Monthly Archives: July 2015

Kurka ready to ‘go for it’ in Alaska Challenge handcycle race

July 15, 2015

The Alaska Challenge, the longest, toughest handcycle race in the world, turns 27 next week. Palmer’s Andrew Kurka is only 23, but he is very familiar with one of the state’s most cherished sporting events. These guys are to handcycling what mushers are to the Iditarod, drivers to the Iron Dog and runners to Mount… Read more »

Spink pushes through tough season, looks to be back on track

July 14, 2015

His season didn’t start well, but Eagle River’s Conor Spink is doing everything he can to get it back on track. The 27-year-old left-handed relief pitcher with the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association professional independent league is currently enjoying one of the best stretches of his four-year career. Spink will carry a 9-inning scoreless… Read more »

Kelter, USA rugby win silver medal at Pan Am Games

July 13, 2015

Eagle River’s Alev Kelter captured her first major medal with the Team USA rugby sevens women’s team. The Americans won a silver medal after losing to Canada in the championship match at the Pan American Games in Toronto. Canada won 55-7 in Sunday’s final and beat the United States 34-12 earlier in the day. Team… Read more »

Winczura vaults from All-American gymnast to medical student

July 12, 2015

Eagle River’s Amy Winczura went to Texas Woman’s University for gymnastics but she left with much more. She graduated in the spring with a double major in Bilogy and Kinesiology, and a minor in Nutrition and is headed to medical school this fall at Saint James School of Medicine. She also left with a 2013… Read more »

Registe carries Dominica flag at Pan Am Opening Ceremonies

July 10, 2015

Palmer’s David Registe tonight experienced one of the most patriot moments of his life when the former UAA track star carried the flag for his home country of Dominica during the Opening Ceremonies of the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. The event was televised live on ESPN. The 26-year-old long jumper is a former… Read more »

DeLoach 7th, Clarke 8th at Diamond League Switzerland

July 9, 2015

Fresh off their bronze-medal finishes at the USATF Championships, Alaska’s two biggest track and field stars got back to work on the world circuit today in Switzerland. Janay DeLoach of Fairbanks and Jordan Clarke of Anchorage are the only two Alaskans currently competing on the Diamond League global tour – the NFL of track and… Read more »

Way is running so well he is immune to contamination

July 8, 2015

Sitka’s Brian Way isn’t a super hero, but he plays one with the Bellingham Bells baseball team in Washington. The 20-year-old pitcher has been nearly untouchable with a 0.57 ERA this summer and apparently wears a protective shield too. “We had some skin infection going around that I luckily didn’t get,” he told me. Some… Read more »

Kittredge on pace to win MVP honors again in pro ultimate

July 7, 2015

He was MVP of the American Ultimate Disc League last year and Beau Kittredge of Fairbanks is threatening to win the award again this summer. The San Jose Spiders star leads the lead with 63 goals in 12 games. He is also first in plus/minus +96 and points played 357 [238 offense, 119 defense]. He… Read more »

Roelle named Capital One Academic All-American of the Year

July 5, 2015

There are academic All-Americans and there are athletic All-Americans. And then there is Hans Roelle of Anchorage. He’s the best of both. The Eastern Oregon University senior runner has been named 2015 Academic All-American of the Year for men’s track and cross country by the College of Sports Information Directors of American [CoSIDA]. He is… Read more »

Spaniard, Swede dominate our Mount Marathon

July 4, 2015

They came. They saw. They conquered. They barely broke a sweat. Spaniard Kilian Jornet and Swede Emelie Forsberg today rewrote the record book in the 88th running of Mount Marathon in Seward. Both racers shattered records and made it look pretty easy. Forsberg waved to the crowd as she reached the base of the mountain… Read more »