Posts By: Van Williams

Hebard makes 11-of-12 shots against defense-minded Hail State

December 14, 2017

Mississippi State’s suffocating defense didn’t disrupt Ruthy Hebard. The Fairbanks phenom with the Oregon Ducks dropped in 11-of-12 field goals and scored a season-high 25 points in a 90-79 loss between top 10 teams in Starkville, Mississippi. Hail State features 6-foot-7 Teaira McCowan and had held opponents to just 36 percent shooting on the season…. Read more »

Lamebull-Ingram named all-star at national middle school camp

December 13, 2017

In an era where bigger is better, Anchorage 13-year-old Kayden Lamebull-Ingram reminds us that guts and gusto don’t require height. Ambition and ability still matter on the basketball court. It doesn’t matter that the 5-foot-4 guard is usually one of the smallest players when he steps on the national stage because he proves to be… Read more »

Tolan part of No. 2-ranked D3 women’s hockey team at Elmira

December 12, 2017

Anchorage’s Tristen Tolan is part of one of the strongest NCAA D3 women’s hockey programs at Elmira College in New York. The Soaring Eagles have won three national championships and seven ECAC West titles, and qualified for NCAAs 13 times, in their 16-year history. That winning pedigree is what drew the freshman forward to Elmira…. Read more »

Central Methodist improves to 4-0 since Hale returned to court

December 11, 2017

The Central Methodist University women’s basketball team has been unbeatable since Anchorage’s Nene Hale returned to the court. The Eagles improved to 4-0 with the NAIA All-American in the lineup after she missed the first eight games of the season. All the 5-foot-8 senior guard has done in her return is average 28.3 points per… Read more »

Harris pumps in season-high 16 points, adds 8 boards in Greece

December 10, 2017

Ramon Harris of Anchorage had his best game with Kolossos in Greece’s top basketball league. The 6-foot-7 forward scored a season-high 16 points to go along with eight rebounds and three steals in a 94-74 win over Gymnastikos Larissa-Faros. The former University of Kentucky standout sank 6-of-11 field goals, including all four inside the arc…. Read more »

SDSU’s Hopp lone Alaskan still alive in FCS national title chase

December 9, 2017

Anchorage’s Thomas Hopp of the South Dakota State football team is the only Alaska player part of the Football Championship Subdivision title chase. The fifth-seeded Jackrabbits defeated New Hampshire 56-14 in Brookings, South Dakota, to reach the final four of the NCAA D1 tournament. Hopp, of South High fame, is a senior fullback. The 6-foot-2,… Read more »

Alaska goalies Swayman, Shortridge face off in Connecticut

December 8, 2017

A pair of goaltenders from Alaska’s largest city faced off all the way across the country in a college hockey game in Hamden, Connecticut. Maine’s Jeremy Swayman of Anchorage and Quinnipiac’s Andrew Shortridge of Eagle River both started between the pipes for the NCAA D1 programs, although neither netminder played his best in Maine’s non-conference… Read more »

Klie adjusts to new role as role player in Canada’s NBL

December 6, 2017

He started each of the final 104 games of his college career, but Anchorage’s Adam Klie has started his pro career coming off the bench. The rookie has played a reserve role with the Niagara River Lions of Canada’s NBL as he adjusts to the pro game. He had his best game against the St…. Read more »

Hebard leads Pac-12 in shooting, on pace to break Ducks’ record

December 5, 2017

After last season finishing seventh on Oregon’s all-time list for single-season field goal percentage [.588], Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks has the record in her sights. The 6-foot-4 sophomore leads the Pac-12 in shooting at a .646 clip through the first seven games for the 10th-ranked Ducks. She may have caught opponents off guard as a… Read more »

Smelker scores first goal to get Boston Pride first NWHL victory

December 4, 2017

After a slow start to the season, the Boston Pride needed to catch fire and Anchorage’s Jordan Smelker provided the spark. The 25-year-old winger registered points in back-to-back games – setting up the go-ahead goal one night and scoring the tie-breaking goal the next – to help Boston get off the schneid. Smelker did not… Read more »