Monthly Archives: March 2015

Abdul-Bassit chips in as Oregon wins NCAA Tournament opener

March 20, 2015

We’ve got only one Alaska men’s basketball player in the NCAA Tournament this year, but he’s a pretty good one. Anchorage’s Jalil Abdul-Bassit is a starting guard for the University of Oregon and he chipped in 5 points as the Ducks beat Oklahoma State 79-73 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Nebraska…. Read more »

Chapman embracing new reliever role at Everett College

March 19, 2015

Everett Community College pitcher Dalton Chapman of Anchorage recently picked up his first save and later admitted he is growing accustomed to his new reliever role. “Everybody wants to be a starter, that’s always the dream,” he told me. “But coming in as a closer is nice; it’s like, ‘Hey, you’re our dude. We need… Read more »

Tufi tunes up C-USA’s top pitching staff w/ 3 HRs in 3 games

March 17, 2015

Facing the top pitching staff in Conference USA is probably a little intimidating for most college softball players. Then again, most aren’t named Pauline Tufi. The Louisiana Tech University sophomore homered in three straight games against Florida Atlantic, which entered last weekend’s series with the top team ERA in Conference USA. Tufi, of West High… Read more »

Ridley’s road back from torn ACL comes full circle at Dawson

Two years ago, Jake Ridley of Anchorage had his high school baseball career end after tearing his ACL in a freak knee injury during a post-game dog pile at home plate. It’s been a long road to reach home plate again, but the all-star shortstop is back on the field. The freshman starter at Dawson… Read more »

Kelter, women’s national team make first rugby sevens final

March 16, 2015

Eagle River’s Alev Kelter is new to rugby but you can’t deny her growth is tied with the improvement of Team USA. The Americans reached the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series final for the first time over the weekend, but lost to defending champion New Zealand 50-12 in Georgia. Kelter started all five games for… Read more »

Oleson moves closer towards 3,000-point milestone in Spain

March 15, 2015

Barcelona guard Brad Oleson of North Pole recently returned to the lineup and it didn’t take him long to get busy. The veteran playmaker scored 11 points in an 88-82 win over Fuenlabrada as Barca moved into a tie for third place in the Spanish League at 17-7. Oleson had missed 10 games with a… Read more »

Scorching-hot Bynum raises average 62 points in 5 games

March 14, 2015

He was so-so for most of the Western Arizona College baseball season, and then Scooter Bynum of Fairbanks heated up to remind everybody why he was so coveted. The freshman outfielder doubled his batting average with a 12-for-24 clip over a five-game stretch that saw his team go unbeaten. Bynum, of Monroe Catholic High fame,… Read more »

Brown pitching like the PLU comeback player of the year

He didn’t throw a single pitch in each of his first two seasons with the Pacific Lutheran University baseball team. But now Garrett Brown of Anchorage is pitching like an ace. Brown continued his tremendous throwing with a 6-inning shutout stint in yesterday’s 2-0 win over Whitworth during NCAA D3 action in Washington. Brown scattered… Read more »

Tufi, Louisiana Tech carry 9-game win streak into C-USA play

March 13, 2015

Double-threat softball player Pauline Tufi of Anchorage has played a key role in helping Louisiana Tech University start 15-5 this season. The sophomore slugger is hitting .298 in 20 games with 4 home runs and 12 RBIs. She hit 4 homers in 52 games last season. Tufi, of West High fame, leads Louisiana Tech with… Read more »

Two Alaska skiers find podium at NCAA Championships

March 12, 2015

For the third time in his Dartmouth College ski career, Silas Talbot of Anchorage earned the right to call himself an All-American. The senior finished eighth in yesterday’s men’s 10K skate race on Day 1 of the NCAA Skiing Championships in New York. He was a double All-American as a sophomore [9th, skate, 5th classical]… Read more »