Posts By: Van Williams

Baker passes Way for No. 3 on Alaska’s all-time innings list

June 3, 2021

Juneau’s Dylan Baker picked up his second winning decision in three starts with the Kansas City Monarchs and in the process moved up to No. 3 on the all-time list for career innings among Alaskans at the professional level. The 29-year-old right-handed pitcher is back on the mound for his ninth pro season and off… Read more »

Williams named Portuguese Finals MVP after Herculean effort

June 2, 2021

Anchorage’s Travante Williams has done just about everything in the Portuguese League. Titles, MVP, Defensive Player of the Year. Been there, done that. But his performance in the final two games of the best-of-5 Finals series might be his greatest accomplishment. Benched for Game 3, Williams returned to the starting lineup for Games 4 and… Read more »

Wall sacrifices body to help team win 13-inning playoff thriller

June 1, 2021

A heads-up defensive play by Juneau’s Philip Wall helped save the University of Northwestern baseball team’s season. It was a wild 13-inning game with a walk-off finish as the Northwestern beat Misericordia 7-6 in the NCAA D3 Midwest Regional semifinals in St. Paul, Minnesota. Wall started at first base and batted 1-for-5 with a run… Read more »

Healthy again, Ostrander back on track with busy month of May

May 30, 2021

Kenai’s Allie Ostrander returned to the track for the first time in more than a year. The pandemic of course played a role in shutting down her 2020 season, but she also used the break to deal with her nagging Achilles injury. The 23-year-old professional runner turned to platelet-rich plasma therapy to help accelerate the… Read more »

Ketchikan trio catches fire for Clackamas as season winds down

May 29, 2021

Three freshmen from Ketchikan are making sure the Clackamas College baseball team finishes the season on a high note. In the span of three days, Wyatt Barajas pitched his first college shutout, Liam Kiffer had two hits and two RBIs in a game for the second time, and Cody Kimble came out of the bullpen… Read more »

Colony alums Finley, Oswald get after it for NWAC softball teams

May 27, 2021

Former Colony High softball teammates Danyel Finley and Alyssa Oswald of Wasilla faced off in college for the first time. The two freshmen were right in the middle of the action when Columbia Basin and Yakima Valley squared off for a four-game NWAC series. Finley got ultimate bragging rights after getting a base hit off… Read more »

Williams has career-high 10 assists in Portuguese League Finals

May 24, 2021

The shots weren’t falling, but Anchorage’s Travante Williams kept ballin.’ The sixth-year pro dished off a career-high 10 assists to highlight Sporting Lisbon’s 74-72 win over FC Porto in Game 1 of the Portuguese League Finals. Williams shook off an uncharacteristically poor shooting night by contributing in other ways, doubling his rebounding average, grabbing three… Read more »

Jessee mows down D1 batters with epic 13.0 strikeout/per 9 rate

May 23, 2021

Anchorage’s Brody Jessee returned to the baseball field for Gonzaga University for the first time in three weeks. He picked up right where he left off, striking out both batters he faced in the eighth inning of a 3-2 win over the University of San Francisco in the Big West Conference. Jessee’s disappearing slider continues… Read more »

Johnson among 20 finalists for National Soccer Hall of Fame

May 21, 2021

Anchorage’s Keith Johnson has joined some of the biggest names in soccer after being selected one of 20 finalists for the National Soccer Hall of Fame. The two-time Paralympian from Alaska is listed alongside legendary names David Beckham, Hope Solo and Thierry Henry. “Being nominated is a wonderful honor,” Johnson said. “I’m lucky to be… Read more »

Hebard records second career WNBA double-double for Chicago

May 19, 2021

With the Chicago Sky missing all-star forward Candace Parker, the team turned to the next woman up. Luckily for them it was Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks. The second-year WNBA forward filled in admirably for Parker and responded with an epic 18-point, 10-rebound, 3-block effort to lead the Sky over the Atlanta Dream 85-77. It was… Read more »