Posts Tagged: Friday Flashback

Friday Flashback: Koch boxed with Klitschko for WBC title in ’98

January 15, 2021

No boxer from Alaska did more than Anchorage’s Cody Koch, whose rapid and remarkable rise to prominence in the 1990s was unlike anything we’ve ever seen in the sport. Koch broke into pro boxing in 1995 after winning a national Toughman Contest. He won his first 24 fights, with 20 of them coming by knockout…. Read more »

Friday Flashback: Krupa has held Purdue kills record since ‘98

January 8, 2021

Bev Krupa of Fairbanks hasn’t played volleyball for Purdue University since 1998, yet she still holds the school record for most kills in a match with 38. Her legacy has stood the test of time. Krupa was an explosive 5-foot-11 outside hitter who left an indelible mark on the Big Ten program from 1995 to… Read more »

Friday Flashback: Ingham records historic triple-double in 2003

December 11, 2020

Do-it-all point guard Laura Ingham of Anchorage put it all together on Jan. 4, 2003 to make history. The University of Nevada basketball star became the first Western Athletic Conference player to post a triple-double with 18 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds against Rice. Ingham, of East High fame, played for the Wolf Pack… Read more »

Friday Flashback: Huffer Sr. is the godfather of Chugiak football

December 4, 2020

One of the true coaching icons of Alaska high school football, Tom Huffer Sr. built the Chugiak Mustangs into a perennial powerhouse during his 19 years as head coach. He was there in 1969 when the program got off the ground and he was there in 1984 and 1988 when two of his teams were… Read more »

Friday Flashback: Magner put up huge numbers in college, AFL

November 20, 2020

Arguably the greatest wide receiver from Alaska, Cole Magner of Palmer parlayed his time at Bowling Green State University into a professional career in the Arena Football League. He also signed with the Atlanta Falcons but never played in the NFL. Nevertheless, his impact was undeniable. Nicknamed ‘Sunshine’ because of his blonde, long locks, Magner… Read more »

Friday Flashback: Dreyer helps USA win Olympic bronze in 2006

November 13, 2020

The first Alaskan to play hockey in the Olympics, Eagle River’s Pam Dreyer won a bronze medal with Team USA as a goaltender at the 2006 Games in Torino, Italy. She also owns a silver medal from the 2004 World Championships, making her one of the most decorated Alaska athletes of all-time. Dreyer, of Chugiak… Read more »

Friday Flashback: Klever was Alaska’s first NFL player in 1983

October 30, 2020

Anchorage’s Rocky Klever seemed to make Alaska history every time he took the field in the NFL. He was the state’s first draft pick, the first to play in the league and the first to score a touchdown. He was also the first to appear in a playoff game. Drafted in the ninth round in… Read more »

Friday Flashback: Kemppel skied to 18 U.S. titles, 4 Olympics

October 16, 2020

Anchorage’s Nina Kemppel was a true trailblazer in every sense of the word, changing the landscape for American cross-country skiing in the 1990s and 2000s. Back in the day the United States racers rarely cracked the top 30 of World Cup races. But Kemppel changed that when she became the first woman in years to… Read more »

Friday Flashback: Denton rushed for 125 yards, 2 TDs in 2006

October 9, 2020

Anchorage’s Brett Denton had the game of his life on Nov. 18, 2006 when the Boise State University football team called on him to step up and step in for injured All-American running back Ian Johnson. Denton carried the ball 17 times, rushed for a career-high 125 yards and scored the game’s first two touchdowns… Read more »

Friday Flashback: Campbell sets Denver wins record in 2012

September 25, 2020

Even though Anchorage’s Lara Campbell left the University of Denver women’s soccer program almost a decade ago, she still ranks among the greatest goalkeepers in school history. She holds the all-time record for wins (64) and appearances (84) while ranking third in shutouts (30) and goals against average (0.80). Campbell, of South High fame, was… Read more »