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Lathrop's Meckel ties world record at WEIO

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 19:57 -- jcook
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FAIRBANKS-It seems that the final night of WEIO also has very special and historic moments and this year would be no different.

In the one foot high kick Alaskan style event Autumn Ridley of Anchorage and Erica Meckel of Fairbanks were the final two in contention. The two thought they were going for the world record in their final kicks but actually they both tied the world record at 84 inches on their previous successful kicks to their surprise.

Wolter brothers commit to Wisconsin hockey program

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 19:47 -- jcook
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FAIRBANKS-Two brothers will back on the ice this fall as teammates. Colton and Jacob Wolter verbally committed to play their college hockey for the BlueGolds of the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire.

The BlueGolds are a Division III program in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The BlueGolds won the NCAA title in 2013 and have won the last two WIAC championships.

AL wins ABL All-Start game

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 19:44 -- jcook
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ANCHORAGE-The Alaska Goldpanners were a part of the winning team during the ABL's All-Star Weekend. 10 Goldpanners were named all stars. Cody Nulph, Scott Hurst, Vahn Bozohian, Mike Wieland and Tanner Pinkston started for the American League. Goldpanners head coach Mike Grahovac coached teh American League team.

Bozohian smacked a two-run shot over the fence in the last at bat of the All-Star Game. The AL won 10-5 over the NL.

Alaska also went 2-0 in Showcase games against the Miners the Oilers in front of MLB scouts.

Eversman wins another Gold Discovery Run, RNC standings

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 19:42 -- jcook
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FAIRBANKS-On Sunday runners set out on a 16.5 mile race in the 49th Gold Discovery Run. The race is the fifth in the Flint Hills Cup series and commemorates Felix Pedro's discovery of gold more than 100 years ago

It started at Cleary Summit with cool temps and some mist before ending at the Silver Gulch Brewery in Fox. 134 runners finished but Chris Eversman might be made of gold as he repeats as the men's titlist finishing in 1:39:26. Eversman also won this year's Midnight Sun Run Alexis Morris and Patrik Sartz were 2nd and 3rd.

Alaska summer basketball teams finish Las Vegas tourney

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 19:39 -- jcook
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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA-Local basketball players on state travel teams finished their Las Vegas summer tournaments in good standing.

The Alaska Flight 16U and 17U team won on Friday and Saturday to enter the Platinum division of the Las Vegas Live tournament. The 16U teams has Lathrop's Gabe Howard, Mason Wilken and Hutchison's Morgan John. But both teams lost in the first round of the single elimination tournament on Sunday.

Goldpanners end summer home slate with a walk-off home run

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 23:31 -- jcook
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FAIRBANKS-The Alaska Goldpanners were looking for revenge Thursday night as they faced the Matsu-Miners for their last home game of the summer season. The night before the Miners handed the Panners there worst loss of the summer-a 7-1 game that felt like a blowout. The tables turned with Alaska first baseman Tanner Pinkston launching a walk off home run in extras handing the Miners a devastating loss.

The Panners were in a dog fight with the Miners on Thursday. Matsu was off to a great start early picking up three runs by the 5th inning and led 3-0.

WEIO: Local competitors win ear pull, Ferguson wins high kick

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 23:22 -- jcook
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FAIRBANKS-This morning Christian Warrior of Wasilla and Brittany Woods-Orrison repeat as the men's and women's Indian Stick Pull champions to start the third day of the 2014 WEIO games.

But earlier this afternoon competitors put their ears to the test in the cringe worthy Ear Pull event. Mitsi Evans of Fairbanks and Michelle Strange faced off in the finals. Evans went through the bracket with one loss to Strange in the double elimination final on her way to repeating as Ear Pull Women's Champion.

Final day of WEIO local running events highlight the weekend

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 23:16 -- jcook
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FAIRBANKS-Here's a look into the weekend sports schedule.

Saturday morning-the Alyeska Golden Mile run. It leads the Golden Days Parade and it starts just before 10 a.m. at the Aurora Energy Plant on 1st Ave. It's $5 and proceeds go to the Literacy Council of Alaska.

Saturday is the final day of WEIO at the Carlson Center. Events include the one foot high kick, men's blanket toss and knuckle hop as well as closing ceremonies.

Also on Saturday night at 7pm the GFRA will be back in action for a regular racing schedule at the Mitchell Raceway.

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