Local Sports Headlines

Alaska Goldpanners hosts Oilers in important series

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 17:35 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-The Alaska Goldpanners begin a pivotal five game series tonight as the Alaska Baseball regular season ends in 20 days. The Kenai Peninsula Oilers visit Growden Memorial Park this week.

The Panners are up a half game on the Oilers in the ABL American League standings playing .500 ball at 5-5. The Oilers are 7-8. Both teams are at least two games out of the top spot of the American League with the Anchorage Bucs leading with 11-7 record.

The Anchorage Glacier Pilots, who lead the National League, have the best ABL record at 14-7. They play the Bucs tonight as well.

Interior hockey players to participate in NHL camps this week

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 18:43 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-This is a big week for a number of hockey players that have connections to the Interior who will be in NHL development camps this week.

UAF's Colton Parayko will be in the St. Louis Blues camp. He'll be one of just four college players there. Parayko was picked 86th overall in the 2012 NHL draft by the Blues. He was last year's WCHA Defensive Player of the Year with 26 points and his 2.65 blocks per game were second in all of Division 1 hockey.

Ashmoreand Team USA undefeated in World Deaf Championships

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 18:41 -- jcook

SAMSUN, TURKEY-One local basketball product and her team are blowing out the competition overseas. Former West Valley guard and Gallaudet University player Lawjen Ashmore and Team USA's women's basketball team are 3-0 in the World Deaf Basketball Championships.

Today they beat Turkey by 40 in a 63-23 win. They opened the tournament on the July 4 with a 60-31 over Lithuania and beat Mexico on Sunday 83-24. The Women's team is outscoring opponents 206-78.

Goldpanners get wins on road trip despite the rain

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 18:39 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-The Alaska Goldpanners had some success this weekend but they can't seem to escape the rain. Saturday they ran away with a 14-5 win over the Chinooks to win the best of three series 2-1 after splitting a double header on July 4.

Cody Nulph and Vahn Bozohian both hit home runs in the 14-5 win. Bozhoian went 4-6 with four rbis and three runs scored. Ryan Clark was 4-4 with three runs. Tanner Pinktson had four rbis as well. Tyler McGill, the newest pitcher to Alaska's staff, got the win allowing one earned in seven innings with four strikeouts.

UAF hockey's Johnson and Kunyk get NHL deals

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 16:47 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-It's been a nice week for a couple of standout former Nanook hockey players in regards to their NHL careers.

Former UAF goalie and CCHA player of the year Chad Johnson will be staying on the East Coast but will a New York Islander next year.

Johnson inked a two year 2.6 million dollar deal this week. He went 17-4-3 in 27 games saving at 92 percent and allowing but 2.1 goals a game for the Boston Bruins. He played behind Tukka Rask who won the Vezina trophy for best goaltender.

Porter wins first 5K in Jingle Run, Schmitz repeats for women

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 16:38 -- jcook

NORTH POLE-If you wanted to have fun for a good cause while competing then the Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5K was for you. This morning at Santa Claus house in North Pole a few hundred people by my estimation came out to enjoy the sun and festivities for the 5K which helps the Arthritis Foundation. They had free hotdogs too.

If you're ever in North Pole you have to see the man-Santa Claus. There were a few of them dressed as Mr. Kringle but there's nothing like the real thing as he was mingling, taking pictures and calling the start of the race.