Monthly Archives: April 2017

Sitka slugger Gray leads Liberty League in RBIs for St. Lawrence

April 12, 2017

The hits keep coming for Sitka’s Elle Gray of the Lawrence University softball team. The sophomore slugger is batting third in the lineup and ranks among the most prolific hitters in the Liberty League, a NCAA D3 conference. The super second baseman leads the league with 25 RBIs in 17 games and lists No. 3… Read more »

Butcher throws 3-hit shutout, named NSIC Pitcher of the Week

April 11, 2017

As a transfer to the University of Minnesota-Crookston, Palmer’s Jacob Butcher felt pressure to perform every time he took the mound. It didn’t help when he started slowly. That made him only press more. Finally, he stopped trying so hard and went back to being himself. “At some point,” he told me, “you just have… Read more »

White comes out of the bullpen to save Corban University

April 10, 2017

After the Corban University softball team scored six runs in the top of the first inning, everybody thought the game was over. It wasn’t. The University of Great Falls battled back to pull within striking distance before Rachel White of Anchorage came out of the bullpen to slam the door and preserve a 9-5 victory… Read more »

Nading picks up first career save with Double-A San Antonio

April 9, 2017

Chad Nading of Anchorage made a nice first impression with his new professional baseball team, the Double-A San Antonio Missions. The 6-foot-5 closer struck out the side in the ninth inning to secure a 5-3 win over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and earn his first career save. “It was an amazing feeling,” Nading told me…. Read more »

Hebard’s big year earns her invite to U19 Team USA tryouts

April 8, 2017

In the last year since she graduated high school, Fairbanks basketball star Ruthy Hebard has won a gold medal with the U18 national team, earned a starting role with the Oregon Ducks, made all-league in the Pac-12 and helped her program make history. Is that all? Nope. Now she’s earned an invitation to try out… Read more »

Lewis improves to 3-0 at No. 1 singles for Eckerd College

April 7, 2017

Something about the top spot brings out the best in Eddie Lewis of Anchorage. Eckerd College’s lone senior was honored before the match and then went out and earned dominant wins in doubles and singles against Webber International in St. Petersburg, Florida. Lewis, of South High fame, had little trouble dispatching Jordi Rossello 6-1 and… Read more »

Page brings a mix of discipline, destruction to batter’s box

April 6, 2017

As the cleanup hitter for the Louisiana Tech softball team, Taria Page of Anchorage knows her job is to drive in runs. But that doesn’t mean swinging for the fences. Page is a power hitter with patience and a master at reaching base. The sophomore designated hitter has reached base 11 times in her last… Read more »

Lost teeth can’t slow down Kley for Wenatchee Valley baseball

April 5, 2017

He lost two teeth and his team lost both games of a doubleheader, but Matthew Kley of Anchorage kept smiling – and hitting. The Wenatchee Valley College third baseman took a shot to the face from the helmet of a Yakima Valley baserunner attempting to steal a base in Game 2 of the NWAC doubleheader… Read more »

Tufi passes Bullock on career RBI list among Alaska D1 players

April 3, 2017

When it comes to driving in runs on a NCAA D1 softball field, nobody from Alaska has done it better than Pauline Tufi of Anchorage. The Louisiana Tech slugger pushed her career RBI total to 139 to pass Anchorage’s Lillian Bullock for the state’s all-time lead. Bullock collected 138 RBIs at North Carolina A&T from… Read more »

Chmiel part of South Carolina coaching staff in NCAA title game

April 2, 2017

He won’t take the court tonight, but Palmer’s Fred Chmiel could play a factor in tonight’s NCAA women’s basketball national championship game. For starters, he’s one of the South Carolina assistant coaches. But maybe more importantly he’s from Alaska, and the 907 connection has proven to be extremely successful by going 7-1 in the NCAA… Read more »