Monthly Archives: May 2017

Bynum helps NIU Huskies punch ticket to MAC Tournament

May 19, 2017

Scooter Bynum of Fairbanks sparked an 11th inning rally that helped Northern Illinois beat Miami of Ohio 11-7 in extra innings during Mid-American Conference action in Oxford, Ohio. It’s fitting since the leadoff hitter from Alaska has been on fire for the last month. Bynum, of Monroe Catholic fame, has been scorching at the plate… Read more »

Griffin re-signs with Bendigo to play sixth season down under

May 18, 2017

She’s been the team’s centerpiece for the past five years, so it only makes sense for the Bendigo Spirit to bring back Eagle River’s Kelsey Griffin. The 29-year-old all-star signed a one-year deal with the Australian women’s professional basketball team that she led to WNBL championships in 2013 and 2014. Griffin, of Chugiak High fame,… Read more »

Todd, Ealum help Liberty continue track dominance in Big South

May 17, 2017

For the third consecutive year, Liberty University swept the team titles at the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Charleston, South Carolina. This time, though, there were a couple Alaskans that help make it possible. Freshman Tanner Ealum of Anchorage won the 400 meters and was part of the 4×400 relay as the… Read more »

Thompson earns all-conference, all-defensive honors in Germany

May 16, 2017

Anchorage’s Travis Thompson isn’t just a shooter. He’s got a little grind to his game too. The 6-foot-1 guard was named second-team all-conference and first-team all-defense for the Fraport Skyliners of Frankfurt, Germany. Thompson, of Dimond High fame, led his team in scoring at 19.2 points in 17 games. He added 4.2 rebounds and 3.1… Read more »

Everett College pitcher Chapman throws 2nd career no-hitter

May 15, 2017

Even though Anchorage’s Dalton Chapman stood alone on the pitching mound, he was never by himself on the baseball field. His Everett Community College teammates had his back and they came up huge to help the sophomore right-hander pitch a no-hitter. Chapman, of West High fame, threw a 7-inning no-no with five walks and six… Read more »

Alaska’s ‘Slam Sisters’ catapult LaTech to C-USA championship

May 14, 2017

With one swing, Anchorage’s Pauline Tufi erased a decade of frustration for the Louisiana Tech softball program. The senior first baseman crushed a solo home run in the seventh inning to supply a 1-0 victory over Florida International and catapult the Lady Techsters to the school’s first Conference USA championship since 2008. “To hit that… Read more »

Hepa leads Portland Basketball Club U17 to historic EYBL win

May 13, 2017

You can tell Barrow’s Kamaka Hepa is special because he keeps helping teams do big things for the first time. The Barrow Whalers had never won an Alaska Class 3A state title before he arrived. The Jefferson Democrats had never won an Oregon Class 6A state championship until he got there. And the Portland Basketball… Read more »

Ostrander picks up 3rd Mountain West title, this time in a relay

May 12, 2017

Boise State’s Allie Ostrander of Kenai ran to her third individual championship at the Mountain West Championships. Already a conference champion in cross country and track’s distance medley relay, the diminutive dynamo added a 10,000-meter title to her list of accomplishments. The redshirt freshman clocked a time of 35:51.20 and executed her game plan to… Read more »

Tufi knocks in 5 runs as LaTech wins C-USA tourney opener

May 10, 2017

Not even a 4-hour delay could slow down Pauline Tufi of Anchorage in the Conference USA tournament opener in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The Louisiana Tech senior slugger doubled twice and finished with a career-high five RBIs in an 11-1 victory over Charlotte in the first round. Tufi, of West High fame, laced a two-run two-bagger in… Read more »

Big weekend has Bynum flirting with .300 average for NIU

May 9, 2017

His most productive weekend as a college baseball player has Scooter Bynum of Fairbanks flirting with a benchmark. The Northern Illinois University centerfielder went 6-for-12 with three walks in a three-game series against Central Michigan to raise his season average to .299 in 45 games. Bynum, of Monroe Catholic High fame, scored a eight runs… Read more »