Monthly Archives: September 2017

Fa’amasino racks up 12 tackles, forced fumble in SEC country

September 30, 2017

Anchorage’s Lui Fa’amasino played a college football game in front of a crowd big enough to be Alaska’s second-largest city. The New Mexico State starting linebacker traveled to SEC country to face Arkansas before of an announced crowd of 70,727 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Fa’amasino, of West High fame, didn’t wilt under the bright lights as… Read more »

Southern Oregon remains undefeated when Waite scores a goal

Anchorage’s Aislinn Waite is a lucky charm for the Southern Oregon University women’s soccer team. The sophomore midfielder scored the game-winning goal in the 68th minute to secure a 1-0 win over Northwest Christian in Springfield, Oregon. Waite, of Service High fame, has two goals on five shots on net this year for the NAIA… Read more »

Despite sport’s violent nature,MMA helps Meriweather find peace

September 29, 2017

Despite violent nature of MMA, the sport brings out the softer side in many fighters. Anchorage’s Dominick Meriweather is no different. Raised by an abusive father, he lived with rage and carried it everywhere. He needed an outlet. “I was really angry when I got involved with mixed martial arts,” he told me. A formula… Read more »

Matuatia the marvelous finds groove for Columbia Basin

September 28, 2017

Kodiak’s Kalameli Matuatia has meant double trouble for opposing volleyball teams in the NWAC. The Columbia Basin College sophomore has posted double figures in kills in five of the last six matches and digs in two of the last three. All the while the Hawks had soared to the top of the NWAC’s East Region… Read more »

Like sister, like brother; Effenberger draws inspiration from fam

September 27, 2017

Even though Ketchikan’s Griffin Effenberger is quite a bit younger than his sister Laci, the game of basketball has kept them close. Laci was a true hardwood hero, a persistent player who overcame seven knee surgeries to become a scoring sensation at Clackamas CC and NCAA D1 starter at Cal State East Bay. Now 25,… Read more »

Sims reaches 1,600 career assists, ranks 7th all-time for Master’s

September 26, 2017

Kayla Sims of Anchorage reached 1,600 career assists to inch closer on the all-time list for The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, California. The junior setter ranks No. 7 on the NAIA school’s assist list, needing just 34 more to reach the No. 6 spot. She’s on pace to become just the fifth player in… Read more »

Iconic sportsman, Hall of Fame player Didrickson passes away

September 25, 2017

Hoops star Herb Didrickson of Sitka felt like he could touch the sky when he was on the basketball court. He touched many lives as well. Didrickson, a multi-sport athlete with professional potential whose career stretched six decades from the 1940s to the 1990s, inspired generations of Alaskans during one of the most decorated lives… Read more »

Homza wraps up successful season of rookie ball in Arizona

September 24, 2017

Jonny Homza’s first season of professional baseball was a hit. The Anchorage 18-year-old handled himself well at the plate and in the field for the San Diego Padres rookie ball team in the Arizona League. The fifth-round draft pick played a team-high 52 games and finished among the Padres leaders in batting average, runs, doubles… Read more »

Hall makes big play in 2OT, helps Idaho beat South Alabama

September 23, 2017

Ed Hall of Chugiak didn’t have a big game for the Idaho defense, but he made the big play when it mattered most. The junior linebacker assisted on a terrific tackle that stuffed a stud running back in the second overtime, which led to a series of game-changing events that ultimately ended with Idaho beating… Read more »

Lewis coping with life on ASU soccer team without twin sister

September 22, 2017

For the first time in her life, Anchorage’s Ariela Lewis is playing soccer without her twin sister. “I played with Aaliyah for 18 years and to not have her on the pitch is sad,” Ariela told me. “She was my better half – except when we went one-on-one.” Together, they made up the NCAA’s top… Read more »