As the young Wayne Johnson, it was hard to feel all that significant in the world. For starters, he was the middle son in a six pack of kids in a not-so-well-off family with the second most common surname in America. And, he was the shy, awkward, bookish one built like a Gumby, which doesn't help when you have this amazing older brother who's so outgoing and athletically perfect in every way that if being cool were a sport, he would have lettered in that, too. Debra McKinney
Like any good cheerleader, UAA's Michaela Brewer has a fine sense of rhythm, tempo and timing, dancing effortlessly to the beat of whatever hip-hop music bumps through the arena. But unlike her teammates, Brewer has never once heard a crucial element of her cheerleading performance.Matt Tunseth
UAA coach Rusty Osbrone made a claim at having the tournament's toughest player during a pre-Shootout luncheon Wednesday.Matt Tunseth
Houston shot its way out of a big hole to claim a 100-93 victory over No. 25 Oklahoma in its first game of the Great Alaska Shootout at Sullivan Arena Thursday night.Matt Tunseth
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Brandon Walker connected on 8 of 10 shots for a game-high 21 points to power the UAA men to a 72-58 victory over Nicholls State of Louisiana in the Great Alaska Shootout on Wednesday.Beth Bragg
UAA men's basketball Vs. Washington State in the first game of the men's 2009 Great Alaska Shootout at the Sullivan arena on Wednesday November 25, 2009.
The Alaska Aces' power play is increasingly becoming an oxymoron. They are also struggling to score goals at even strength, and especially at meaningful junctures in hockey games. Doyle Woody
It's easy to see why San Diego is excited to have Brandon Johnson back in the lineup. Granted a fifth year of eligibility after a tear of his achilles tendon tear ended his season early last year, the 6-0 senior guard was dazzling on Wednesday.
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