Former Galena basketball star prepares for freshman year at UAF
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Basketball has provided a journey for former Galena High School standout Pearle Green. From starring on the high school level to suiting up for the Alaska Nanooks, Green continues her adventure at the Division II level.
Green played for the Galena High School Lady Hawks for the past four seasons, taking the program to four straight 3A state tournament appearances. From 2017-20, Green was a major scoring threat for the Hawks, leading to two all-tournament awards. Green now serves as a role model for other players that come from smaller communities.
“I really love that fact,” said Green about being a role model. “It’s basically why I did this just so I can show them and my future career. I like that to be part of it, helping them.”
Green joins a ‘Nook squad that is coming off a 2-18 record in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Despite the 18 losses, there was a lot of growth under Head Coach Kerri Nakamoto as the program continues to develop their young players. Alaska currently has eight underclassmen on its roster.
“They’re really supportive and they really pushed me.” said Green about the Nanooks coaching staff.
One of the incoming rookies is the 2020 Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year in Destiny Reimers, who played for Anchorage Christian School. Reimers and Green are on a roster full of Alaskan talent with Ellen Silva (Fairbanks), Olivia Kraska (Fairbanks), Zosha Krupa (Sitka), Caitlin Pusich (Juneau) and both Alanna and Caitlin Conwell (Kotzebue) all representing the 49th state.
“I love it, I think it’s so cool we get to represent our state like this,” said Green. “It’s not just a team from anywhere but we’re actually from here and we grew up with people around us, teaching us this stuff.”
The Alaska Nanooks men’s and women’s basketball teams have decided to opt-in for the 2021 GNAC season set to begin in January. The National Collegiate Athletic Association also announced that student-athletes will not lose a year of eligibility due to concerns of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
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