Posts By: Van Williams

Hutchison joins Team USA at worlds (Wrestling)

September 23, 2009

Four years ago, Alaskan Michaela Hutchison made American history when she became the first girl to win a high school state championship against boys. These days she’s proving to be nearly unbeatable against women. Hutchison, of Soldotna, is a national champion for Oklahoma City University after winning the 121-pound weight class at last year’s Women’s… Read more »

Gridiron notes (Football)

September 21, 2009

Zack Bowman of Anchorage got his first NFL start with the Chicago Bears, collecting 7 tackles in a 17-14 overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bowman held his own, although many people wonder why Big Ben didn’t test the second-year cornerback more often. Nonetheless, he didn’t get burned, and he helped the Bears bagel the… Read more »

Moore, Fever advance in playoffs (Basketball)

September 20, 2009

An injured Jessica Moore is marching on in the WNBA playoffs. The 6-foot-3 center from Palmer, who is playing despite a hyper-extended knee suffered less than a week ago, helped the Indiana Fever sweep the Washington Mystics in the best-of-3 semifinal series to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. The defense-minded Moore logged only 8… Read more »

Roes conquers 100-miler in Utah (Running)

September 19, 2009

Alaskan Geoff Roes is one of the most accomplished ultra-marathoners in the country, but even he walked away from this week’s Wasatch 100 shaking his head. And he won the race. The annual contest up and down the Wasatch Mountains in Utah lived up to its claim as “a premier run that will test the… Read more »

Catching up with Sarah Hibbert (Volleyball)

September 18, 2009

Anchorage’s Sarah Hibbert has always been ahead of the curve. She graduated a semester early from South High School. And now she’s playing a starring role for the University of Utah volleyball team as an underclassman. Hibbert, a 6-foot-1 outside hitter, leads her team in kills (129) despite ranking sixth in hitting percentage (.213), a… Read more »

Langdon robs bank – ok, not really (Basketball)

September 15, 2009

This is totally random, but an obvious Duke fan robbed a bank in North Carolina wearing a Cleveland Cavaliers Trajan Langdon No. 21 jersey. It’s true It happened recently in the capital city of Raleigh when some dude all tatted up was captured on surveillance images holding up a SunTrust Bank. Police are still looking… Read more »

Cogdell qualifies for worlds (Trap Shooting)

September 14, 2009

Uncle Sam wants Corey Cogdell. The Eagle River trap shooter will represent the red, white and blue at the 2010 World Championships next summer in Munich, Germany. Cogdell, 23, qualified for the senior women’s team based on scores from two major competitions, the 2009 USA Shooting National Championships and 2009 Fall Selection. Cogdell, the 2008… Read more »

Moore injured on eve of playoffs (Basketball)

With the top seed in the Eastern Conference already secured for this week’s WNBA playoffs, the Indiana Fever figured they would rest their starters and give the reserves extended playing time. It seemed to be a great opportunity for Alaskan Jessica Moore. But things didn’t turn out so well. The backup center from Palmer left… Read more »

Alaskans assist in college wins (Soccer)

September 12, 2009

Anchorage’s Carly Butcher and Eagle River’s Alev Kelter each made key plays last night to help their respective college soccer teams earn victories. Butcher, a sophomore midfielder at the University of Southern California, recorded an assist in a 2-0 win over visiting Gonzaga. Butcher, a former prep All-American at South High who played in three… Read more »

Catching up with Michael Odell (Football)

September 11, 2009

He’s been called crazy, delusional and stupid. Michael Odell of Kodiak doesn’t care what you call him – just as long as it’s a Vol. The former all-state wide receiver from Alaska said he didn’t have a lot of supporters when he decided to walk on the football team at the University of Tennessee rather… Read more »