Public recommendations for ’13 [Hall of Fame]
With online voting now closed for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2013, here is the last batch of selected reader recommendations.
The Class of 2013 will be announced Monday.
Recommendation: Herb Didrickson
Submitted by: Rich Mattson
Why: According to long-time southeast basketball historian Gil Truitt there is only one way to vote – “Herb Didrickson is the finest basketball player I have ever seen,” Truitt said. “This includes players I have seen and competed against in high school, the United States Army, City League competition in Southeast, in the collegiate ranks in the “South 48,” as well as AAU competition “Down South.”
Recommendation: Nancy Pease
Submitted by: Thomas Pease
Why: I nominate Nancy Pease as an inductee into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame for her impressive athletic performances in Alaskan competitions, for her little known athletic accomplishments outside Alaska, for her many contributions made to the athletic community outside of racing, and for her continued high level of athleticism that serves to inspire those around her. First, she holds race records in three major wilderness/mountain races: Mt. Marathon, Crow Pass and Bird Ridge. These records have never been seriously threatened since they were set, and some have withstood challenges for over 20 years. Her race performances in skiing are less well known but equally impressive. She captained the Dartmouth cross-country ski team and was NCAA champion in the 5 kilometer classic event her senior year (1982). She was named to the U.S. Development ski team briefly, and she missed qualifying for the World Cup ski team in 1983 by a single place. This was at a time when no organized training and coaching opportunities were available for post-collegiate skiers who did not hold a permanent spot on the U.S. team. She holds the women’s record for forward grip pull-ups at the Skinny Raven sports store. I believe the number is 28, but it could be higher! I have also watched Nancy crank out 35 perfect dips, unassisted, in the weight room.
Recommendation: Tour of Anchorage
Submitted by: June Takagi
Why: it is the longest running and one of the largest citizens nordic ski marathons in the nation!
Recommendation: Shannon Donley
Submitted by: Gillian Brubaker
Why: A very special athlete and also very involved in community service.
Recommendation: Briana Sullivan
Submitted by: Alice Bassler
Why: She has made incredible gain in her competitions this year–moving up to 2nd place in women for the Lost Lake Run and first place for women in the Alyeska Challenge (climbing 10 laps up North Face) Prior to that she participated in the fund-raiser for Matt at Alyeska and came in 3rd. She bikes, skis and hikes and reserves competitions for a few, soft trail events which have meaning to her and for a good cause.