Posts Tagged: Friday Flashback

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 »

Friday Flashback: Gomez wins Stanley Cup in 2000 and 2003

September 18, 2020

Nothing seemed to faze Anchorage’s Scott Gomez on the ice. Not even the Stanley Cup playoffs. As a rookie, he scored a goal in his first NHL playoff game and earned the primary assist in his second Finals game. By the end, Gomez appeared in the playoffs in 11 of his 16 seasons and grabbed… Read more »

Friday Flashback: Thorsness wins Olympic gold medal in 1984

September 4, 2020

Anchorage’s Kris Thorsness had never rowed a boat before she enrolled at the University of Wisconsin in 1979. And when she expressed interest to compete for the college’s women’s team, the so-called experts scoffed. She was considered too short, too thin, too small. It didn’t matter. Thorsness never paid attention to the doubters and went… Read more »

Friday Flashback: Anderson raked for San Bernardino in 1997

August 28, 2020

Kodiak’s Cliff Anderson carried a big bat in 1997 with the Single-A San Bernardino Stampede, clubbing 21 home runs and a state record 40 doubles in 132 games. The 5-foot-8, 165-pound left-handed hitting third baseman batted .273 and added 79 RBIs, 77 runs and five triples. His 125 hits are tied for the most for… Read more »

Friday Flashback: DeLoach wins Olympic bronze medal in 2012

August 14, 2020

The greatest track and field athlete in Alaska history, Janay DeLoach of Fairbanks is one of the most successful long jumpers on the planet with four U.S. championships, a Worlds silver medal and an Olympic bronze medal. At the 2012 London Games, she nabbed the bronze on her fifth and final attempt by the slimmest… Read more »

Friday Flashback: Clary was AK’s first Olympic runner in 1984

August 7, 2020

Alaska’s first Olympic runner, Don Clary of Anchorage represented Team USA many times during his career before stepping onto track and field’s biggest stage in 1984. As a high school senior in 1975, he was part of the U.S. junior team that won the title at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Morocco. Clary… Read more »

Friday Flashback: Moore reaches 2009 WNBA Finals with Fever

July 31, 2020

Palmer’s Jessica Moore was a winner at every level of her basketball career and in 2009 almost became the first Alaskan to win championships at the high school, college and professional level. The Indiana Fever advanced to the best-of-5 WNBA Finals against the Phoenix Mercury, losing 93-86 in a decisive Game 5 that was tied… Read more »

Friday Flashback: Hill hammered 26 homers at Single-A in 2004

July 24, 2020

A combination of power and speed, Anchorage’s Jamar Hill was a dynamic dual threat on the baseball field who rose through the pro ranks to become one of just 12 Alaskans to reach the Double-A level. A two-time MLB draft pick by the New York Mets, Hill had a 10-year professional career during which he… Read more »