Monthly Archives: July 2021

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 »

Mt. Marathon champs share Alaska Athlete of the Week honors

July 12, 2021

Hannah Lafleur of Seward and David Norris of Fairbanks were named Alaska Athlete of the Week co-winners after impressive victories at the 93rd Mount Marathon race. Defending champion Lafleur (she won in 2019, there was no race last year) pulled away from a strong field on the strength of an 11:44 downhill time, the 4th fastest recorded downhill in… Read more »

Touray, Burgess, Naylor represent AK on NWAC All-Decade Team

July 11, 2021

Three Alaskans were named to the 2010s NWAC All-Decade Team. The two-year college league recognized Anchorage’s Bubacar Touray as a First Team selection for men’s soccer, Eagle River’s Ashlynn Burgess as a Second Team pick for women’s basketball and Anchorage’s Zak Naylor as a Third Team choice for men’s soccer. The NWAC is comprised of… Read more »

Friday Flashback: Kroon was NCAA D2 legend for blocked shots

July 9, 2021

Wasilla’s Brittney Kroon overcame a liver transplant in high school to become one of the greatest shot blockers in NCAA D2 women’s basketball history. The 6-foot-4 center played at Seattle Pacific University from 2002 to 2006 and finished her career with 419 blocks, including 13 in one game. She ranks fifth all-time in D2 in… Read more »

Clendaniel hopes to inspire more girls to play baseball in Alaska

July 8, 2021

Anchorage’s Athena Clendaniel has always been the only girl on her baseball team. From Little League to American Legion, she has carved her own path. Clendaniel wished more Alaska girls played baseball and hopes to inspire the next generation to prevent future females from being alone on the baseball field. “It’s the best game ever,”… Read more »

NBA Finals coach Dunlap named Alaska Athlete of the Week

July 6, 2021

Mike Dunlap of Fairbanks was named Alaska Athlete of the Week after helping lead the Milwaukee Bucks to the NBA Finals from the bench. The 64-year-old assistant coach continues to elevate Alaska basketball as the first Alaskan to coach in the NBA. He is now the first Alaskan to coach in the NBA Finals after… Read more »

McCart becomes 4th local pitcher this summer to win ABL game

July 5, 2021

Anchorage’s Taylor McCart flourished in one of the biggest starts of his baseball career. The 19-year-old pitcher started for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots in the annual Fourth of July doubleheader against the Anchorage Bucs in front of several thousand fans at Mulcahy Stadium. McCart pitched four innings and picked up his first win in the… Read more »

Balog outduels NASCAR Cup Series driver to win in Wisconsin

July 3, 2021

North Pole’s Bill Balog beat all comers at the Plymouth Dirt Track on the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds in Wisconsin, including NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Briscoe. The ‘North Pole Nightmare’ took the lead for good on the sixth lap of the 30-lap sprint car race on the clay oval and then held off challenges from… Read more »

Friday Flashback: MacSwain was true pioneer of Alaska hockey

July 2, 2021

Few Alaska athletes have seen their legacy stand the test of time quite like Anchorage’s Steve MacSwain. A true hockey pioneer, his scoring records from the 1980s still serve as a modern benchmark. As a high school senior, the 1982 East grad became the first Alaska player to record 100 points in a season on… Read more »