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April 19, 2021

Seward swimmer Lydia Jacoby was named the Alaska Athlete of the Week after turning in a historic time in the 100-meter breaststroke.

The 17-year-old placed second in a field featuring professional swimmers, finishing behind only world-record holder Lilly King of Indiana.

Jacoby clocked a time of 1:06.38 to lower her personal best by 1.17 seconds and now ranks second in the country this year.

She is looking to become the first Alaskan to swim in the Olympics and has already qualified for the Olympic Trials.  Her time ranks No. 5 all-time in 17-to-18 age group history.

The athlete of the week recipient 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.

April 18, 2021

Ashton Jessee

Anchorage’s Ashton Jessee was unstoppable over the weekend.

The University of Hawaii Hilo volleyball player delivered a sizzling .571 attack percentage in four matches and at one point had 22 consecutive kills without making an error.

The senior middle also racked up 19 total blocks, surpassing the 300-benchmark for her career.

Hilo swept Hawaii Pacific and Chaminade in back-to-back doubleheaders as the Vulcans improved to 11-1 with nine straight victories.

Jessee, of South High fame, was at her best on the first of two days.

In a three-game sweep of Hawaii Pacific, she had eight kills and zero errors for a .571 attack percentage.

Then in a four-set win against Chaminade, she posted a double-double with 14 kills and a career-high 10 digs.

She finished with a .636 attack percentage and did not commit a hitting error on 22 attempts.

Her previous career high for kills without an error was nine set in 2019 against Sonoma State. Six times in her career she has had at least five kills without an error.

The next day, Jessee proved to be human with 13 kills and five errors on 41 attempts in two matches against the same teams.

The Alaskan needs just 20 more kills to reach 500 for her career.

April 17, 2021

Ruthy Hebard

Even though it’s taken longer than expected, Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks is determined to finish what she started in the Turkish Super League.

Her team is expected to return to the basketball court soon after its second-round playoff series was put on hold for two weeks due to COVID protocol.

Hebard is eager to get back to making history with Nesibe Aydinm, fresh off picking up her first playoff series win as a pro player last month after third-seeded Nesibe swept No. 6 Mersin in the best-of-3 series.

“It felt great winning the first round of the playoffs,” Hebard said. “I think it gave the team, including myself, a whole lot more confidence moving forward.”

Hebard, of West Valley High fame, furnished a Rookie-of-the-Year-type season with Nesibe in leading the team to its first playoff series win in the country’s premier women’s basketball league.

Nesibe was promoted from the second division this year and signed Hebard, who has lifted the franchise to new heights.

The 6-foot-4 forward led her team in scoring (19.6) and rebounding (11.6) in 28 games during the regular season.

She was a five-time Turkish Super League Player of the Week pick and posted season highs of 34 points and 20 rebounds.

“I have been playing almost 40 minutes in Turkey, learning lots about myself and my game,” Hebard said.

“I think that is going to translate to the WNBA.”

Hebard was a first-round draft pick by the Chicago Sky in last year’s WNBA draft. She averaged 5.7 points in 22 games as a rookie with a career-high of 22 points – tied for the most by an Alaskan in the WNBA.

In Turkey, she has played with and against a bunch of WNBA players.

Hebard plays alongside Shay Peddy of the Phoenix Mercury with Nesibe (21-7).

In the semifinals, Hebard will face a Galatasara team featuring Mercedes Russell of the Seattle Storm and Angel McCoughtry of the Las Vegas Aces.

Waiting in the league finals is 31-0 Fenerbahc, which features four WNBA players in Jasmine Thomas of the Connecticut Sun, Kayla McBride of the Minnesota Lynx, Kiah Stokes of the New York Liberty and Satou Sabally of the Dallas Wings.

Hebard and Sabally were teammates at the University of Oregon.

Top-seeded Fenerbahc swept No. 5 Cankaya in their semifinal series that ended April 7.

Hebard’s team will finally begin its semifinal series next week two weeks behind schedule.

“It’s a little disappointing to have to wait, but we’re not quite ready to finished up this great season.”

Hebard won’t have much of an offseason with WNBA training camp right around the corner, but she is excited to get back to Chicago.

“Being in Turkey made me miss my Chicago Sky family so much,” she said. “I can’t wait to get there and hug every single one of them.”

April 15, 2021

DeMarcus Hall-Scriven

Anchorage’s DeMarcus Hall-Scriven took over in the late stages of Skagit Valley’s 78-73 win over Everett in the NWAC.

The sophomore scored 14 of his career-high 25 points in the final five minutes to single-handedly erase a five-point deficit and rally the first-place Cardinals.

Hall-Scriven, of ACS fame, was responsible for 16 points during a pivotal 18-8 run that pushed Skagit Valley’s winning streak to five games.

With his team trailing 65-60 with 5:18 to play, the Alaskan went to work. He pumped in six straight points on two jumpers and two free throws for a 66-65 lead.

His steal, assist, jump shot and two free throws extended the lead to 74-69.

Hall-Scriven iced the win by making four consecutive free throws inside the final 16 seconds.

The 6-foot-5 guard also collected seven rebounds and four assists.

Hall-Scriven went 10-for-11 from the charity stripe and is now shooting 80 percent on the season (24-for-30).

He is averaging a career-high 16.2 points and 9.8 rebounds in five games.

His previous career high was 21 points set a week ago. In that same game he grabbed a personal-record 17 rebounds.

April 14, 2021

Hailey Williams

Hailey Williams of Delta Junction ran the 100 meters faster than she ever has at the Tobacco Road Challenge & Combined Events Meet in Durham, North Carolina.

The Duke University freshman sprinter clocked a time of 11.80 seconds to place fourth out of nine runners from Duke, North Carolina and North Carolina State.

Williams beat her previous career best of 11.89 set two weeks ago at the Raleigh Relays.

In 2018, she became the first Alaska high school girl in 37 years to break the 12-second barrier in the 100 at the New Balance Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Williams also placed fourth in the 200 with a season-best time of 24.38.

Brenner Furlong

At the Red Raider Invitational in Orange City, Iowa, Brenner Furlong of Soldotna punched his ticket to the NAIA Championships in the 4×100 relay.

The Trojans’ relay team produced a NAIA B standard national qualifying time of 41.93 seconds.

It’s the fourth fastest time in school history and currently leads the conference as well as ranking No. 15 in the country.

Furlong also posted a season-best time of 22 seconds flat in the 200.

He also owns the team’s fastest 400 time of 49.37.

April 13, 2021

Talisa Rhea

Talisa Rhea’s remarkable rise through the ranks of the Seattle Storm has seen the Juneau native go from intern to head honcho.

The WNBA team promoted the 31-year-old to general manager, making her one of the youngest GMs in pro hoops.

“I’m just really, really excited,” Rhea said. “It’s definitely something that I’ve been working towards. The timing came up a little quick, but this for sure has been the goal that I’ve been working towards.

“I’m feeling really supported by our organization and I think we have a great team to head into the 2021 season.”

Seattle is one of the premier teams in the league with two championships in the last three years and a roster stacked with veterans, including Breanna Stewart, Candice Dupree and Sue Bird. The Hall-of-Famer Bird is actually nine years older than Rhea.

Rhea joined the Storm in 2015 as a video coordinator and quickly progressed to director of basketball operations in 2016 and then assistant general manager in 2019.

During that time, Seattle won WNBA championships in 2020 and 2018.

“I’ve been lucky to be a part of some successful teams, especially over these past few years, and I’m just really excited to continue to work with them,” she said.

Rhea is one of Alaska’s most accomplished women’s players in Alaska history, a former high school and college star who played pro ball in Poland.

At Juneau-Douglas High, she was a 1,000-point scorer and the 2007 Gatorade Alaska Player the Year.

In college, Rhea started her career at Oregon State University and scored 1,214 points in two seasons. She still holds the school record with 10 3-pointers in a game and her career-high 42 points are the most by an Alaskan at the NCAA D1 level.

She finished her career at Seattle University, where she scored 450 points to give her 1,664 points – No. 5 all-time among Alaskans at the college level.

In Poland, she played with Gdynia of the Euroleague and had as many as 20 points in one game.

Rhea returned to the States in 2013 and got her master’s degree from the University of Illinois in sports management.

Then she joined the Seattle Storm as an intern and eventually worked her way up the pecking order.

“I think you take advantage of opportunities that are in front of you. When I started as an intern, I was trying to get some experience. I wasn’t sure direction I wanted to go.”

That’s when the job for director of basketball operations became available.

“Right place, right time,” Rhea said.

She got that job and just three years later was named assistant general manager.

“I’ve definitely been fortunate to be able to grow as much as I have in the time that I’ve been here.”

Rhea credited Seattle Storm CEO and President Alisha Valavanis, the former GM, for shaping her development in the front office.

“She empowered me to be a part of this process so I could learn and experience what it takes and how to handle different situations,” Rhea said.

She learned the job isn’t just about Xs and Os, and how building relationships with coaches and players is how chemistry is developed.

“The job is obviously about evaluating talent through the draft and free agency, but you’re also trying to build pieces that will come together to be a successful team,” Rhea said. “We know it’s not always about having the most talent on one team, but it’s identifying players that will work well together and play a style the team is trying to play. It’s finding 12 pieces that fit together.”

April 12, 2021

Jack Green

With a postseason berth hanging in the balance, the American University men’s soccer team needed a hero.

Enter Jack Green of Anchorage.

After coming on as a late-game substitute, Green set up the equalizing goal in the 85th minute to highlight a 1-1 draw with Navy that clinched American’s spot in the Patriot League Tournament.

“If we didn’t score, our season would’ve been over,” Green said. I just knew I had to give it my all; not only to keep the season alive but to do it for the seniors on the team.

“I didn’t want to go out like that.”

Green, of West High fame, took a free kick from the 18-yard line and lofted the ball inside the goalie box, where two Navy defenders failed to clear the ball from danger.

Instead, American’s David Coly found the back of the net after he cleaned up a loose ball that had been initially deflected by a Navy defender off the post.

The assist was the first of his career for Green, a sophomore midfielder.

The left-footed Alaskan put his free kick right on the money when it mattered most.

“We had worked on set pieces in preparation for the Navy game,” Green said. “This kind of spot was supposed to be a back-post ball; however, I was asking the coach whether or not to shoot it since it was in a good spot.

“Through my coach’s mask and everything going on, I thought he told me to shoot it. I tried to hit the back post and our forward made a good run and finished it off.”

For American, this was the team’s third consecutive overtime game. The Eagles won one of them and tied the other two to carry a three-game unbeaten streak into the Patriot League Tournament.

American will face Loyola in the semifinals on Wednesday in Baltimore, Maryland.

Coming up clutch to help his team advanced to the playoffs is exactly what Green needed.

“This win to me is incredible because it just shows how hard work and determination will persevere,” he said. “This last year I have had two prolonging concussions and COVID, so it feels really good to be contributing to my team out on the field.

“Every time I step out on the field, I know I’m representing myself, my family, and the great state of Alaska.”

Anchorage’s Jeremy Swayman is the Alaska Athlete of the Week after he made a memorable NHL debut with the Boston Bruins.

He turned aside 40 shots in a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers to become the third Alaska goalie to play in the NHL and the 17th Alaskan to log ice time in the world’s premier hockey league.

The 22-year-old rookie He made 22 consecutive saves to end the game and earn the game’s second of three stars.

Two days later the South High grad built on his impressive debut with a 31 save effort in a 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals.

Swayman wore a mask with an image of Alaska on the back.

The athlete of the week recipient 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.

April 11, 2021

Camron Herron

Doug Herron

For 35 years, nobody from Alaska has been able to touch Doug Herron in the 800 meters.

His high school and college records are among our most celebrated track and field benchmarks, achieving icon status among runners from the state.

In 1985, as a senior at Bartlett, he ran 1:49.2 to set an Alaska high school record.

In 1986, as a freshman at the University of Arizona, Herron clocked a 1:47 flat to break the school record.

That time made Herron No. 1 on Alaska’s all-time list, breaking the previous state record of 1:48.2 set in 1982 by Skagway’s Rick Hunz at the University of Portland.

Since then, two college stars from Anchorage – Hans Roelle (2016) and Michael Todd (2017) – have come closest and moved into Alaska’s top five, yet they still lagged a full second behind Hunz and two full seconds behind Herron.

There’s a new face in the chase and he’s a chip off the old block.

Camron Herron of Fairbanks this month became the fifth Alaskan to run a sub 1:50 in the 800.

The freshman at the University of Arizona popped a blistering 1:49.97 at the Antelope Invitational in Phoenix.

“I’m very excited for Cam,” said his father. “Beyond proud would be an understatement. More importantly, I am so happy for him.”

Alaska’s Fastest 800 PRs
1:47.00 Doug Herron (Anchorage) 1986 University of Arizona
1:48.20 Rick Hunz (Skagway) 1982 University of Portland
1:49.41 Hans Roelle (Anchorage) 2016 Eugene Running Club
1:49.56 Michael Todd (Anchorage) 2017 Liberty University
1:49.97 Camron Herron (Fairbanks) 2021 University of Arizona

This is Cam’s first outdoor college season after COVID wiped out everything last spring. His first race in more than a year was on March 19 at the Willie Williams Classic in Tucson, where he ran 1:52.31.

Two weeks later, he posted his PR of 1:49.97 to break into Alaska’s all-time top five.

“He was excited to run the 1:49 in only his second race,” Doug said. “It’s really exciting to see him doing so well, and with such inexperience with collegiate racing.”

The name Herron is legendary in running circles because of what Doug did in high school and college.

In 1985, he posted the nation’s No. 1 time for high school runners. In 1986, he broke the Arizona school record. In 1987, he was the Pac-10 champion in the 800. In 1988, he was part of three Arizona relays, including the 4×800, that set school records that still stand today.

Cam grew up in his father’s shadow but success on the track didn’t run their relationship.

“My times aren’t something we focused on,” Doug said. “We talked about my time in high school, but it wasn’t really emphasized until he ran a 1:52 the summer of his junior year.

“It became a reality that maybe he could actually get it his senior year.”

In 2019, as a senior at West Valley, Cam ran 1:51.64 for the second-fastest 800 time ever by an Alaska high school runner and the 14th-fastest in the country that season.

Cam may have followed his father’s footsteps to Arizona, but they do not attack the 800 the same way.

“Cam is so different than I was as a runner,” Doug said. “He is way smoother, for starters. He is also very good at different strategies.

“I only learned to race from the front, which is not good, because things like pace, competitors and conditions can vary so much. He is able to race from off the pace very well. That will bode well as he continues to develop.”

April 10, 2021

Gaten Davis

Anchorage’s Gaten Davis danced around trouble on the pitcher’s mound and then waltzed off with the win after Dean College rallied on opening day.

The 6-foot-7 senior right-hander worked around trouble in five effective innings and then watched his team rally for a 5-3 victory over Albertus Magnus in Franklin, Massachusetts.

Davis scattered eight hits and a walk while striking out five batters.

In the first inning, he worked around three singles, thanks in part to a caught stealing.

He ended the second inning with a strikeout looking, leaving the bases loaded.

Davis gave up a home run to fall behind 3-1 in the fourth inning and then chalked up his only 1-2-3 inning in the fifth inning.

In the bottom half of the fifth, Dean plated three runs to take a 4-3 lead before tacking on another run in the sixth inning.

Davis, of East High fame, deserved the winning decision. He got the first out in each of his five innings of work and one of the runs he gave up was unearned.

He improved his career record to 4-7 while racking up 81 strikeouts in 88.2 innings across 28 appearances.

Lydia Jacoby

Seward swimmer Lydia Jacoby turned heads after turning in a historic time in the 100-meter breaststroke at a major meet in Mission Viejo, California.

The 17-year-old placed second in a field featuring professional swimmers, finishing behind only world-record holder Lilly King of Indiana.

Jacoby clocked a time of 1:06.38 to lower her personal best by 1.17 seconds and now ranks second in the country this year.

Jacoby is looking to become the first Alaskan to swim in the Olympics. She has already qualified for the Olympic Trials, where the top two finishers in each event punch tickets to the Summer Games.

Her time ranks No. 5 all-time in 17-to-18 age group history.

Jacoby made headlines last November at the U.S. Open, where she posted the second-fastest 15-16 performer all-time at 1:07.57.

Her time of 1:06.38 set over the weekend in California ranks No. 6 in the world this season.

Jacoby, a star of the high school Class of 2022, has committed to the University of Texas.

April 9, 2021

Wallace Ungwiluk

Two Alaskans from different hometowns set season highs in the same NAIA men’s basketball game.

Gambell’s Wallace Ungwiluk of Multnomah University bagged 21 points and Juneau’s Kaleb Tompkins of Warner Pacific University grabbed 11 rebounds and his team won 92-81 in Portland, Oregon.

Ungwiluk started in the backcourt and played 33 minutes. He drained 7-of-12 field goals, including four 3-pointers.

The 5-foot-9 junior guard made his first 3-pointer to tie the game at 25-25. A minute later he hit his second 3.

Later, his steal and assist tied the game at 38-38.

Ungwiluk, of Gambell High fame, pumped in 13 points in the second half, including seven straight points for his team, his final of three buckets giving Multnomah a 47-46 lead.

Kaleb Tompkins

His final 3-pointer pulled his team within 57-52.

Tompkins, of Juneau-Douglas High fame, started in the front court and played 32 minutes.

The 6-foot-6 senior forward scored seven points on 2-of-9 shooting, including a pair of 3-pinters

In the second half, the two Alaskans exchanged 3-pointers. Ungwiluk hit one and then on ensuing possession Tompkins connected from downtown.

April 8, 2021

Nolan Walker

After scoring the game-winning goal on a redirected shot, Anchorage’s Nolan Walker changed the course of history for the St. Cloud State hockey team.

Walker tipped in the winning goal inside the final minute of a 5-4 victory over Minnesota State in the Frozen Four that sent the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament championship game for the first time in school history.

The junior forward has furnished six points on two goals and four assists in three tournament games.

Four of his six points have either tied the game or given St. Cloud the lead, so it was no surprise to see him come up clutch again.

Walker was in front of the net, trying to screen the goalie, when his teammate blasted a low slap shot that Walker deflected over the goalie’s left shoulder.

It looked like the Minnesota State goalie never saw the puck until it was too late.

Earlier in the game he assisted on a goal that gave St. Cloud a 2-1 late in the first period.

Walker now has a career-best 10 goals and 14 assists for 24 points in 30 games for the Huskies (20-10).

St. Cloud will face Massachusetts in the NCAA championship game Saturday in Pittsburgh. The puck drops at 3 p.m. ADT.

April 6, 2021

Jeremy Swayman

Anchorage’s Jeremy Swayman made a memorable NHL debut with the Boston Bruins, turning aside 40 shots in a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in the City of Brotherly Love.

The 22-year-old rookie became the third Alaska goalie to play in the NHL and the 17th Alaskan to log ice time in the world’s premier hockey league.

He made 22 consecutive saves to end the game and earn the game’s second of three stars.

After his team spotted him a 2-0 lead after the first period, Swayman gave up his first goal to Jakub Voracek 93 seconds into the second period as the Flyers peppered him with seven shots in the first four minutes and tied the game at 2-2.

Swayman didn’t blink. Later in the second period he stopped a breakaway to keep the game tied.

He was called up yesterday from Boston’s AHL affiliate to fill a need in net with Tukkaa Rask out with an injury and Jaroslav Halak added to the COVID list.

Swayman, of South High fame, wore a mask with an image of Alaska on the back.

A year ago, Swayman was turning heads at the University of Maine. He was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award and won the Mike Richter Award as college hockey’s best goalie.

He spent training camp with the Bruins and then was assigned to Boston’s AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins.

He posted an 8-1 record in nine AHL starts with one shutout and a 1.89 goals-against average.

The former fourth-round draft pick was promoted and became the fourth goalie to play for the Bruins this season.

Boston sits fourth in the East Division with 46 points and a 20-10-6 record.

Swayman joined an exclusive group of Alaska goalies to win an NHL game. Anchorage’s Ty Conklin is No. 1 with 96 and North Pole’s Pheonix Copley is second with 16.

Swayman is now on the list with one, with more to come.

April 5, 2021

Hockey player Nolan Walker was named Alaska Athlete of the Week after a stellar performance at the NCAA Division I Tournament.

The Anchorage skater scored four points in two games at the Northeast Regional to help St. Cloud State advance to the Frozen Four for only the second time in school history.

Walker, a junior forward, scored a goal in a 4-1 upset win over Boston College in the regional finale.

He ranks fourth on his team in scoring this season with 22 points on nine goals and 13 assists.

The Frozen Four will be held April 8-10 in Pittsburgh and feature St. Cloud against Minnesota State in the first game and Minnesota Duluth against Massachusetts in the second game.

The athlete of the week recipient 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.

Terrell Peter

When he was in high school, Terrell Peter of Fairbanks might have been Alaska’s best rebounding guard.

His strength and length make him play bigger than his 6-foot-3 stature.

That skill set has already paid dividends at Bellevue College as the freshman came off the bench to clean the glass in a 101-80 victory over Whatcom in the NWAC.

Peter grabbed four offensive rebounds and made 6-of-10 field goals in his college debut.

He finished with 15 points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 26 minutes.

Peter, of West Valley High fame, scored seven points as a result of his offensive rebounding on three tip-ins and one free throw.

April 4, 2021

Travante Williams

With his team down a dozen points midway through the fourth quarter, Travante Williams of Anchorage activated takeover mode.

The 6-foot-5 guard pumped in 17 of his 27 points in the final six minutes to spark Sporting Lisbon to a 97-92 win in the Portuguese League.

The reigning MVP played like it, drilling 7-of-10 3-pointers and carrying his team to victory by making big shots in the big moments.

He single-handedly outscored Ovarense down the stretch and orchestrated Sporting’s 32-15 run to end the game.

Williams, of Mt. Edgecumbe High fame, made a career-high seven 3-pointers for the fifth time in his professional career.

He added seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in 25 minutes.

Sporting trailed 77-65 with six minutes to go when Williams got hot and sank six straight 3-pointers.

He pulled his side within 82-81 and later gave his team the lead for good at 88-84. His seventh 3-pointer made it 91-86.

Williams leads his team and ranks fifth in the Portuguese League with 63 3-pointers in 25 games.

He is top-15 in the league in points (16.3), steals (2.4) and assists (4.0).

April 3, 2021

Philip Wall

Juneau’s Philip Wall has pitched incredibly well over the last three weeks but has nothing to show for it.

Despite a tidy 1.57 ERA in his last 23 innings, the University of Northwestern-St. Paul senior right-hander has a 0-1 record with three decisions.

His lights-out efficiency would normally result in victories, but not in Wall’s case. He seems to be snake bitten this season.

The game he lost he gave up one earned run over seven innings. He had a no decision in a game that he threw five scoreless innings.

Then there was another game when he left after five innings in a 2-2 tie. Then his team exploded for 10 runs over the next three innings, allowing the guy who replaced him to cruise to a winning decision.

Like the song goes, if he didn’t have bad luck, he wouldn’t have any luck at all.

The 5-foot-10, 230-pounder is a crafty pitcher who wins by throwing strikes and relying on his defense. He doesn’t overpower batters, but he does outsmart them. Two-thirds of his outs have come on groundballs (44 of 66) during this four-game stretch.

April 2, 2021

Jalyn Osborne

Jalyn Osborne of Anchorage has been selected the best setter in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference.

The 5-foot-7 sophomore at Eastern Arizona ranked second in the league with 8.2 assists per set and fourth with 3.1 digs per set in 14 matches.

She also delivered nine double-doubles and had career highs of 51 assists and 17 digs.

Osborne, of Dimond High fame, wrapped up her two-year career at Eastern Arizona with 789 career assists.

She was also named first team All-ACCAC and NJCAA D1 All-Region.

Osborne is also a safe bet to repeat as an Academic All-American. She has a 3.97 GPA.

Another Osborne looks to take over setting duties next season as her younger sister, Kadyn, will join the Eastern Arizona team.

April 1, 2021

Emilye Grace Williams

In a shortened season, Emilye Grace Williams of Anchorage has come up big for The Master’s University women’s volleyball team.

The junior outside hitter leads her team in scoring with a career-high 3.1 kills per set and ranks second with a career-high .236 attack percentage in 12 matches.

Her offensive productivity has helped Master’s go 10-2 this season with one more regular-season match to play before the postseason.

Williams, of South High fame, hammered home 10 kills in a three-set sweep of Life Pacific that clinched the Golden State Athletic Conference East Division title for The Master’s and secured the team’s automatic berth to the NAIA Tournament.

Williams has reached double figures in kills in seven of her 11 appearances, slamming a season-high 14 kills four different times.

She has racked up 120 kills in 39 sets compared to 135 kills in 83 sets last year. Meanwhile, her attack percentage has skyrocketed from .088 to .236 since last year.

On the defensive side of the ball, Williams has posted 83 digs and 12 total blocks.

The Master’s finished 8-2 in the GSAC’s East Division, one game ahead of Ottawa Arizona. Westmont won the West Division and will join the Mustangs at the NAIA Tournament, which begins April 17.

The Master’s will wrap up the regular season April 9 with a nonconference match against Biola in La Mirada, California.

March 31, 2021

Maddie Moser

Maddie Moser of Anchorage has already dialed in her swing – and the season just started.

The Beloit College sophomore infielder batted .533 with four doubles and six RBIs in a pair of doubleheaders against Ripon and Knox in NCAA D3 softball.

She was 4-for-8 in a sweep of Knox in Galesburg, Illinois, and then went 4-for-7 in a split against Ripon in Beloit, Wisconsin.

With eight hits, Moser has already surpassed last year’s total when she went 7-for-38 in 14 games as a freshman during a COVID-shortened season.

Moser, of Dimond High fame, hits No. 6 in the batting order and has added muscle to the middle of the lineup. Last year, she had one extra-base hit last year while this year she already has four.

Defensively, she has played second base, shortstop and third base, and is 10-for-10 on her defensive chances with four putouts and three assists.

Brody Jessee

Brody Jessee of Anchorage has looked very comfortable this season on the pitcher’s mound for Gonzaga University.

Opposing batters, not so much.

Nearly half of his outs have come by strikeout as D1 hitters have struggled to touch his fabulous fastball-slider combo.

The freshman flame thrower has racked up 14 Ks in 11.2 innings and is yet to allow an inherited runner to score.

He owns a 3.09 ERA and has had four scoreless appearances in seven games.

Jessee, of South High fame, won his first decision after throwing three shutout innings in a 13-inning, 10-4 win over Santa Clara.

The 6-foot-4 right-hander worked around a leadoff triple in the 12th inning with a groundout, strikeout and flyout.

Gonzaga then scored six runs in the top of the 13th inning and Jesse closed it out, ending the game on a called third strike.

March 30, 2021

Nolan Walker

Anchorage’s Nolan Walker continues to rise to the occasion at the NCAA Tournament, scoring a goal for his fourth point in two games as St. Cloud State beat No. 2-ranked Boston College 4-1 in the Northeast Regional final in Albany, New York.

With the win, St. Cloud advanced to the Frozen Four for the first time since 2013 and only the second time in school history.

Walker’s goal extended his team’s lead to 3-1 late in the second period and gave him a career-high nine in 29 games this season.

The junior forward carried the puck to the net with a BC defender draped all over him before sliding it past the goalie.

Initially, Walker was whistled for an interference penalty. But the call was reserved after replay and the Alaskan was awarded his first postseason goal in three career NCAA Tournament games.

The goal was a thing of beauty and really showcased Walker’s grit and guts.

He ranks fourth on his team in scoring with 22 points on nine goals and 13 assists.

Seven of his last nine points have been assists since his 4-goals-on-4-shots game in January.

The Frozen Four will be held April 8-10 in Pittsburgh and feature St. Cloud against Minnesota State in the first game and Minnesota Duluth against Massachusetts in the second game.

The Minnesota State team features freshman Anchorage’s Tanner Edwards, who is redshirting this season and has not played.

March 29, 2021

Terren Sugita

There’s hot. And then there’s Terren Sugita.

The Vermilion College baseball player from Anchorage hit a scorching .522 over six games to earn player-of-the-week honors in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference.

Sugita went 12-for-23 at the plate with three home runs and 13 RBIs. The freshman infielder also smacked three doubles and scored eight runs.

His hot hitting led his team to a 5-1 record on the week.

“Just the beginning,” he wrote on Twitter.

Sugita, of South High fame, leads the Minnesota College Athletic Conference in home runs and RBIs.

He’s also pitched in three games and is tied for the league lead with one save.

The crafty right-hander has made three appearances and racked up five strikeouts in 3.2 innings.

His save came in an 11-10 win over Rainy River. He started the game at designated hitter and finished it on the mound, coming in relief in the seventh inning to close it out and bail out a teammate who surrendered four runs in the frame. He retired three of four batters he faced.

Sugita leads his team with a .452 batting average in nine games. He has base hits in eight of those games, including a double in just his second game back on the field in two years since high school.

March 28, 2021

Anchorage basketball player Sayvia Sellers was named Alaska Athlete of the Week after her spectacular performance in leading Anchorage Christian Schools to the 3A state championship.

The sophomore guard scored 41 points for the Lady Lions in an opening-round route, connecting on seven 3-pointers.

Sellers, who was recently named first-team all-state, followed her high-scoring effort up with two brilliant all-around games, logging 9 steals, 8 assists to go with 15 points against Kotzebue and 13 points, 6 steals, 6 assists in the championship game against Sitka. 

The athlete of the week recipient 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.