Monthly Archives: December 2016

Promise to mom fuels Fa’amasino to chase gridiron greatness

December 20, 2016

With his biggest fan watching from heaven, Lui Fa’amasino of Anchorage knows he has to give his best effort every time he takes the football field. He’s driven by a declaration to honor his mom. “I promised my mom before she died of cancer that I would make something out of myself,” Fa’amasino told me…. Read more »

Evergreen hitches wagon to Fenumiai, who responds in big way

December 19, 2016

Evergreen State College senior Gabi Fenumiai of Juneau didn’t say much to her teammates when she didn’t get a ton of touches the first month of the women’s basketball season. Her coach said something, though, because the 6-foot post from Alaska became the focal point of the offense once again. Fenumiai was at her best… Read more »

Harris nails game-winning 3 at buzzer with new D-League team

December 18, 2016

You can change his uniform, but Anchorage’s Ramon Harris is still money at the end of games. The newly acquired forward with the Grand Rapids Drive drilled a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to supply a 103-102 victory over the Oklahoma City Blue in the NBA D-League. Grand Rapids inbounded the ball at midcourt with… Read more »

Kuiper splashes four 3s in big night for CSU-Pueblo senior

December 17, 2016

It wasn’t Senior Night at Colorado State University-Pueblo, but it probably felt like it for Braydon Kuiper of Wasilla. The senior forward logged extended playing time and pumped in a dozen points as the Thunder Wolves beat up Western State 103-80 in NCAA D2 men’s basketball action. Kuiper, of Wasilla High fame, enjoyed his greatest… Read more »

Griffin returns from concussion, knocks out Canberra in WNBL

Neither a concussion nor the Canberra Capitals could stop Kelsey Griffin of Eagle River. After the Bendigo Spirit captain was diagnosed with a concussion after her second heat shot of the week, she returned to the court and delivered a double-double in a Herculean effort. Griffin, of Chugiak High fame, scored 26 points and pulled… Read more »

Lasher bags 18 points on iconic Indiana Hoosiers home court

December 16, 2016

Houston Baptist senior Colter Lasher of Anchorage has made a bunch of memories during his college basketball career. But this one had to top the list. Lasher just missed matching his career high with 18 points against the nation’s ninth-ranked team in a 103-61 loss to Indiana on the famous Hoosiers’ home court. The historic… Read more »

Green earns NAIA All-American honorable mention honors

December 15, 2016

Cornerstone University junior Heather Green of Anchorage was part of the honorable mention selections for the AVCA NAIA All-American Team. The 5-foot-11 outside hitter had a breakout season that saw her lead the Golden Eagles in with 505 kills while posting the second most digs [462]. Her 3.67 kills per set ranked No. 9 on… Read more »

Fresh-faced Nero shows he can play w/ big boys at NAIA college

Wasilla’s Jordan Nero was just 17 years old when he joined the College of Idaho football team. But don’t let the fresh face fool you. This kid out of Colony High can play, and he proved that by earning a starting spot at defensive back seven games into the NAIA season. “Kind of felt like… Read more »

From same school in Fairbanks to same D1 court in Oregon

December 12, 2016

Ruthy Hebard and Hannah Mattson both played high school basketball at West Valley High in Fairbanks, but now they are playing for different NCAA D1 women’s basketball teams in Oregon. They recently met on the same court. It was a special night for Alaska basketball, especially for the Fairbanks community. The Interior doesn’t produce a… Read more »