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54th Yukon 800 riverboat race is Saturday

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 18:46 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-Fairbanks will definitely be the place to be this weekend and hopefully the weather gets better. Not only is the Midnight Sun Run and Midnight Sun Baseball game on the same night but Saturday morning is the start of the Yukon 800.

What's been called the world's toughest riverboat race will be in its 54th year on Saturday. Pike's Landing will have the ceremonial start at 11 a.m.

This year's purse could be anywhere from $22,000 to $30,000 which would be a record. The 2013 purse was $15,000.

Hawkins is named West Valley wrestling head coach

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 18:43 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-A former coach steps back onto the mat to be the head coach of a program he was once a part of. West Valley's new wrestling head coach is Bob Hawkins.

Hawkins, age 67, was an assistant for Lathrop and West Valley in the 90s. He was also a head coach for the Eielson Ravens in the late 80s and early 90s.

He wrestled for Oregon State University in the late 60s and was fifth in the nation in the 137 pound class which include the great wrestler Dan Gable.

Former Team USA World Cup player is in Fairbanks for soccer camp

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 18:50 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-Fairbanks is most definitely a hockey town and that's evident with Hockey Week in Fairbanks. Well the Eclipse Soccer Club is having Soccer Week in Fairbanks and one of the headliners is a former US World Cup Team player.

US Soccer Hall of Famer Bruce Murray is in Fairbanks this week for the Eclipse Soccer Clubs team camp. Murray is seventh all time in US Soccer International Goals with 21.

Goldpanners close out series with another double digit win

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 17:59 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-Last night the Goldpanners bounced back from their first loss in the San Francisco Seals and closed out the five game series strong.

The Seals wanted to continue some winning ways from last night. Second baseman Jack Seaton spearheaded a double play to protect the Seals' 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third.

But Alaska's Jacob Hayes made the play of the night bottom of the fourth with two outs and two on and it's gone. Hayes hits his third homer of the year to give the Panners a 4-2 lead.

McDowell wins Wickersham Dome Race

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 17:54 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-The results are in from the Running Club North's third race of their trail series.

Devin McDowell came in first in the Wickersham Dome Race. He finished the 7.75 mile race just under an hour in 59:30 out of 37 runners.

Jessie Holmes was second in 1:06:18 and he was followed by Logan Mullin (1:11:57) and Patrick Bowman (1:12:18). Erica Blake was fifth overall and the first women to finish in 1:13:11.

Now area runners get a little break from this series of races. The next race in the trail series is the Ester Dome Ass Kicker on July 13.

Seals stop Goldpanners' win streak

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 17:14 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-The Goldpanners may have won their series over the San Francisco Seals winning the first three games of the five game series but every game has gotten closer and closer.

Game four last night at Growden Memorial and the Panners had a 3-2 lead after Jacob Hayes and Vahn Bozoian home runs but the Seals answered with two runs in the top of the third.

The Panners answered and tied the game in the bottom of the frame to make a 4-4 game thanks to a Cody Nulph rbi bringing in Eric Hutting.

A sub 32 minute time could be a winner for this year's Midnight Sun Run

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 17:09 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-The biggest run in the Interior is this Saturday. Now in last year's rce Dylan Anthony came in first for men's division at 32 minutes and eight seconds and he was wearing a tree costume.

Katie Krehilk dressed as a bird and she was first for ladies in 39:14. Both of them are UAA cross country teammates and were the first costumed runners to win the 10k Midnight Race.

Jake Moe, David McKay, Chris Eversman and Mike Kramer rounded out the top five men finishers.

Wild split in weekend Legion baseball double header

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 17:07 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-In American Legion baseball over the weekend the Alaska Wild/Fairbanks Post 30 split a double header.

The Wild lost game one to Eagle River 13-2. Eagle River scored 10 runs by the end of the 4th and 5th innings to pull away.

But the tables turned in game two. The Wild won 13-9. Tyler Christmann had three rbis and Mike Fitzpatrick threw five Ks in four innings of work.

Eagle River leads the AA National Division at 4-2 but the Wild are third and are 3-1 overall.