Monthly Archives: July 2013

Bell-Holter to sign with Italian team [Basketball]

July 30, 2013

The odds were stacked against him from the very beginning, but Damen Bell-Holter of Hydaburg didn’t care. He always did things his way. Bell-Holter never lost focus of his dream of playing professional basketball and tomorrow he will make it reality when he signs a rookie contract with Victoria Libertas Pesaro of Italy’s first division…. Read more »

Kurka named to U.S. National Team [Skiing]

July 27, 2013

Already a rising star in American skiing, Andrew Kurka of Palmer now has his sights on something bigger. “I have my eye on the World Cup this year,” Kurka told me. The 21-year-old will get that chance after he was named to the U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team for the 2013-14 season, which begins… Read more »

Young prodigy earns respect for 907 [Tennis]

July 26, 2013

Typical Outsiders, assuming Alaskans can’t swing a tennis racket. Jayden Hodgson of Anchorage is more than happy to prove them wrong. The 15-year-old prodigy this summer has won a pair of singles titles in Under-16 tournaments in North Dakota and Minnesota and made the quarterfinals at the Open. “I’m playing good,” he told me…. Read more »

Alaska leads fight vs. obesity [Healthy Futures]

July 25, 2013

Healthy Futures, the signature program of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame, participated earlier this month in a one-day special event hosted by Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American Heart Association (AHA) in Washington, D.C. After decades of increases in rates of childhood obesity,… Read more »

Chalmers already looking for 3-peat [Basketball]

July 24, 2013

It feels like only yesterday that Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers of Anchorage was celebrating his second straight NBA title. But he’s already planning for a three-peat. Chalmers, of Bartlett High, will be back in Miami for a sixth year this fall and although he didn’t exactly call his shot, he does see it being… Read more »

Get Out and Play Day July 27 [Athletics]

July 23, 2013

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Winford honored by NABC [Basketball]

July 22, 2013

Former Eastern Washington University hoops star Kevin Winford of Anchorage has been honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for his skills on and off the court. A four-time member of the Big Sky All-Academic team, Winford missed the last six games of his career with an injury. He started 47 of the 113… Read more »

Allison named top scout for Mariners [Baseball]

July 20, 2013

In some ways, the Seattle Mariners are Alaska’s team. Maybe it’s because every game is on the radio or TV. If you weren’t a fan before, you might now that they have an Alaskan on their team. Tom Allison of Talkeetna was named director of professional scouting. Allison, 45, comes to the Mariners with more… Read more »

Baker wins with brains and brawn [Baseball]

July 18, 2013

For most of his life, Dylan Baker of Juneau had success just throwing the ball. He blew batters away with a 90-plus fastball and kept them off balance with off-speed stuff. Then he got drafted by the Cleveland Indians and went pro with the Class-A Lake County Captains, and everything went downhill. For the first… Read more »

Kuiper commits to New Mexico [Basketball]

July 17, 2013

Before he was even in high school, Dane Kuiper of Wasilla grabbed the attention of college basketball coaches. Early exposure means everything to players from Alaska. It explains how Kuiper could pique the interest of so many NCAA Division I schools before his junior season of high school. But there was something special about the… Read more »