Monthly Archives: August 2019

Sims makes triumphed return to soccer field, scores twice

August 31, 2019

After an All-American volleyball career at The Master’s University, Kayla Sims of Anchorage will spend her fifth year of college eligibility playing soccer. The move isn’t random – Sims scored 22 goals as a high school senior in 2014. You’d figure she would need a little time to adjust, but that hasn’t been the case…. Read more »

Lasher helps Geraldton win first title since 2000 Down Under

Anchorage’s Colter Lasher made several key buckets throughout the game as the Geraldton Buccaneers held off the Joondalup Wolves 92-80 in the grand final of the State Basketball League of Western Australia. Lasher scored 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting, with 15 coming in the first half and another eight in the fourth quarter, including a… Read more »

Tuttle emerges as instant starter, scorer for Whatcom College

August 30, 2019

It didn’t take long for Kenai’s Zack Tuttle to make an impact with the Whatcom Community College men’s soccer team. The freshman forward is one of only four players to start each of the first three games. And he just became the third to score a goal. Tuttle, of Kenai High fame, tallied his first… Read more »

Pebbles, Zener, Togage have best start among Alaskans in NWAC

August 29, 2019

There are 13 Alaska women playing volleyball in the Northwest Athletic Conference. We are only a week into the season, but already Cordova’s Leigha Pebbles, Soldotna’s Shay Zener and Anchorage’s Violett Togagae have stood out. Pebbles is a redshirt sophomore outside hitter for Walla Walla Community College and ranks among the top 10 NWAC hitters… Read more »

Rash rolls to Wolf Open title for 14th career PBA championship

August 28, 2019

Anchorage’s Sean Rash beat three consecutive opponents in the stepladder finals to win the PBA Wolf Open in Aurora, Illinois. Rash capped his title run with a 257-193 victory over No. 1 seed and defending tournament champion Anthony Simonsen of Texas in the championship match. The 14-year veteran now has 14 career PBA titles. Rash,… Read more »

Homza scores winning run to aid Tri-City’s playoff chances

August 27, 2019

Anchorage’s Jonny Homza came up clutch in the bottom of the ninth inning as he doubled and scored the winning run as the Tri-City Dust Devils beat the Boise Hawks 5-4 in Pasco, Washington. The extra-base hit was big for Homza and bigger for Tri-City’s playoff chances in the Class A Northwest League. With six… Read more »

Friesen nets winner as Nevada wins for first time at Pacific

August 26, 2019

She has played only two games, but Wasilla’s Alexis Friesen has already helped the University of Nevada women’s soccer team make school history. The freshman defender scored the winning goal in the 71st minute as the Wolfpack won the NCAA D1 matchup 2-1 against the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. This was the… Read more »

Lasher leads Geraldton Buccs to SBL grand final in Australia

August 25, 2019

Playoff Colter Lasher has been activated in Australia, with the Anchorage playmaker powering the Geraldton Buccaneers to the country’s SBL grand final for the first time in five years. The second-year forward pumped in 25 points and made a season-high 7-of-10 free throws to propel his team to a 96-86 win over the Lakeside Lightning… Read more »

Vanderford moves to middleweight, wins Bellator fight by TKO

August 24, 2019

A step up to middleweight didn’t slow down professional MMA fighter Austin Vanderford of Ninilchik. The 29-year-old bloodied and battered previously undefeated Joseph Creer of Georgia to win by second-round TKO at Bellator 225 in Samford, Connecticut. Vanderford improved to 8-0 as a pro, including 2-0 in Bellator. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Alaskan beat the 6-foot-4,… Read more »

Manogiamanu motivated by invitation to Polynesian Bowl

August 23, 2019

Leroy Manogiamanu of Anchorage has been selected to the 2020 Polynesian Bowl, which will be held after the season in January in Honolulu, Hawaii. The all-state defensive end hopes to have his college plans sorted out by then. But if he doesn’t, the high school senior will use the game as an opportunity to showcase… Read more »