FAIRBANKS, Alaska - We are 6 days away from 2018. For this week's edition of Nanook Corner, we take a look at some of the Future Alaska Nanooks.
"Recruiting and building for the future is always a very important part of college athletics. The Nanooks have already signed several recruits for the 2018 seasons.We'll start off with UAF Hockey, who signed Gustavs Grigals to their 2018 recruiting class. The 6 foot 183 pound goalie from Riga, Latvia currently plays for the Shreveport Mudbugs in the NAHL. Grigals was in action here in Fairbanks earlier this year when the Mudbugs took on the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. He collected 27 saves and only allowed 1 goal against the Dogs. Grigals is the first Goalie of the 2018 class. The UAF Hockey Team has signed another NAHL Talent from right in their back yard in the form of Sam Ruffin. Ruffin has had an incredible season for the Ice Dogs, leading his team with 32 points thanks to 11 goals and 21 assists. The Nanook Volleyball team has signed two recruits for next season as well. Zoey Keene and Taylor Overn will be joining the squad next season. Keene is a 5'10" setter from Anchorage and was the Team captain for the South Anchorage Wolverines. She was an All Cook Inlet Conference Player, an Under Armour Girls High School All-American, and was nominated for Alaska's Gatorade Player of the Year. Overn will be coming to us from Portland Oregon. She is also a setter and was named the MVP for the Westview High School Wildcats. She was a four year starter at Westview and has been team captain these past two seasons. The Nanook Swim team has signed two Alaskan Athletes for next year. Colony High School's Camille Dayton and Sitka's Whitney McArthur both signed their NLIs in November. Dayton was named Colony's Most Valuable Swimmer for each of the past three seasons. She also holds records in the 100 yard butterfly for Region 3. McArthur will be coming into UAF as the reigning state champion in the 200 yard freestyle relay. She also holds region titles in 5 different events. These athletes should be on Campus for fall of 2018, so remember to keep an eye out for the Next Generation of Nanooks."