.

Williams, of Mt. Edgecumbe fame, has been an instant hit with his new team Tskaltubo of the country’s A League. He collected a double-double in his debut and is leading the team with a 27.3 scoring average in his first three games.

The only thing the 6-foot-4 guard hasn’t delivered is a win.

His team has started 0-3, losing all three games by a combined seven points.

Williams pumped in 26 points in 36 minutes as Tskaltubo lost 87-85 to Delta. He sank 9-of-20 field goals, made three 3s, grabbed seven rebounds and made three steals.

On the season, he is averaging 27.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.7 steals with strong shooting numbers: .500/.429/.826.

Williams was a first-team all-GNAC player at the University of Alaska Fairbanks last season.

Eight Anchorage runners sped to stellar performances on Feb. 4 at the Surf City Half Marathon in Huntington Beach, California.

Chad Trammell, who has made a name for himself in obstacle course racing, led the way by placing 7th in 1 hour, 12 minutes and 47 seconds, a pace of 5:34 per mile. He was followed by Ryan Cox (8th  in 1:13:39), 41-year-old Jerome Ross (9th in 1:14:27), Corbyn Jahn (11th in 1:14:53) and Ryan Beckett (15th in 1:15:54).

For the women, former Anchorage runner Anna Dalton, who now lives in Bozeman, Montana, showed she’s regaining form after recent injuries by taking 6th  in 1:25:06.

Taylor Ostrander was 7th in 1:25:38 and Abby Jahn matched her brother’s result with 11th in 1:27:39.

All five aforementioned men, along with Dalton, are signed up to run the 121st Boston Marathon on April 17, leading perhaps the strongest Alaskan contingent ever at the granddaddy of all marathons.

In other endurance sports news, Silas Talbot, another Anchorage athlete living in Bozeman, won Idaho’s Boulder Mountain Tour on Feb. 4, finishing the 34-kilometer Nordic ski race in 1:33:42. Talbott edged Brian Gregg, a 2014 Olympian and former University of Alaska Anchorage skier, by one second. – By ASB Correspondent Matias Saari

 

 

A conference for leaders of youth

The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame’s second annual PLAAY (Positive Leadership for Active Alaska Youth) Summit kicks off Thursday, February 24 at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in Anchorage.

Looking to build on the success of last year’s  inaugural conference, the 2017 PLAAY Summit features Alaskan experts presenting on the many factors that impact adolescent health. The PLAAY Summit will again emphasize the importance of physical activity as a means to improving teenage health.

“The conference is for leaders of youth,” said Harlow Robinson, Alaska Sports Hall of Fame executive director. “It was developed with the philosophy that effective leadership requires a holistic understanding of health issues. We feel the PLAAY Summit fills a void in our state.”

Dr. Jay Butler

The two-day event, organized by PLAAY Director Wally Wilson, provides teachers, coaches, nurses, parents, administrators and other leaders of youth with an affordable opportunity to learn new skills, network and build professional credentials.

The conference costs $150 for the general public, $100 for school district employees and $50 for University of Alaska students. Professional Development Credits are available for an additional $99. Video conferencing options at group rates also are available for non-Anchorage individuals or organizations. Space is limited. Register online here.

An all-star cast of presenters

Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jay Butler (Teen Opioid Addiction and the Role of Sports), Sports Counselor and former Olympic Skier Holly Brooks (Gender Differences in Coaching),  Dr. Gary Ferguson (Sports and Athletics as Life Lessons) and Dr. Rachel Lescher (Prevalence and Concerns about Early-Onset Diabetes) are among the highlighted presenters and topics. Former National Football League player and current Anchorage community leader Ma’o Tosi will provide the Keynote Address.

Holly Brooks

The Summit will also feature the panel discussions “The Opioid Epidemic and its Effect on Adolescents” and “Sports Psychology and Gender Differences.”

“Alaska is in the midst of an epidemic of opioid misuse and overdose,” Dr. Butler said. “Physical activity and sports participation are foundational to a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, sports injuries are a far too common route to opioid dependency.”

View the full list of presenters and topics here.

30 minutes of synchronized physical activity

As part of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame’s PLAAY initiative, PLAAY Day will get things going with Alaska’s first simultaneous student physical activity event. The goal is to get thousands of Alaska children jumping, running, and dancing — all at once.  Schools and other organizations from across the state will engage elementary students in a half hour of organized — and synchronized — physical activity.

Instructors based in the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium building in Anchorage will lead PLAAY Day with students participating via live stream.

The PLAAY initiative is a collaborative community effort.  Supporters include Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, GCI, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, Providence Hospital, State of Alaska DHSS, Anchorage School District, UAA Dept. of Health and PE, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Kaladi Brothers, Bear Tooth, Vidyo, Chugach School District, and Alaska Pediatric Therapy.

Email PLAAY Director Wally Wilson or visit plaay.org for more information on the PLAAY Summit or PLAAY Day.

 

February 6, 2017

Trevor Dunbar

Trevor Dunbar

Trevor Dunbar of Kodiak ran to a sixth-place finish at the USA Cross Country Championships in Bend, Oregon, to earn a free trip to Africa.

He secured the sixth and final berth on the U.S. team that will compete at the world championships March 26 in Kampala, Uganda.

Dunbar, of Kodiak High fame, overcame the mud, the ice and Mason Ferlic by four seconds to clock a time of 30:33.

“UGANDA be kidding me..!!!” Dunbar tweeted. “Thanks to everyone, been a journey, and we still here fighting.!!”

The race featured five 2K loops and was held on a muddy, icy course surrounded by two feet of snow. Perfect conditions for a Kodiak kid.

With a lap to go, Dunbar was right on the heels of 3-time national champion Chris Derrick, who finished fifth in 30:27.

February 5, 2017

Rachel Thompson soccer

Rachel Thompson

When most athletes sign with a NCAA D1 program, they make the decision based on the sport.

But goalkeeper Rachel Thompson of Nikiski picked Washington State University for academics.

Playing soccer is a bonus.

“WSU was the right school because it has a fantastic education program and that was the first thing that attracted me to the school,” she told me. “I plan to major in Early Childhood Education and get my bachelor’s degree. I want to become a preschool teacher.”

Thompson, of Nikiski High fame, will transfer to Washington State after wrapping up her sophomore year at Highline College in the Seattle area.

At Highline, she recorded 26 career shutouts in two seasons with the NWAC school. Last season as a sophomore, she put together an 11-game shutout streak that extended a total of 1,104 minutes of game time.

“Highline helped me get ready for this by their intensity during training, especially during goalie training,” Thompson said. “They demanded excellence and I know that it’s expected at Washington State as well.”

She helped Highline reach consecutive NWAC tournament championship games.

“The NWAC was a very tough conference to compete in,” she said. “The level of competition was very high and that helped a lot. It also helped that we made it to the championship so that helped me gain a lot of experience.”

Just hours after her final game at Highline, her coach told her that Washington State was interested.

“They called me a couple days later and we set up an official visit,” she said. “I went and visited the Monday after Thanksgiving and I knew right away that it was the perfect school.

“I am both anxious and excited about this. It’s just a new experience and I don’t really know what to expect yet because it will be such a different experience. But I am very excited to start this new chapter in my life.”

February 4, 2017

Adam Klie basketball

Adam Klie

Adam Klie of Anchorage broke a school record, but he’ll care more about helping UC San Diego get the win.

The Tritons ran away from Cal State East Bay in an 84-45 win in La Jolla, California, on a night when the 6-foot-4 senior guard moved into first on the school’s all-time list with 569 career rebounds.

Klie, of Service High fame, needed just two boards and finished with six to surpass Justin Brue, who hauled in 564 between 2009 and 2013.

The Alaskan leads UC San Diego in points [314], rebounding [151], assists [97], minutes [31.5] and field-goal percentage [.481].

The NCAA D2 team has won 17 of 23 games this season, including a 10-2 mark to sit in first place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.

Gabi Fenumiai basketball

Gabi Fenumiai

Juneau’s Gabi Fenumiai scored 20 points in 19 minutes and hit a pair of free throws late to clinch Evergreen State College’s 64-61 win over Corban University in Olympia, Washington.

The 6-foot senior center finished 4-for-4 from the foul line and 8-of-10 from the floor.

She also grabbed 11 rebounds to complete her ninth double-double in 24 games with the NAIA school. Seven of them have come in the last nine games.

Fenumiai, of Juneau-Douglas High fame, ranks second in rebounds [8.4], third in field-goal percentage [.548] and eighth in scoring [12.9] in the Cascade Collegiate Conference.

She has 310 points and 210 rebounds on the season.

February 3, 2017

Ruthy Hebard basketball

Ruthy Hebard

In the midst of her first shooting slump in college, University of Oregon freshman Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks didn’t shy away from the ball when she returned to the court.

She caught fire and rekindled her team MVP form.

The 6-foot-4 forward drained with 9-of-10 shooting from the field to produce 22 points to go with 14 rebounds and a season-high four assists to highlight a 79-65 win in Pac-12 play in Tucson, Arizona.

Hebard, of West Valley High fame, now has eight double-doubles in 23 career games and is looking more and more like the MVP of the Ducks [15-8, 5-5].

She leads the team in points [343], rebounds [200], field-goal percentage [.655], free throws [72] and free-throw attempts [90], and ranks second in steals [28].

Hebard came into the game having scored a total of just 12 points on 4-of-16 shooting in back-to-back games against Oregon State. It was the first time this season that she was held to single digits in consecutive games.

Christian Nidoy Basketball

Christian Nidoy

Anchorage’s Christian Nidoy will go anywhere to chase his hoops dream.

From Alaska to Las Vegas to Maine to the Philippines, he’s willing to go wherever the game of basketball takes him.

Nidoy, of West High fame, attended prep school at Impact Academy in Vegas before signing with Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, where he played for three semesters.

“After the first semester of my sophomore year, I decided to take a chance and come down here to the Philippines to play college ball here because I’ve always wanted to play here professionally and I knew it would be hard for me to get my name out to people out in the Philippines,” he told me, “and I knew that if I played college here It would be easier to get my name out.”

The speedy 5-foot-8 guard arrived on the Philippines last spring and eventually received a scholarship from Arellano University.

“In order for me to become eligible I had to sit out one year due to a residency rule. This past season my team lost in the championship game,” he said. “Now that I’m eligible to play I’ve been working towards making a name for myself.”

Nidoy is averaging 15.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists.

He recently scored 23 points and added eight rebounds and pair of assists in a 68-61 victory over CW Home Depot during a postseason league game.

“When I first got here it was hard for me to adjust to the style of play because it is so fast paced and very physical,” Nidoy said. “The players here are very fundamental and skilled but are not that physically gifted compared to players in the U.S. People think that the competition is not that good in the Philippines, but really there is a lot of talent here.”

February 2, 2017

Trevor Osborne Basketball

Trevor Osborne

Anchorage’s Trevor Osborne got his chance and he didn’t waste it.

The Whitman College freshman matched his season high in points and set a season high in rebounds as the Blues tuned up Willamette, 100-59, in Walla Walla, Washington.

Osborne, of Grace Christian fame, chipped in six of the team’s 48 bench points.

He knocked down both of his 3-pointer attempts and grabbed a season-high seven rebounds in 14 minutes. It was only the second time he logged double figures in playing time.

Whitman is 19-0 and ranked No. 2 in NCAA D3.

Osborne has scored six points in a game twice this season.

A solid decision maker with the ball, the 6-foot-2 wing has made just three turnovers in 69 total minutes of action.