The Fairbanks Ice Dogs travel to Minnesota to face the Coulee Region Chill this weekend. The Dogs are 3 points of ahead of The Chill in standings, with a 7-4-1-1 record against Coulee's 6-4-1 record. The Ice Dogs know the importance of this weekend to stay alive in the standings and are prepared to battle it out in Minnesota.
UAF Swimming star Victoria Adams was named the Pacific Collegiate Swimming Conference's Athlete of the Week on Wednesday for her top-12 in the entire country's times in the 400 individual medley and the 100-yard backstroke.
UAF's star Women's Basketball player Jordan Wilson was chosen unanimously to the 2016-17 pre-season GNAC All-Conference Team. Wilson returns as the Nanooks' leading scorer, averaging 17 points per contest, with double-doubles last year.
A handful of North Pole Patriots Football players earned All-State honors this week. Wide receiver Jaime Johnson and center Stephen Chase were selected as 1st Team Offense picks, while Lafi Skipps and Zach Murrah earn 1st Team Defensive honors. 2nd Team Offense honors went to QB Craig Borba, RB James Bartley, Lafi Skipps at fullback and Jacob Breazealle at tackle. 2nd Team Defense honors went to linebacker Dennis Rosa and lineman Vinny Fontana.
Alaska Nanooks Swimming took on a hefty challenger to open their 2016-17 season. Drury University, out of Missouri, own 10 of the last 20 NCAA DII National Titles and looked strong against UAF at the Patty Center, winning 15 of 22 events over the weekend. Nanooks Senior Nga Nguyen took gold in the 100-meter breaststroke Friday, while Junior Kate Matthews took the gold in the 200-meter breaststroke on Saturday. Junior Katie Stark took 1st place in the 200 butterfly and Junior All-American Martha Hood earns gold in the 50-meter freestyle.
The Alaska Nanooks Cross Country Running team placed 8th at the GNAC Championships in Bellingham, Washington over the weekend. Senior Dorothy O'Donnell ran the 6K in 23:03 for 26th overall, ahead of Senior Kali Striker at 32nd and Nicole Bath at 44th. The Men were led by Lukash Platil, finishing the 8K in 26:20 for 28th overall, followed closely by Junior Daniel Serventi at 26:47, good for 44th place.
On Saturday, Nanooks Volleyball hosted Simon Fraser at the Patty Center, falling in three straight sets 25-17, 25-18 and 25-17. UAF's record drops to 2-17 overall and 1-11 in GNAC play. The Nanooks face the nationally-ranked #11 UAA Seawolves on Tuesday night in Anchorage.
The Alaska Nanooks Hockey team upset the 9th-ranked Minnesota State-Mankato Mavericks Saturday night at the Patty Center, 4-2.
The Mavericks defeated UAF handily on Friday night, 7-1, but the Nanooks came back Saturday night with a monstrous outing from the rookie class. Jessie Jenks stops 25 shots, earning the W.
The Fairbanks Ice Dogs dealt the Kenai River Brown Bears two losses for the season's first Ravn Cup series. The Dogs won 5-1 Friday night and 4-1 Saturday, thanks in part to Daniel Haider's 7-point weekend on 4 goals, 3 assists as he earned himself the Bauer Midwest Division Star of the Week honor. Ice Dogs goalie Josh Sarlo tended the pipes both nights, only allowing two goals on 49 shots all weekend.