Monthly Archives: October 2020

Piliati plays big on defense, helps Dickinson improve to 8-0

October 31, 2020

Presley Piliati of Anchorage racked up six tackles and two sacks to spearhead the Dickinson State University defense in a 26-14 win over Valley City State in North Dakota. Dickinson State improved to 8-0 and clinched the North Star Athletic Association championship for a sixth straight year. Piliati, of East High fame, single-handedly disrupted the… Read more »

Friday Flashback: Klever was Alaska’s first NFL player in 1983

October 30, 2020

Anchorage’s Rocky Klever seemed to make Alaska history every time he took the field in the NFL. He was the state’s first draft pick, the first to play in the league and the first to score a touchdown. He was also the first to appear in a playoff game. Drafted in the ninth round in… Read more »

Return to pool gives Congdon sense of normalcy amidst COVID

October 29, 2020

Anchorage’s Bret Congdon this weekend will return to the pool with the University of Colorado Mesa women’s swim team for the first time since March, when COVID shut down the sports world. The last seven months have felt like a roller coaster ride due to the pandemic, but she has done her best to manage… Read more »

Rodriguez latest Alaskan to earn UFC fight, will debut Saturday

October 28, 2020

The UFC is taking a chance on Soldotna’s Victor Rodriguez. The 28-year-old Alaskan was called on to fill in as an emergency substitute against Adrian Yanez for UFC Vegas 12 on Halloween. Both UFC newcomers bring four-fight win streaks into the fight. Rodriguez (7-2) is believed to be the sixth Alaskan to fight in the… Read more »

Hockey standout DeGeorge named Alaska Athlete of the Week

October 26, 2020

Anchorage’s Clair DeGeorge was named Alaska Sports Hall of Fame’s Alaska Athlete of the Week after earning an invite to the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team Evaluation Camp. The 21-year-old was among 53 players invited – the only one from Alaska. DeGeorge is a senior forward at NCAA D1 Bemidji State University, where she is… Read more »

Messing holds on to win bronze, his second Grand Prix medal

October 25, 2020

Girdwood’s Keegan Messing used a strong performance on the final day of Skate America to maintain his third-place position and claim the bronze medal in the first event of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating season. This was his second medal in Grand Prix competition and the 13th of his 10-year career in the… Read more »

Murphy wins UFC fight by submission, sets up possible title shot

October 24, 2020

Facing an unorthodox, unknown newcomer as a late replacement didn’t bother Eagle River’s Lauren Murphy at UFC 254. She came prepared for anything to happen. A technical fighter who normally wins with supreme striking skills, Murphy this time got her opponent to tap out after using a wicked rear naked choke in the second round… Read more »

Messing sits third after short program at Skate America in Vegas

October 23, 2020

Girdwood’s Keegan Messing was just happy to be back on the ice. With the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating schedule ravaged with cancelations and postponements, the season finally kicked off with Skate America in Las Vegas, Nevada. There were no fans in attendance and many top skaters were unable to attend due to travel… Read more »

Cyclocross season sees 245 participants in Anchorage

The pandemic didn’t stop the cyclocross season in Anchorage. A race at Kincaid park on October 17 wrapped up the six-race ArcticCross season, which saw 245 participants complete at least one event. Races were held at Kincaid (two), Mirror Lake, Russian Jack, Service High School and Hilltop. The best four results among the six races… Read more »

Williams nets seventh 30-point game of five-year pro career

October 22, 2020

Anchorage’s Travante Williams put in a full day’s work in half the time, scoring 30 points in just 20 minutes for Sporting Lisbon in a 99-69 blowout win over Maia Basket in the Portuguese League. The 6-foot-6 forward drained 12-of-18 field goals, including 6-of-10 from 3-point land. Williams, of Mt. Edgecumbe High fame, reached the… Read more »