Monthly Archives: December 2013

Sherman-Newsome continues to get it done for Colgate

December 31, 2013

What a difference a year makes for Anchorage’s Damon Sherman-Newsome. Last year was spent adjusting to the D1 level. Now he’s thriving. The 6-foot-5 junior has emerged as a top-three scoring option for Colgate University in New York, collecting double figures in seven of 11 games, highlighted by a career-high 25-point effort against Tulane. He… Read more »

Bookert hands off career-high nine assists for Florida State

December 30, 2013

Devon Bookert of Anchorage continues to make things happen at Florida State University. The sophomore point guard handed off a career-high nine assists and a team-best seven rebounds in a 67-59 win over Charleston Southern in Tallahassee, Fla. Bookert, of West High fame, added two steals to help offset a 1-for-6 shooting night that resulted… Read more »

Hines makes 7-of-9 shots, scores career-high 19 for Iona College

December 28, 2013

So apparently getting his first college start meant the world to Ryden Hines of Anchorage. That’s because the Iona College freshman played out of his mind today against Northern Iowa, scoring 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting in a 90-78 loss in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The 6-foot-10 forward had never scored more than six points in… Read more »

Hayes is December’s ‘Featured Teacher’ for Healthy Futures

December 26, 2013

More than 150 schools and 10,000 elementary students around the state now participate in the Healthy Futures Challenge, a biannual three-month program to empower children with the daily habit of physical activity. Healthy Futures, the signature program of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame, would not succeed without its partnership with the health and PE… Read more »

Grazulis nets 700th career point for Colorado School of Mines

December 23, 2013

Another double-double from Allie Grazulis of Palmer helped her move into elite company for the Colorado School of Mines women’s basketball team. The 5-foot-11 senior forward scored 11 points and grabbed 10 boards in a 63-59 victory over Colorado Christian, giving her career totals of 700 points and 614 rebounds. Grazulis, of Colony High fame,… Read more »

Bell-Holter scores 21, most ever by Alaskan in NBA D-League

December 22, 2013

After a slow start to his professional career, Damen Bell-Holter of Hydaburg finally caught fire. And nobody is more relieved than him. The 6-foot-9 rookie with the Maine Red Claws forward bagged a season-high 21 points to go along with nine rebounds and two blocked shots in a 93-74 loss to Springfield in NBA D-League… Read more »

In Herculean effort, Effenberger has regrettable triple-double

December 21, 2013

Clackamas College guard Laci Effenberger of Ketchikan played nearly every second of the overtime game and accounted for more than half of her team’s points. She collected 16 points, 11 assists, five steals and an unwelcomed triple-double with 10 turnovers in an 81-79 loss to Blue Mountain at the Clark Crossover Tournament in Washington. Her… Read more »

Lekander reviews colleges with right mix of math, science & tennis

December 20, 2013

A star in high school, Reed Lekander of Anchorage is now focused on taking his game to the next level. He will play some tennis, too. A two-time state champion on the court, Lekander is just as impressive in the classroom with a 3.8 GPA. He’s been offered academic scholarships for next fall. “I want… Read more »

Abdul-Bassit scores 8 points in 8 minutes for No. 13 Oregon

December 19, 2013

Jalil Abdul-Bassit of Anchorage promised instant offense coming off the bench for the University of Oregon. He was the master of production in a 91-63 victory over UC Irvine, scoring a career-high eight points in just eight minutes of action. The 6-foot-4 junior guard sank 3-of-4 shots, including both 3-point attempts. He also grabbed his… Read more »

Simmers nets 29, hasn’t missed a free throw this month

December 17, 2013

With her team muddled in a three-game losing skid, Debbiey Simmers of Anchorage wanted things to change. So she took over the game. The Malone University senior guard poured in a season-high 29 points in an 89-77 win over Northwood. It was her highest point total at Malone in 34 games. “We were moving the… Read more »