Monthly Archives: August 2020

Soccer standout Manning named Alaska athlete of the week

August 17, 2020

Alaska Timbers soccer standout Hatcher Manning bagged three goals in back-to-back victories of 2-1 and 3-0 over the Fairbanks Soccer Club to clinch the United Premier Soccer League Last Frontier Division championship. Playing mostly against older players, the 17-year old Service High School senior’s stellar play from the midfield over the weekend earned him national recognition as… Read more »

Hickel joins Ohio State University women’s hockey coaching staff

August 15, 2020

Five years after playing in the WCHA as a player, Zoe Hickel of Anchorage is going back to coach in the premier college hockey league. The former University of Minnesota Duluth star who went on to play professionally for five seasons is coming back to the college game after joining the coaching staff for the… Read more »

Friday Flashback: DeLoach wins Olympic bronze medal in 2012

August 14, 2020

The greatest track and field athlete in Alaska history, Janay DeLoach of Fairbanks is one of the most successful long jumpers on the planet with four U.S. championships, a Worlds silver medal and an Olympic bronze medal. At the 2012 London Games, she nabbed the bronze on her fifth and final attempt by the slimmest… Read more »

Manning among national nominees for UPSL Player of the Week

August 12, 2020

Playing a new position for a new team forced 17-year-old Hatcher Manning of Anchorage to reinvent himself on the soccer field. The striker-turned-midfielder developed into a more complete player with improved strength and better field vision in his time with the Alaska Timbers of the United Premier Soccer League. Manning’s growth was on display during… Read more »

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 »