Posts By: Van Williams

Friday Flashback: MacSwain was true pioneer of Alaska hockey

July 2, 2021

Few Alaska athletes have seen their legacy stand the test of time quite like Anchorage’s Steve MacSwain. A true hockey pioneer, his scoring records from the 1980s still serve as a modern benchmark. As a high school senior, the 1982 East grad became the first Alaska player to record 100 points in a season on… Read more »

Griffin headlines Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame 2021 class

June 30, 2021

One of Alaska’s greatest basketball players elevated the Nebraska women’s program to new heights during her career. Eagle River’s Kelsey Griffin is now getting the ultimate reward. The hoops star headlines the 2021 University of Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame class that will be inducted Oct. 1 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Griffin led the Huskers to… Read more »

Updike suffers heartbreak at Olympic Trials, fades to fifth

June 26, 2021

Ketchikan runner Isaac Updike suffered major heartbreak at the U.S. Olympic Trials. In the lead on the final lap of the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, the 29-year-old Alaskan fell off the pace and finished fifth. Only two spots separated him from anguish and glory as the top three finishers punched their tickets to the Tokyo Summer… Read more »

Ostrander PRs at Olympic Trials, finishes eighth out of 14 pros

June 24, 2021

Kenai’s Allie Ostrander ran a personal record against an elite women’s field of professionals in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. The 24-year-old Alaskan clocked a time of 9:26.96 to cut nearly four seconds off her previous PR and finished eighth out of 14 runners with an Olympic berth on… Read more »

NBA conference finals nod latest feather in Dunlap coaching cap

June 23, 2021

In the twilight of his 40-year hoops coaching career, Mike Dunlap of Fairbanks takes nothing for granted. He savors every moment and soaks up memories like a sponge, especially when it comes to winning a Game 7 in the NBA playoffs. The 64-year-old assistant coach celebrated like a rock star after his Milwaukee Bucks held… Read more »

Baker signed by Reds, back at Double-A for first time since 2018

June 22, 2021

Juneau’s Dylan Baker has racked up a ton of triumphs on the baseball field. Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year. Junior college regional pitcher of the year. Sixth-highest MLB draft pick from Alaska. Now you can add another: Double-A call up at age 29. Baker’s promotion came courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds, who recently signed… Read more »

Hebard gets hot in second half, lifts Chicago to 5th straight win

June 19, 2021

She isn’t used to starting the game on the bench, but Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks is definitely accustomed to being on the court for crunch time. The second-year forward got hot in the second half to lift the Chicago Sky to a 91-81 victory over the visiting Connecticut Sun in the WNBA. Hebard scored 13… Read more »

Hammill named U.S. Ski Team’s Development Coach of the Year

June 18, 2021

Anchorage’s Zak Hammill has been named U.S. Ski and Snowboard’s Development Coach of the Year for ski jumping and nordic combined. Of all the coaches across the nation, the 30-year-old with the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage was seen as the most effective at these two disciplines. Hammill has been in charge of NSAA’s ski… Read more »

Wilson, Gatter come back to haunt Legion All-Stars in Bucs win

June 17, 2021

Some familiar faces came back to haunt the Alaska Legion All-Stars during the annual Sladen Mohl Game against the Anchorage Bucs. Bucs starter Leland Wilson out of West pitched five fabulous innings and infielder Ricky Gatter out of South went 4-for-4 and reached base in all five plate appearances to power a 13-3 victory in… Read more »

Brown named to AVCA Two-Year College All-American Team

June 16, 2021

The American Volleyball Coaches Association has recognized Anchorage’s Danica Brown as one of the best players in the country. The Edmonds College sophomore was named to the AVCA Two-Year College All-American Second Team for the first time. Brown, of West High fame, is coming off a super season at Edmonds, where she ranked fourth in… Read more »