Monthly Archives: February 2014

Griffin goes off in Australia, leads team to double OT win

February 10, 2014

Missing a few key players, the Bendigo Spirit turned to Eagle River’s Kelsey Griffin for a lift against the Melbourne Boomers. She delivered with some serious star power. The 6-foot-2 forward scored 24 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and sank the tying free throws at the end of the first overtime to force a second overtime… Read more »

Oleson has thunder stolen on buzzer beater in Spain

It all the makings of SportsCenter moment, with Barcelona’s Brad Oleson of North Pole converting a three-point play with eight seconds left in the championship game of the Copa del Rey to give his team that lead and seemingly the tournament title. But Sergio Llull stole his thunder. Llull sank a corner jumper at the… Read more »

Never mind Sochi, look at what Patterson is doing at Vermont

February 9, 2014

Scott Patterson of Anchorage is making the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association look like child’s play. The University of Vermont senior has won both EISA skate races this season and is one classic victory from a perfect score in NCAA Championship qualification. He returned from Italy, where he competed in the U23 World Championships, just in… Read more »

Grazulis averaging double-double for Colorado School of Mines

February 8, 2014

After a slow start, Palmer’s Allie Grazulis of Colorado School of Mines is back to dominating the backboards. The 5-foot-11 senior forward has grabbed double-figure rebounds in 11 of her last 17 games, catapulting the Alaskan to No. 3 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference at 10.1 per game. Last year she led the league… Read more »

Lasher pumps in career-high 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting

February 6, 2014

The progression of Anchorage’s Colter Lasher at Houston Baptist University continued tonight as the freshman earned a new season high in minutes for the fifth consecutive game. More playing time has meant more opportunities, and the 6-foot-7 forward has certainly taken advantage of them. Five days after reaching double figures for the first time, he… Read more »

Deb Simmers approaching 1,500 career points in college

After playing in the shadow of her older sister in high school, Debbiey Simmers of Anchorage has created her own legacy in college. The 5-foot-9 senior guard at Malone University is enjoying another solid season, averaging 12.6 points on shooting 44 percent in 22 games. She pumped in 16 points tonight in an 82-62 win… Read more »

Kurka, Tompkins named to U.S. Paralympic Alpine Ski Team

February 5, 2014

You can add two more names to the list of Alaska Olympians. Mono-skiers Andrew Kurka of Palmer and Joe Tompkins of Juneau today were named to the U.S. Paralympic Alpine Team that will compete at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in March. Kurka, of Challenge Alaska fame, is currently representing Uncle Sam on… Read more »

Chapman signs with defending NWAACC baseball champ Everett

February 4, 2014

The Everett Community College baseball team was already on Dalton Chapman’s radar long before the Trojans won the NWAACC title last year. How could you miss it? Everett has a gaudy .772 winning percentage over the last two seasons. So when the promising Anchorage teenage ballplayer got a call to play at the Washington school,… Read more »

Oleson turns back the clock with Barcelona, hits five 3s

February 3, 2014

Brad Oleson was like a DJ playing all his greatest hits. Looking a lot like he did two years ago when he finished second in the Spanish League in 3-point percentage, the North Pole native drained five 3s and scored a season-high 18 points for Barcelona in a 95-93 loss to Valencia. The 6-foot-3 guard… Read more »

Griffin goes off in Australia 3 days after Nebraska jersey ceremony

February 2, 2014

The University of Nebraska bestowed Kelsey Griffin of Eagle River with the highest honor when the women’s basketball team retired her No. 23 jersey. Three days later she was back in Australia with her pro team the Bendigo Spirit, looking a lot like the NCAA first team All-American she was at Nebraska. The 6-foot-2 forward… Read more »