Monthly Archives: December 2018

Familiarity leads Bryant to Oregon for acrobatics & tumbling

December 31, 2018

After making several trips to Eugene, Oregon, to compete in acrobatics and tumbling competitions, Kady Bryant of Anchorage started to think about how much she liked the college town. So much so she decided to attend the University of Oregon. Bryant won’t just be a student, she will also complete for the Ducks in acrobatics… Read more »

Yockey rises to occasion in first college start for Highline College

December 30, 2018

A small forward from a small Southeast Alaska town came up big for Highline College as Coffman Cove’s Nathan Yockey reached double figures in his first start in the NWAC. The 6-foot-4 freshman scored 10 points and grabbed a season-high four rebounds as the Thunderbirds beat Skagit Valley 86-71 in Des Moines, Washington. Yockey, of… Read more »

Shortridge stays undefeated, extends 180-minute shutout streak

December 29, 2018

Eagle River’s Andrew Shortridge turned aside all 19 shots he faced and was part of a combined shutout for No. 4 Quinnipiac University in a 6-0 win over Colgate in Uniondale, New York. The junior goalie raised his save percentage to .970 on the season and lowered his goals-against average to 0.72 while extending his… Read more »

Montalbo accepts invitation to participate in Poly Bowl event

December 27, 2018

With hopes of catching the eye of a football coach from a Pac-12 school, Anchorage’s Dharen Montalbo is excited to test his skills at the Polynesian Bowl National Combine and Showcase. The Alaska all-state linebacker player has accepted an invitation to participate in three-day event in March in Las Vegas, Nevada. “This will be a… Read more »

Smelker registers 50th career point in professional hockey

December 26, 2018

Anchorage’s Jordan Smelker reached a major milestone recently with her 50th career point in professional hockey. The fifth-year forward has played the last four seasons in the NWHL with the Boston Pride. She played her rookie season in the CWHL with the Boston Blades. Smelker, of Service High fame, has registered 25-27—50 totals in 76… Read more »

Johnson helps USA beat Spain for World Cup bronze medal

December 25, 2018

Palmer’s Jeremy Johnson was part of the U.S. National Team that captured a bronze medal at the FIFG Footgolf World Cup in Marrakesh, Morocco. “It was an awesome experience,” he told me. The 44-year-old longtime Alaska soccer star was part of Team USA victories over Portugal, Argentina and Spain. “I played really well in the… Read more »

WCHA games bring out the best in Bemidji State’s DeGeorge

December 24, 2018

Facing elite competition in the WCHA brings out Clair DeGeorge’s A-game. The Bemidji State University women’s hockey star from Anchorage ranks among the league’s top 10 scorers in WCHA play and leads the Beavers with eight points in 12 league games. DeGeorge has amassed 4-5—9 totals in 19 games overall. The sophomore forward has been… Read more »

Copley notches first NHL shutout, extends 5-game win streak

December 23, 2018

Washington Capitals goalie Pheonix Copley of North Pole notched his first NHL shutout and extended a personal winning streak with a 35-save performance in a 4-0 win over Ottawa. He has now won his last five starts and improved to 8-2 in 12 appearances this season. Copley is in his first season with the Caps… Read more »

Walker most prolific playmaker among nine Alaska D1 skaters

December 22, 2018

With 16 points in 16 games, Anchorage’s Nolan Walker has emerged as the most prolific playmaker among the nine Alaska skaters playing NCAA D1 hockey. The freshman forward at St. Cloud State registered his first point in his first college game and never looked back. Walker has scored five goals on just 15 shots to… Read more »

Robinson rises above the crowd on jam-packed NWC roster

December 21, 2018

With 10 players on the Northwest Christian roster averaging double figures in minutes, playing time is never a given. Anchorage’s Reece Robinson, however, has managed to rise above the crowd. The senior has started 10 games this season and is the only player on his team to reach double digits in blocked shots, steals and… Read more »