FAIRBANKS-The Alaska Nanooks student athletic programs are again among the best in the country. UAF is ranked 44th overall in the Learfield Sports Director's Cup for NCAA Division II schools. The Nooks are in the top 15 percent of the 315 Division II programs for the second time in 3 years.
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FAIRBANKS-The Alaska Nanook hockey team recognize their seniors for the last time tonight at their awards banquet. But once a season ends it's time to reload and the Nanooks are doing just that. Colton Sparrow of the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL has committed to UAF for next season.
Sparrow is showing up in the playoffs with 18 points in 15 playoff games including three points in a game seven overtime win for the Vipers. He has 34 points in 50 games this year. Sparrow is also a former teammate of standout rookie Marcus Basara. The two played together in 2011 and 2012 in the BCHL.
FAIRBANKS-As the snow melts the feet will hit the pavement. The Interior running season kicks off this weekend. Running events are scheduled on pretty much every weekend throughout the spring and summer.
This Saturday will be the Spring Fling at 11 am at the Patty Center. Suggested $5 donations go to the Lathrop Cross Country team.
FAIRBANKS-North Pole's Phoenix Copley goes pro. Last month, at the end of his sophomore year Copley inked a two-year deal with the Washington Capitals worth up to 1.4 million as an entry level contract which starts in a year.
In the meantime he'll be with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL after signing an amateur tryout deal.
He'll be looking for playing time after not playing in the AHL for the Hershey Bears this past month. The Bears are the Capitals minor-league affiliate.
FAIRBANKS-Ice Dogs start a new season-the postseason. The playoff series between the Ice Dogs and Kenai River Brown Bears in the Midwest division semis starts tomorrow night.
Kenai is resurrected getting a new lease on life after Coulee Region's loss on Sunday gave the Brown Bears the last playoff spot. Forward Brett Gervais and his team have made a note of the intensity level need to overcame an initial Kenai River surge.
FAIRBANKS-A special event is getting underway tonight at the Fairbanks Curling Club. The Annual International Bonspiel starts tonight. The Bonspiel is in its 79th year and runs through Sunday.
Last year was super heroes but this year will be a jungle theme. So think Lion King and George of the Jungle. There will be a DJ tonight and Friday and live entertainment on Saturday night.
FAIRBANKS-How about the success of the Ice Dogs program off the ice? Their most recent Division I college commit is forward Brett Gervais.
Gervais, out of Corona, California, committed to Clarkson University in the ECACHL recently. If Clarkson sounds familiar that's where former Ice Dog goalie Steve Perry is playing hockey.Gervais is the seventh Ice Dog to commit to a Division I program this season.
FAIRBANKS-Last night up at Birch Hill the Wednesday Night Race Series continued. It was a team race that featured warm weather with temps around 35 degrees as 24 skiers got on the fast two lap 6.45K course.
UAF's Stefan Hajdukovich put the hammer down in the first lap of the race and was able to maintain a lead throughout because he didn't realize he had to complete two laps. Hajdukovich was the first man to finish in 16:55.