Monthly Archives: August 2020

Wilderness racer Sam Hooper named Alaska athlete of the week

August 11, 2020

Wilderness racer Sam Hooper of Denali Park hiked and packrafted  over 150 miles alone on ATV trails, along caribou routes, over tundra, through swamps, and down rivers to win the Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic. The former Denali National Park backcountry ranger struggled with nausea most of the way and was thus only able to consume… Read more »

Hebard records first double-digit scoring effort of WNBA career

August 10, 2020

Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks continues to cross off major milestones as a rookie in the WNBA. First game. Check. First points. Check. First double-figure scoring performance. Check. Hebard, of West Valley High fame, amassed double digits for the first time after scoring a season-high 11 points for the Chicago Sky in an 89-71 loss to… Read more »

Friday Flashback: Clary was AK’s first Olympic runner in 1984

August 7, 2020

Alaska’s first Olympic runner, Don Clary of Anchorage represented Team USA many times during his career before stepping onto track and field’s biggest stage in 1984. As a high school senior in 1975, he was part of the U.S. junior team that won the title at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Morocco. Clary… Read more »

Hooper hikes, paddles, battles nausea to win Wilderness Classic

August 6, 2020

For more than 3 ½ days, Sam Hooper of Denali Park hiked alone on ATV trails, along caribou routes, over tundra and through marshes and swamps. When he wasn’t hiking, he packrafted various creeks and rivers and portaged around rapids when necessary. The former Denali National Park backcountry ranger struggled with nausea most of the… Read more »

Ten years after his start, Heun still kicking it as pro MMA fighter

August 4, 2020

Palmer’s Jake Heun loves to fight. It’s his lifestyle and his livelihood. For the last 10 years, the former University of Hawaii football player has fought professionally in mixed martial arts and traveled the world doing what he loves most. “Yeah, it’s been a hell of a ride and I feel like it’s just starting… Read more »

Opinsky named Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Athlete of the Week

August 3, 2020

Jack Opinsky flashed leather and had one of the biggest clutch hits in Alaska baseball memory in on his way to being named our Alaska Athlete of the Week. The West High School senior  hit a two-run single that provided a 3-2 walk-off victory over Wasilla in the championship game of the Alliance Baseball State… Read more »

Kopsack and Marvin win hometown Mat Peak Challenge

August 2, 2020

Lyon Kopsack rekindled a family tradition and Christy Marvin joined the 6-winner club on Saturday as Palmer runners dominated the 32nd Matanuska Peak Challenge in their hometown on Saturday. Kopsack, 24, became the first Palmer man to win since his father Lance in 1998. With a time of 2:59:57, Kopsack snuck in as the third… Read more »

Hausinger brothers to reunite in ECHL with Worcester Railers

August 1, 2020

They played in different leagues for the last four seasons, but now Anchorage brothers Kenny Hausinger and Cam Hausinger are set to reunite in the ECHL. Both rookie forwards have signed with the Worcester Railers, a minor-league affiliate of the New York Islanders. Older brother Kenny Hausinger enters his first professional season after wrapping up… Read more »