More public recommendations (Hall of Fame)

September 24, 2010
Alaska Sports Hall of Fame

Voting for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2011 continues through Wednesday, Oct. 6.

Periodically, we will share some of the write-in recommendations submitted by readers.

Here are a few:

Recommendation: David Morris
Submitted by: Patrick Lovely
Why: He was a teammate of mine at the University of Montana in the Big Sky Conference. In 1992 he was the indoor champ in the 3,000 meters with a 8:12 and in the 5,000 with a 14:24. In 1993 he was the indoor champ in the mile with a 4:12 and the 5,000 with a 14:55. His outdoor season in 1993 was outstanding with triple championships in the 1500 in 3:51, in the 5,000 in a 14:17 and in the 10,000 in 29:11.

He continued running after college and in 1999 set the men’s American record in the marathon with a 2:09:32 (which has since been broken).

Recommendation: Casey Flair
Submitted by: Joy Hunter
Why: Casey was the first high school football all-american(WR) from alaska in 2003. He was a member of the most succesful passing combo in Alaska football history with quarterback dereck Laws. He was a four year letter winner at UNLV, where he was a record setting and all conference reciever. Also a multi-sport standout in highschool. Member of 2003 East High state championship football team.

Recommendation: Ben Brent
Submitted by: Jim Hadlock
Why: In the sport of powerlifting, he has won numerous world championships and just recently won a world competition at the age of 70.

Recommendation: Tad Pollock
Submitted by: Amanda Vanderwood
Why: Tad was the first Hertz athlete of the year in 1982. He was an outstanding athlete that excelled in basketball and if his life were cut short at 19 I am sure he would be a professional basketball player. I see all these other athletes inducted I can’t help be get a tinge in my gut.

Recommendation: Kuskokwim 300
Submitted by: Don Reardon
Why: I’d like to nominate the first Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog race and Myron Angstman, the father of the race, for bringing dogsledding and racing back to the Kuskokwim River. Without that initial race and the hard work that followed establishing the race as the premiere mid-distance race in the world, the K-300 would not exist and people in the YK delta wouldn’t have the mushing community they have today.

Recommendation: Heidi Reynolds
Submitted by: John Farnan
Why: Heidi was a swimmer who went from JDHS to Purdue where she was on the swim team for 4 years and was named one of those years as the “Purdue Athlete of the Year.”

Recommendation: 1989 Palmer football team
Submitted by: David Fuller
Why: Up until this point the Alaska Football State Championchip game was an invitational event versus a true play off. The top two teams in the Cook Inlet Conference invited the top two teams from the Railbelt and Northern Lights Conferences to play for Championchip and Consolation. When Palmer declined the Consolation invitation in the fall of 89 it set the entire system on its ear and illustrated the inequality of the invitational proccess as well as a need for a true play off system that favored all teams equally across the state.

Recommendation: Michael Jensen
Submitted by: Marvin Adams
Why: He is legendary in the Gold Medal Tournment which has been running for over 64 years in Southeast Alaska. He was MVP during many of the games he played. Ask anyone in Southeast Alasak in Gold Medal Sports about Mike Jensen and they will know him.

Recommendation: Ralph Goodwin Kincaid
Submitted by: Mary Kincaid
Why: I am nominating my grandfather for two remarkable feats, one he worked hard for and the other in his name. He wasn’t an athlete himself but believed in the talents of young people. He moved to Alaska in 1939 when my father was just barely a year old and acquired land in SW Anchorage for his homestead (now Kincaid Park & Ted Stevens International Airport). The state bought land in 1948 for the extension of the airport. In 1951, he helped start Little League baseball in Anchorage, and with the resources of his construction company built several ball fields. He passed away winter of 1953. In 1968, the city renamed the remaining land Kincaid Park. The park named in his honor, means a great deal to many sports fans. Several of the inductees have trained there as well as many more appreciate and utilize it for their relief year around.

Recommendation: Steve Page
Submitted by: Anson Renshaw
Why: Steve was perhaps one of the best all time basketball players in Alaska in the early 1970’s. I have heard incredible stories of this legend over the years. He passed away several years ago from a heart attack. His obit is in the ADN archives.

Recommendation: Marcus Dunbar
Submitted by: Jennifer Fogle-Smith
Why: During his tenure as cross country/track & field coach at Kodiak High, Marcus has helped create several state championship teams in both sports and is going for a ninth region title for the boys in cross-country. Marcus not only builds teams he builds individuals who feel empowered to tackle his/her own life goals.

Recommendation: Merrick Johnson
Submitted by: Gloria Chythlook
Why: Youngest female to summit Denali, 1995, age 12. Dartmouth graduate, scientist, avid skier, runner, dog musher, outdoorsman.

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