Congrats to this week’s winner!

Finnigan Donley

January 10th,  2020

The Anchorage downhill skier won the giant slalom and finished fourth overall and third among Americans in the slalom race at the Western Regional technical series in Washington.  His performance secured his berth on the U.S. team traveling to Italy next month to compete with the top junior skiers in the world at the Alpe Cimbra Children’s Cup.   The West High freshman is the first Alaskan to qualify for the event in 13 years.

 

 

The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame  Alaska Athlete of the Week is selected each Friday with the winner announced every Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Sports Guys on CBS Sports 590AM and 96.7FM and Monday morning on our Facebook page.  Have a candidate in mind? Email us at info@alaskasportshall.org.

Past Winners

Gus Schumacher

January 3rd,  2020

The Anchorage skier won his first Senior National Championship title in his debut national championship race. Just 19 years old, the Service High School grad won the men’s 1.5-kilometer freestyle sprint in 3:02.95 against a deep field that included several Olympians. Gus followed this spectacular effort with a 2nd place finish in the 15K interval start freestyle.

Hayden Lieb

December 27th, 2019

The Bethel High School wrestler won a historic fourth individual state championship. His win capped an undefeated season and made him one of only 16 Alaska high school athletes in history to pull off a four-peat. Hayden won titles at 160 pounds as a senior and junior, at 145 pounds as a sophomore and at 132 pounds as a freshman. He signed a letter of intent to wrestle at NCAA Division I Wyoming next year.

 

 

Taylor Turney

December 20th, 2019

Taylor had never raced an ultramarathon, let alone one with 60 obstacles but he crushed the Spartan Ultra 50K in Los Olivos, California, taking the victory in 5 hours, 24 minutes and 50 seconds over 50 kilometers (31 miles). The Service High School graduate caught the frontrunner at about mile 21 and never looked back, winning by more than four minutes.

 

 

 

Megan Youngren

December 13th, 2019

Megan punched her ticket to the US Olympic Marathon Trials by finishing the California International Marathon in 2 hours, 43 minutes and 52 seconds to eclipse the required 2 hours, 45 minutes by 68 seconds. The impressive performance vaulted the 28-year old Soldotna runner into fourth place on the Alaska all-time fastest women’s marathons list.

Sadie Maubet Bjornsen

December 6th, 2019

The U.S. Ski Team member from Anchorage became the first American woman to wear the yellow bib that goes to the overall leader of the World Cup. Maubet Bjornsen placed third in the season-opening 1.4-kilometer classic sprint on November 29, as she lunged to edge Norway’s Ane Appelkvist by .01 seconds. She followed that up a day later with fourth place in the 10-kilometer interval start classic race, missing another podium by just 1.3 seconds. Those were enough to boost her to the top of the World Cup overall standings.

Kelsey Griffin

November 29th, 2019

Kelsey reached a major milestone in spectacular fashion.  The veteran 6-foot-2 forward from Eagle River scored 19 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the UC Capitals to an 84-66 win over the Perth Lynx in Australia in the WNBL.  Griffin of Chugiak High fame, has no amassed 4,017 career points since turning pro in 2010 and is believed to be the highest scoring women’s pro basketball player from Alaska.

Spencer Woods

November 22nd, 2019

Spencer Woods of Shungnak qualified for the Olympic Trials in Greco-Roman wrestling by winning the silver medal at 170 pounds at the Bill Farrell Memorial in New York City. Woods, of Kotzebue High fame, is a former standout at the University of Maryland. Woods won four matches by a combined 24-6 score and was the top American in his weight. Earlier this month, Woods won a gold medal at the Malar Cupen in Sweden.

Ruthy Hebard

November 15th, 2019

Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks helped No. 1-ranked University of Oregon hand the American senior national team its first loss to a college team in 20 years after a 93-86 exhibition win in Eugene, Oregon. The West Valley grad bagged 18 points and 11 rebounds against Team USA, which included WNBA all-stars like Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Sylvia Fowles. Following the historic win, Hebard scored 40 points and grabbed 27 rebounds over two wins to start the regular season and became the 4th woman in school history to reach the 1,000 career rebound mark.

Kikkan Randall

November 8th, 2019

Running her first marathon, Kikkan Randall finished 51st among more than 22,000 women in 2 hours, 55 minutes and 12 seconds at the New York City Marathon. The five-time Olympian and 2018 gold medalist’s result ranks Randall as the 11th fastest Alaskan female ever. Randall attended the NYC Marathon last year as a spectator but was unable to participate as planned because she was undergoing treatment for stage 2 breast cancer. She has since finished her treatment and says she feels great.

Jeremy Swayman

November 1st, 2019

The Maine Black Bears goaltender turned aside 31 of 32 shots in a 2-1 road win over Vermont in the Hockey East conference. The junior from Anchorage ranks third in the country with 202 saves in six games. He has a 4-2 record with career-best 2.20 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage.

 

Owen Mulhaney

October 25th, 2019

Owen Mulhaney ran for 174 yards and three touchdowns and set a school single-season rushing record as the Houston Hawks completed an undefeated season and won their first state championship by downing Barrow 41-8 in the Division III football championship.

 

Marko Cheseto

October 18th, 2019

Six months after setting the double-amputee marathon world record in Boston (02:42:24), former UAA runner Marko Chesto rewrote the record book by finishing the Chicago Marathon in 2:37:23, breaking his old record by five minutes. Marko attributes his faster time to nutrition and training volume. Cheseto signed with Nike recently as an adaptive athlete. “I didn’t anticipate I’d be sponsored by Nike,” said Cheseto in regards to when he started running marathons.

 

Alev Kelter

October 11th, 2019

Eagle River’s Alev Kelter powered Team USA to a gold medal with three straight strong scoring games on the final day of a World Rugby Sevens series tournament. The 28-year-old playmaker tallied 27 of the team’s 74 total points in Team USA’s wins over Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Kelter’s  30 tournament appearances is most in USA Women’s rugby sevens history.

Elijah Lilio

October 4th, 2019

The Bartlett High School Golden Bears running back scored five touchdowns and rushed for 345 yards on 34 carries in a 58-35 Senior Day victory over the Wasilla Warriors. Lilio capped off his outstanding performance with a 52-yard game-sealing touchdown run in which he broke several tackles.

 

Aaron Fletcher

September 27th, 2019

The Anchorage runner shattered the Equinox Marathon record, Alaska’s longest standing running record, on a cold muddy course in Fairbanks. The win is the latest in a string of impressive achievements for the former South Anchorage Wolverines and BYU Cougars standout who will be competing in the US Olympic marathon trials in February 2020.

 

Mikey Connelly

September 20th, 2019

Mikey won the Alyeska Climbathon and became the first person to complete 13 trips up the mountain’s North Face trail in less than 10 hours. The win was the third straight for the 17-year-old mountain running prodigy from Eagle River.

 

 

Suzanne Ray

September 13th, 2019

One of the Alaska’s top runners in the ’80s and ’90s Ray set the 65-69 age-group national record by running 12,850 meters in an hour, breaking the previous U.S. record of 11,795 meters set in 2017.

 

 

Kayla Sims

September 6th, 2019

Using her 5th year of collegiate eligibility after an All-American volleyball career at The Master’s University, the multi-sport standout netted two goals in a 2-1 win over Kansas Wesleyan. The South Anchorage Wolverines graduate now has two goals and two assists for a team-best six points through the first five games.

 

Sean Rash

August 30th, 2019

The Anchorage professional bowler beat three consecutive opponents in the stepladder finals to win the PBA Wolf Open in Aurora, Illinois. The 14-year veteran now has 14 career PBA titles.

 

Chad Trammell

August 23rd, 2019

The Anchorage endurance athlete recently finished 2nd in the Leadville 100 in Colorado – one the most famous and grueling ultramarathons in the world.