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Dimond wins Midnight Sun American Legion baseball tourney

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 00:50 -- jcook
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FAIRBANKS- There was an American Legion baseball tournament over the weekend. It was the annual Midnight Sun Tournament that was Friday through Sunday on Marlin and Arco Field. The Alaska Wild, Fairbanks 49ers and Dimond Post 21 were the competitors.

This year's title went to Dimond. Post 21 went 4-0 in three days of baseball. They won three of four games by two runs or less.

Payton Lauwers was name MVP hitting .357 to a go along with a home run, six rbis and a .438 on base percentage. Dimond defeated the 49ers 7-5 on Sunday to secure the title.

Goldpanners sweep Monarchs in Midnight Sun series

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:40 -- jcook
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FAIRBANKS-Hundreds of baseball fans braved some early rain but it cleared right before the first pitch of the 109th Midnight Sun Baseball Game on Saturday night and it was a game.

The Goldpanners were down 6-3 in the bottom of the fifth to the Lake Erie Monarchs but Alaska broke out the rally sticks and got six runs in the bottom of the frame. Cody Nulph, out Orange Coast College, hit the go-ahead rbi for the Panners who didn't look back winning 13-6. They haven't lost the midnight spectacle since 2007. Nulph talked about his first Midnight Sun game experience.

Kriska and Be-Bi Bones Express win tough Yukon 800

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:29 -- jcook
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FAIRBANKS-This year's Doyon Limited Yukon 800 Marathon race exemplified what is dubbed the toughest riverboat race in the world.

14 riverboat crews set out from Pike's Landing on Saturday and only two made it back to Pike's on Sunday afternoon.

The first boat in was Tom Kriska and the Be-Bi-Bones express. They came in second last year but won it all this year as he was greeted with cheers and hugs from fans and loved ones.

Clinton Huntington and River's Edge were the second crew to make it back to Pike's despite flipping over three times.

Fairbanksan wins 32nd Midnight Sun Run

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:25 -- jcook
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FAIRBANKS-It was a bit cloudy and a little damp out but that didn't stop almost 3800 people running, walking or just having plain fun in their costumes on the 10K course of the 32nd Midnight Sun Run. It started at the UAF Patty Center and ended right in Pioneer Park.

Chris Eversman of Fairbanks won his first Midnight Sun Run finishing in 34:21. Kyle Hanson was second in 34:36 and Devin McDowell was third in 35:07.

UAF Volleyball's Keri Knight named GNAC Woman of the Year

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 18:03 -- jcook
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PORTLAND, OREGON-Today the GNAC Conference announced that UAF's Kerri Knight is their Woman of the Year.

Knight will represent UAF and the GNAC as one of 75 NCAA division two nominees for the honor. Over 400 graduating female student athletes from all divisions were nominated.

From here Knight could make the top 30 which will be voted on in September by the Woman of The Year committee which will take 10 from each division. The NCAA Woman of the Year Award will picked on Oct. 19 from the final nine-three from each division.

Sports events schedule for Midnight Sun weekend

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 15:13 -- jcook
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FAIRBANKS-Now here's the rundown for sporting events this summer solstice weekend.

Tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. the ceremonial start of the 54th Yukon 800 riverboat race at Pikes Landing.

In American Legion Baseball the Midnight Sun Baseball Tournament starts at noon. The Fairbanks 49ers play Dimond. Then the 49ers and Alaska Wild at 3 p.m. and West Anchorage against the Wild at 6 pm. ends day one. Those games are on Marlin Field.

At 10 p.m. the 32nd Midnight Sun Run starting at the UAF Patty Center. We'll have live coverage on Saturday.

Goldpanners host Monrachs in 109th Midnight Sun Baseball Game

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 15:09 -- jcook
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FAIRBANKS-The Alaska Goldpanners will be moving on in their schedule after last night's game cancellation due to rain. Thursday night's game was supposed to be the opener of a four game series with the Lake Eerie Monarchs out of Michigan but that game will not be made up.

Tonight the Panners will get their first look at the Monarchs before playing them in the 109th Midnight Sun Baseball game on Saturday night.

The Monarchs are 3-5 and are coming off consecutive losses to the Anchorage Bucs. Lake Erie is in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League.

Runnning veteran takes first Dusk 2 Dawn run

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 15:07 -- jcook
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FAIRBANKS-Well yesterday the rain cancelled the races at the North Pole Speedway and game one of the Goldpanners Midnight Sun series with the Lake Eerie Monarchs. But that didn't stop 13 runners from going out to the Dusk to Dawn run while you were asleep.

Participants braved the rain and wet conditions to run as long as they could in 131 minutes on a 3.5 mile loop starting at UAF's West Ridge Trails. It started at 12:47 am and ended at 2:58 am.

Patrick Sartz, a Dusk to Dawn veteran ran the furthest going 18 miles. Brian Fleming was second in 16.1 miles.

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