Public write-in recommendations (Hall of Fame)

November 6, 2009

Ballots for the Class of 2010 have already been finalized, but we never want anybody to be left out.

Of course, there is a write-in box on the ballot. But here is a list of recommendations from the public. If they get enough votes their names will be added to the ballot next year.

Updates will be made, so keep checking back. Let your voice be heard.

And the nominations are …

Stan Brown was instrumental in starting Pop Warner Association for youth football and cheerleading in the early 90’s. Since his unexpected death in ’07, there has been little to no commemoration for these efforts and successes. It is important that the participants know of this man’s devotion and dedication for youth sports in our community. I would like to nominate Stan for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame in an attempt to preserve his delightful presence among youth sports.
— Arron O’Callaghan

Stan Brown brought Pop Warner Football to the state of Alaska in 1997. Pop Warner is a scholastic based football and cheerleading program that has grown to 1,000 kids from the ages of 5-15 enrolling each year. Stan was born and raised in Alaska and always felt that sports and drama were tools for education that were missing from the education system in Alaska. Stan became a star U.S. athlete while wrestling for ASU and was chosen for the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. Stan went on to coach high school wrestling in the Anchorage area as he was working on bringing a football program to the state for younger students who had no such program. Stan’s death in November of 2007 was a great loss to the state of Alaska.
— Gary Brown

I would like to nominate Jessica Moore for induction into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. She is an athlete who excelled in High School at Colony High, in college at UConn, and now in the WNBA with the Indiana Fever. She is not only a fine athlete, but she is also a quality individual. I believe she deserves to be recognized and I hope that she will be given that consideration and ultimately inducted into the Hall.
— Don Witzel

In the field of motorcycle flat-track, snow machine, motorcycle ice and sprint car racing, one name stands above all others. A resident of Anchorage since the mid-60’s, and a businessman who took many young men under his wing, “Squeaks” (Michael) O’Connor is still involved as the main set-up crew member on John McDonald’s sprint car team. Although no longer on the racing circuit himself, he still enjoys recreational riding and restores vintage Kawasaki motorcycles. His lifetime dedication to sport deserves to be acknowledged as he continues to be a living legend in the racing community.
— Willy Cork

Please induct Carol Hull into the hall of fame because her past NYO contributions.
— Cheryl Turner

Kevin Winford, Bartlett High school standout, and the 2008 Gatorade Basketball player of the Year should be in the hall. He has a scholarship Eastern Washington University and is doing well.
— Chris “CrazyKlegs”

I would like to nominate Virgil Hooe for his long time dedication to the young athletes of Anchorage. Virgil is one of the most dedicated coach that I know. I only wish my son played girls volleyball.
— Jacki Tibbetts

Albert Gerke as a freshman helped put the Barrow Whalers football team on the map. National media attention was directed their way due to the fund raiser which gave them a new field. He is a gifted athlete, leader but does not overbear his teammates. He is a team player..
— Keith Gerke

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