Monthly Archives: April 2016

A decade after her historic feat, Hutchison is still strong as ever

April 11, 2016

Ten years after putting Alaska female wrestling on the map, Soldotna’s Michaela Hutchison is still helping take the sport to new heights. She was one of a record three Alaska women that qualified for this year’s USA Wrestling Olympic Trials in Iowa City, Iowa. In 2012, Hutchison competed alone. This time around she was joined… Read more »

Byers wins first match, then loses in quarters at Olympic Trials

April 10, 2016

Former NCAA All-American Cayle Byers of Peters Creek had a great start before running out of steam at the USA Wrestling Olympic Trials, which wrapped up today in Iowa City, Iowa. The 213-pounder was the only Alaska man at the Trials as he continues his post-collegiate career with the Titan Mercury Wrestling Club. Byers, of… Read more »

Burghart pulls out 3-set singles win, improves to 6-3 in Big Sky

The tennis season hasn’t always gone exactly the way Eastern Washington University junior Rendell Burghart of Anchorage wanted. He has lost more matches than he has won overall this season, but he never stopped fighting and was dropping sets to tiebreakers. His hard work was rewarded against Montana State. Burghart, of Dimond High fame, rallied… Read more »

Kelter leads U.S. women’s Eagles rugby 7s in scoring in Atlanta

April 9, 2016

Even though the U.S. women’s Eagles 7s rugby team has already qualified for the Rio Olympics this summer, the official roster hasn’t been announced yet. But things are looking pretty good for Alev Kelter of Eagle River. The 25-year-old Alaskan led the team in scoring at this weekend’s tournament in Atlanta, Gerogia, and was the… Read more »

Naylor to play in National Premier League, eyes pro combine

April 7, 2016

Zak Naylor of Anchorage is definitely paying his dues as he begins his rookie season of professional soccer. His biggest sacrifice hasn’t come on the field, though. “I am currently working the graveyard shift at 24 Hour Fitness and then I go straight to practice at 6:30 in the morning,” Naylor told me. “It makes… Read more »

Bynum adds power to his bat without sacrificing batting average

April 6, 2016

There is a power surge happening at Arizona Western College, courtesy of Scooter Bynum of Fairbanks. The 20-year-old sophomore centerfielder has seen his slugging percentage climb to new heights on the baseball field this season, thanks to career-high totals in doubles, triples and home runs. Best of all his batting average hasn’t taken a hit… Read more »

Williams wins 10th straight singles match for Abilene Christian

April 5, 2016

Anchorage’s Whitney Williams extended her singles winning streak to 10 matches as she continues to play some of the best tennis of her life for Abilene Christian University in Texas. The sophomore rallied for a 7-6, 1-6, 7-6 victory over Maider Martin of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at No. 5 singles. Williams, of South High fame,… Read more »

Way rebounds from rare loss, throws shutout for Edmonds CC

April 4, 2016

After a couple of uncharacteristically average starts, Edmonds Community College pitcher Brian Way of Sitka returned to his superhuman form. The 6-foot-7 sophomore needed only 83 pitches to complete a 9-inning shutout in a 2-0 win over Shoreline during NWAC play in Washington. Way allowed six hits and no walks while striking out a pair…. Read more »

Oleson surpasses 2,500 career points in Spain’s famed La Liga

April 3, 2016

One of the greatest basketball players from Alaska is now considered one of the best scorers in the famed Spanish ACB. North Pole’s Brad Oleson pumped in 13 points – his second-highest point total of the season – in Barcelona’s 84-57 win over Manresa in La Liga action and reached a major milestone along the… Read more »

Fletcher wins 3,000-meter steeplechase for BYU at Texas Relays

April 2, 2016

Aaron Fletcher of Anchorage scored a big win for the BYU track and field team with his victory in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase. His win came at the Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. “Whenever you have an event champion it’s a huge deal,” BYU track and field director of operations Ryan Waite told the school’s… Read more »