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December 13, 2019
Clair DeGeorge hockey

Clair DeGeorge

Bemidji State University women’s hockey star Clair DeGeorge of Anchorage has been selected by USA Hockey to compete against Canada in the opening two games of the annual rivalry series.

The junior forward was one of 23 players and the only Alaskan picked for games tomorrow in Connecticut and Dec. 17 in Canada.

DeGeorge is one of six newcomers to Team USA. The roster features 17 players who helped the Americans capture a gold medal at the world championships.

DeGeorge is currently tied for third for Bemidji State with 10 points with two goals and eight assists.

She owns 18-37-55 scoring totals in 91 career games for the Beavers.

Degeorge is no stranger to Team USA.

In the summer of 2018, she played for the U22 national team that swept Canada in a three-game series.

In the series finale, DeGeorge bagged a goal to highlight a 2-1 victory after she redirected a one-timer on the power play in the final minute of the first period.

Rohyn Huss volleyball

Rohyn Huss

After taking off the last few years from college volleyball, Anchorage’s Rohyn Huss this year returned to the court with LA Harbor College.

It was like she never left.

The 6-foot sophomore ranked among the scoring leaders in the California Community College Athletic Association and earned all-region honors.

Huss, of Dimond High fame, was second in the CCAA with 5.06 kills per set and finished third with 476 kills and 524 total points.

The outside hitter added 271 digs, 21 aces and 32 blocks in 35 matches.

December 12, 2019

Running pioneer Marcie Trent and hockey professional Matt Carle will headline the Class of 2020 inductions into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.

Trent and Carle were the lone selections from the people category and will be joined by the Yukon 800 riverboat race from the event category and the University of Alaska Anchorage’s stunning upset of Boston College in the 1991 NCAA Hockey Tournament from the moment category.

This will be the 14th class honored by the Hall, which uses a selection process based on votes from the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame selection panel, past inductees and the public.

“We’re thrilled with this class and look forward to welcoming them to the Hall,” said Alaska Sports Hall of Fame executive director Harlow Robinson. “Hockey and motor sports are Alaskan sports to the core and this class represents both well. And Marcie Trent is an absolute legend in masters running on the national level so this type of honor here at home is well-deserved.”

The Class of 2020 induction ceremony will be Tuesday, April 28 at the Anchorage Museum.

The white-haired Trent, who weighed about 100 pounds and stood barely 5 feet tall, was a huge inspiration to the Alaskan running community after picking up the sport at age 50.

She grew up on a farm in Nampa, Idaho, and moved to Anchorage in 1954, where she and husband Ralph Waldron obtained a 160-acre homestead near the present-day Tudor and Lake Otis roads. She began running in the late 1960s and among her accomplishments were once holding nine national age-group records ranging from 800 meters to an ultramarathon, and five age world records for a female marathoner in her 60s. Trent won Fairbanks’ Equinox Marathon three times and remains its oldest champion at age 58. She also won the famous Pikes Peak Marathon at age 57 and was the first Alaskan woman over age 50 to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Marcie completed 59 marathons and 11 ultramarathons and logged more than 71,000 lifetime miles in her life. Trent was inducted into the USA Track & Field Masters Hall of Fame in 2001.

Marcie and John Trent, her second husband, also formed the Pulsators Running Club, likely Alaska’s first such organization. “For Marcie, the motto of the Pulsators Running Club was ‘Run and Rejoice,’” Alex Monterrosa said.

And rejoice she did, whether it was running on the trails she was so passionate about, organizing races, giving advice to aspiring runners, running in sub-zero temperatures, or completing marathons in Japan, Colorado, Idaho, Massachusetts and elsewhere.

In 1995, Trent, age 77, and her son Larry Waldron were killed by a bear while running in Chugach State Park. Their funeral drew more than 500 mourners, including Gov. Tony Knowles. The Trent/Waldron Half Marathon and 10K continues to this day in their memory.

Matt Carle

Meanwhile, Carle made his mark in college and professional hockey after growing up in Anchorage and excelling in the sport with his two younger brothers. As a 6-foot defenseman, Carle helped the University of Denver to two national championships and won college hockey’s top individual award, the Hobey Baker, in 2006.

In 2003, the San Jose Sharks drafted Carle in the second round of the National Hockey League draft. He scored a goal in his NHL debut with the Sharks in 2006 and earned a spot on the 2006-07 NHL all-rookie team. His pro career spanned 12 seasons with San Jose, Tampa Bay, Philadelphia and Nashville, where he tallied 45 goals and 238 assists. Carle also competed in 127 playoffs games and twice reached the Stanley Cup Finals.

His accomplishments as an Alaskan hockey player are matched only by Alaska Sports Hall of Fame inductee Scott Gomez.

 “I want to thank my family for all the sacrifices they have made on behalf of my career,” Carle said at his retirement announcement in 2016. “My parents, brothers and wife Clancey allowed me to focus on the pursuit of playing the best sport in the world, in the best league of the world, and I will always be grateful.”

The Yukon 800 is billed as the “longest, roughest and toughest speed boat race in the world.” Created as the “Arctic Circle Marathon” in 1960, it evolved into a two-day event each June that starts in Fairbanks, overnights in Galena and ends in Fairbanks after 800 miles on the Tanana and Yukon rivers.

Competitors build low-slung 24-foot long boats from scratch using Sitka spruce for the framework and plywood for the hull. The riverboats are powered with 50-horsepower engines and can reach speeds of more than 70 miles per hour.

There is no shortage of danger and obstacles for the boats’ captains, engineers and navigators. “Unpredictable weather such as high winds, rain and hail, blowing sand from river sandbars, smoke from nearby forest fires and fog can limit visibility,” said a race history published by the Fairbanks Outboard Association. “Large trees, logs and other drift wash from the riverbanks and ride the current down the rivers. All can be a determining factor in the most meticulous plans of even the most seasoned captain and crew.”

The inaugural race in 1960 from Circle City to Fairbanks took winner Ray Kasola and crew more than 26 hours. The race record now stands at 11 hours, 52 minutes by Harold Attla’s crew in 2007. Attla is also the winningest captain with 10 titles on the boats Hughes Blues and My Pleasure.

For the moment category, UAA’s hockey upset of Boston College in 1991 was hard to fathom. The Seawolves were an independent team without a league at the time. BC, led by Hobey Baker winner David Emma, was a perennial Hockey East powerhouse playing on its home ice in the 1st round of the NCAA Tournament a year after reaching the national semifinals.

“I thought BC would blow them out of the building,” said Jack Parker, the coach of BC’s rival Boston University, in a 2019 article published by USCHO.com.

But the Seawolves, led by coach Brush Christiansen, showed no fear in the best 2-of-3 series that pitted the West Region’s sixth-seeded team against the East Region’s third-ranked squad. They beat the Eagles 3-2 in the opener, keyed by goals from Rob Conn and Brian Kraft. The next night UAA clinched the series 3-1. Goalie Paul Krake was among the heroes, making 39 saves in the second game.

“This was huge news in Anchorage,” Doyle Woody, an Anchorage Daily News reporter who attended the series, told USCHO.com. “Both game stories were on the front page of the newspaper, which is, other than radio or TV, how a lot of people found out.”

The Seawolves lost to eventual national champion Northern Michigan in the NCAA quarterfinals and finished the campaign 22-17-4 but their victory in the “David vs. Goliath” series against BC was never forgotten.

Nearly 1,000 people participated in the public vote this November.  The cumulative public vote is submitted as one ballot.  Each selection panel member submits a ballot of their own, with the final ballot coming from the cumulative vote of the living Alaska Sports Hall of Fame inductees.

Upon enshrinement, inductee portraits are permanently displayed at the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Gallery at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Each inductee is recognized on the site with their own page featuring a written biography, video profile, and photo gallery.

For full list of Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Inductees, click here.

Alaska Sports Hall of Fame selection panel: Beth Bragg (panel chair), sports editor, Anchorage Daily News; Bruce Cech, Fairbanks sports broadcaster and journalist; Lew Freedman, former Anchorage Daily News sports editor and author of numerous books about Alaska sports;  Mike Janecek, longtime Mat-Su Valley high school coach and athletics administrator; Danny Martin, sports editor, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner; Kathleen Navarre, Kodiak and Dimond High School coach and administrator;  Keith Perkins, Sitka-based high school sports official and broadcaster; Mike Sica, longtime Southeast and Fairbanks sports broadcaster and journalist, and Doyle Woody,  sports writer and editor at the Anchorage Daily News for 34 years.

December 11, 2019
Sydnee Kimber wrestling

Sydnee Kimber

Two of the top college wrestlers from the state of Alaska squared off at the North Central Invitational in Naperville, Illinois.

It figured the match came down to a tiebreaker.

Sitka’s Sydnee Kimber of McKendree University scored an 8-7 decision Akiak’s Agatha Andrews of Jamestown University in the finals of the women’s 191-pound weight class.

The score was 7-7 at the finish, forcing a tiebreaker to decide the winner between the two sophomores.

Kimber, of Mt. Edgecumbe High fame, finished 3-0 in the tournament. She is ranked No. 2 in NCAA D2.

Agatha Andrews wrestling

Agatha Andrews

She was one of five McKendree wrestlers to take home an individual title as the Bearcats secured the team championship among 17 squads.

Andrews, of Akiak High fame, went 2-1 in the tournament. She is ranked No. 3 in NAIA.

Another Alaskan to reach the podium at the North Central Invitational was Jolie Lucas of Fairbanks.

The McKendree freshman placed third at 101 pounds.

Lucas, of Eielson High fame, is ranked No. 5 at NCAA D2.

December 10, 2019
Cam McDonald hockey

Cam McDonald

Cam McDonald of Eagle River netted his third career goal and they have all been game winners for the Providence College hockey team.

His recent handy work came in a 4-1 win over UMass-Lowell when he buried a first-period shot to give the Friars a 2-0 lead.

McDonald, of Eagle River High fame, also scored game winners against Clarkson and Boston College in late October.

The 5-foot-9 defenseman isn’t just flash.

He’s also blocked 16 shots in 17 games and owns is +3 on the season.

Danica Schmidt basketball

Danica Schmidt

Soldotna’s Danica Schmidt of the Lower Columbia College women’s basketball team was named Everett Classic MVP after leading the Red Devils to the tournament championship.

The freshman came off the bench to play a pivotal role in all three victories but was especially effective in the title game with her first double-double in nine games.

Schmidt, of Soldotna High fame, grabbed nine of her team-high 13 rebounds in the second half and scored the go-ahead bucket in overtime that put Lower Columbia ahead for good in a 79-73 win over Southwestern Oregon.

The 5-foot-11 forward averaged 11.3 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists in three tournament games.

In the title game, she drained a 3-pointer early in OT to give LCC a 70-67 lead and added later added a free throw to make it 72-67.

In the semifinals, she dominated the second quarter with eight of her team’s 16 points to carry the load.

In the first round, she posted 5-3-2 totals in the second quarter to double her team’s lead to 47-28 at halftime.

December 9, 2019
Nyeniea John basketball

Nyeniea John

Nyeniea John of Anchorage came off the bench to pump in 14 points in 16 minutes to help the Eastern Arizona College women’s basketball team earn a 75-64 win over No. 25 Cochise College in the NJCAA.

The 5-foot-8 freshman forward sank 6-of-7 field goals, drained her only 3-point attempt and grabbed two rebounds.

John, of West High fame, has now reached double figures four times in 12 games.

The Gila Monsters are 4-1 when she scores nine or more points.

Lyndon Prayer basketball

Lyndon Prayer

Anchorage’s Lyndon Prayer caught fire over the weekend with back-to-back 17-point games for the Imperial Valley College men’s basketball team.

The 6-foot-1 guard had averaged 10 points a game in his first seven appearances with the California Community College Athletic Association squad.

Prayer, of West High fame, has reached double figures in six of nine games and leads Imperial Valley in scoring at 11.7 points per game.

He registered a career-high 18 points a month ago, but then his scoring was a bit erratic before finding his groove this weekend.

Prayer averaged 15 points over a three-game span, thanks in part to 6-of-20 shooting from 3-point range.

December 8, 2019

Megan Youngren at CIM

Alaska now has five runners who will race the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials next February in Atlanta.

Megan Youngren of Soldotna joined the party on Sunday with a run of 2 hours, 43 minutes and 52 seconds at the California International Marathon in Sacramento. That eclipsed the required 2 hours, 45 minutes by 68 seconds.

Youngren’s run was a nearly nine-minute improvement from her previous best, a 2:52:33 at the 2019 Anchorage RunFest Marathon in August. The CIM result also vaulted her into fourth place on the all-time list of Alaskan female marathoners.

Youngren, 28, placed 40th among women in an exceptionally deep field. Due to its downhill profile and stellar competition, the CIM course is considered fast and was targeted by scores of elite runners as one of the final opportunities to qualify for the U.S. Trials.

Youngren joins Anna Dalton of Anchorage (who qualified at 2018 CIM), Keri McEntee of Fairbanks, Aaron Fletcher of Anchorage and former Fairbanksan Tony Tomsich in qualifying for the trials.

Youngren had speedy Alaskan company on Sunday.

Julianne Dickerson placed 120th among women in 2:49:52, the ninth-fastest run all-time for Alaskan women. She ran the second half more than three minutes quicker than the first half and passed 122 women in that stretch.

Ryan Cox of Anchorage also had a career day, running 2:26:28 to place 124th overall. He also posted a negative split and passed 98 men after halfway. And Ryan Beckett of Anchorage clocked 2:45:59.

Meanwhile, David Kiplagat, a former star runner at the University of Alaska Anchorage and four-time winner of the Mayor’s Marathon, came agonizingly close to qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials. Needing a 2:19:00 or faster, the 35-year-old was on pace until late in the race but came up just short in 2:19:38, good for 54th place among men.

Kiplagat, now living in Albuquerque, N.M., blazed the first half in 1:08:26 but slowed down the stretch. He still recorded a personal best.

By Matias Saari, blog contributor

Maya Carle volleyball

Maya Carle

Anchorage’s Maya Carle helped Feather River College make school history by helping the women’s volleyball team win its first tournament title in the California Community College Athletic Association.

Feather River defeated previously undefeated Irvine Valley in five sets in the championship match in Chula Vista.

Carle, of Dimond High fame, played in all 13 sets during the three tournament victories and accumulated 11 digs, five aces, and three assists.

Feather River (35-2) went 5-1 in five-set matches and closed the season with a 14-match winning streak.

Maya Carle volleyballThe team won back-to-back 5-set matches in the semifinals and finals.

The CCCAA tournament dates to 1977.

Carle, a sophomore libero, played in all 37 matches and finished second on the team in aces (57) and third in digs (137).

December 7, 2019
Grace Harder basketball

Grace Harder

Eagle River’s Grace Harder recorded her first double-double of the season to lead the Olympic College women’s basketball team to its first win in the NWAC.

The 5-foot-10 freshman scored a season-high 12 points and matched her season high with 10 rebounds as Olympic beat Grays Harbor 67-30 in Bremerton, Washington.

Harder, of Eagle River High fame, leads her team and ranks in the top 25 of the NWAC with 8.0 rebounds per game.

She also ranks second on her team at 8.7 points per game.

Kenny Hausinger hockey

Kenny Hausinger

Two of Alaska’s most prolific playmakers this year in college hockey hail from the same family.

Brothers Kenny Hausinger and Christian Hausinger are among the top scorers from the state and on their respective teams.

Both have scored five goals and reached double figures in points.

Kenny, a senior forward at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, has 5-7-12 scoring totals in 14 games with the NCAA D1 squad of Hockey East.

He ranks third on the team in points and owns Lowell’s only short-handed goal.

Kenny, of Dimond High fame, has recorded multiple points in four games.

Christian Hausinger hockey

Christian Hausinger

He is also Alaska’s active scoring leader with 72 points in 119 career games.

Christian, a junior defenseman at University of Wisconsin-River Falls, has 5-11-16 scoring totals in 10 games with the NCAA D3 squad.

He has as many points this season as he did last season in 28 games.

Christian, of Dimond High fame, has 45 points in 67 career games.

He has notched a point in nine of 10 games, including one game with three goals and another game with three assists.

December 6, 2019
Alev Kelter rugby

Alev Kelter

Alev Kelter of Eagle River extended her personal scoring streak to eight games after producing points in three victories by Team USA Eagles at the World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai.

The halfback accounted for 23 of her team’s 96 points in wins over Brazil, Russia and Canada in the early stages of the tournament.

The 2016 Olympian is currently the Dubai tournament’s top-ranked player with an 89 rating.

She racked up 16 points on two 5-point tries and three 2-point conversions in a 33-14 win over Russia. She had two conversions in a 29-7 win over Brazil and cashed in on one try in a 34-10 win over Canada.

Kelter, of Chugiak High fame, leads Team USA in scoring with 59 points on the season.

Team USA is 8-0 during her eight-game scoring streak, signifying her awesome impact.

This is nothing new.

Since joining Team USA in 2014, Kelter leads all American sevens rugby players with 690 points. Her career total is 280 points more than the second highest and triples the third highest.

Dubai is the second of eight World Rugby Sevens Series events, with the tour concluding in May in Paris, France.

December 5, 2019
Daniel Hornbuckle basketball

Daniel Hornbuckle

Daniel Hornbuckle of Fairbanks heated up in the second half with 22 of his game-high 28 points for Portland Community College in a 96-85 loss to Lower Columbia in Oregon.

The 6-foot-1 sophomore finished 8-of-16 from the field and 7-of-7 from the free-throw line.

He added five 3-pointers, five assists and two steals.

Hornbuckle, of West Valley High fame, had a hand in 41 of his team’s 85 points.

December 4, 2019
Da'Zhon Wyche basketball

Da’Zhon Wyche

After he worked his way into the starting lineup, Da’Zhon Wyche of Anchorage is now working the opposition.

The University of Texas at Tyler men’s basketball transfer started his second straight game and put up season best numbers in an 83-75 win over Jarvis Christian in the Lone Star State.

Wyche, of West High fame, logged 30 minutes, scored seven points, grabbed nine rebounds, dished six assists and made three steals.

The 5-foot-10 junior is averaging 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds in seven games with the NCAA D2 team.

Wyche spent his first two seasons at Laramie Country, a junior college where he averaged 18.7 points in 48 career games.

He needs 64 more points to reach 1,000 for his college career.

December 3, 2019
Derrick Wilson basketball

Derrick Wilson

Derrick Wilson of Anchorage is thriving in the Swedish Basketball League.

Even if his team isn’t.

Despite playing for a last-place club, Wilson’s performance has been top shelf.

The 6-foot-1 guard ranks top-10 in the league in points (18.9/5th) and assists (5.0/7th) through 14 games with Stockholm-based Djurgarden.

Wilson, of East High fame, carried his team to wins during a tough 2-12 start.

In the first win, he had 35 points and seven assists.

In the second win, he contributed 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Wilson, 27, is a former starter with Marquette University who is in his fourth season of pro ball in Scandinavia after spending the first three years in Denmark.

December 2, 2019

Kaeleb Johnson basketball

Kaeleb Johnson


With three starters from Alaska leading the way, the Spokane Community College men’s basketball team won the Red Devil Classic in Longview, Washington.

Anchorage’s Kaeleb Johnson earned a spot on the all-tournament team and reached double figures in the championship game as Spokane beat Lower Columbia 67-62.

Anchorage’s Jaron Williams scored the go-ahead bucket with 1:10 left in the fourth quarter to give Spokane the lead for good at 64-62.

Sitka’s Jamal Alstrom is the third starter from the 907.

Jaron Williams basketball

Jaron Williams

Together, they helped Spokane hand Lower Columbia its first loss of the season and extended Spokane’s tournament championship streak to three years.

Johnson, of East High fame, collected 11 points, four rebounds and two steals in the title game.

The 6-foot-3 freshman pumped in 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting in the semifinals.

Williams, of East High fame, averaged 8.3 points per game in the tournament and shot 86% from the free-throw line.

Jamal Alstrom basketball

Jamal Alstrom

The 6-foot-4 freshman had a season-high 13 points in the first round.

Alstrom, of Mt. Edgecumbe High fame, has been one of the best all-around players on the team this season.

The 6-foot-1 sophomore ranks second on the team in steals (2.4) and assists (2.8) and is third in rebounds (4.4). He is scoring 5.6 points per game.

Alstrom also is one of only three players to start all five games.

December 1, 2019
Bethany Carstens basketball

Bethany Carstens

Bethany Carstens of Kenai isn’t just the best 3-point shooter for the Chicago State University women’s basketball team.

She ranks No. 3 in the Western Athletic Conference at 49%.

The freshman guard was especially hot in a 96-65 loss to Cal Santa Barbara at the Nugget Classic in Reno, Nevada, where she went 4-of-7 from deep and finished with a team-high 20 points.

Carstens, of Nikiski High fame, matched her season high in points and set season highs for 3s and percentage.

The 5-foot-9 guard is averaging 11.6 points per game in eight appearances.

Alissa Pili basketball

Alissa Pili

Anchorage’s Alissa Pili showcased her all-court skills in the University of Southern California women’s basketball team’s 60-57 win over Alabama during the South Point Shootout in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 6-foot freshman scored 11 points, grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and was the only player in the game to register a blocked shot, steal and offensive rebound.

Pili, of Dimond High fame, also iced the victory by sinking 4-of-4 free throws in the final 25 seconds.

She had six points, two rebounds and a steal in the fourth quarter.

Pili has two double-doubles in seven games and is averaging 9.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and shooting 71% from the foul line.

November 30, 2019
Austin White basketball

Austin White

Big man Austin White of Ninilchik had a big second half to lead the Treasure Valley Community College men’s basketball team to a 75-74 comeback win over Blue Mountain CC in the NWAC.

The 6-foot-8 transfer collected nine points and nine rebounds in the second half on his way to a 13-point, 14-rebound double-double.

White, of Ninilchik High fame, has scores in double digits in all five games.

The 2017 Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year is shooting .481 from the field, including 12-of-24 from 3-point land.

White ranks second on Treasure Valley (4-1) in scoring at 14.4 points per game.

Jeremy Swayman hockey

Jeremy Swayman

Anchorage’s Jeremy Swayman has more saves than any NCAA D1 goalie in the country.

And it’s not even close.

The University of Maine netminder has turned aside 489 shots – 70 more than the second-highest total.

Swayman also ranks No. 2 in minutes (903) and No. 8 in save percentage (.937).

The junior has posted an 8-5-2 record this year and owns 37 wins for his career.

November 29, 2019
Sadie Maubet Bjornsen cross-country skiing

Sadie Maubet Bjornsen

Anchorage’s Sadie Maubet Bjornsen of the U.S. Ski Team picked up a bronze medal in the women field at the Ruda Classic Sprint in Finland.

Her remarkable route to the finals included a second-place showing in her semifinal heat, which is even more impressive when you consider she was forced to overcome lingering tendinitis in her feet

“I wasn’t quite sure what to expect,” she said. “I knew I had strengthened my brain, but it is hard to know what to expect when you are doing less than ideal training to try to survive.”

The Alaska Pacific University alum outsprinted Norway’s Ane Appelkvist to reach the podium in the 1.4-K sprint race.

Maubet Bjornsen also earned a silver medal at Ruda Classic Sprint in 2017.

She credited her new wax technician Erik Bjornstad for setting her up for success.

“Enormous shout out to our team and my new wax tech for some amazing skis. I couldn’t have run up that hill the way I did today without those,” she said. “I was excited to see what we could put together in our short ten days of working together.

“All the stars aligned and I had an incredible day.”

November 28, 2019
Ruthy Hebard basketball

Ruthy Hebard

While most of us feasted on a Thanksgiving meal, Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks ate up the Oklahoma State defense.

The University of Oregon women’s basketball star pumped in a game-high 30 points to go with a career-high 18 rebounds to propel the No. 1 Ducks to an 89-72 win at the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

Hebard, of West Valley High fame, made 13-of-15 field goals and 4-of-6 free throws. Eight of her boards were on the offensive end. She added a pair of assists.

The 6-foot-4 senior is averaging career-best numbers in five games with 22.4 points, 14.2 rebounds, .758 field-goal percentage and .750 free-throw percentage.

November 27, 2019
Jeremiah Bailey basketball

Jeremiah Bailey

Jeremiah Bailey of Fairbanks logged a career-high 44 minutes for the University of the Pacific men’s basketball team in an 82-76 triple-overtime loss to Boise State.

The 6-foot-6 junior scored eight points and grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds off the bench.

Bailey, of Monroe Catholic High fame, is averaging 4.3 points and 3.6 rebounds in nine games.

He is tied for second on his team with seven 3-pointers.

Jonny Homza baseball

Jonny Homza

Baseball season is over in the States, but things are just getting started in the Australian Baseball League.

Anchorage’s Jonny Homza signed with the Auckland Tuatara, the only team from New Zealand in the league.

He has played defensively at catcher and third base and also saw time at designated hitter.

Homza, of South High fame, delivered his first base hit with a double.

He also scored a run as Auckland beat the Perth Heat 5-2.

The third-year pro this summer played for Class-A Tri-City of the San Diego Padres organization.