Posts By: Van Williams

Wilson eyes $1 million prize as team moves into TBT semifinals

July 11, 2020

Anchorage’s Derrick Wilson moved closer to winning his share of a $1 million grand prize after his team moved into the final four of The Basketball Tournament. The Golden Eagles – a squad comprised of Marquette University alumni – beat Team Brotherly Love 83-76 in the quarterfinals in Columbus, Ohio. The Basketball Tournament is a… Read more »

Friday Flashback: Knudson was a 2-time All-American in 1990s

July 10, 2020

Anchorage’s Kaarin Knudson was a remarkable runner for the University of Oregon from 1994 to 1999 as she earned eight letters and competed eight times at the NCAA Championships. A two-time All-American in track and field, she was a seven-time NCAA qualifier for the Ducks and was a member of Oregon’s 1995 Pac-10 championship cross… Read more »

Wilson sets up premier pickup games to unite state’s elite players

July 7, 2020

Eager to get the state’s best basketball players together in the same gym at the same time, Isa Wilson of Anchorage went to work. He rented a gym, set up a schedule and reached out to players. Wilson, 24, invited a mix of professionals, college stars and all-state high school kids. The turnout was a… Read more »

Friday Flashback: Maxwell goes 11-1 with Oregon State in 2005

July 3, 2020

Anchorage’s Anton Maxwell was simply sensational as a sophomore with the Oregon State University baseball team. The left-handed pitcher posted an 11-1 record in 17 appearances as the No. 3 starter for the Pac-12 power that advanced to the College World Series. Maxwell, of East High fame, struck out 69 batters in 95.1 innings and… Read more »

Friday Flashback: Cobb leads Duke to College Cup final in 2011

June 26, 2020

Eagle River’s Kelly Cobb took the Duke University women’s soccer team by storm in 2011. The 5-foot-10 forward tied a school record with six game-winning goals and set three Duke freshman records in shots (91), goals (11) and points (31). In the national semifinals, Cobb assisted on the game-winning goal in the 51st minute to… Read more »

Hebard, Schumacher headline 2020 Directors’ Award winners

June 24, 2020

NCAA All-American basketball star Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks and junior World Champion cross-country skier Gus Schumacher of Anchorage have been selected as 2020 Pride of Alaska Award winners by the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors. Hebard recently wrapped up her college basketball career at the University of Oregon, where she became just… Read more »

Ottum, Sayre named Alaska Athlete of the Week co-winners

June 21, 2020

Colorado School of Mines wrestler Noah Ottum and University of Alaska Fairbanks skier Tristan Sayre were named co-winners of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame’s Athlete of the Week honor.  Both were named to the highly competitive Academic All-America team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The NCAA D2 duo were standouts… Read more »

Murphy uses supreme striking skills to earn unanimous decision

June 20, 2020

A clean and technical fighter, Lauren Murphy of Eagle River outboxed her opponent with supreme striking skills to win by unanimous decision in a UFC fight shown on ESPN. The judges all agreed as she scored a 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 decision over 24-fight winner Roxanne Modafferi in a battle between top-10 flyweight contenders at an… Read more »

Friday Flashback: Tongue’s 3 pick-six in 1994 ties Pac-10 record

June 19, 2020

Reggie Tongue of Fairbanks led the NCAA and tied a Pac-10 Conference record with three interception return touchdowns in 1994 with Oregon State University. The 6-foot, 204-pound junior defensive back moved to free safety that season and hauled in a career-high five interceptions and was selected Second Team All-Pac-10. Oregon State finished 4-7 with Tongue… Read more »

Cheseto, Fletcher, Schumacher lead charge for Pride of Alaska

June 14, 2020

Two runners and a cross-country skier from Anchorage are up for the men’s Pride of Alaska Award after Marko Cheseto, Aaron Fletcher and Gus Schumacher were named finalists by the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors. The Pride of Alaska Award since 2012 has been given to an athlete or athletes, team or… Read more »