What do the readers think? (Hall of Fame)

November 25, 2011
Alaska Sports Hall of Fame

Voting for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012 continues through the end of the month, but here are some emails submitted by readers:

Recommendation:Janay Deloach
Submitted by:Wayland Mitchell
Why:In my 48 years of being involved with track and field and the father of Raymond Mitchell who is 1 of 3 students from Alaska to have made it to the Olympic Trails in Track and Field. Janay is one of the most unique young ladies whom I’ve seen to come from a high school who didn’t even have a long jump pit, and she had to go 25 miles and back each way for 4 years of high school to work out at another high school in Fairbanks.
At Eielson she broke the 17 year old long jump record and received a 4yr ride to Col. St., for long jumping, and she partiscipted in 8 events in track and field. She was the 1st Col State long jumper school’s history to break the 20-foot brier with a leap of 20-1.75. And the 3rd best in conference history. She made all Conference indoor and outdoor her freshman year, Mountain West Champ in 05,she was 3 time all conference, long jump, 100 meters, 4×100 meter relay.Has the 4th fastest 100m in schools history and in her first collegiate 300m race posted 10th fastest time in schools history. USA Outdoors Champ, 6th among the collegiate jumpers.(20-10.75). Her Junior year,Set new school record 55m, holds 3 individual records (indoor & outdoor long jump) 3 indoor relay records Set new school record in 60m,(7.31) breaking old record held since 1999. Red shirted for outdoor season to half eligibility for!
The Olympic trails in 08. Senior yr, Athelete of the week. First long jump of (21-0.75) at the Wyoming Open, set new CSU record and 3rd bestin MWC history. NCAA automatic qualifying jumper. Also breaking the school record the 3rd time in her career.Conference Championships, 1st long jump, 2rd 60m, 9th 200m. Conference Athelete of the week, all conference 60m, and long jump. NCAA Indoor Nationals. First student-athlete in the jumps in the history to earn All-American honor, finishing fifth at the NCAA Division 1 indoor Track & Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., where she jumped 20-9-25 .All American Honors at Conference Outdoors and all American conference at Nationals. Invited to Pan American Games in Brazil. After an exceptional year received the prestigious Virginal K. Frank award for the most outstanding female at Colorado State. She earned All American honors in long jump during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. She captured both MWC championship long jump titles as!
well as placing seventh at the USA Championship, where she was selected to compete for Team USA at the Pam Am Games, held in Rio de Jaeiro. She ran an NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 60m while earning all-conference and is now ranked 3rd all time in Colorado State school’s history in the 100m with a time of 11.69. She also earned academic all conference honors. Made the Olympic trails. Janay placed 6th at world track and field championships in Daegu, South Korea. Janay is looking forward for the Olympic games next year. Janay finished her master’s along with another degree in May of this year.

Recommendation:John Carpenter
Submitted by:Rick Boots
Why:John distinguished himself throughout his 25 years in Alaska sports broadcasting, leaving a lasting, positive, and meaningful impact throughout not just south-central Alaska, but the entire state.
John is the most recognized name in Alaska sports broadcast history.
I recently asked Alaska Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame newsman John Tracy to jot down his thoughts on Carp.
John Tracy’s words sum up my sentiments perfectly:
“John is typically credited for his sense of humor based upon his feature the World According to Carp. The fact is, John was probably among the more thoughtful and knowledgeable people in the newsroom when it came to local, national and world events. John’s intelligence, which he managed to hide effectively in many of those segments, was the very reason that they resonated with so many people. In many of his “Carp’s”, John was able to tap into the common Alaskan experience.
On the Sports side, what set John apart was his fearlessness in telling it like it was. Though a strong supporter of local teams and athletes, John was never afraid to point out inequities, unfairness and discrimination in local and national sports. That’s not to say he wasn’t objective, but he would not overlook very real issues in the sports world because they might make the team, the owners or the fans uncomfortable or angry.
He slept many a night on the Iditarod and Quest trails. His writing skills were exceptional, and his ability to inject the right amount of humor in all that he did, made his sportscasts entertaining and “must see TV”, for those who weren’t sports fans. John could have been a great political reporter, but decided to make his mark in Sports. And the Alaska sports community is better for it.”

Recommendation: Callan Chythlook-Sifsof
Submitted by: Tiffany Zulkosky
Why:Callan, 22, has broken through several barriers in her young career. Most notably, she was the first Yup’ik/Inupiaq woman in history of the Olympic games to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. She traveled to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Games where she competed in the snowboardcross event. Most recently, Callan won the silver medal in the 2011 X Games.
Callan’s commitment to sportsmanship, athletic excellence, and her career has set her up as a role model for young people in her age demographic, cultural group, and even other young Americans with a unique background.
In a state often plagued by headlines of the challenges Alaska Native youth face in rural areas, Callan’s story proves that all things are possible. Although young, she is deserving of the recognition of her peers and colleagues in the sports community.

2010 Olympic team
2007: FIS World Championships 19th in SBX
2011: 2nd at World Cup in Arosa, Switzerland
2007: 3rd at World Cup in Furano, Japan
2007: 4th at Stoneham, Quebec, World Cup
2011: X Games Silver
2008: Jeep King of the Mountain Champion
2007: U.S. SBX champion
2007: U.S. Junior National SBX Champion
2007: 8th at Junior World Championships
2006: U.S. Junior National PGS Champion
2005: 1st at USASA Nationals SBX
2005: 1st at Evolution Tour SBX

Recommendation:Bonny Sosa
Submitted by: Richard Wenrich
Why:Bonny Sosa along with her husband Sam Young were instrumental in starting the Healthy Futures program operating in our schools. The program encourages young people to eat healthy and be physically active. The programs she started before her untimely death from brain cancer is on of the prime reasons for the tremendous growth in the Tuesday Night Race Series, which was renamed in her honor a few years ago. The biggest growth is in the kids Munchkin League which she encouraged the kids to participate in. The smallest crowd this year was 930 participants with the largest being a record 1347 participants. Even before Health Futures she was active in local running events and was a driving force in bringing the World Mountain Running Trophy to Alaska.

Recommendation: Herb Didrickson
Submitted by: Cliff Tagaban
Why:Herbie was the first inductee into the Gold Medal Hall of Fame in Juneau, Ak. Herbie’s ability as a basketball player in his prime has yet to be equaled. Herbie’s contribution to sports in Alaska are many. He has coached and played basketball, coached and played softball. Officiated basketball and softball for many years. Herbie’s contribution to basketball deserves him recognition and induction into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.

Recommendation: Gerard McDonnell
Submitted by: Shoji Satake
Why:Gerard was not only a great mountaineer but a better human being. First Irishman to summit K2, he made numerous other multiple ascents on such mountains as Denali and Everest. In his first successful attempt on Denali, he was awarded the Denali Pin. As a resident of Alaska, he was well known within the Alaska Climbing and Irish Community. As the story of the tragic events that took Gerard’s life on K2 has unfolded, he was the one climber who refused to descent in attempt to help rescue other stranded climbers. Even after his death, Ger’s impact is being felt. The Gerard McDonnell Memorial Fund sponsors the children of the high-altitude porters who died in the tragedy on K2. Also, Ger’s former Electronic Engineering college classmates established a Living Trust in memory of Ger. Gerard embodies the ideals of the AK SPorts Hall of Fame and deserves to be honored and celebrated.

Recommendation:Egil Ellis
Submitted by:Helen Lundberg
Why:Spring dog musher Egil Ellis of Willow has the new record of most wins at Open North American Championship. Egil has won the race 11 times! Famous George Attla won it 8. To note is that Egil’s victories has come in a very short time frame – 13 years. The two years he did not win, he finished second! Egil also has 5 victories at Anchorage Fur Rendezvous and 12 victories at Tok Race of Champions.