Monthly Archives: April 2016

Caron brings different leadoff strategy to Montana JC

April 21, 2016

The job of a prototypical leadoff hitter is to take as many pitches as possible. But Anchorage’s Ryan Caron has a different strategy. “I’m usually swinging first pitch,” he told me with a laugh. “I don’t see many pitches.” He doesn’t miss many either. The Dawson Community College sophomore centerfielder is hitting .394 [37-for-94] in… Read more »

Abilene’s Williams named first team all-conference in Southland

April 20, 2016

Abilene Christian University tennis player Whitney Williams of Anchorage has earned first team Southland Conference honors in singles and honorable mention in doubles. The sophomore was voted the best No. 5 singles player in the NCAA D1 conference after posting a 17-2 record. Overall she is 19-5 and currently riding a 13-match winning streak. Williams,… Read more »

Griffin dropped from Australian Olympic team consideration

April 19, 2016

Eagle River’s Kelsey Griffin had her Olympic aspirations put on hold after she was dropped from consideration for the Australian Opals team headed to this summer’s Rio Games. The 28-year-old all-star in the country’s premier league and naturalized Aussie citizen had participated in training camp until she was cut on the eve of the Opals’… Read more »

Swinton, Oregon Tech golf team poised to make NAIA history

April 18, 2016

Alaska’s only college golfer is on the verge of helping Oregon Tech make history. The third-year program is poised to win the Cascade Collegiate Conference Golf Championships and advance to the NAIA Tournament for the first time. Tyler Swinton of Haines sits 10th out of 29 in the men’s field as Oregon Tech holds a… Read more »

Holley hauls in five touchdowns on five catches for IFL’s Storm

April 17, 2016

All Caleb Holley of Anchorage does is catch touchdowns. At least that’s how things have gone two games in his Indoor Football League career. The 25-year-old wide receiver has eight touchdowns on nine receptions with the Sioux Falls Storm, highlighted by a five-TDs-on-five-catches performance in Saturday’s 77-44 win over the Wichita Falls Nighthawks. Holley, of… Read more »

Updike PRs by 18 seconds in 5K, places fifth at Oregon Relays

April 16, 2016

Isaac Updike of Ketchikan might not consider himself to be a professional runner, even though he trains like one and looked like one at the Oregon Relays. The 2015 Eastern Oregon University graduate and former NAIA national champion in the steeplechase shattered his personal record by 18 seconds in the 5K race with a time… Read more »

Ibesate is crazy consistent in batter’s box for Jamestown

April 15, 2016

The University of Jamestown’s Lance Ibesate of Juneau is crazy consistent with the bat. The second baseman has nearly an identical batting average, slugging percentage and stolen base totals in each of the last two NAIA seasons. He hit .368 in 46 games last year and .366 in 41 games this year while his slugging… Read more »

PLU cleanup hitter Thompson doesn’t get cheated at the plate

April 14, 2016

Anchorage’s Tyler Thompson doesn’t go to the plate trying to hit a home run, but he doesn’t get cheated either. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior slugger at Pacific Lutheran University takes a healthy cut and sometimes he gets enough to knock it out of the ballpark. “I go up trying to do damage and if I… Read more »

Laine wins Olympic-distance Lavaman Triathlon in Hawaii

April 13, 2016

Winning a race in Alaska is impressive. But winning Outside carries another level of credibility. Kinsey Laine, the 2015 Gold Nugget Triathlon champion from Fairbanks, dominated the Olympic-distance Lavaman Triathlon in Hawaii on April 10, taking the women’s division by more than seven minutes in 2 hours, 11 minutes. “This was a big milestone for… Read more »

2016 Directors’ Awards winners announced

April 12, 2016

ANCHORAGE – Two athletes on meteoric career trajectories and two teams on remarkable runs of excellence bookend a 2016 Directors’ Awards Class that also includes a hockey star-turned leader of youth and a basketball player who overcame tremendous adversity. The 2016 Directors’ Awards recipients will be recognized this summer at the Alaska Sports Hall of… Read more »