Monthly Archives: May 2021

Iditarod champion Seavey wins men’s Pride of Alaska Award

May 5, 2021

Dallas Seavey’s five titles in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race are tied for the most of all-time. When it comes to the Pride of Alaska Award, though, he’s in a class all by himself. Seavey became the first two-time men’s Pride of Alaska Award winner after a vote by the Alaska Sports Hall of… Read more »

Historic World Cup season clears path for Brennan to win award

When Anchorage’s Rosie Brennan won back-to-back World Cup ski races last December it marked a significant day in U.S. Ski Team history as only one other American had ever accomplished the feat. The one and only Kikkan Randall. Any time you can follow in the footsteps of a legend, you are in rarified air. Brennan’s… Read more »

Knowles wins Joe Floyd Award, from one Kodiak guy to another

Richard Knowles got his start in coaching in the 1970s in Kodiak with the help of Joe Floyd. Winning the 2021 Joe Floyd Award has brought his career full circle. Knowles was selected the award winner by the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors over fellow finalists Dr. Charles Scott of Fairbanks and… Read more »

ASAA executive director Strickland wins Trajan Langdon Award

In a year defined by hardship, the worst brought out the best in Billy Strickland. The Alaska School Activities Association executive director was selected by the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors as the winner of the 2021 Trajan Langdon Award. The award honors leadership, sportsmanship and inspiration. Strickland has had to make… Read more »

Jacoby is unanimous pick for girls Pride of Alaska Youth Award

May 4, 2021

The only unanimous winner among the seven Directors’ Awards handed out this year, Seward swimmer Lydia Jacoby has made everyone a believer. Jacoby lapped the field in winning the girls Pride of Alaska Youth Award after all eight Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors picked her No. 1 among the three finalists. It’s… Read more »

Merchant edges Sulte to win boys Pride of Alaska Youth Award

In a close vote that came down to a photo finish, three-time Gatorade Alaska Runner of the Year Tristian Merchant edged recent MLS rookie call up Hunter Sulte to win the boys Pride of Alaska Youth Award. Merchant prevailed by only a 14-12 count in a vote by the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Board… Read more »

West Legion baseball team wins Trajan Langdon Youth Award

The West Post 1 Legion team helped head coach John Opinsky walk off the field a winner for the final time. The Eagles scored three runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and final inning to beat Wasilla 3-2 for its first state title since 1977. Jack Opinsky had the game-winning hit,… Read more »

Finalists named for Trajan Langdon Award, Joe Floyd Award

May 3, 2021

In a time defined by adversity, the worst brought out the best in the finalists for the Trajan Langdon Award. The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors has selected finalists for the award that honors leadership, sportsmanship and inspiration. In the adult category, Alaska School Activities Association executive director Billy Strickland had to… Read more »

Steffensen smacks two homers in same game for St. Cloud State

May 2, 2021

A pair of home runs from Kenai’s Paul Steffensen provided bookends for St. Cloud State’s 13-3 win over Northern State in NCAA D2 baseball. Steffensen hit a two-run dinger in the first inning to start the scoring and followed up with a solo shot in the seventh inning that ended the scoring. The Alaska slugger… Read more »

Steeplechase standout Updike named Alaska Athlete of the Week

Ketchikan’s Isaac Updike was named Alaska Athlete of the Week after his stunning upset of the reigning steeplechase national champion at the Oregon Relays at historic Hayward Field in Eugene. The Alaskan clocked a personal-best 8:17.74 – the world’s fastest 3,000-meter steeplechase time this year and qualified for the Olympic trials.  He shaved seven seconds off his PR… Read more »