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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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February 17, 2020
Ruthy Hebard and Alissa Pili basketball

Ruthy Hebard and Alissa Pili

As generational players from the same era, Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks and Alissa Pili of Anchorage will forever be linked.

Together they have lifted Alaska women’s basketball to new heights.

And even though they did not face each other in the only year they were in high school at the same time, they both wound up in the Pac-12, so it was only a matter of time before their paths crossed.

It finally happened in Los Angeles, California, where the No. 3 Oregon Ducks beat the USC Trojans 93-67. Both Alaskans started and played 36 minutes.

Hebard, a 6-foot-4 senior at Oregon, finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds and two steals. Pili, a 6-foot freshman at USC, produced 14 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Rivals on the court but friends off it, Hebard and Pili hugged each other in the handshake line after the game in a true sign of friendship and respect.

It was a monumental moment for Alaska basketball, with two of the state’s greatest players going head-to-head in one of college basketball’s greatest conferences.

Hebard, of West Valley High fame, is Alaska’s all-time leading scorer (2,246) at the NCAA D1 level. Pili, of Dimond High fame, is Alaska’ all-time leading scorer (2,614) among high school girls.

In the Pac-12, Hebard ranks No. 4 in points per game (17.2), with Pili No. 8 at 14.8. Hebard leads the conference in rebounds per game (9.6), with Pili No. 4 at 8.0. Hebard leads the conference in field-goal percentage (.679), with Pili No. 12 at .488.

They are focal points of the offense, star players opposing coaches plot to contain defensively. Hebard was coming off a 30-point, 17-rebound effort. Pili was coming off a 26-point, 13-rebound performance.

Early on, Pili had the upper hand. She stole the ball away from Hebard and later knocked down a jumper to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead. But Hebard answered with back-to-back buckets to make it 7-5.

In the second quarter, Pili was called for a foul after trying to block Hebard’s shot. Hebard made both free throws to put Oregon ahead 27-19. She scored six points in an 8-0 run that pushed the lead to 36-24.

Hebard had 10 of her team’s 23 points in the second quarter.

Both Alaskans were neutralized in the third quarter as each defense seemed to key on them.

Hebard made a jumper to push the lead to 51-32 – the largest for Oregon to that point.

Other than that, though, Hebard and Pili were held in check. They were on the court, but not scoring or rebounding.

That changed in the fourth quarter.

Pili opened the final frame with two field goals, a jumper and then worked around Hebard one-on-one in the post for a bucket that made it 75-54.

Hebard secured her 13th double-double of the season and the 52nd of her career.

She is one of the most accomplished post players in the country, a 6-foot-4 power forward who is always in the right place at the right time.

That was the case than when she stepped in front of a pass intended for Pili for a steal and coast-to-coast layup to make it 79-57.

On the very next possession, Pili scored off an offensive rebound. She later was fouled by Hebard in the act of shooting and drained two free throws.

Pili is a strong candidate for Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.

Hebard was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team in 2017 and is looking to earn All-Pac-12 honors for the fourth straight year.

Historically, they are on a very short list among Alaska women to post the most points and rebounds in a single game at the NCAA D1 level.

Most Rebounds Game
18 Jessica Moore (Palmer) Connecticut 2003
18 Azella Perryman (Anchorage) Stanford 2003
18 Ruthy Hebard (Fairbanks) Oregon 2019
17 Kelsey Griffin (Eagle River) Nebraska 2010
17 Alissa Pili (Anchorage) USC 2020

Most Points Game
42 Talisa Rhea (Juneau) Oregon State 2009
36 Kelsey Griffin (Eagle River) Nebraska 2010
34 Brit Jacobson (Eagle River) Kansas State 1994
34 Ruthy Hebard (Fairbanks) Oregon 2019
33 Chandice Cronk (Wasilla) Santa Clara 2007
29 Andrea Lloyd (Juneau) Texas 1984
28 Alissa Pili (Anchorage) USC 2020

February 15, 2020
Jeremy Swayman hockey

Jeremy Swayman

Anchorage’s Jeremy Swayman turned aside all 41 shots he faced for the University of Maine to highlight a 1-0 win over the University of Connecticut in Hockey East.

Swayman made 17 saves in the second period on his way to posting his first shutout since 2018, when Maine blanked Boston University 3-0.

The junior netminder has a 6-1 record in his last seven games.

Swayman improved his career-high numbers for goals-against average (2.21) and save percentage (.935).

He leads the NCAA in saves 968 and ranks third in minutes (1,817), fifth in save percentage and fifth in games (30).

Sandin Kidder basketball

Sandin Kidder

Sandin Kidder of Anchorage made her first eight field goals on her way to recording her first double-double in her first season with the Humboldt State University women’s basketball team.

The transfer finished 8-of-10 from the floor and posted season highs with 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Lumberjacks dumped Cal State San Bernardino 107-62 in Arcata, California.

The 5-foot-9 junior didn’t miss a shot in the second quarter, finishing 7-for-7 from the field.

At one point, she scored seven straight points for Humboldt State. Overall, she had 15 of her team’s 36 points in the second quarter.

Kidder, of East High fame, averaged 5.5 points entering the game.

Twice before she was close to securing a double-double in points and rebounds – posting games of 17/8 and 11/8.

Kidder transferred to NCAA D2 Humboldt State from Grays Harbor College in the NWAC.

February 14, 2020
Daniel Hornbuckle basketball

Daniel Hornbuckle

Daniel Hornbuckle of Fairbanks played overtime hero for the second time against Chemeketa as the Portland Panthers earned the regular-season sweep between the NWAC schools.

The sophomore guard bagged 13 of his team-high 28 points in OT to lead his team to 110-105 victory.

A month ago, Hornbuckle had nine of his 23 points in OT as Portland won 89-85. He also drained a 40-foot 3-point on the final play of regulation to force overtime.

Hornbuckle, of West Valley High fame, ranks sixth in the NWAC in scoring at 26.1 points per game.

He has scored 25 points or more eight times in 19 games.

Carson Hawes atop the podium

Undaunted by the steep and technical backcountry ski terrain — not to mention wind, cold and high altitude — the Alyeska Ski Club’s Freeride Team excelled at a junior national International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association competition in Grand Targhee, Wyoming.

Carson Hawes led the way by winning the male Under 12 ski division. He scored 63.16 in two runs to top the runner-up from Montana by 0.6 points.

In the male age 12-14 division, Reed Naspinsky was fifth while Cameron Hoessle placed ninth and Mason Newell 11th.

“(Reed) sent one of the biggest airs of the day, launching 35 feet over an exposed section of rock,” Alyeska Freeride head coach Connor Michael reported.

Reed Naspinsky at the top of his run

In the female age 12-14 group, Quinzee Elsberg placed third, Payton Ostrinski took fourth and Lauren Johnson was 12th.

In the 15-18 age group, Kikken Schleusner placed 11th for the girls and Chance Newell was 15th for the boys.

“The team is well on their way to earning enough points to get them invites to the IFSA North American Championships in April, where they will compete against the top 175 athletes in North America, out of the 3,000-plus competitive freeride athletes in Region 2,” Michael said in his competition report.

-By Matias Saari, Alaska Sports Blog correspondent

February 13, 2020

Everybody gets knocked down in life. The secret to success is getting back up.

It’s far from easy, but overcoming adversity can strengthen a person’s drive to be great.

Off-the-field tragedies can push an athlete on the field, and rather than shutting down, they turn it up.

Alaska sports stars Dominick Meriweather, DaJonee Hale, Denali Strabel and Jalil Abdul-Bassit know all too well the story of redemption and will share their inspiring stories at the fifth annual PLAAY Summit.

PLAAY stands for Positive Leadership for Active Alaska Youth and is an initiative of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. The PLAAY Summit is an accredited conference and every year features a panel of Alaskan athletes providing their insights on youth physical, emotional and mental health topics.

This year’s panel topic is adversity and members will discuss the roles mentors and sports played in helping them navigate difficult personal circumstances.

The panel discussion, led by moderator Eric Boyer, will take place Saturday from Noon to 1 p.m. at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Building at 4000 Ambassador Drive.

The general public is welcome to walk in for the panel discussion as well as the Keynote Address provided by Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum.

Dominick Meriweather

Despite the violent nature of MMA, the sport brings out the softer side in many fighters. Dominick Meriweather is no different. Raised by an abusive father, and watching his mother struggle to help her family survive, he lived with rage and carried it everywhere. He needed an outlet. He got involved with mixed martial arts in Anchorage. A formula of training, discipline and structure did wonders. His attitude on life shifted. Confidence replaced doubt, peace overcame fury.

DaJonee Hale

From long shot to hot shot, DaJonee Hale went from being a troubled teen in Anchorage to NAIA National Player of the Year at Central Methodist University in Missouri. Hale was once homeless and hopeless as a teenager before getting a second lease on life, thanks to Michelle Overstreet of MyHouse, an Alaska organization dedicated to ending homelessness. “I can’t thank her enough,” said Hale, who recently wrapped up her first pro season in Germany.

Denali Strabel

Denali Strabel has been open about her past struggles with substance abuse and the path of self destruction she was taking during her days as a college athlete.  The Seward native now finds satisfaction in mountain racing all over the world, coaching women groups and kids running, and her job in the Special Education Department. She has gone on to become one of Alaska’s top mountain runners and participated at the Skyrunning World Championship in 2019.

Jalil Abdul-Bassit

Jalil Abdul-Bassit

Jalil Abdul-Bassit overcame numerous hardships to become one of Alaska’s most successful basketball players. His mother was murdered when he was a young boy in Anchorage and his father was incarcerated through much of his childhood. Extended family and coaches helped him navigate personal tragedy and basketball provided an outlet. Abdul-Bassit went on to star at the University of Oregon and played professionally in Australia, Mexico and Albania.

To read more about PLAAY Summit, please click here.

February 12, 2020
Vante Hendrix basketball

Vante Hendrix

Anchorage’s Vante Hendrix plays to win, even when the scoreboard isn’t in his favor.

The sophomore was the lone bright spot for the University of New Mexico men’s basketball team in an 82-59 loss to undefeated San Diego State in the Mountain West.

Hendrix pumped in a career-high 20 points and never took his foot off the gas pedal, carrying the Lobos in the second half to illustrate his winning character.

The transfer was his team’s only double-figure scorer as he made 7-of-12 field goals, including a pair of 3s.

The 6-foot-5 guard added three offensive rebounds and four steals to showcase his hustle and muscle.

Hendrix, of West High fame, scored 19 of his team’s final 30 points.

This was the seventh time in 14 games he has reached double digits. He is averaging 10.1 points per game.

Ashley Huffine basketball

Ashley Huffine

Ketchikan’s Ashley Huffine scored four straight points at the end of the second quarter to give Centralia College some breathing room before the Blazers suffocated Tacoma in a 71-46 win.

Huffine carried that momentum into the second half with eight of her 15 points as she reached double figures for the fourth time in 23 games in the NWAC.

The freshman guard is averaging 5.1 points per game coming off the bench.

With her team nursing a 32-30 lead inside the final minute of the second quarter, Huffine knocked down a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left and later made a free throw on the final play of the half.

Centralia held Tacoma scoreless for the final 11:22 of the game, including the 10-minute fourth quarter. Tacoma went 0-for-12 from the field in the final frame and missed all eight 3-point attempts.

Centralia has won 10 straight games and sits atop the NWAC’s West division.

February 11, 2020
Kamryn Frisk softball

Kamryn Frisk

Anchorage’s Kamryn Frisk couldn’t have scripted a better beginning to her softball career at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

With her team trailing 4-3 in the fourth inning, Frisk was brought into the game as a pinch-hitter with two outs and the bases loaded.

The junior transfer cleared the bases with a single as part of a 2-for-2 effort at the plate as Crookston beat Black Hills State 10-5 in Minot, North Dakota.

Frisk, of Service High fame, stayed in the game and moved to the pitching circle, where she threw the final four innings to pick up the save.

She scattered four hits and racked up her only strikeout to end the game.

Frisk transferred from Northwest Kansas Tech and finished her JUCO career with a .355 batting average in 63 games.

Anchorage’s Maxime Germain wasn’t considered a podium contender at the recent IBU Youth/Junior World Championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

After all, the 18-year-old placed 38th at the opening event — the Youth 12.5K individual race — on Jan. 26.

And he’d placed 74th and 66th in the youth sprint at the IBU Championships the previous two years in Estonia and Slovakia.

But at the 7.5-kilometer youth sprint on Jan. 31, the unheralded Germain shockingly won the bronze medal after skiing strong and missing just one of his rifle shots. His time of 20:04 trailed the Czech silver medalist by just two seconds and was 11 seconds slower than the Russian champion. A total of 106 athletes from countries around the globe participated.

Germain was born in Juneau and spent much of his childhood in Chamonix, France. He returned to Alaska at age 15, graduated West Anchorage High School and now attends the University of Alaska Anchorage.

“I had a super good year training with my buddies in Alaska,” Germain said in a USA Biathlon article. “It was a super fun race. … I did not feel well today but I finished well so I’m happy.”

Germain’s bronze broke a four-year medal drought for U.S. skiers at the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships.

U.S. coach and Olympian Tim Burke called Germain’s medal “icing on the cake” after seeing three of his racers achieve the best results of their careers.

On Feb. 2, Germain struggled on the range and wrapped up the championships with 32nd place in the 10K youth pursuit.

February 10, 2020

Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the No. 3 Oregon women’s basketball team made history with a 74-56 victory over No. 4 UConn.

The Ducks handed UConn its first home loss since 2013 and most lopsided loss ever at Gampel Pavilion, where the Huskies have gone 296-8 since the 1993-94 season.

The 6-foot-4 senior produced more points in the paint than the entire UConn team. The West Valley High grad has 10 double-doubles in 22 games this season.

The winner is selected by a panel each Friday and announced Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Sports Guys on CBS Sports Radio 590AM and 96.7FM.

View past winners here.

The 2020 PLAAY  (Positive Leadership for Active Alaska Youth) initiative kicks off Friday, Feb. 14th with the 5th annual PLAAY Summit and concludes on Feb. 20th with a visit with the fastest swimmer on the planet!

The PLAAY Summit is an accredited conference featuring a panel of experts on youth physical, emotional and mental health topics.  A panel of Alaskan athletes including Jalil Abdul-Bassit, DaJonee Hale, and Dom Meriweather will discuss the role of leadership and sports in overcoming personal adversity.   For more information and registration visit  Join our PLAAY Summit Facebook Event page here.

PLAAY Day is Alaska’s first synchronized physical activity event.  Working to galvanize communities around the importance of living physically active lifestyles,  thousands of children from across Alaska and from as far away as New Zealand will join together Feb. 20th, 10-10:30 a.m.  AST through a live stream in a half hour of simultaneous physical activity.  Schools and businesses can register and join in the fun at Join our PLAAY Day Facebook Event page here.

Special guest and Olympic swimming legend  Anthony Ervin will be on hand for PLAAY Day and then will be at the Alaska Pacific University Atwood Hall at 7 p.m.  After winning Olympic gold in 2000 Ervin spent more than a decade on a path of exploration and often-times self-destruction.  He overcame struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts to return to the pool and swim faster than ever at the 2016 Olympics, becoming the oldest swimmer to win a gold medal in an individual event.   The event is free and open to the public.  For more information visit our Facebook Event page here.

February 9, 2020
Agatha Andrews wrestling

Agatha Andrews

Akiak’s Agatha Andrews won All-American status for the second straight year at the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association Nationals in Marietta, Georgia.

The Jamestown University sophomore entered the tournament ranked No. 5 in the WCWA and upset the No. 1 seed in the semifinals to reach the finals at 191 pounds.

Andrews, of Mt. Edgecumbe High fame, dropped an 8-1 decision to second-ranked Alexandra Castillo of Campbellsville in the championship match.

She pinned top-ranked Nkechinyere Nwankwo of Oklahoma City in 4:57, one of three pins for the Alaskan at the tournament.

Last year, Andrews placed fifth at 191.

February 8, 2020
Allie Ostrander track and field

Allie Ostrander

Using a killer kick, Kenai’s Allie Ostrander came from behind down the stretch to win the women’s 3,000-meter run at the 113th Millrose Games in New York City.

The 23-year-old runner is beginning her second season as a professional and secured her first victory on one of the biggest stages in track and field.

Ostrander, of Kenai Central High fame, topped a field of 12 women in the Mike Frankfurt 3K with a personal-best time of 8:48.94, winning a close finish against Canada’s Julie-Anne Staehli (8:49.01) and Mexico’s Laura Galvan Rodriguez (8:49.74).

Ostrander was in 10th after the first 1,000 meters and seventh at the 2,000 mark before dropping the hammer in the final third of the race.

Ostrander turned pro last year after a sparkling college career at Boise State University, where she was a three-time NCAA champion in the steeplechase and a 13-time NCAA All-American in track and cross country.

She is the first Alaskan since 2016 to win a race at the Millrose Games.

Former Olympian Janay DeLoach of Fairbanks won the women’s 60-meter hurdles at the Millrose Games in 2014 and 2016. She also won the long jump in 2013.

February 7, 2020
Bethany Carstens basketball

Bethany Carstens

Bethany Carstens of Kenai is shaping up to become the best 3-point shooter in a decade for Chicago State University women’s basketball.

The freshman sharpshooter currently ranks No. 4 all-time in single-season 3-point percentage (.418) and is approaching the top 10 for most 3-pointers made (46) in a single season.

She has made at least one 3-pointer in 19 of 20 games and knocked down multiple 3s in a game 14 times.

Carstens, of Nikiski High fame, found her rhythm against New Mexico State as she pumped in 3-of-7 from downtown on her way to scoring a season-high 23 points.

The 5-foot-9 guard also grabbed seven rebounds, snagged a season-high three steals and played her first full game of 40 minutes.

Carstens is Chicago State’s second-leading scorer at 11.9 points per game.

Her 3-point percentage is the best for a Chicago State player since Courtney Waldon’s .440 clip in 2010.

Carstens also ranks third on the team with 3.3 rebounds per game, with her seven boards against New Mexico State being one shy of her season high.

February 6, 2020
DeMarcus Hall-Scriven basketball

DeMarcus Hall-Scriven

Anchorage’s DeMarcus Hall-Scriven brought early energy that sparked Skagit Valley College to another victory in the NWAC.

The freshman guard came off the bench to score seven of his team’s 10 points in a 10-2 run that pushed the lead to 19-6 and kickstarted an 86-74 win over Peninsula.

Skagit Valley extended its winning streak as the team improved to 23-0 this season.

Hall-Scriven, of ACS fame, finished with a season-high 15 points in 14 minutes, highlighted by 6-of-7 shooting from the foul line.

This was his fifth double-figure scoring effort in 23 games. His scoring average is 6.0 points per game.

Emma Wuthrich hockey

Emma Wuthrich

Anchorage’s Emma Wuthrich fired a wicked wrister to score her third goal of the season and lead No. 8 Boston University to a 4-2 win versus Vermont in Hockey East.

With her team nursing a 2-1 lead early in the third period, the sophomore won a neutral-zone draw and then got the puck back a buried a wrist shot over the goaltender’s glove at the 7:27 mark.

Boston is 12-1 over the last two seasons when Wuthrich registers a point in a game.

She was credited with her second game-winning goal of the season.

Wuthrich has compiled three goals and two assists for five points in 25 games.

Last year she posted 6-4-10 totals in 37 games.

Boston (19-6-3) sits in second place in the 10-team Hockey East with 29 points, one point ahead of rival Boston College.

Boston just beat BC 4-0 in the first round of the 42nd annual Women’s Beanpot and will face Holy Cross in Saturday’s title game.

February 5, 2020
Jaron Williams basketball

Jaron Williams

The Spokane men’s basketball team scored 10 points directly off steals by Anchorage’s Jaron Williams as his defensive prowess paid huge dividends in an 84-70 win over Big Bend.

The 6-foot-4 freshman racked up a season-high eight steals in the game as he continues to make a case for NWAC all-defensive team honors.

Williams, of East High fame, came off the bench to score 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting.

He was single-handedly responsible for a 7-2 run midway through the second half after scoring seven consecutive points for Spokane, the last to make it 61-44.

Five times in the game his steals directly led to quick points – three times with his own layup and twice on assists.

Williams ranks No. 2 in the NWAC with 2.8 steals per game and he has registered at least one steal in all 17 games. His previous high was five.

He is averaging 14.2 points per game, the second-highest scoring average for Spokane (19-4).

Kelsey Griffin basketball

Kelsey Griffin

Eagle River’s Kelsey Griffin didn’t have a great night offensively but found other ways to dominate the game.

The Canberra Capitals forward grabbed 10 rebounds, dished seven assists and blocked three shots to offset an off-night shooting the ball in a 73-71 win over the Adelaide Lightning in Australia.

She finished with just seven points on 3-of-12 shooting.

Griffin, of Chugiak High fame, ranks second on her team and 10th in the WNBL at 15.6 points per game.

She leads the league at 10.9 rebounds per game, ranks second at 2.2 steals and sixth with 1.1 blocks per game.

Both teams advanced to the semifinals of the league playoffs, with No. 3 Canberra facing No. 2 Melbourne and No. 4 Adelaide facing No. 1 Southside.

Griffin is a three-time WNBL champion, winning Grand Final MVP honors each time in 2013, 2014 and 2019.

February 4, 2020

Dimond High School senior Isaiah Moses of Anchorage turned in a stellar performance in the Alaska Airlines Classic, capped off by a thrilling 42-point performance in a 70-63 loss to Trinity International School from Las Vegas in the championship game.

The 6-foot guard shot 16-of-32 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line for the game and finished as the tournament scoring leader with 90 points in three games.

The winner is selected by a panel each Friday and announced Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Sports Guys on CBS Sports Radio 590AM and 96.7FM.

View past winners here.

Blake Bennett cross-country running

Blake Bennett

Anchorage’s Blake Bennett broke the Grand Canyon University school record in the men’s 3,000-meter run.

The sophomore distance runner placed fifth out of 37 participants at the Houston Invitational in Texas with a time of 8:29.47.

Bennett, of ACS fame, crushed his previous PR of 8:51.41 set last year at the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships.

February 3, 2020
Ruthy Hebard basketball

Ruthy Hebard

Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks collected her 50th career double-double and the No. 3 Oregon women’s basketball team made history with a 74-56 victory over No. 4 UConn in Storrs, Connecticut.

The Ducks handed UConn its first home loss since 2013 and most lopsided loss ever at Gampel Pavilion, where the Huskies have gone 296-8 since the 1993-94 season.

Hebard made 10-of-14 field goals for and a couple free throws to score 22 points. She added 12 rebounds and two blocked shots.

The 6-foot-4 senior was a catalyst in Oregon’s dominating post game, setting screens and peeling off pick-and-rolls to get lots of looks at the rim.

She produced more points in the paint than the entire UConn team.

Hebard, of West Valley High fame, has 10 double-doubles in 22 games this season and is averaging 16.5 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.

Travante Williams basketball

Travante Williams

With the game on the line, Anchorage’s Travante Williams dominated both ends of the floor to lead Sporting Lisbon to a big win between league leaders in Portugal.

One of the best two-way players in the Portuguese Basketball League flexed his muscles in the final two minutes as Williams scored four points – first making a free throw after a key steal and then draining a 3-pointer that provided the dagger in an 81-75 win over Benfica.

He matched his career-high with seven 3s on his way to scoring 30 points and adding six rebounds and five steals.

Williams, of Mt. Edgecumbe High fame, reached the 30-point plateau for the sixth time in his four seasons as a pro in Portugal and Georgia.

His high in Portugal is 36 set earlier this season. His career high is 50 set in 2017 in Georgia.

This was the third time the 6-foot-4 wing has made seven 3-pointers in a game. He was 7-of-14 from the field, with his final triple icing the win with 39 seconds left.

Sporting improved to 18-1 in the Portuguese League while Benfica slipped to 16-2.

Williams is in his third season in Portugal, his first with Sporting. He has been on the winning side in 90 of 101 career games in that country.

February 2, 2020
Daniel Hornbuckle basketball

Daniel Hornbuckle

Daniel Hornbuckle of Fairbanks is a dangerous shooter with the game on the line.

And his range seems to be anywhere on the court.

Hornbuckle was in rhythm when he swished a 35-foot 3-point bomb at the buzzer to give Portland Community College an 85-82 win over Lane in the NWAC.

With 2.6 seconds left and the Panthers having to inbound the ball under their own basket, Hornbuckle caught a short pass, took two dribbles and elevated for a long jump shot – bang; nothing but net.

He drained the game-winner right in front of his bench, much to the delight of his teammates and coaches, who rushed the court in celebration of the team’s sixth straight win.

Hornbuckle, of West Valley High fame, finished with 23 points and made 3-of-6 of his long-range shots. He also had five rebounds, four assists and five steals.

This was the second time he has made a deep 3-pointer in a Portland victory.

On Jan. 15, he made a similar play against Chemeketa when he threw up a 40-footer to send the game to overtime in a game Portland eventually won 89-85.

The Panthers haven’t lost since, rattling off a season-high six straight wins to surge to third place in the NWAC’s South division.

February 1, 2020
Ruthy Hebard basketball

Ruthy Hebard

It was a short night for Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks, but she played long enough to move into the No. 1 spot on the University of Oregon women’s basketball team’s list for most field goals.

The senior forward made 5-of-9 shots and scored 10 points in 18 minutes to help the Ducks beat Colorado 101-53 in the Pac-12.

Hebard, of West Valley High fame, become Oregon’s all-time leader in made field goals with 888, passing Alison Lang (883, 1980-84).

Hebard will also break Lang’s all-time field-goal percentage record. Lang’s current mark is .590 while Hebard stands at .644 with two months to play.

No. 3 Oregon improved to 19-2 and will carry a seven-game winning streak into Monday’s matchup with No. 4 Connecticut (19-1).