Pride of Alaska Boys

For Consistent Excellence in Athletic Competition. For an athlete or team who not only excelled in sports in the past year or recent years but have done so with integrity and sportsmanship so as to be a positive role model for others.  Recipient(s) must be in high school or younger at time of selection.

Past Winners:
2019 – Jersey Truesdell
2018 – Gus Schumacher

2020 Candidates (listed alphabetically):

Aedyn Concepcion, Anchorage – The South wrestler captured his fourth straight individual championship to join an elite group of 14 Alaskan boys who have achieved a four-peat. He became the first from South High to do so with a 7-1 decision over a Wasilla wrestler in the 119-pound division. The senior also won his fourth straight Cook Inlet Conference title and only lost two matches in his four-year career.

 

 

Michael Connelly, Eagle River – Connelly represented Team USA and placed third in the Vertical Kilometer event at the International Skyrunning Federation Youth World Championships in Italy. He also won the 4-mile Turnagain Arm Trail Run for the second straight year in record time, set a new record at the Alyeska Climbathon (26,000 vertical feet of climbing in less than hours) and won the Alaska Mountain Runners inspirational runner award.

 

Finnigan Donley, Anchorage – The teenage alpine skier was the undisputed champion of the 2019 U14 Western Regionals, claiming gold medals in the slalom, giant slalom and super-G. A 14-year-old at West Anchorage High School, he became the first Alaskan in 13 years to qualify for the 2020 Alpe Cimbra Children’s Cup in Italy, one of the world’s most prestigious alpine ski series for young racers.

 

 

Jace Henry, Fairbanks – The 6-foot-4 senior quarterback rushed for 1,573 yards and 23 touchdowns and led Lathrop to the D2 state championship game. Henry also passed for 1,296 yards and 14 touchdowns and became just the second football player from Lathrop to be named Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year. He also excelled at linebacker, was a strong punter and achieved a 3.95 GPA in the classroom. Henry signed with Dartmouth of the FCS.

 

Hayden Lieb, Bethel – Hayden became the 14th Alaska high school wrestler to win four state titles as an individual. He added three more team championships for Bethel. The high school All-American finished his career with a 139-12 record and signed with NCAA D1 University of Wyoming. In his final match at the 2019 state championships, Lieb defeated a Petersburg wrestler 15-0 at 160 pounds to help Bethel take a narrow victory over Glennallen.

 

Patrick McMahon, Palmer – The Colony basketball star was named the 2020 4A boys Alaska Player of the Year. The 6-foot-5 junior is the greatest above-the-rim player in the state and has also become a stellar defensive player. He has committed to compete for NCAA D1 Montana State beginning in 2021. As a sophomore, McMahon led the Knights to third place at the Class 4A state tournament. His bid for a state title in 2020 was thwarted by the tournament cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Isaiah Moses, Anchorage – Moses, a 6-foot point guard, racked up Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year honors in addition to being named MVP of the Alaska Prep Shootout and Alaska Airlines Classic, where he scored 42 points in the title game. He averaged 27.2 points, 4.9 assists and 2.3 steals to lead Dimond to a 19-4 season. Moses scored 1,369 points in four years with Dimond and played in three straight state championship games. He signed with the University of Alaska Anchorage.

 

Sonny Prosser, Anchorage – The Dimond cross-country runner cruised to a state title with a 23-second victory in D1 5K race while leading the Lynx to a dominant team title. The senior also broke two course records, knocking off 10 seconds off Kincaid Park mark that had stood since 1993 and three seconds off Bartlett High mark that had stood since 2014. Prosser, the son of two-time state cross country champ Miguel Gomez, placed runner-up at the state championships in 2018 and 2017.

 

Chase Solberg, Anchorage – The West hockey player amassed more than 100 points on the season and led the Eagles to a 24-1-1 record and second consecutive state championship, a 4-3 come-from-behind double-overtime win again South Anchorage. Solberg, who transferred from East Anchorage for his senior season, bagged two goals and two assists in the title game, including a tying goal with less than two minutes left in regulation. He tallied 69 points — 28 goals and 41 assists — in the Cook Inlet Conference season, which includes just 14 games.

 

Jersey Truesdell, Soldotna – An all-state performer in football and basketball, Truesdell will focus on hoops at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He had a 19-1 record as quarterback for a state champion on the football field and his sharp-shooting — he tallied 1,189 points in 3+ years — made him one of the conference’s top scorers on the basketball court. Truesdell achieved a 4.0 GPA in high school and is interested in electrical engineering at UAF. He won the ASHOF Pride of Alaska boys award in 2019.

 

Pride of Alaska Girls

For Consistent Excellence in Athletic Competition. For an athlete or team who not only excelled in sports in the past year or recent years but have done so with integrity and sportsmanship so as to be a positive role model for others.  Recipient(s) must be in high school or younger at time of selection.

Past Winners:
2019 – Kendall Kramer
2018 – Alissa Pili

2020 Candidates (listed alphabetically):

Kendyl Carson, Juneau – Carson led the Juneau-Douglas basketball team in scoring at close to 20 points a game as the Crimson Bears finished 18-3. The senior all-state guard signed with NCAA D1 Pepperdine on a full-ride scholarship, becoming the first girls player from Juneau to sign for a D1 school since 2007. She spent her sophomore and junior seasons in Washington state, where she stayed with a relative and played for a traveling club team. Carson returned to Juneau for her senior year, which was cut short by COVID-19.

 

Hannah Hogenson, Anchorage – The starting goaltender on South Anchorage’s boys team was named to the U18 U.S. National women’s hockey team and traveled to Japan for the U18 Women’s World Championships. She made 17 saves in the state championship game, a 4-3 loss in double overtime to West. The senior is a USA Today High School All-American and has signed with NCAA D1 Bemidji State University.

 

Lydia Jacoby, Seward – Just a 16-year-old sophomore at Seward High, Jacoby is already a two-time state record holder in the 100-yard breaststroke. This season she posted a blazing time of 1:00.61 to break her own state record. With a time of 1:10.45, she qualified by a half-second to compete in the 100 breaststroke at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials, which were canceled due to COVID-19.

 

 

Hahni Johnson, Anchorage – The Dimond volleyball standout won Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year honors for the second straight season. The 5-foot-9 all-state setter and outside hitter compiled 712 assists, 300 digs and 221 kills as a senior.  She made her third straight all-state tournament team and helped Dimond place 3rd at the state championships after it won the title the three previous years.

 

 

Kendall Kramer, Fairbanks – As a runner, the West Valley star won her third straight cross-country running state title and swept the 1,600 and 3,200 events in track and field. As a skier, she was named to the U.S. Ski Team’s Developmental Team, was state Skimeister and competed at World Juniors. Kramer has now won 14 state championships — six in track, five in skiing and three in cross country running. She also won the Mount Marathon junior girls title in 2018. Kramer won the ASHOF Pride of Alaska girls award in 2019.

 

Destiny Reimers, Anchorage – Reimers became the first basketball player in ACS Lions history to win Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year in 2020. She led ACS to the 2019 state title and signed with the University of Alaska Fairbanks after averaging 18 points, 8 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.9 steals per game her senior season. She has a 3.98 GPA and led ACS to a 21-1 record before her senior season was cut short due to COVID-19.

 

Hailey Williams, Delta Junction – Williams swept the 100-, 200- and 400-meter Alaska D2 state titles in 2019 and was named the Gatorade Alaska Girls Track & Field Girls Player of the Year, a first for tiny Delta Junction High School. She maintained an A average in the classroom while winning seven state track titles before her senior year was canceled due to COVID-19. Williams placed fifth in 200 and 12th in the 100 at New Balance Nationals. She has signed with NCAA D1 Duke University.

 

Trajan Langdon Youth Award

For Leadership, Sportsmanship and Inspiration. For a youth or group of youths who demonstrated leadership, integrity and sportsmanship during the past year and positively influenced and inspired others to be better sportsmen or sportswomen.  Recipient(s) must be in high school or younger at time of selection.

Past Winners:
2019 – South High Boys Basketball Team
2018 – Brenner Furlong

2020 Candidates (listed alphabetically):

Judah Eason, Ninilchik – Eason, a  Native Youth Olympics champion from Ninilchik, has been a youth leader in Native sports since his first competition. He would rather be coaching than competing, but knows that through friendly competition he can be an example by demonstrating leadership, integrity and sportsmanship. He also learned to overcome adversity after suffering a broken leg from a bad landing in the one-foot high kick at the 2017 NYO.

Brendan Gall, Anchorage –  The Service High all-conference basketball player also is a manager at McDonalds, while also being a certified basketball referee. In his off time, Brandon volunteers his time coaching boys and girls basketball at Hanshew middle school, and a local 6th grade team. He served as class president as a junior. After high school, Brandon hopes to continue to play basketball while pursuing a degree in Business Management.

Houston High School Football Team – After a year of fires and earthquakes, Houston rose above it all and won the D3 state championship.  The Hawks completed a perfect 10-0 season for the first time in school history with a 41-8 victory over Barrow at Anchorage Football Stadium, avenging a semifinal loss to the Whalers the previous year. Houston finished the year averaging 42 points a game while only allowing 7.

West High Hockey Team – With more cheerleaders than skaters, the short-handed Eagles carved up the competition by going 24-1-1 and beating defending champion South 4-3 in double-overtime to win the state championship. Dressing just 13 skaters and two goalies, West trailed twice by two goals and tied the game with less than two minutes left in regulation before Matthew Patchin scored the game-winner.