Monthly Archives: March 2013

Bingham, Seattle U. win WAC title [Basketball]

March 10, 2013

A pair of Alaska women were right in the middle of this year’s Western Athletic Conference women’s basketball title chase, which came down to the wire. Seattle University and assistant coach Dorena Bingham of Anchorage ended up winning the regular-season title with a 15-3 league record, one game better than Utah State and senior guard… Read more »

Randall takes sprint title in Finland [Skiing]

March 9, 2013

Anchorage’s Kikkan Randall today clinched the World Cup sprint title by nipping a world champion at the line in Lahti, Finland. Randall and Norwegian Marit Bjoergen were in a two-day duel on the final stretch of the 1.5-K skate race until the former East High star managed to throw her ski forward to finish 0.07… Read more »

Clarke captures 4th NCAA shot put title [Track]

March 8, 2013

When he’s healthy, Jordan Clarke of Anchorage is unbeatable in the shot put. Tonight he proved to be even when he’s not. Despite a nagging injury to his hand, Clarke still was good enough to win his fourth consecutive NCAA title. This one came at the indoor national championships in Fayetteville, Ark. “It feels great,… Read more »

Seminoles build around Bookert [Basketball]

When Anchorage’s Devon Bookert was given the starting point guard job at Florida State three weeks ago, it was sort of like he was handed the keys to the car for the first time. He’s just a freshman; a redshirt no less. And remember, he’s only two years removed from playing in the Cook Inlet… Read more »

Winczura has career high on bars [Gymnastics]

March 6, 2013

Something about facing No. 1 Oklahoma brought out the best in Texas Woman’s University gymnast Amy Winczura of Anchorage. The former six-time regional champion out of East High scored 9.75 or better on each of her three events, including a career-high on the uneven bars. Winczura, of Arctic Gymnastics fame, placed second on the bars… Read more »

Alaskans set relay record for Wyoming [Swim]

March 5, 2013

Some athletes get fired up by listening to music before they compete. But members of the University of Wyoming men’s swim team do the haka, a traditional Pacific Islander war dance. Juneau’s Nick Rutecki explains. “It originated because we have kids from New Zealand,” he told me. “It’s pretty intense. It’s a lot of fun.”… Read more »

DeLoach captures third U.S. Indoor title [Track]

March 4, 2013

She was down physically, yet Alaska’s Janay DeLoach was still up for the challenge of defending her title at the U.S. Indoor Championships. The 27-year-old captured her third consecutive long jump title Saturday night in Albuquerque, N.M., although it wasn’t easy for the reigning Olympic bronze medalist. “I struggled a little bit with myself,” DeLoach… Read more »

Alaskans deliver on Senior Night [Basketball]

March 3, 2013

With her parents watching from the stands, Anna Simmers of Anchorage orchestrated a 13-point comeback in the final 12 minutes to help Army win the game, and ultimately, the Patriot League title. Simmers bagged 16 of her 21 points in the second half to key a 62-52 win over Lehigh on Senior Night in West… Read more »

Despite obstacles, Effenberger soars [Basketball]

March 2, 2013

After five knee surgeries on both legs, Laci Effenberger of Ketchikan started to question her future in basketball. Was it worth it? Was it meant to be? “After those things happen you start to rethink things,” she told me. She kept with it and today Effenberger is back on the court and back to being… Read more »