Local Sports Headlines

UAF's Jaime (Beyerle) retires from rifle due to back injury

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:19 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-Yesterday in a press release from USA Shooting former UAF rifle great Jamie Beyerle Gray announced she is retiring. A back injury has forced Gray's retirement.

She will be just 31 years old in May but Gray has been suffering from degeneration of cartilage in her lower back and a bulging disc. Her back has been a problem since 2010 when training and competing.

However, the former Nanook retires on top having won the Olympic gold in 2012 at the London games. She set Olympic records in the 50 meter 3 position along the way. Gray is also a 2010 World Champion.

Ice Dogs face playoff rival Wenatchee in division finals again

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:15 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-After winning their five game series over Kenai River the Fairbanks Ice Dogs host the Midwest division finals against another rival. The Wenatchee Wild.

The Wild are also battled tested winning their series against the Minnesota Wilderness in five games including a 1-0 overtime win in the clincher.

The Ice Dogs won the season series between the two squads 8-4. The real rivalry will be turned up a notch because Wentachee ended the Ice Dogs season last year in the division finals in five games.

Service's 4A player of the year signs with UAF basketball

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:58 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-The Nanook basketball team lands an all-state recruit. Today Reece Robinson of Service High School signed a National Letter of Intent to be a Nanook.

Robinson was the 4A player of the year averaging 17 points, eight rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

He led the Cougars in their state title run winning 49-47 over West in the final this year. It's Service's first state title since 1991.

The 6-4 do everything forward was all-state first team, an all-state tournament pick and the Cook Inlet Conference MVP.

Roller Derby at the Carlson this Saturday

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:56 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-Something you can roll into this weekend at the Carlson Center is a roller derby double header.

This Saturday at 6pm the Cold'n Heart Junior Derby and Fairbanks Gold Diggers take on the Raven Rebels. The Rebels were state tournament runner-ups last year.

It's $16 dollars at the door but a portion of the proceeds go to the Fairbanks Children's Museum. The Fairbanks junior derby team, which has 10-17 year-olds, ends their regular season on Saturday.

Two Ice Dogs forwards commit to RPI

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 20:42 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-Before the Ice Dogs start their second round playoff series against the Wentachee Wild this weekend a couple of players had more important things in mind. Like committing to college.

On Monday forwards Todd Burgess and Viktor Liljegren both committed to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

UAF hockey releases 2014-2015 hockey schedule

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 20:37 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-The Alaska hockey season ended just a month and a day ago for the but the schedule for the 2014-2015 season is already out. The Nooks will have 16 games home and away but will end the year the way it starts in conference play with four road games.

The puck drops on the new season with the annual Blue and Gold Game at the Patty on Sept 17. Western Ontario visits the Carlson Center on Oct. 3 for an exhibition matchup.
A week later in the Kendall Hockey Classic the Nooks will play Wisconsin and Maine.

Kunyk skates in first NHL game

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 20:40 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-Former Alaska Nanook hockey center Cody Kunyk made his NHL debut Sunday for the Tampa Lightning. After being a healthy scratch for nine games Kunyk played a little over 10 minutes in Tampa's regular season finale against the Washington Capitals.

The WCHA player of the year got 2 shots on goal, a block and a hit as Tampa won 1-0 in a shootout over the Caps. The win gives the Lightning the Eastern Conference 4 seed and home ice against the no.5 Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Six UAF swimmers named All-Americans

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 20:37 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-The UAF swim team is receiving All-American accolades after their best season as a team in years.

Senior Bente Heller, juniors Danielle Lyons, Margot Adams, Gabi Summers and freshmen Victoria Adams and Nah Nguyen placed on the College Swimming Coaches Association of American (CSCAA) NCAA Division 2 All-American team.

To be an All-American you have to be a top eight finisher in an individual or relay race. If you are a 9-16 finisher in a consolation final at a NCAA championship who receive honorable mention All-American recognition.