Posts By: Van Williams

Lewis scores twice in semifinals, leads Seattle into NWPL Final

July 16, 2018

With her team nursing a 1-0 lead in the second half, Anchorage’s Ariela Lewis struck twice to push the Seattle Stars over the top and into the Northwest Premier League championship match. The former Alabama State University star scored goals in each of the 73rd and 78th minute to highlight a 5-0 victory over the… Read more »

University of Montana honors Klever’s gridiron greatness again

July 15, 2018

He hasn’t played football for the Grizzlies since 1981, but the University of Montana will never forget Rocky Klever of Anchorage. The former all-time leading rusher was inducted into the Montana Football Hall of Fame, two years after he was named to the Grizzly Sports Hall of Fame. Klever, of West High fame, was the… Read more »

Lewis participates in first-ever ITF Futures event in Morocco

July 14, 2018

Eddie Lewis of Anchorage has accomplished a lot of firsts for Alaska tennis lately. He’s likely the first Alaskan to play on the International Tennis Federation tour and now he’s the first to play in the ITF’s new Futures event on the clay in Morocco. The 23-year-old dropped a 6-1, 6-2 decision to former ATP… Read more »

Second-year pro Homza crushes 1st home run in Arizona League

July 13, 2018

First came thunder from Jonny Homza’s bat. Then came lightning. The Anchorage 19-year-old crushed his first home run of his professional career with the San Diego Padres rookie-level team in the Arizona League. His two-run bomb came in the first inning of a 12-1 win over the Mariners in a game shortened to five innings… Read more »

Lasher playing like an all-star in Australia, team leads league

July 11, 2018

Colter Lasher of Anchorage notched his seventh game of the season with a player ranking of 25 or better in the State Basketball League in Australia. No surprise the Geraldton Bucs are undefeated when that happens. The 6-foot-7 rookie has put together an all-star campaign for Geraldton, which has posted four straight wins to surge… Read more »

One and done: Panoam signs with North Dakota after year at JC

July 10, 2018

If personal relationships drive college recruiting, then the camaraderie Anchorage’s Bentiu Panoam built with the coaches at the University of North Dakota basically chauffeured him to the NCAA D1 school. They didn’t charm him as much as show love, loyalty and trust. “North Dakota kept it real with me,” Panoam told me. “I talked to… Read more »

Boozer plays big in BIG3, among leaders in rebounds, points

July 8, 2018

He might be older, but Juneau’s Carlos Boozer is still a beast in the post. The 6-foot-9 forward collected his second double-double in his third game with the Ghost Ballers of the BIG3 pro basketball summer tour. The 13-year NBA veteran scored a team-high 17 points on a game-high eight field goals to go with… Read more »

Baker dances, dodges trouble to pick up save for Tulsa Drillers

July 7, 2018

They say getting the final out in a professional baseball game is the toughest. Sometimes pitchers make life harder on themselves, but if they throw a 95-mph fastball like Juneau’s Dylan Baker, then mistakes can be erased. The Tulsa Drillers closer was summoned to save the day with ducks on the pond and his team… Read more »

Homza among home run leaders in New England summer league

July 6, 2018

Summer ball is treating Anchorage’s Willy Homza well. The Plymouth Pilgrims slugger from Brown University ranks among the top power hitters in the New England Collegiate Baseball League with five home runs in 18 games. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound infielder is batting .263 with a .561 slugging percentage. Six of his 15 hits have gone for… Read more »

Jonny 2.0 proves to be better than prototype behind the plate

July 5, 2018

Anchorage’s Jonny Homza is thriving in his second season as a minor-league professional baseball player. The 19-year-old utility player is trending the right direction with fewer strikeouts and better defense behind the plate with the San Diego Padres rookie-level team in the Arizona League. Homza, of South High fame, has reached base in 10 of… Read more »