The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame sees the future. Certainly honoring past athletes, many who have already retired, will always be its hallmark. 

But it's also looking ahead. 

Tuesday night at its annual induction ceremony, a new category debuted. The Youth Awards honored some of the finest up-and-coming athletes who are still in high school. 

Dimond's Alissa Pili, Service's Gus Schumacher and Brenner Furlong of Soldotna were all recognized. Furlong played a huge role leading the Stars to a sixth consecutive state football title. Schumacher worked his magic on skis anchoring the U.S. relay team to a silver medal at the World Junior Championships in Switzerland. And Pili's prowess on the basketball court was evident helped direct her Lynx to an undefeated season and state crown. 

"I'm just honored by it, therefore, I get to leave my mark in this world by this award," said Pili.

The Hall's Executive Director Harlow said it was time to expand.

"If we're not including the youth, and working to honor the best and the brightest, then we're missing the boat," he said.

Looks like they're on board.  

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