Monthly Archives: December 2016

Heun suffers first loss by knockout in 16 pro MMA fights

December 31, 2016

Even in defeat, Palmer’s Jake Heun reminds us how tough he is. The 29-year-old suffered his first loss by knockout in 16 career professional fights after his mixed martial arts bout was stopped at World Series of Fighting 34 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Ten-win fighter Smealinho Rama of Greece won by… Read more »

Hebard’s 25-point effort wasted in Oregon’s 22-point home loss

December 30, 2016

Ruthy Hebard was ready for today’s game against nationally ranked Washington Huskies. Apparently, the rest of the Oregon Ducks were not ready to play. The 9th-ranked Huskies won all four quarters en route to a 99-77 victory on the Ducks’ home court, wasting a wonderful 25-point effort from the fabulous freshman from Fairbanks. Hebard, of… Read more »

HBU leading scorer Lasher continues unbelievable shooting clip

The basketball hoop must look the size of a hula hoop to Anchorage’s Colter Lasher these days. The Houston Baptist University senior is shooting a staggering field-goal percentage [.634, 33-for-52] over his last four games. The 6-foot-7 forward made 7-of-11 shots and finished with a game-high 22 points as the Huskies beat Sam Houston State… Read more »

Treder second at Sr. Nationals, qualifies for World Team Trials

December 29, 2016

Anchorage’s Dajan Treder of the University of Jamestown continues to wrestle at a high level. The reigning NAIA All-American recorded a runner-up finish in the 116-pound women’s division at the United States Senior Nationals in Las Vegas. In reaching the finals she earned a berth to the World Team Trials in April. “The last two… Read more »

Kuiper starts, contributes double digits in Mountain West opener

December 28, 2016

A pattern is developing with Wasilla’s Dane Kuiper and the University of New Mexico men’s basketball team. The 6-foot-7 sophomore started his third straight game and reached double figures for the third time in his last four games as the Lobos opened Mountain West Conference play with a 78-73 victory over Fresno State at The… Read more »

Huffman and the Doutrives dominate; Hepa suffers ankle injury

December 27, 2016

Brandon Huffman of Anchorage flirted with a triple-double in helping Word of God Christian Academy prevail on Day 1 of the Joe Miller Invitational in Wilmington, North Carolina. Facing off against fellow UNC-commit Coby White of Greenfield, the 6-foot-9 center delivered huge numbers in a 97-68 victory with 27 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks…. Read more »

After learning ropes in Alaska, Sokaitis climbs to TV success

December 26, 2016

When the temperature dips below zero at Lambeau Field for a Green Bay Packers game, Charlie Sokaitis doesn’t worry because he grew up in Fairbanks so he’s used to frigid winter weather. When dozens of local sports reporters fight for position around the locker of star quarterback Aaron Rodgers for an interview, Sokaitis doesn’t sweat… Read more »

Pac West’s top defender, Looney ranks nationally in steals

December 23, 2016

If you had to point to the reason the Hawaii Pacific University men’s basketball team is the best defensive team in the Pacific West Conference, it would be guard Connor Looney of Palmer. The senior has been a defensive stalwart all season as the NCAA D2 Sharks enter the Christmas break with an 11-0 record…. Read more »

Central Methodist’s “other” Alaskans show out in hoops win

December 22, 2016

With All-American NeNe Hale of Anchorage stealing all the headlines for the Central Methodist University women’s basketball team, it’s easy to forget two other Alaskans play on the team. That’s why it was nice to see Kodiak’s Jerica Nelson and Anchorage’s CeCe Cockerham come off the bench and step into the spotlight against New Mexico… Read more »

Calloway rises above the crowd to lead Walla Walla in scoring

December 21, 2016

With 11 players averaging double figures in minutes for the Walla Walla University men’s basketball team, shots might be hard to come by for some guys. But not Alec Calloway of Juneau. The 6-foot-5 junior has maximized his playing time for the NAIA Wolves and risen above the crowd to lead the team with a… Read more »