Monthly Archives: July 2021

Jacoby shocks world champion at Olympics, wins gold medal

July 26, 2021

Lydia Jacoby lit up Seward all the way from Tokyo. The 17-year-old swimmer created massive electricity in her hometown after coming-from-behind to win the gold medal in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke at the Summer Olympics in Japan. Dozens of Seward residents gathered for a viewing party that looked like the Beatles came to town, with… Read more »

Alaskans on collision course in $1 million winner-take-all event

Anchorage’s Jalil Abdul-Bassit and Derrick Wilson are on a collision course to face off in the quarterfinals of The Basketball Tournament, which has a winner-take-all $1 million grand prize. Both players saw their teams win first-round games in the Illinois Regional. Now they need to win today and again in Wednesday’s sweet 16 to advance… Read more »

Jacoby wins semifinal heat, will go for Olympic gold Monday

July 25, 2021

Seward swimmer Lydia Jacoby won her semifinal heat to advance to the finals of the 100-meter breaststroke at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The 17-year-old comes into the finals with the second-best qualifying time of 1:05.52, just better than world-record holder Lilly King in 1:05.55. Yes, Jacoby is a legit medal contender on the biggest… Read more »

Vargas makes MLS debut at 15, third-youngest in league history

July 23, 2021

He’s not old enough to get his driver’s license, but Anchorage’s Obed Vargas did chauffeur in a new era for Alaska soccer. The 15-year-old made his Major League Soccer debut and became the third-youngest player to appear in the country’s premier league. The marvelous midfielder started for the Seattle Sounders and played 77 minutes in… Read more »

Dunlap third Alaskan to have hand in netting NBA championship

July 21, 2021

The state of Alaska has another NBA champion, and his name is Mike Dunlap of Fairbanks. The 64-year-old is an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks, who beat the Phoenix Suns 105-98 in Game 6 to win the best-of-7 series. “Soooo happppy,” Dunlap texted. He is the third Alaskan to have a hand in winning… Read more »

World record setter Bartlett named Alaska Athlete of the Week

July 19, 2021

Anchorage’s Jack Bartlett was named Alaska Athlete of the Week after rewriting the history book at the U.S. Powerlifting Association National Championship. The 270-pound 17-year-old set six world records for the 15-to-19 age group and 125-kilogram weight class. Bartlett finished with a personal best total weight of 1,587 pounds in the squat, bench and deadlift…. Read more »

Updike becomes second Alaskan to break 4-minute mile barrier

July 18, 2021

A few weeks after Isaac Updike suffered heartbreak on the track, the Ketchikan distance runner bounced back with one of his greatest performances. The 29-year-old became the second Alaskan to run a 4-minute mile after posting a winning time of 3:58.26 at the American Track League in Mission Viejo, California. Updike joined an exclusive club… Read more »

Bartlett sets 6 world records at U.S. powerlifting championships

July 17, 2021

Anchorage’s Jack Bartlett rewrote the record book at the Drug Tested U.S. Powerlifting Association National Championships in Palm Springs, California. The 275-pound 17-year-old set six world records for his weight class and age group in his first taste of national competition on a big stage. “To walk away with world records is pretty special,” Bartlett… Read more »

Abdul-Bassit looks to use TBT as springboard for next venture

July 15, 2021

Coming off wrist surgery, Anchorage’s Jalil Abdul-Bassit had plenty of motivation to work his way back into shape. A chance to win his share of $1 million. Abdul-Bassit has joined a University of Oregon alumni team that will compete for big money in The Basketball Tournament, a 64-team, single-eliminator with a $1 million winner-take-all grand… Read more »

Griffin records fourth 20-point, 20-rebound game in Australia

July 13, 2021

It’s clear Kelsey Griffin of Eagle River is still a force on the basketball court after another eye-popping 20/20 performance. The 34-year-old forward produced her fourth career 20-point, 20-rebound game in her ninth pro season in Australia. She poured in 27 points and 20 rebounds for the Launceston Tornadoes in an 87-86 overtime loss to… Read more »