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Herb Didrickson

Herb Didrickson was given the perfect Tlingit name, Junkhateen, which translates in English to “fast or quick hands.” A great all-around athlete of mixed ancestry – Tlingit and Norwegian – the 5-10 Didrickson outran, outpassed, outshot, and even outjumped opponents almost a foot taller. Considered by many as the Jim Thorpe of Alaska, Didrickson dominated in basketball, baseball, track and field, and cross country growing up in the Southeast community of Sitka.

Didrickson, Trent top picks (Hall of Fame)

Voting for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2011 begins next month. Periodically, we will share some of the write-in recommendations. Here are a few: Recommendation: Herb Didrickson Submitted by: Gil Truitt Why: Herb Didrickson starred at Sheldon Jackson High School 1944, 45 and 46; Sheldon Jackson Jr. College 1947 and 1948; Sitka… Read more »

Friday Flashback

Friday Flashback Take a trip down memory lane Friday Flashback is an ongoing series created by Alaska Sports Blog editor Van Williams that looks back on great Alaska athletes from the past. The ultimate pocket passer, Conor Feckley of Anchorage picked apart defenses on the gridiron with surgical precision. The quarterback threw for nearly 12,000… Read more »

Your Voice

Thanks for taking the time to write!  By sharing your stories and knowledge you help preserve  Alaska’s rich sports history and help significant people, moments and events get the recognition they deserve. Public Recommendations are always welcome and can be submitted here. This is a compilation of submissions received since 2006. They have generally NOT… Read more »

The List

People George Attla Chad Bentz Carlos Boozer Red Boucher Holly Brooks John Brown Martin Buser Susan Butcher Mario Chalmers Don Clary Corey Cogdell Janay DeLoach  Herb Didrickson Rosey Fletcher Scott Gomez Jeannie Hebert-Truax Virgil Hooe Nicole Johnston Reggie Joule Nina Kemppel Jeff King Trajan Langdon Wally Leask Hilary Lindh Lance Mackey Dick Mize Tommy Moe… Read more »

Gold Medal Basketball Tournament

Schools shut down, towns empty and thousands make the trek each spring from small villages throughout Southeast Alaska to the regional hub of Juneau for the annual Gold Medal Tournament. Started in 1947 as a way to raise money for the Boy Scouts, the weeklong event sponsored by the Juneau Lions Club transcends the sport of basketball. For the past 65 years it has been a social, cultural and economic boon for Juneau and a March Madness community gathering for family and friends from Metlakatla to Yakutat.