Wednesday 07, Dec 2016

2017 Yukon Quest Field Set At 26 Mushers

The class of racers for the 2017 Yukon Quest is now set, and 26 mushers and their teams will pound the thousand-mile trail through the wilderness from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory to downtown Fairbanks this February.
This year’s race class includes 8 rookies and 18 Quest veterans, including defending 2016 champion Hugh Neff, 2015 race champion Brent Sass, and 2013 and 2014 back-to-back Quest winner Allen Moore with his local SP-Kennels team.
Two Rivers racer Matt Hall is back and will look to continue his yearly improvement and contest for his first Quest title.

UAF Athletes Martha Hood, Sagen Maddalena Earn Big Honors

a pair of Nanooks athletes worked their way to conference and national acclaim this week.
UAF Junior and Rifle team co-captain, Sagen Maddalena, spent the weekend down in Colorado Springs shooting at the USA Winter Airgun Championships, and the Nanooks top shooter returns with a pair of gold medals. Maddalena claimed an Air Rifle event gold medal on Saturday with a clean 249-point-1 shoot, and returned to the top of the medal stand on Sunday with a winning 251 score in the tournament final.

Lathrop Hockey Takes Down Hutchison 6-1

The Lathrop Malemutes and Hutchison Hawks squared off at the UAF Patty Center for a Tuesday night High School Hockey, non-conference throwdown.
The purple and gold rocket out of the gates with senior and multi-sport star Colin King leading the charge. #8 for the Malemutes gets quickly to work in the 1st period and starts firing shots past Hutch keeper Zach Baxter and into the twine. King puts Lathrop on the board just 26 seconds into play with his first goal of the night, then follows it up with his 2nd of the game for a 2-0 early Lathrop lead.

Former Nanooks Parayko, Johnson Continue Strong NHL Seasons

In NHL action, a pair of former Alaska Nanooks continued their strong play on the sport's biggest stage.
Former UAF goalkeeper Chad Johnson earned his 11th win this season for his hometown Calgary Flames on Tuesday night, making 29 saves in a 2-1 Flames win over the Dallas Stars. Johnson now holds 4-straight wins in net for Calgary, and his current season’s 2.04 goals-against average and 931 save percentage are the best marks in his 7-year NHL career. Now owning the Flames starting keeper job, Johnson and Calgary next face the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday down in Arizona.

UAF Men's And Women's Basketball Kick-Off Conference Play Over Weekend

The UAF Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams are now into conference play, after GNAC opening action over the weekend.
The UAF Ladies opened GNAC play at home, but hosted a hard-luck weekend on the home hardwood. The Nanooks were creamed 100 to 54 by Western Washington before rallying an nearly bumping Simon Fraser on Saturday.

Thanksgiving Skateboard Contest At Joel's Place

And thanks to Brandon Smith working the cameras, we’ll switch it up a bit and head to the Interior’s only indoor skatepark at Joel’s Place, where some of Fairbanks’ best skaters shredded the ramps, kickers, and rails on Saturday during the 2016 Thanksgiving Skateboard Contest.
The advanced class of skaters filters down to the trio of Gary Galbreath, Josh Chavez, and Hunter McLean battling for the event gold medal.
And it’s McLean finishing off his trio of heats with precise, technical skating, and clean lines without a wipeout, to earn the overall top prize on Saturday.

Hutchison Hawks Rifle Team Win 2016 MAC Championship

Five Interior High School Rifle teams loaded lead and sent rounds downrange over the weekend, looking to pierce the paper and shoot their way to 2016 Mid Alaska Conference individual and team titles.
With shooters from West Valley, Lathrop, Hutchison High School, Delta Junction, and the Tok Wolverines firing away through 2-days of conference championship volleys inside the UAF Patty Center on the E.F. Horton Range.

UAF Hockey Takes Down Minnesota State-Mankato In Saturday Shootout

Alaska Nanooks Hockey were on the road in Mankato, Minnesota where the played a Friday/Saturday WCHA pair against the host Mavericks.
Game One on Friday at the Verizon Wireless Center has the road Nanooks and WCHA’s #4 ranked Mavericks trading blows through the first 40 minutes of action.
Mankato defenseman, Daniel Brickley’s 1st period powerplay goal gets the scoring started, and Minnesota State rockets to a 2-0 lead before a UAF rookie gets the road team on the board.

Ice Dogs Battle Team USA's U17 Squad For Weekend Exhibitions

The Fairbanks Ice Dogs hosted Team USA Hockey's U17 Development squad on Friday and Saturday at the Big Dipper, and though the Dogs fought hard, wins just weren’t in the cards. But a four Fairbanks skaters can check a cool box off of their hockey bucket lists.
The host Ice Dogs drop a weekend pair to the best U17 players the country has to offer, with a 4-1 final on Friday and a 5-3 loss on Saturday, but the home weekend wasn’t without some shining moments.

UAF Swimming Earns 5th At UWash 'Husky Invitational' Meet

Alaska Nanooks Swimming spent their weekend competing at the 68th annual Husky Invitational, hosted by the University of Washington, in Federal Way.
The Nanooks power through three days of swimming events and a group of UAF stars emerge with Top-4 finishes against some of the best DII swimmers in the nation.
West Valley product and Nanook Sophomore, Cassidy Heaton, notches the best finish for the Nooks over the weekend.
The distance swimming specialist Heaton paddles to a 3rd place, bronze medal finish, in the 1,650-meter Freestyle event.