Monthly Archives: May 2016

Oleson, Barcelona advance to Spanish League semifinals

May 31, 2016

Brad Oleson of North Pole came off the bench to play just 11 minutes in Game 2 of the Spanish League quarterfinals, but that’s only because Barcelona didn’t need him. The regular-season champs rolled to an 84-68 win over Fuenlabrada to wrap up the best-of-3 series and advance to the league semifinals. Barcelona [31-5] will… Read more »

Success at prep school paves way for Calloway to sign with SUU

May 30, 2016

Even though he’s tall enough to play center, 6-foot-8 Jacob Calloway of Juneau sometimes plays more like a guard. He likes to have the ball in his hands and get others involved. That combination made him an attractive attribute for college coaches. “A lot of schools liked how I pass and handle the ball at… Read more »

Older Ostrander made a habit of challenging the nation’s best

May 28, 2016

Kenai’s Taylor Ostrander wrapped up her remarkable running career at Willamette University after making another appearance at the national championships. The senior made a habit of challenging the nation’s best. Ostrander became just the third Willamette athlete to qualify for eight NCAA D2 Championships with four in cross country and four in track and field…. Read more »

Theisen closes strong in steeplechase to claim D2 national title

May 27, 2016

Black Hills State runner Jonah Theisen of Kenai played possum for the first few laps of the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA D2 Track and Field Championships under the lights in Bradenton Florida. Then he kicked it up a notch. After running near the back of the pack for the first few laps, the freshman… Read more »

Cogdell-Unrein qualifies for third Olympics with shotgun in trap

May 26, 2016

She has been the best trapshooter in the country since 2008 and the scary thing is Corey Cogdell-Unrein of Palmer isn’t even 30 yet. The 29-year-old booked her ticket to this summer’s Olympic Games after securing Team USA’s only spot in women’s trapshooting with her victory at the Trials in Arkansas. This will be her… Read more »

Swinton, Oregon Tech golf team sit in eighth at Nationals

May 25, 2016

Tyler Swinton of Haines has helped the Oregon Tech golf team inch closer to qualifying for the final round of the NAIA Men’s Golf National Championships in Silvis, Illinois. Oregon Tech is tied for eighth place after the first two rounds of play at the TPC Deere Run. The top 17 schools after Thursday’s third… Read more »

Two-time 4A player of the year Wyche signs with Laramie CC

May 24, 2016

Even though DaZhon Wyche of Anchorage twice won Class 4A player-of-the-year honors in Alaska, he knows that respect disappears once he leaves the 907 area code. So when he arrives at Laramie Community College in Wyoming this fall he doesn’t anticipate the red-carpet treatment. “Nobody cares what I did in Alaska,” he told me. “And… Read more »

Updike qualifies for Olympic Trials in steeplechase with PR

May 22, 2016

Just two weeks ago at the Oregon Twilight, Isaac Updike of Ketchikan had PR’d in winning the steeplechase. He headed to the Hoka One One Middle Distance Classic in Los Angeles, California, full of confidence. It quickly was questioned after he found himself in last place after the first lap. Rather than panic, however, he… Read more »

Karnos among best pitchers in Western Athletic Conference

May 21, 2016

When he graduated high school Max Karnos of Anchorage was probably the best pitcher in the state. Then he went to Western Nevada College and became inarguably the most durable pitcher over his two years there. Now he’s at Sacramento State in California, and it’s the same as it ever was. Karnos, of South High… Read more »

Thompson, Brown have PLU one win away from World Series

May 20, 2016

Tyler Thompson and Garrett Brown of Anchorage are playing the best baseball of their lives for Pacific Lutheran University. They need to keep it going for one more game to reach the NCAA D3 College World Series. PLU has roared back from a first-round loss at the NCAA West Regional in Spokane, Washington, with three… Read more »