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For the last 10 years, the Alaska Sports Blog has provided daily updates on local athletes all over the world. The blog was created Aug. 24, 2009 as a way to fill a void of media coverage of Alaska athletes once they left the 907 area code. Former Anchorage Daily News sports editor and Alaska Press Club award winner Van Williams has been with the blog since the beginning and written more than 4,000 stories on over 1,000 Alaskans.

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October 20, 2019
Cam McDonald hockey

Cam McDonald

Eagle River’s Cam McDonald scored his first collegiate goal to help No. 13 Providence College earn a 4-2 win over No. 10 Clarkson in Potsdam, New York.

The Friars extended their lead to 3-1 early in the second period when the freshman defenseman beat the Clarkson goaltender with a wrist shot through traffic from the point.

McDonald, of Eagle River High fame, was credited with the game-winner.

The blueliner has blocked four shots in four games and owns a +5 rating.

Isaiah Saville hockey

Isaiah Saville

Isaiah Saville of Anchorage made 37 saves and stopped all 15 shots he faced on the power play to backstop the University of Nebraska Omaha’s 2-1 upset win at 12th-ranked Ohio State.

The freshman goaltender was perfect for the final 29 minutes, turning aside all 15 shots and rebounding nicely after Ohio State had tied the game at 1-1 midway through the second period.

Saville, of West High fame, has collected wins in two of his first three NCAA starts.

He has a .938 save percentage and 1.68 goals against average.

Saville has allowed only one even-strength goal in 179 minutes in net.

October 19, 2019
Elizabeth Balsan cross country

Elizabeth Balsan

Grand Canyon University senior Elizabeth Balsan of Anchorage turned in the fastest 6-K time of her career to continue her breakout season.

She finished in 20:33.1 to place eighth out of 204 women at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational in Sunnyvale, California.

Balsan, of ACS fame, this year has posted three of her six career top-10 finishes in cross country.

She shaved a full minute off her finish from the 2017 Bronco Invitational.

Emilye Grace Williams volleyball

Emilye Grace Williams

Anchorage’s Emilye Grace Williams has picked a fine time to pick up her play for The Master’s University volleyball team.

The sophomore slammed double-digit kills for the second time in three matches to help fuel a late-season charge that has seen the Mustangs climb into a second-place tie in the Golden State Athletic Conference.

Williams, of South High fame, recorded a career-high 12 kills in a four-set win over Life Pacific in San Dimas, California.

The Master’s has won four straight matches to improve to 8-3 in the GSAC, tied with Westmont and Menlo and a half-game back of first-place Hope International.

Williams had 10 kills in a win over San Diego Christian during the win streak.

Before this win streak she had reached double figures in kills only once in the first 14 matches of the NAIA season.

October 18, 2019
Afton Leslie cross country

Afton Leslie

Principia College cross-country runner Afton Leslie of Fairbanks posted her fastest 6-K time at the Illinois College XC Invitational.

The junior crossed in 25:24.5 to beat her previous PR by one second.

Leslie, of Monroe Catholic High fame, was her team’s No. 2 runner and placed 13th out of 57 finishers.

Principia was fourth in the team race.

Jeremy Swayman hockey

Jeremy Swayman

Anchorage’s Jeremy Swayman turned aside all 17 shots in the third period to help the University of Maine hockey team put No 8 Quinnipiac on ice.

The junior goaltender finished with 31 saves in the 4-2 win in Hamden, Connecticut.

Swayman improved to 3-1 on the season and racked up his 32nd career win in net.

His 2.71 goals-against average is buoyed by the fact he’s surrendered just two even-strength goals over the last 183 minutes.

October 17, 2019
Whitney Wortham soccer

Whitney Wortham

Whitney Wortham of Soldotna has drastically picked up her scoring over the last two weeks as the Clark Community College women’s soccer team continues to win.

The sophomore forward has bagged at least one point in four straight games to help Clark remain unbeaten in the NWAC’s South Division.

Clark has gone 9-0-1 in the division this season and has pieced together a 61-game unbeaten streak against division rivals dating to 2014.

Wortham, of SoHi fame, earned an assist on the third goal in her team’s 4-1 win over Rogue in the most recent game.

She has recorded two goals and three assists in the last four games to bolster her 3-4—10 season totals in 13 games.

Wortham is tied for second in points among the 10 Alaska women playing in the NWAC.

Maddy Boutet cross country

Maddy Boutet

Williams College senior Maddy Boutet of Anchorage turned in an impressive individual result to help the Ephs win the Keene State College XC Invitational in New Hampshire.

She finished fourth out of 186 finishers in the crowded 5-K field, crossing in 18:19.2, just one second out of third place.

Boutet, of West High fame, was her team’s No. 2 runner as Williams easily won the team competition.

Williams College is a NCAA D3 school in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

October 16, 2019
Emmie Jennings swimming

Emmie Jennings

Eagle River’s Emmie Jennings is off to a great start for the Boise State University swimming team.

The senior was part of three victories – one individual, two relays – as the Broncos beat Wyoming on one day and Idaho the next day to continue a long home winning streak.

Boise State hasn’t lost a home meet since 2010.

Jennings, of Chugiak High fame, has had a hand in 19 victories over her career.

Against Wyoming, she was part of the winning 200-yard free relay and also placed fourth in the 100 butterfly.

Against Idaho, she won the 100 free and was part of the 200 free relay team. She also helped the 200 medley relay grab third place.

Caleb Moretz hockey

Caleb Moretz

Two games in and Caleb Moretz of Fairbanks is already a rock star at Rochester Institute of Technology.

The freshman forward scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lift RIT to a 3-2 win over No. 17 Bowling Green in Toledo, Ohio.

Moretz, of West Valley High fame, found the back of the net 78 seconds into OT for his first NCAA goal.

He was all alone in front of the net when he received the puck and used a wicked wrister to give RIT a 2-0 start on the season.

October 15, 2019
Derrick Wilson basketball

Derrick Wilson

Anchorage’s Derrick Wilson brought his jump shot to Sweden.

The 6-foot-1 guard known for his defensive prowess has turned up the offense in his first season with Stockholm-based Djurgarden.

He poured in a career-high 35 points in his first game. Then he had a triple-double in his fourth game.

The former Marquette University standout collected 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 92-84 loss to BC Lulea.

Wilson, of East High fame, ranks second in the Swedish League in scoring at 23.3 points per game and is fifth wit 5.8 assists per game.

This is the 27-year-old’s fourth pro season after spending the first three seasons in Denmark.

Parker Kizer football

Parker Kizer

Two quarterbacks from Alaska are getting it done in different ways in the American Rivers Conference.

Palmer’s Parker Kizer of Luther College ranks fourth in rushing yards.

Anchorage’s Sean Duffy of University of Dubuque ranks third in passing yards.

Either way, they make the state look good.

Kizer, of Colony High fame, is a run-first signal caller with a team-best 331 yards on the ground in six games. He has also scored three touchdowns.

He is coming off a 95-yard rushing performance against Loras College.

The 6-foot sophomore has completed 20-of-41 passes for 180 yards with two interceptions.

Kizer averages more rushing yards (55) than passing yards (30) per game.

Sean Duffy football

Sean Duffy

Duffy, of West High fame, is a pocket passer with a team-best 1,264 yards through the air in six games.

The 6-foot-3 junior has a 57-percent completion clip on 109-of-191 passing with 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He averages 210.7 yards per game.

Duffy has thrown for 3,340 yards and 39 TDs in 16 career games with Dubuque.

The two Alaska quarterbacks face off Oct. 26 when Luther hosts Dubuque in Decorah, Iowa.

October 14, 2019
Kayla Sims soccer

Kayla Sims

Anchorage’s Kayla Sims got the party started for The Master’s University women’s soccer team in a 2-1 win over Menlo College in California.

The forward scored in the 35th minute to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead, helping the team improve to 7-3-3 on the season.

Sims, of South High fame, is tied for tenth in the Golden State Athletic Conference with five goals.

This time she took the throw in, turned in traffic, lost the ball, regained possession again and then fired a missile from 10 yards out.

Malia Miller soccer

Malia Miller

Juneau’s Malia Miller extended her points streak to a season-high four games after scoring an insurance goal in Bellevue College’s 3-1 win over Centralia.

The freshman forward found the back of the net in the 82nd minute for her third goal of the NWAC soccer season.

She has 13 points in 11 games, including eight in the past four.

Miller, of Juneau-Douglas High fame, is tied for third in the NWAC with seven assists.

October 13, 2019
Jacob Calloway basketball

Jacob Calloway

Juneau’s Jacob Calloway has made a living out of knocking down jumpers.

Now he’s getting paid for it in Switzerland.

His rookie contract probably looks like a bargain as the 6-foot-8 sharpshooter ranks sixth in the Swiss Basketball League in scoring and has Pully Lausanne atop the standings with a 3-0 record.

Calloway, of Thunder Mountain High fame, leads his team with a 23-point average with a high of 29.

He has drained 9-of-14 3-pointers and ranks among the league leaders at 64%.

The 23-year-old skipped his senior season at Southern Utah University and turned pro. He compiled 702 points and 112 3s in 95 games with the Big Sky Conference team.

Kelsey Griffin basketball

Kelsey Griffin

Kelsey Griffin of Eagle River showed no ill effects of a toe injury that sidelined her all summer as she poured in a 20/20 double-double in the season opener in Australia.

The reigning WNBL MVP pumped in 22 points and 20 rebounds to lift the Canberra Capitals to a 90-83 win over the Adelaide Lightning.

“We know that she’s only been back one-week full practice and I didn’t plan on player her for 38 minutes … I thought she’d be asking for more subs but she didn’t and we left her out there. As I’ve said before, she’s a warrior and leads this group and had another fantastic double-double,” said coach Paul Goriss.

This is the second time the 6-foot-2 forward has gone 20/20 in the last three games, dating to last season’s WNBL Finals when she poured in 24 points and 20 rebounds in Game 2.

Griffin, of Chugiak High fame, went on to lead Canberra to the title, her third career championship in Australia since 2013.

October 12, 2019
Violett Togagae volleyball

Violett Togagae

Anchorage’s Violett Togagae slammed a season-high 21 kills to lead Rogue Community College to a four-set win over Umpqua in NWAC volleyball.

The 5-foot-10 middle blocker finished 21-for-39 at the net with a .436 attack percentage.

She added 16 digs for her first double-double in 10 league matches.

Togagae, of Bartlett High fame, added four blocks and accounted for 25 of her team’s 75 points.

The freshman has had as many as 18 digs in a match and a .520 attack percentage in another.

She’s a driving force behind Rogue’s 19-1 start in its first year in the NWAC.

Daniel Haider hockey

Daniel Haider

Anchorage’s Daniel Haider helped Army West Point do something on the ice that the Black Knights hockey team hadn’t done since 1989.

Haider scored the decisive goal in a 2-1 victory over Connecticut to give Army back-to-back wins against non-conference opponents to start a season for the first time in 30 years.

The sophomore forward’s backhand beauty broke a 1-1 tie late in the second period.

Haider, of South High fame, has six career goals after scoring five as a freshman.

October 11, 2019
Isaiah Saville hockey

Isaiah Saville

Anchorage’s Isaiah Saville was just as good as advertised in his debut in goal for the University of Nebraska Omaha.

The freshman goaltender turned aside 14 of 15 shots and carried a shutout into the third period in a 6-1 win over Alabama-Huntsville in NCAA hockey action.

The goal he surrendered came against a power play.

Saville, of West High fame, came to college on the heels of winning the USHL Goaltender of the Year award after he posted 25 wins and four shutouts in 34 games with a 1.90 goals-against average.

He’s also a fifth-round NHL draft pick of the Vegas Golden Knights.

Savanna Davis volleyball

Savanna Davis

Anchorage’s Savanna Davis is the newest member of the 500-kill Club.

The junior middle blocker surpassed the major milestone this season with Peru State College, although most of her career kills came at Grays Harbor College.

Davis, of South High fame, has compiled 530 kills and 174 blocks in 97 career matches.

Coming off the bench at Peru State, a NAIA school in Nebraska, she has posted 47 kills, 20 blocks and a .163 attack percentage in 13 matches.

She had nine kills and a .421 hitting percentage against Grand View.

Davis dominated the net at Grays Harbor, where she was one of the NWAC’s best with 483 kills and 154 blocks in 84 matches over two seasons.

October 10, 2019
Maxwell Dye golf

Maxwell Dye

Kenai’s Maxwell Dye of Marian University tied for the third-lowest round after the first two days of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Championship in Irish Haven, Wisconsin.

The junior golfer fired a 77 and 82 for a 36-hole total of 159 to put him 10th out of 53 men’s golfers halfway through the NCAA D3 tournament.

Dye, of Kenai Central High fame, has shot 77 or better in four of seven rounds this season.

His average round is 78.1, which is right on par with his other two seasons.

The final two rounds of the NACC Championship will be held at Stonebridge Country Club April 26-27.

October 9, 2019
Maggie Zanazzo volleyball

Maggie Zanazzo

Maggie Zanazzo of Fairbanks delivered her first double-double in grand fashion for the Porterville College volleyball team.

The sophomore setter recorded a career-high in both assists (51) and digs (15) to lead the Pirates to a four-set win over West Hills-Lemoore in the California Community College Athletic Association.

Zanazzo, of Lathrop High fame, added a career-high two blocks as well.

The 5-foot-5 playmaker has racked up 563 assists, 77 digs and three blocks in 35 career matches with Porterville.

Zanazzo’s previous career high for assists was 35 set last season. This was the first time she has reached double figures in digs.

Sean Harrison hockey

Sean Harrison

Union College center Sean Harrison of Eagle River opened the hockey season with goals in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.

The junior scored in a 7-3 loss to Boston University on opening night and then found the net again in a 3-2 loss to Army.

He now has 10 goals in 69 career games.

Harrison twice previously had recorded points in consecutive games but never goals in back-to-back.

He also won 27-of-50 faceoffs for the weekend.

Harrison’s first-ever power-play goal came against Army and tied the game at 1-1 at the 14:20 mark of the second period.

October 8, 2019
Kenny Hausinger hockey

Kenny Hausinger

Anchorage’s Kenny Hausinger is tied for the points lead in the Hockey East conference after a five-point opening weekend.

The University of Massachusetts-Lowell senior forward racked up two goals and three assists as the River Hawks swept Alabama-Huntsville by a combined 8-2 score.

The 5-foot-9 playmaker bagged a shorthanded goal and two assists in the first game and a goal and assist in the second game.

Hausinger, of Dimond High fame, is tied for the Hockey East lead in points, assists, shorthanded goals and game-winning goals.

He currently leads all Alaska active college players with 65 points on 31 goals and 34 assists in 107 career games.

Sean Duffy football

Sean Duffy

Anchorage’s Sean Duffy went 4-for-4 and orchestrated a go-ahead, fourth-quarter scoring drive that provided the University of Dubuque football team with a 20-14 win over Coe College in Iowa.

The junior quarterback accounted for 47 of 72 yards through the air, capped by a 5-yard scoring strike for his only touchdown pass of the game.

Duffy, of West High fame, finished with 14-of-23 completions for 129 yards.

In the third quarter, he led a 65-yard scoring drive that tied the game at 14-14. He was 4-of-6 for 45 yards, including a 6-yard completion to Eagle River’s Karletty Faamatuainu.

Duffy has thrown for 990 yards and 10 TDs in five games this season.

He surpassed the 3,000-yard milestone for his college career, with his 3,075 total ranking No. 9 on Dubuque’s all-time list.

As a side note, Conor Feckley of Anchorage sits No. 4 on that list with 4,700 yards. He is currently on the Dubuque coaching staff.