Hannah Wandersee

Andy Mead/UAA athletics

University of Alaska Anchorage’s Hannah Wandersee goes up for a shot in a women’s basketball game against NCAA Division I Duke on Nov. 5 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. 

Hannah Wandersee didn’t back down from facing NCAA Division I women’s basketball power Duke. 

The University of Alaska Anchorage 6-foot-2 junior forward pumped in her second career double-double in an 87-56 exhibition loss to No. 12 Duke on Sunday at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. 

The Kodiak High School product led the Seawolves — ranked No. 4 in NCAA Division II — with 19 points and 10 rebounds in 32 minutes.   

“We have been waiting for a breakout game from her like this ... we just didn’t realize it would come against Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium,” UAA coach Ryan McCarthy said. 

Wandersee shot 9 of 16 from the field, while tossing in four blocks, two steals and one assist. 

The Blue Devils, which lost to Oregon in the second round of last year’s NCAA Tournament, received 27 points from two-time All-American Lexie Brown and led 49-26 at halftime. 

“This was a tremendous opportunity for us to test ourselves against incredible athletes at the high level of our sport,” McCarthy said. “I’m really proud of the effort our ladies showed today — they did not back down an inch. Hannah’s effort was especially impressive.”

Wandersee — a star on Kodiak’s 2014 undefeated team — last recorded a double-double as a freshman when she had 22 points and 11 rebounds — both career highs — against New Hope Christian. 

UAA (1-0) opened the season with a 95-45 rout of Johnson & Wales on Thursday in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Wandersee filled the statistical sheet with 14 points, nine rebounds, four blocks, four steals and two assists. She was 6 of 9 shooting from the field in 27 minutes. 

UAA begins Division II competition at the Wildcat Crossover Tournament in Ellensburg, Washington. The Seawolves play Hawaii Pacific University on Friday and Cal State Los Angeles on Saturday. 

Adriane Horn netted four points in Montana Tech’s 101-63 thumping of Nueta Hidatsa on Friday in Butte, Montana. 

Horn, a member of Kodiak’s 2014 state championship team, went 2 for 3 from the field and added two steals in nine minutes. 

The following night, Horn missed her only two shots in Montana Tech’s 88-56 win over Dickinson State. 

Montana Tech (4-0) competes in the Frontier Conference of NAIA Division I.


For the second time this season, former Kodiak stars Kalameli Matautia and Ryana Recustodio faced each other in a Northwest Athletic Conference match. 

Columbia Basin and Matautia won the first battle and took the second won over Recustodio and Big Bend, 25-6, 25-14, 25-10, on Nov. 1 in Washington. 

Matautia played one set and ended with four service aces, three kills and three digs. Recutodio played in all three sets and recorded five digs, three kills and one assist.

Columbia Basin followed that with a 25-16, 25-12, 26-24 loss at East Region leader North Idaho. 

Matautia led the team with nine kills and 10 digs, while adding two block assists. 

Columbia Basin (13-2 NWAC, 26-6 overall) finishes the regular season on Wednesday before entering the NWAC Championship on Nov. 16. 

Recustodio concluded her freshman season at Big Bend (0-16, 1-31) with a career high eight kills in a 25-22, 25-20, 25-13 loss to Wenatchee Valley on Friday.

The 2017 KHS graduate finished with 57 kills and 53 digs in 31 matches.  

Cross country

Competing in her first South Central Regional meet, Black Hills State University redshirt freshman Zoe Bigley placed 145th on Saturday in . 

The Kodiak product covered the 6-kilometer course in 25 minutes, 21.06 seconds. Black Hills, an NCAA Division II school, placed 10th in the 27-team field. 

The Black Hills men were 13th and led by Jonah and Jordan Theisen from Kenai. Jonah placed 54th on the 10K course (33:01.99), while his brother was 78th (33:41.01). 

Black Hills junior Levi Fried did not run in the race. 


Whitworth University junior Blake James picked up a pair of top three finishes in dual meets over the weekend against Linfield and Willamette. 

James finished second in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:24.32) and third in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.04).

The Kodiak product added a sixth in the 400 individual medley (4:59.19) and was on Whitworth’s second-place 400 medley relay (3:47.14) and fourth-place 200 medley relay (1:45.34). 

Whitworth beat Linfield 91.5 and Willamette 150-55. 


Mhar (Andrew) Caballa recorded one of Eastern Oregon University’s three victories in a dual against Providence on Saturday in Oregon. 

Caballa — ranked ninth in NAIA at 125 pounds — defeated Dorian Sapian 7-4 to open the dual. 

Eastern lost 38-9. 


Josh Morin and Arizona State University won the West Coast Collegiate Team Championships over the weekend in Fresno, California. 

Morin is a sophomore at ASU. 


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