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Beth Bragg

Increase your basketball IQ with this quick look at the 10 Division I teams coming to Anchorage this week for the 37th annual Great Alaska Shootout.



The Gauchos boast what could be the nation’s best-kept secret in Alan Williams.

The 6-foot-9 senior center averaged a double-double last season — 21.3 points and 11.5 rebounds per game -- to help Santa Barbara to a 21-9 record...

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Following a path blazed by his brother, Henry Cheseto continued an impressive streak for the UAA cross country team on Saturday.

Cheseto, a freshman from Kenya, won the men's 10-kilometer race at the NCAA Division II West Region championships in Billings, Montana, giving the Seawolves a region champion for the sixth straight year.

UAA kept another streak alive by qualifying both of its teams for the NCAA national championship meet. The men placed second and the women placed third to earn spots in the Dec. 6 meet in Louisville, marking the seventh straight year both UAA teams have advanced to nationals...

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At this year’s Great Alaska Shootout, you can drink beer in the bleachers, you can go shopping for cellphones and you can dine on a shrimp-and-crab cocktail.

You can also watch some Division I college basketball.

It’ll be a whole new ballgame when the 37th annual tournament tips off Tuesday.

New arena: The tournament says goodbye to Sullivan Arena and hello to the Alaska Airlines Center, the University of Alaska Anchorage’s sleek new $109 million arena.

New sponsor: Gone is Carrs/Safeway as the tournament’s title sponsor. The new sponsor is GCI, which has opened a store in the arena's lobby, just inside the north entrance...

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The best volleyball season in UAA history ended in defeat Thursday in Nampa, Idaho.

The Seawolves, who set school records for best winning percentage and fewest losses this season, lost their first-round match at the NCAA Division II West Region tournament.

Sonoma State knocked off UAA 26-24, 25-18, 14-25, 25-11 with a hitting attack that survived 15 UAA blocks.

UAA finished the season with a 21-6 record. Its .778 winning percentage is the best in program history, bettering the .742 marks recorded by the 1986 and 2009 teams. Until this year, the fewest losses in a single season was eight...

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The big games come next week in the Great Alaska Shootout, but this week is an important one too for the UAA basketball teams.

The women are 2-0 and averaging 92.5 points per game after coasting to a pair of wins last week. But they haven't played at the Alaska Airlines Center yet, and so their games Thursday and Friday against Christian Brothers University will mark their first ones at their new home.

As for the men, they are 0-4 and would like to get a mark or two in the win column before facing three Division I teams at the Shootout. They'll get chances to do that Friday and Saturday against Northwest Indian College, a team loaded with Alaskans...

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College hockey got a little bigger Tuesday, and UAA hockey coach Matt Thomas was happy to hear it.

He’ll be even happier if Arizona State winds up in the Western Collegiate Athletic Association with the Seawolves.

“We’re announcing a four-week road trip to Arizona in December,” Thomas joked after hearing the news that the Sun Devils are making the move to Division I.

The Sun Devils have yet to join a conference, but the 10-team WCHA is interested, league commissioner Bill Robertson told the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Tuesday...

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The UAA volleyball team's biggest reward for a fabulous season still awaits -- Thursday's first round in the NCAA Division II tournament -- but the Seawolves collected some other nice prizes Tuesday.

Three players were named to the all-Great Northwest Athletic Conference team and three others earned honorable mention notice -- more selections than any other team in the conference.

Junior outside hitter Katelynn Zanders was one of four unanimous choices, junior outside hitter Julia Mackey was one of three players to make the team for a third time and sophomore middle blocker Kayla McGlathery garnered GNAC Newcomer of the Year honors to go with her all-conference selection...

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Seawolves will battle Seawolves in the first round of the West Region volleyball tournament this week.

For the second straight season and the fifth time since Chris Green became coach seven seasons ago, UAA earned a postseason playoff berth. The team learned Sunday that it will face the Seawolves of Sonoma State on Thursday in Nampa, Idaho.

UAA was awarded the tournament's No. 2 seed Sunday when the NCAA Division II tournament field was announced. The No. 1 seed went to Northwest Nazarene, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference champions who will host the three-day, eight-team tournament. The winner will advance to the Elite Eight along with the seven other region champions...

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Just about every corner of Alaska can claim a piece of the state volleyball championship earned by Mt. Edgecumbe on Saturday afternoon...

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Just about every corner of Alaska can claim a piece of the state volleyball championship earned by Mt. Edgecumbe on Saturday afternoon.

Led by an All-American outside hitter, the Braves fielded an all-Alaska lineup that outlasted Monroe 33-31 in a memorable tiebreaker that followed an equally memorable match to capture the Class 3A state title at the Alaska Airlines Center.

A boarding school in Sitka, Mt. Edgecumbe attracts students from all over the state. Among its stars Saturday were three seniors who have been on the team for four straight years, a period during which the Braves have won three state volleyball titles...

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