Mike Nesper

Will Eagleglen Golf Course be open this summer? That's what the Alaska Golf Association would like to know. AGA executive director Jeff Barnhart began making inquiries two weeks ago after hearing rumors that the 18-hole course on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson might be closing. He's still waiting for a definitive answer. "They're not saying," he said. JBER has not responded to repeated and specific questions about the course, including whether it is closing, how many rounds were played there last year, and how often it was used by civilian golfers. JBER spokeswoman Erin Eaton said those questions will be answered Thursday in a press release. "They're weighing the information that they have with regard to budget and usage, cost of maintenance, etc., and then looking at what the...Mike Nesper
Seedings for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference tournament are on the line for the UAA's basketball teams as they head into their final games of the regular season this week. Thanks to wins over Simon Fraser and Western Washington last week, the women landed in the No. 8 spot in the NCAA Division II West Region rankings on Wednesday -- a significant achievement, because being in the top eight generally means a spot in the eight-team West Region tournament. But before the West Region tournament, there is the GNAC tournament, which begins Wednesday in Lacey, Wash. The league's top six men's and women's teams will play in the tournament, with first-round byes going to the top two teams in the regular-season standings. The winners of the tournament clinch West Region tournament berths...Mike Nesper
Good things come in threes. Kyle Fossman is proof. The UAA senior guard’s incredible 3-point shooting helped him set three records Saturday in his final game at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. Fossman was 12 of 16 from beyond the arc and scored a career-high 40 points as the Seawolves dispatched visiting Western Oregon 96-77 in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball game. Fossman’s 12 treys are a single-game record for both UAA and the GNAC, and they bring his career total to 247, also a UAA record. The huge number of downtown shots isn’t typical for Fossman. “I don’t normally take 16 threes in a game,” he said. But when the shots are falling, he said, you go with it. “If you hit a few of them … you keep shooting,” he said. Fossman did, and they kept falling. He shot 75...Mike Nesper
It might have been Senior Night, but it was a freshman who stepped up for the Seawolves. Kiki Robertson drained six straight free throws in the final 65 seconds to seal the UAA women's basketball team's 79-75 win over Western Washington on Saturday, UAA's final home game of the season. The high-pressure situations didn't rattle Robertson. In fact, she welcomes such challenges for her team. "I've been in this spot before," she said. "I want them to rely on me to ice those shots." Robertson went 8 for 9 from the line and was one of four Seawolves to score in double figures. Robertson, Jenna Buchanan and Jessica Madison scored 14 points apiece for UAA, and Kylie Burns, the team's lone senior, added 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds. The win was the fourth straight and sixth in seven games...Mike Nesper
A well-designed strategy is meaningless without execution. Max Donaldson took care of both Friday during the second day of the state cross-country skiing championships at Kincaid Park. The West Valley junior successfully defended his Skimeister title by finishing second in the boys 10-kilometer classic race, marking the fifth straight year a West Valley skier has claimed the top spot in prep skiing. And for the second time in three years, a Lammers earned a Skimeister title. Chugiak senior Sarissa Lammers completed a sweep of the girls races, earning an individual title just like her older brother Isaac did in 2012. Donaldson earned a 15-second lead Thursday in the 7.5-K freestyle race. Knowing classic isn't his stronger event, Donaldson said he wanted to conserve energy in Friday's mass...Mike Nesper
A pleasant surprise awaited athletes on the first day of the state cross-country skiing championships -- snow. Thanks to half a foot that began falling two days prior, conditions at Kincaid Park on Thursday were much better than expected. "We were forewarned by ASAA, 'Bring your B skis,' " West Valley head coach Greg Whisenhant said. Whisenhant's daughter, Stephanie, kept him aware of Anchorage's lack of snow. A student at UAA, Stephanie sent her dad pictures of Kincaid's bare course. It was not what he wanted to see. "We were scared of skiing on the ice," Whisenhant said. Enough blanketed the trails at the last minute to ease the Wolfpack's worries. "We were delighted to see the snow," Whisenhant said. There was talk of moving the races to Chugiak's Beach Lake Trails, something Chugiak...Mike Nesper
UAA men's basketball head coach Rusty Osborne has fond memories of hosting the West Regional tournament six years ago. The Seawolves capped a perfect home record with a win in the championship against BYU-Hawaii -- but it's the support of the green and gold faithful who packed the stands that was the highlight for Osborne. "To be able to treat the fans of Anchorage to that tournament -- and to be able to win it -- was very special," he said. UAA is hoping for a similar atmosphere, and result, when the Seawolves take the floor for the final time at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex -- they'll move to the new Alaska Airlines Center next season. UAA's men host Saint Martin's on Thursday and Western Oregon on Saturday while the women welcome Simon Fraser and Western Washington. It's also senior...Mike Nesper
EAGLE RIVER -- Having earned a bronze medal in the 1,500-meter run at the 2012 Warrior Games -- an athletic competition that pits U.S. service members against one another -- Eagle River's Mike Sanders is no slouch when it comes to running. He's a heck of a cyclist, too. Sanders, an active duty member of the U.S. Air Force, recently rode 3,700 miles across the country with 13 other disabled veterans in the World T.E.A.M. Sports' 2012 Sea to Shining Sea ride. Veterans with disabilities ranging from blindness to loss of limbs participated in the biennial event to serve as inspiration for all people -- able-bodied and disabled alike -- to overcome life's obstacles. This year, the group left San Francisco on May 28 and rode bicycles, hand cycles and recumbent cycles to their finishing...Mike Nesper
EAGLE RIVER -- Need a lift? Megan Patrick is here to help. She's been cruising the streets of Chugiak-Eagle River in her blue Chevy Malibu for the past week, offering rides to those in need. What's perhaps more shocking than seeing a cab serving Chugiak-Eagle River is the cost -- nothing. Patrick is currently providing free transportation and keeping a passenger log to present to the Anchorage Transportation Commission. Patrick has requested permission to operate a taxi in Eagle River for three months to gather data in the hopes of having the Municipality of Anchorage issue a limited service permit so a new cab company can cater to Chugiak-Eagle River residents. The issue will be discussed at the commission's meeting on Monday. Though Patrick's car has the look of a cab, it's not...Mike Nesper
KENAI -- Sporting a replica WWE championship belt around his waist, 8-year-old Marcus Yamada flips onto a couch, mimicking his favorite wrestler, Jeff Hardy. Described by his mother, Charlie, as a "pingpong ball," Marcus is full of all the energy one would expect a youth to have; it's next to impossible to believe he just finished a 15-day cycle of heavy chemotherapy that should have left him drained. Strong support from the community and his family's positive outlook have helped carry Marcus and the Yamadas through his first year of treatment. "It takes the entire team," Charlie said. "Every person has a role, everybody has things to do in order to win the fight against cancer." "The only thing we can do is go forward," said Marcus' dad, Glenn. "From day one, we look forward." Just under...Mike Nesper