Posts Tagged: Friday Flashback

Friday Flashback: Kroon was NCAA D2 legend for blocked shots

July 9, 2021

Wasilla’s Brittney Kroon overcame a liver transplant in high school to become one of the greatest shot blockers in NCAA D2 women’s basketball history. The 6-foot-4 center played at Seattle Pacific University from 2002 to 2006 and finished her career with 419 blocks, including 13 in one game. She ranks fifth all-time in D2 in… Read more »

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 »

Friday Flashback: Irvine was All-ACC spiker for Duke in 1990s

March 5, 2021

Nearly a quarter of a century after her final volleyball match at Duke University, Megan Irvine of Wasilla remains one of the greatest players in school history. The outstanding outside hitter twice earned All-ACC honors for the Blue Devils from 1995 to 1998 and established herself as a dominant force at the net. Irvine, of… Read more »

Friday Flashback: Lincoln blazed own trail, roasted foes at UAA

February 19, 2021

Kotzebue’s Butch Lincoln broke down social and racial barriers with the same easiness that he used to break down an opponent’s press defense on the basketball court. More than just an all-star player in high school and college, he was a trailblazer for Alaska Natives and a role model for all players because of his… Read more »

Friday Flashback: Pearce dominated the net for Notre Dame

January 29, 2021

Anchorage’s Jordan Pearce was a catalyst for Notre Dame hockey’s success in the late 2000s and a big reason why the Irish advanced to the 2008 NCAA championship game. That year as a junior he won CCHA Goaltender of the Year honors and outdueled two Hobey Baker candidates in the playoffs before knocking off No…. Read more »

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 »