Monthly Archives: April 2020

64-man bracket: Picking Alaska’s greatest NCAA D1 hoops player

April 19, 2020

During the COVID-19 outbreak Alaska Sports Blog editor Van Williams will take the opportunity to take a retrospective look at Alaska sports. Big guards, small forwards and 7-footers. Bombers and bangers. All-Americans, all-conference picks and national champions. The Last Frontier produces all types of college basketball players. As the only state in the country without… Read more »

Hebard goes No. 8 in WNBA draft; second-highest for an Alaskan

April 17, 2020

Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks is headed to the WNBA. The three-time All-American out of the University of Oregon was picked eighth overall by the Chicago Sky in the first round of the WNBA draft. The 6-foot-4 forward led the NCAA in field-goal shooting percentage (.685) and led the Pac-12 Conference in rebounds (9.6). She added… Read more »

Kramer to stay in Alaska, will ski and run for UAF Nanooks

April 16, 2020

Kendall Kramer, the top Alaskan junior female Nordic skier in recent memory, has committed to ski and run at her hometown University of Alaska Fairbanks beginning in the fall of 2020. Kramer has won 14 high school state championships in skiing and running at West Valley High School. She is also a member of the… Read more »

Hill named Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Athlete of the Week

April 13, 2020

Anchorage’s Morgan Hill was named our Alaska Athlete of the Week for her performance off the field of play. Now that her college softball career at the University of Missouri-St. Louis has ended, the former East High standout will continue to play a starring role in the next chapter of her life. The 23-year-old next month will… Read more »

Swayman wins Richter Award, named First Team All-American

April 12, 2020

Anchorage’s Jeremy Swayman didn’t win the Hobey Baker Award, but he didn’t come away empty handed either. The University of Maine goaltender was one of just three finalists for college hockey’s most prestigious award, which was won by Minnesota Duluth defenseman Scott Perunovich. Swayman, of South High fame, did receive the Mike Richter Award as… Read more »

Friday Flashback: Wissler powers Ohio State to 1991 Final Four

April 10, 2020

Wasilla’s Leisa Wissler was a big deal in the Big Ten from 1988 to 1991. The Ohio State University volleyball star was a powerful presence at net, a booming hitter and devastating blocker who could also play the back row and serve. Wissler was named Big Ten Player of the Year in 1991 and Big… Read more »

Hill eager to make transition from softball player to nurse

April 8, 2020

Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear scrubs and swing a mean stick like former University of Missouri-St. Louis softball player Morgan Hill of Anchorage. The 23-year-old next month will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and is eager to begin a career on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. “Somebody… Read more »

Hebard wins McClain Award again as NCAA’s top power forward

April 6, 2020

For the second time in three years, Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks has been named the top power forward in NCAA women’s basketball. The University of Oregon star won the Katrina McClain Award on the heels of being named a consensus First Team All-American, asserting herself as one of the best college players in the country…. Read more »

McMahon named Alaska Sports Hall of Fame athlete of the week

April 5, 2020

Patrick McMahon was named the Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches 4A Boys Player of the Year. The Colony High School junior drew attention throughout the year for his highlight reel dunks and overall offensive ability, but the hard work he put into improving on the defensive side of the court helped him become a more… Read more »

Holley on the move in CFL: Veteran receiver signs with BC Lions

April 4, 2020

Looking to get his groove back in the Canadian Football League, Caleb Holley of Anchorage looked to the BC Lions. More specifically, he looked who was under center. That the Lions feature one of the best quarterbacks in the CFL in Mike Reilly played a huge factor in swaying the fifth-year wide receiver to sign… Read more »