Posts Tagged: Football

Gooman-Ranion signs with University of Saint Mary football

March 5, 2017

Shayden Gooman-Ranion is from Anchorage with family roots in Hawaii, but he’ll always have love for Texas. That’s because although he represented Alaska at the National Underclassmen Combine & Showcase, he ended up playing for Texas in the Texas vs World Senior Football Classic. From there, he landed an offer from the University of Saint… Read more »

From East to Maryland, Dinkins now on his way to Howard

February 1, 2017

Even though Anchorage’s Saevon Dinkins moved to Maryland for his senior year of high school, he never stopped thinking of himself as an Alaskan. He kept his 907 cell number. He stayed in touch with his childhood buddies. He remembered the struggles of being so far away from the rest of the country. “I am… Read more »

Tu’ua commits to TCU for football, TCU commits to Tu’ua for life

January 25, 2017

When Ezra Tu’ua of Anchorage went on his official recruiting visit to Texas Christian University last weekend in Fort Worth, the trip centered around football. Funny enough, though, it was seldom brought up. Tu’ua spent more time talking with longtime TCU coach Gary Patterson about life off the field rather than his role on it,… Read more »

Pili dons USC hat to signify intentions on National Signing Day

January 22, 2017

Anchorage’s Brandon Pili just knew he could play college football – so much so he moved to Portland, Oregon, during part of his senior season to prove it. Then he proved himself on the field, landing two NCAA D1 offers after his first game at Westview. Eventually, the word got out on Pili and Power… Read more »

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 »