Local Sports Headlines

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

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 23:31 -- jcook

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

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

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.

Father and son duo finish 1-2 at North Pole Speedway

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 23:15 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-Drivers were able to take advantage of some sun at the North Pole Speedway on Thursday night. A small field in the Legends class, just four cars but Al Trettel was in a battle for second in the main event with Ryan Cote.

Who got first? Austin Cote, Ryan's son. He earned two huge wins-the 2nd heat and the main event to stay within striking distance Trettel in the points standings. Trettel came win with a 56 point lead.

Mother and daughter duel highlights WEIO's second day

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 17:03 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-This morning was the start of day two of the 53rd World Eskimo Indian Olympic Games. The first event was the Eskimo stick pull event where competitors sit on the floor for a mini tug of war and who ever holds on wins.

The Carlson Center was intrigued for a rematch in the women's division. Mandy Sullivan and Aizah Sullivan faced each other in the finals for the third straight year. It was another mother and daughter faceoff. Aizah won it last year but Mandy the mom, had the upper hand in 2014 winning the stick pull event.

Miners snap Goldpanners 9 game win streak

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 16:56 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-Last night at Growden Memorial Park something kind of awkward happened. There was an uncharacteristic kind of loss.

The Alaska Goldpanners were up 1-0 in the first but Cameron Frost of the visiting Matsu Miners tied it up going deep to center field for probably the longest homer in Growden this summer.

Then in the top of the third Frost launches another long ball after a Matsu rbi. This one a two-run shot giving Matsu a 4-1 lead. Frost went 2-5 with three rbis.

Alaska Flight split in first games of Las Vegas tourney

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 16:48 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-After their first basketball games in Las Vegas the Alaska Flight teams 16U and 17U teams split.

The 16U squad won 47-34 over Basketball BC out Canada-a wire to wire win. Trevor Osborne of Grace Christian led the Flight with 14 points and Lathrop's Gabe Howard had seven points and five assists.

The 17U squad came back and trailed 36-40 to the NOC Stars with three minutes left but fell 44-36. Next for the 16U team is the Idaho Elite and the 17U team plays the New Mexico Select.

Record setting opening day of WEIO 2014

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 16:47 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-The first day of of the 53rd World Eskimo Indian Olympics was a day to remember. Four new world records were made.

Bernard Clark out of Wasilla set a new record in the one hand reach, touching the ball at 70 inches. Clark talks about how he trained to set the new one hand reach record.

"I've hit 70 before in practices just a couple of times and I didn't expect it to be tonight. What I've been doing hanging a 3.5mm earplug piece that goes in earphones I've been hanging that and using that to target practice for," Clark said.