3 headline inaugural class of athletic excellence and sportsmanship
The first three Alaskans high school stars were honored for their work on the field of competition and how they presented themselves.
Dimond's Alissa Pili (basketball), Gus Schumacher of Service (cross-country skiing), and Soldotna's Brenner Furlong (football) were all first-year winners of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame's Youth Directors' Awards.
Pili and Schumacher were chosen for the Pride of Alaska Award which focuses on athletic prowess. Furlong received the Trajan Langdon Award acknowledging leadership and sportsmanship while inspiring others.
A junior, Pili is already attracting national recruiters for her basketball. She's won state titles in volleyball, basketball, track and field and wrestling. Twice she's been named Gatorade Alaska Basketball Player of the Year as a sophomore and a junior.
Schumacher is a senior and dominates on the cross-country ski trail. A two-time Skimeister, the top skier at the states, he's also won the state title in cross country running as a junior. He pursued skiing as a senior. On the international stage, he played a huge role for the U.S. relay team in capturing a silver medal at the World Junior Championships.
Soldotna's Brenner Furlong is a state champion in track and field and a former Gatorade High School Football Player of the Year. But he serves as a mentor on his team and has demonstrated kindness to fellow students who are challenged by physical disabilities.
All three will be honored at a ceremony on April 24 at the Anchorage Museum.
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