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Four Alaskans sign letters of intent
While many parts of the country made a big deal out of National Signing Day on Wednesday, things were fairly quiet in Alaska as only four high school football players signed national letters of intent to play NCAA Division I college football.
The biggest name to sign was the state's defensive player of the year, Tui Alailefaleula of Bartlett High School, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive linemane who signed with the Washington Huskies. Alailefaleula has been ranked among the top 15 nationally among defensive linemen by several recruiting services.
Also signing on Wednesday were two players for the Washington State Cougars -- 6-7, 265-pound defensive end-tight end Riley Fitt-Chappell of Chugiak and 6-1, 185-pound defensive back Jevon Miller of East Anchorage -- and 6-4, 265-pound offensive lineman Darryn Colledge of North Pole who signed with Boise State. Several other Alaskans still might sign with NCAA Division I schools this week, including offensive player of the year Cole Magner of Colony High School.
Juneau girls on the air this weekend
Fans of the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team will be able to follow their Crimson Bears this weekend after officials at KJNO, 630-AM radio, changed their minds and decided to broadcast Juneau's games at this weekend's Third Annual Lady Lynx Prep Shootout at Anchorage's Dimond High School.
Kelly Thompson of the Anchorage-based Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network will be calling the play-by-play as KJNO will pick up a feed from the tournament. Bob Rehfeld of the JDHS Rebounder's Club said he was told KJNO had an older schedule and didn't realize the Crimson Bears were on the road this weekend, which is why initial reports had no radio coverage of the games.
Juneau opens play in the tournament against Chugiak at 4:45 p.m. this afternoon. If Juneau wins, it will play the winner of today's Lathrop-Grace Christian School game at 7 p.m. on Friday. If Juneau loses it plays the Lathrop-Grace loser at 3 p.m. Friday. Saturday's game time and matchup is TBA, with games scheduled for 3 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.