The longest-running regular-season college basketball tournament in the country, the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout invites eight men's and four women's teams from across the country for an intense tournament packed into Thanksgiving weekend. In the 34th edition of the men's field, the Seawolves host such formidable foes as Murray State, who dribbled and dunked their way into last year's NCAA tournament, as well as New Mexico State and Southern Mississippi. Gents battle to climb the brackets in four days of play so fast-paced that games must be announced by professional auctioneers.
Founded as a nonprofit by philanthropist Shana Harris, the Alaska Quake strives to build confidence and character through exhibition and education of basketball. A recent expansion member of the American Basketball Association, the Quake suit up against West Coast competitors that include the Seattle Mountaineers. During games, the athletic young men of the Quake careen over the hardcourt with smooth pick-and-rolls and rim-rattling dunks, powered on by the cheers of the crowd and the energetic moves of the Quake Girls dance team. In addition to their regular-season competitive schedule, team players and coaches also lead youth skills sessions in the offseason, teaching future all-stars the finer points of foul shooting, ball handling, and ref-tickling.
AFC's popular hardcore fight-fests challenge Alaska's toughest body-busters to unleash their most furious whooping, fostering an all-out war style that prepares its savage fighters for larger showcases, including the UFC. In AFC 80's main event, Light Heavyweight champion Tre Leckbee dares Stephen Waalkes to come and get the title belt without getting belted. In the amateur three-minute round, Orlando Jordan and Aaron Bea also get their takedown on, sweeping legs and tossing elbows like janitors at a mannequin factory. Ladies get in on the devastation in the woman's 130-pound undercard bout, which pits Kloiah "Crazy Mama" Wayland against Kylee Smith.
Having adopted the nickname of Alaskan aviation innovator Bob Reeve, the Anchorage Glacier Pilots have had the state's history in their lifeblood since they first took the field in 1969. Over the years, the Pilots' rising collegiate stars have won the National Baseball Congress World Series—held in Wichita, Kansas—five times. Each game, up to 5,300 baseball fans can pack the stands at Mulcahy Stadium, which was built back in 1953 when every American was legally obligated to eat a whole apple pie during the seventh-inning stretch.
Full Swing Golf of Alaska's golf simulator can recreate each rolling fairway and sand bunker of 36 world-class courses, from Pebble Beach in California to Firestone Country Club in Ohio. During lessons or unguided sessions, the simulated links help players work on game essentials, including putting, driving, and body checking. At the retail store, Full Swing Golf of Alaska's staff modifies old clubs and finds a home for new ones. An accredited club builder can construct new sets from scratch or alter customers’ favorite clubs, upgrading them with new grips and cleaning away the remains of smashed piñatas.