Posts By: Van Williams

Jacoby becomes first Alaskan to make U.S. Olympic swim team

June 15, 2021

You can now call Seward’s Lydia Jacoby an Olympian. The 17-year-old became the first swimmer from Alaska to qualify for the Summer Olympics after she recorded a sizzling second-place finish in the 100-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska. Jacoby came back from fifth place at the halfway mark to nearly catch… Read more »

Heaphy finishes 27th out of 49 swimmers at Olympic Trials

June 13, 2021

Eagle River’s John Heaphy beat out 22 swimmers in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke to place 27th out of 49 finishers at the Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska. The 20-year-old touched the wall in 1 minute, 1.92 seconds and was sixth in his prelims heat. Heaphy just wrapped up his freshman season at Arizona State University… Read more »

Murphy wins fifth straight UFC fight, sets up potential title shot

June 12, 2021

Eagle River’s Lauren Murphy used a dominating second-round performance to carry her to a split decision over Scotland’s Joanne Calderwood at UFC 263 in Phoenix, Arizona. The 37-year-old Alaskan picked up her fifth straight victory in the women’s flyweight division, moving to 15-4 for her pro career and 7-4 in the UFC, the world’s premier… Read more »

Homza named Alaska Athlete of the Week

June 11, 2021

Anchorage’s Jonnny Homza hit two homers in a game for the Fort Wayne TinCaps in High-A Central League action to extend his hitting streak to 13 games as of June 5. The leadoff hitter has raised his season batting average 115 points, from .140 to .255, since May 22 thanks to this hot streak. He’s… Read more »

Sugita tops ABL in batting, Arend tied for league lead in ERA

June 10, 2021

A couple of local boys are off to a sizzling start in the Alaska Baseball League. Anchorage’s Terren Sugita currently leads the league in batting and Wasilla’s James Arend is tied for the league lead in ERA and sits second in strikeouts. The ABL is a premier summer league comprised of top college players from… Read more »

Jessee wraps up fab freshman year in historic Gonzaga season

June 9, 2021

Anchorage’s Brody Jessee saw his fabulous freshman season at the University of Gonzaga come to an end after a 9-4 loss to LSU in the NCAA Regional in Eugene, Oregon. The freshman reliever finished it off by pitching a scoreless eighth inning, closing out one of the most successful seasons in Gonzaga baseball history. Gonzaga… Read more »

Homza hits two homers, extends career-best 13-game hit streak

June 8, 2021

Anchorage’s Jonny Homza wasted no time extending his 13-game hitting streak, sending the fourth pitch of the game over the left-field wall. The leadoff hitter hammered a home run in the first inning and added another solo shot in the fifth inning to finish 2-for-4 for the Fort Wayne TinCaps in a 8-3 loss to… Read more »

Alaskans produce 52 of Spokane’s 103 points in NWAC win

June 7, 2021

Team Alaska accounted for half of the scoring for the Spokane College men’s basketball team in a 103-80 victory over Blue Mountain the NWAC. Anchorage’s Kaeleb Johnson and Jaron Williams along with Juneau’s Bryson Echiverri had a hand in 52 points. Johnson came off the bench to pump in 16 points and flirt with his… Read more »

Hebard’s overall numbers are way up this season in the WNBA

June 5, 2021

Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks has more double-doubles in her WNBA career than the four other Alaskans who played in the league put together. And it took her just 31 games. The second-year Chicago Sky forward posted her fourth career double-double with a 14-point, 10-rebound effort against the Los Angeles Sparks. She had one double-double in… Read more »

Meszaros selected Alaska Athlete of the Week

June 4, 2021

Anchorage’s Johnny Meszaros became the 16th Alaskan to pitch at the professional level after he made his debut with the Fayetteville Woodpeckers , an affiliate of the Houston Astros. The 27-year-old was a MLB draft pick out of high school who opted to go to college and then saw his career derailed by elbow injuries…. Read more »