'Short’ is one way to describe the outdoor golf season in Fairbanks, Alaska. However, for nearly 20 years Play It Again Sports has offered the 18-hole experience all year round without having to lose the white golf ball in the white snow or fight the frigid temperatures.
Two of the main components necessary for ice fishing are, of course, ice and fish. Fairbanks-area lakes now have both, as the ice is thick enough and the waters are stocked with tens of thousands of fish.
November is typically the month where sports enthusiasts vote for the new class of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. However, the induction process is being pushed back this year due the COVID-19 pandemic.
Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who scored the “Hand of God” goal in 1986 and led his country to that year’s World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, has died. He was 60.
The Fairbanks Ice Dogs, who are being hosted by Marshall, Minnesota, have put a multi-week pause on their season following the Governor of Minnesota's Executive Order that ceases all youth and adult sporting activities for four weeks.
Fairbanks-native Mike Dunlap has been named an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks. Dunlap became the first Alaskan NBA Head Coach when he took over the Charlotte Bobcats in 2012-13 and has 40 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and NBA levels.
“At this time, we don’t see the ability to have fans attend our games,” said UAF Vice Chancellor of Athletics Keith Champagne. "It is something that we would like, but it is just not possible given the safety precautions and the safety measures we need to have in place.”
The University of Alaska Fairbanks has opted-in to the upcoming men's and women's basketball seasons, while the University of Alaska Anchorage has decided not to participate in basketball or hockey this year altogether.
The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District notified schools Thursday that all in-person student activities, including sports, have been postponed indefinitely, effectively ending multiple seasons.
The Alaska School Activities Association has turned their attention to the winter and spring seasons, with several sports seeing practice dates and state championship weekends outlined by ASAA, though all dates are tentative.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks athletic department followed suit with many other schools across in the country in providing Election Day off for their student-athletes in an effort to promote civic duty.
The Aurora Conference volleyball tournament, originally scheduled for November 5-7 in Valdez, may not see any competition whatsoever after numerous schools have dropped out at various stages in the season.
ASAA, the regulating body for high school sports in Alaska, gave a November 21 deadline for all fall sports to conclude. Swimming in the lone fall sport in Fairbanks that has not seen any competition to this point, but the Fairbanks North Star Borough School has a plan to get student-athletes in the pool before the season closes.