Monthly Archives: August 2014

Wright adjusting to life on and off the field at Rice University

August 19, 2014

Within seconds and without warning, dark clouds moved in and a huge thunderstorm hammered Houston with a sudden downpour Lance Wright of North Pole had never seen. It doesn’t rain in Alaska like it does in Texas. “The weather is weird here,” he told me. “It’ll be 100 degrees and super humid, and five minutes… Read more »

Lewis named SWAC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year

August 18, 2014

Alabama State forward Aaliyah Lewis of Anchorage has been given the ultimate compliment by the coaches in her league. She was named Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. It was an easy choice considering Lewis won the same award in 2013 after leading the Southwestern Athletic Conference in goals [16], shots [61] and points [38]…. Read more »

Griffin surpasses 800 career points in WNBA

August 17, 2014

Alaska’s greatest women’s basketball player cleared another hurdle in her remarkable career as Kelsey Griffin of Eagle River surpassed the 800-point plateau in the WNBA. The 6-foot-2 forward is in her fifth season with the Connecticut Sun. She has now pumped in 801 points in 164 career games. That’s an average of 4.9 per game…. Read more »

Murphy suffers first pro loss in UFC debut

August 16, 2014

Faced with the greatest challenge of her fighting life, Lauren Murphy of Eagle River performed valiantly in her UFC debut but lost a split decision in Maine. Her opponent, former Olympic silver medal winning wrestler Sara McMann, relied on her grappling background to control the action on the ground and win on points. Two of… Read more »

Baker becomes tenth Alaskan to notch 10 professional wins

Juneau right-hander Dylan Baker has moved into elite company among Alaska’s best professional pitchers by picking his 10th career win. It may not seem like a lot, but only 10 Alaskans have accomplished double-figure winning decisions in minor league baseball. We’ve never had anybody win a game in the major leagues among the three pitchers… Read more »

Murphy cool, calm, collected before UFC debut

August 14, 2014

She’s on the eve of the biggest fight of her life and Lauren Murphy of Eagle River is bullet proof. Nothing can rattle her, not even a delayed flight. Despite a snafu with her airline that pushed back her arrival to Maine from Tuesday to Wednesday, Murphy rolled with it like she was on vacation…. Read more »

Maley on track to win kicking job with Wagner football

August 13, 2014

A super sub last year, Bryan Maley of Eagle River is looking for more permanent work with the Wagner College football team this fall. The senior placekicker has the inside track to be the starter after he proved in 2013 that he could handle the job filling in for injured all-conference kicker David Lopez, who… Read more »

Backed by Lewis sisters, Alabama State picked to win SWAC

August 11, 2014

There’s a culture change going on with the Alabama State women’s soccer program, and Ariela and Aaliyah Lewis of Anchorage are leading the revolution. In just their sixth season, the Hornets had never won more than seven games in a season before piling up 14 victories last year. The freshman are the No. 1 scoring… Read more »

Griffin plays hero twice for Sun in WNBA win

August 10, 2014

It’s been a tough season for the Connecticut Sun, failing to make the WNBA playoffs for the second straight season. But Kelsey Griffin of Eagle River plays hard no matter the situation. The fifth-year forward came up big today, sinking big buckets on the final play of regulation and then again late in the second… Read more »

Boozer featured on rap album to fight childhood obesity

August 9, 2014

It seems like every little boy wants to grow up and be an athlete or entertainer. Some do both. Los Angeles Lakers forward Carlos Boozer of Juneau got a taste of the entertainment industry recently when he was part of a hoops-themed rap album that will benefit the ‘nPlay Foundation’s fight against childhood obesity. Boozer… Read more »