Posts By: Van Williams

Keizer balances soccer, fashion design at California art school

September 27, 2020

Dru Keizer of Anchorage comes from a creative household. Her mom is an interior designer and her dad is an architect. So it figured she would end up at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. But it wasn’t that simple. “I took a lot of U-turns to get here,” she said. Keizer… Read more »

Friday Flashback: Campbell sets Denver wins record in 2012

September 25, 2020

Even though Anchorage’s Lara Campbell left the University of Denver women’s soccer program almost a decade ago, she still ranks among the greatest goalkeepers in school history. She holds the all-time record for wins (64) and appearances (84) while ranking third in shutouts (30) and goals against average (0.80). Campbell, of South High fame, was… Read more »

Williams carries Portuguese team to Champions League win

September 23, 2020

Anchorage’s Travante Williams carried Portuguese power Sporting Lisbon to a wire-to-wire win in an elimination game during qualifying for the Basketball Champions League. Williams pumped in 14 of his 23 points in the first quarter to propel his team to an 84-78 victory over Fribourg Olympic of Switzerland in the knockout stage. With the win,… Read more »

Fox has MVP-type season in UPSL, then heads to law school

September 22, 2020

After his senior season in college was cut short in 2018 due to injury, Cole Fox of Anchorage figured his playing days were finished. Then he found redemption in the UPSL. “I didn’t even know I was going to get the chance to play because of the pandemic,” Fox said. “I just kind of fell… Read more »

Friday Flashback: Gomez wins Stanley Cup in 2000 and 2003

September 18, 2020

Nothing seemed to faze Anchorage’s Scott Gomez on the ice. Not even the Stanley Cup playoffs. As a rookie, he scored a goal in his first NHL playoff game and earned the primary assist in his second Finals game. By the end, Gomez appeared in the playoffs in 11 of his 16 seasons and grabbed… Read more »

Hebard’s rookie season comes to close with WNBA playoff loss

September 16, 2020

Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks wrapped up her remarkable rookie season in the WNBA with a playoff loss after the Chicago Sky fell to the Connecticut Sun 94-81 in a single-elimination game. The 6-foot-4 starting forward played 18 minutes and finished with four points, two rebounds and a blocked shot. Hebard, of West Valley High fame,… Read more »

Trio of Alaskans anchor Dickinson State defense in opening win

September 13, 2020

Three Alaskans playing defense for the Dickinson State University football team keyed a second-half shutout that carried the Blue Hawks to a 26-14 victory over Dakota State University in South Dakota. Defensive linemen Presley Piliati of Anchorage and Aaron Faletoi of Soldotna in addition to defensive back Jayden Heartwell of Anchorage combined for five of… Read more »

Hebard’s 22 points tie Alaska record for most in WNBA game

September 12, 2020

Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks matched an Alaska record for most points scored in a WNBA game and came up huge defensively with a blocked shot inside the final minute of the game to help the Chicago Sky hold off the Dallas Wings 95-88. The rookie forward poured in a career-high 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting… Read more »

Alaska soccer community reels from death of rising star Touray

September 11, 2020

Anchorage’s Bubacar Touray, a former Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year in soccer who went on to star in the NWAC and EPLWA, unexpectedly passed away earlier this week in Seattle, Washington. He was only 21. The Gambian native was a popular player in Alaska as a high school star and then in Washington as… Read more »

Drammeh turns hoops dream into reality, signs deal in Germany

September 10, 2020

There were times when Anchorage’s Pindo Drammah doubted his dream of playing professional basketball would ever come true. But whenever uncertainty crept into his mind, the 6-foot-9 center did what any good shot blocker would do: he swatted it away. Boosted by obsession, optimism and a network of supporters, the Drammeh never gave up on… Read more »