Monthly Archives: January 2019

Lonnie O’Connor Iditarod Basketball Tournament

January 19, 2019

(2018 by Don Stiles) For more than 40 years, people from all over Alaska have come for the weeklong Lonnie O’Connor Iditarod Basketball Tournament. In the early years more than 60 teams participated. The tournament’s appeal rivals that of the Iditarod crowds and adds to the already bustling environment in Nome.

Alaska Ski for Women

(2010 by Ann Mize) Sally Burkholder and I created the Ski for Women in 1997. Our goal was to get more women out for the local races already held. We were overwhelmed with the fantastic turnout of more than 1,000 women of all ages! The event continues each year on Super Bowl Sunday. All proceeds… Read more »

Tui Alailefaleula

(2018 by Nick Brodd) Tui was a standout in track, basketball and football at Bartlett High School and competed as an offensive lineman at the University of Washington. He was signed by the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets (but never played). He returned to Alaska to play for the professional indoor football… Read more »

Gustafson, Curran notch points in same game for 12th time

January 18, 2019

Aquinas College hockey players Steven Gustafson and Mike Curran of Anchorage each produced points for the Saints in a 4-1 win over Michigan State in the NAIA. It was the 12th time in 24 games this season that each Alaskan registered a point in the same game. Both players helped Aquinas win the NAIA national… Read more »

Watts registers assist to continue career year for No. 4 Norwich

Chugiak’s Kirsten Watts assisted on a second-period power-play goal to help No. 4 Norwich University blank Salem State 8-0 and continue her most prolific scoring season for the NCAA D3 women’s hockey team. The junior defenseman has five points in her last six games and bolsters career-best 4-6—10 totals in 16 games. Her four goals… Read more »

With Poly Bowl nod, Fa’amasino steps out of big bro’s shadow

January 17, 2019

As flattered as Anchorage’s Niko Fa’amasino is to be compared to his older brother, he really wants to forge his own path. “I want to make a name for myself and not only be known as Lui’s little brother,” he told me. “Not that there is anything wrong with it, but some people expect me… Read more »

Bayne goes bananas in second half to lead Whatcom comeback

January 16, 2019

Sitka’s Tevin Bayne scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half to lead Whatcom College back from a 12-point deficit in a 93-85 win over Bellevue in the NWAC. The 6-foot-5 sophomore sank 7-of-10 field goals in the final 20 minutes and during one stretch scored eight straight points for his team. He… Read more »

Nidoy drafted by Trinity in first round of Philippine D-League

January 15, 2019

Anchorage’s Christian Nidoy was a top-10 pick in this week’s Philippine Basketball Association D-League draft. The 5-foot-8 pure point guard was picked seventh overall by Trinity, a newcomer to the development league. A total of 61 players were picked from the field of 151 candidates in a draft that last 20 rounds. Nidoy, of West… Read more »

One game Miller has 11 assists, the next 31 points for SWOCC

January 13, 2019

Moses Miller of Anchorage is a double threat for Southwestern Oregon Community College. Depending on the situation, he could be a facilitator or a scorer. Some nights both. Last week, the 6-foot-2 guard had 11 assists in one game and 31 points the next, showcasing a pass-first, pass-second game that’s hard to guard. Miller, of… Read more »

Shortridge earns 32nd career win, second assist for Quinnipiac

January 12, 2019

Andrew Shortridge of Eagle River turned aside 24 of 25 shots and earned his second career assist as the No. 6 Quinnipiac hockey team beat Dartmouth 5-1 in Hamden, Connecticut. The junior goalie earned the win in net, thanks in part to his assist on the go-ahead goal late in the second period. He also… Read more »