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February 21st, 2020
Andrew Kurka, of Palmer, won three of six races at the Para Alpine Skiing World Cup in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia. In the sit ski downhill competition, the two-time Winter Paralympic Games medalist crashed in the first two competition, but completed the course to win on the third day. He also won a Super-G race Feb. 16 and a Giant Slalom event Feb. 19.
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February 14th , 2020
Max Germain of Anchorage shocked the biathlon world with a bronze medal at the recent IBU Youth/Junior World Championships in Switzerland. In the youth sprint at the IBU Championships the previous two years he had placed 74th and 66th. But at the 7.5-kilometer sprint the 18 year old won the bronze medal after skiing strong and missing just one of his rifle shots. A total of 106 athletes from countries around the globe participated.
February 7th , 2020
Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the No. 3 Oregon women’s basketball team made history with a 74-56 victory over No. 4 UConn. The Ducks handed UConn its first home loss since 2013 and most lopsided loss ever at Gampel Pavilion, where the Huskies have gone 296-8 since the 1993-94 season. The 6-foot-4 senior produced more points in the paint than the entire UConn team. The West Valley High grad has 10 double-doubles in 22 games this season.
January 31st , 2020
The Dimond High senior turned in a stellar performance in the The Alaska Airlines Classic, capped off by a thrilling 42 point performance in a 70-63 loss to Trinity International School from Las Vegas in the championship game. The 6-foot guard shot 16-of-32 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line for the game and finished as the tournament scoring leader with 90 points in three games.
January 24th, 2020
The Anchorage basketball player piled up 19 points to go with a career-high 17 rebounds and converted an old-fashioned three-point play with 29 seconds left to push the USC Trojans to a 70-68 victory over No. 7 UCLA in double overtime. The Dimond High grad collected collected six points and four rebounds in the second OT, anchoring USC’s first win over a top-10 opponent since 2017. Alissa’s performance earned her Pac-12 Conference Freshman of the Week honors.
January 17th, 2020
The Sitka wrestler had the match of her life, carrying a shutout into the final minute and upsetting the No. 1-ranked wrestler in her weight class at the NCAA D2 National Duals. Her victory was vital in helping the McKendree University Bearcats secure its second straight national championship. The No. 2-ranked wrestler earned a 10-2 decision over No. 1 Emily Cue of Simon Fraser at 191 pounds in the final match of the night, tying the team score at 19-19 and forcing a tiebreaker to determine the title. The defeat of Cue avenged the only loss that the Mt. Edgecumbe High School grad has against a collegiate opponent this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.