Posts Tagged: Football

Fa’amasino follows his heart all the way to New Mexico State

January 16, 2017

When New Mexico State University offered Anchorage’s Lui Fa’amasino a football scholarship, the privilege of receiving a free education didn’t go to his head. It went to his heart. “I had a gut feeling since the day New Mexico State offered me that is was the right school,” Fa’amasino told me. “I always trust my… Read more »

Pili invited to inaugural Polynesian Bowl next week in Hawaii

January 10, 2017

Before he goes off to play college football, Brandon Pili of Anchorage will play in one last high school game. He has accepted an invitation to play in the inaugural Polynesian Bowl, Jan. 21 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. “Getting invited to this was pretty exciting because it is the first-ever Polynesian Bowl so… Read more »

Toomey punts, part of winning side at D3 All-American Bowl

January 9, 2017

Saint John’s University senior punter Griffin Toomey of Anchorage played in the All-American Bowl and was part of the winning side. Team Stars defeated Team Stripes 40-33 in an all-star game for NCAA D3 senior football players in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Toomey, of South High fame, averaged 46.5 yards on two punts, with an average hang… Read more »

Overbaugh back in NFL fold, signs future contract with Broncos

January 4, 2017

The NFL season didn’t feature an Alaskan for the first time since 1988, but Jeff Overbaugh of Anchorage could start a new streak next year. The 23-year-old rookie long snapper signed a future contract with the Denver Broncos and will be officially added to the roster when the new league season begins in early March…. Read more »

Promise to mom fuels Fa’amasino to chase gridiron greatness

December 20, 2016

With his biggest fan watching from heaven, Lui Fa’amasino of Anchorage knows he has to give his best effort every time he takes the football field. He’s driven by a declaration to honor his mom. “I promised my mom before she died of cancer that I would make something out of myself,” Fa’amasino told me…. Read more »

Fresh-faced Nero shows he can play w/ big boys at NAIA college

December 13, 2016

Wasilla’s Jordan Nero was just 17 years old when he joined the College of Idaho football team. But don’t let the fresh face fool you. This kid out of Colony High can play, and he proved that by earning a starting spot at defensive back seven games into the NAIA season. “Kind of felt like… Read more »

Two-way talent Augafa named all-league utility for LA Harbor

November 28, 2016

He scored touchdowns on offense and defense. He played quarterback, defensive back and running back. He returned kickoffs. Justice Augafa of Anchorage played about everywhere for the Los Angeles Harbor College football team and was efficient at each position. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound sophomore was named first team All-Central League in the Southern California Football Association…. Read more »

Johnson only Alaskan named to All-UMAC football team

November 21, 2016

Greenville College defensive lineman Lincoln Johnson of Nikiski was voted to the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference all-star football team. The 6-foot, 215-pound senior was named second team defense after the best season of his college career with the NCAA D3 school in Greenville, Illinois. Johnson, of Nikiski High fame, recorded career highs in tackles [34],… Read more »

In more than 100 years, Toomey among the best at Saint John’s

November 19, 2016

Football dates back to the 1900s at Saint John’s University and Anchorage’s Griffin Toomey will finish his career as one of the greats at his position. Whenever that is. The Saint John’s punter lived to play another day after the Johnnies scored on a 1-yard plunge on fourth down with no time remaining to seal… Read more »

Aukusitino brought A-game to Chabot College defensive backfield

November 18, 2016

Anchorage’s Amu Aukusitino found himself in the right place at the right time most of time for the Chabot College football team. The sophomore defensive back had 75 tackles, a sack and four interceptions in 10 games. “The coaches put us in position to make a play,” Aukusitino told me. “So it’s all up to… Read more »