Local Sports Headlines

North Pole's Copley going to ECHL , signs Caps contract

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 17:36 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-North Pole's Phoenix Copley goes pro. Last month, at the end of his sophomore year Copley inked a two-year deal with the Washington Capitals worth up to 1.4 million as an entry level contract which starts in a year.

In the meantime he'll be with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL after signing an amateur tryout deal.

He'll be looking for playing time after not playing in the AHL for the Hershey Bears this past month. The Bears are the Capitals minor-league affiliate.

The Ice Dogs prepare for playoff series with Brown Bears

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 19:08 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-Ice Dogs start a new season-the postseason. The playoff series between the Ice Dogs and Kenai River Brown Bears in the Midwest division semis starts tomorrow night.

Kenai is resurrected getting a new lease on life after Coulee Region's loss on Sunday gave the Brown Bears the last playoff spot. Forward Brett Gervais and his team have made a note of the intensity level need to overcame an initial Kenai River surge.

79th International Bonspiel starts tonight

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 18:52 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-A special event is getting underway tonight at the Fairbanks Curling Club. The Annual International Bonspiel starts tonight. The Bonspiel is in its 79th year and runs through Sunday.

Last year was super heroes but this year will be a jungle theme. So think Lion King and George of the Jungle. There will be a DJ tonight and Friday and live entertainment on Saturday night.

Gervais commited to Clarkson University

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 18:51 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-How about the success of the Ice Dogs program off the ice? Their most recent Division I college commit is forward Brett Gervais.

Gervais, out of Corona, California, committed to Clarkson University in the ECACHL recently. If Clarkson sounds familiar that's where former Ice Dog goalie Steve Perry is playing hockey.Gervais is the seventh Ice Dog to commit to a Division I program this season.

Bathe and Hajdukovich win next to last race in WNR season

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 18:48 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-Last night up at Birch Hill the Wednesday Night Race Series continued. It was a team race that featured warm weather with temps around 35 degrees as 24 skiers got on the fast two lap 6.45K course.

UAF's Stefan Hajdukovich put the hammer down in the first lap of the race and was able to maintain a lead throughout because he didn't realize he had to complete two laps. Hajdukovich was the first man to finish in 16:55.

High school track season starts this weekend in Anchorage

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 18:03 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-Well the high school athletes who participate in spring sports are definitely welcoming the warm temperatures-especially the track athletes. If you remember last year's state track meet at Lathrop in May had snow flurries.

The Interior high school track season opens this weekend with the Big C Relays on Friday and Saturday in the Dome in Anchorgae. Eielson, Hutchison, Lathrop, West Valley and Delta are scheduled to compete in the Big C.

Monroe's Bynum to play for Goldpanners

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 18:01 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS- A local sports star will be playing in front of Fairbanks baseball fans before going off to college. Monroe's Scooter Bynum is listed as center fielder for this year's Alaska GoldPanners baseball team.

In January Bynum signed with Arizona Western College and recently he battled .538 with four stolen bases in a tournament in Arizona against minor leaguers from major league teams like the Cincinatti Reds, Oakland A's and San Diego Padres. Bynum will try to earn playing time as an outfielder.