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Yukon Quest, UAA Upset Make Hall As Event, Moment

Published On: Dec 09 2013 02:35:27 PM AKST   Updated On: Dec 09 2013 02:52:46 PM AKST

The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame announced its 8th annual class on Monday, and it will be a basketball heavy year.  Three-time state player of the year Mario Chalmers and current Wasilla girls coach Jeannie Hebert-Truax will be the two individuals enshrined at a ceremony sometime in March of 2014.  

Making the Hall of Fame as a sporting event is the Yukon Quest, a 1,000 mile sled dog race that alternates course directions between Fairbanks and Whitehorse.  

Also elected as a sports moment is the UAA men's basketball team's upset of 2nd-ranked Michigan in December of 1988, nicknamed the "Seawolf Basketball Win Of The Century."  Michigan went on to win the NCAA title that same season.

After leading Bartlett High School to a pair of state championships, Chalmers' path to basketball greatness continued at Kansas, where his "miracle shot" helped the Jayhawks win the 2008 NCAA title.  He has since become the first Alaskan to claim an NBA title, as a part of back to back championships with the Miami Heat.   

Hebert-Truax had a distinguished playing career at both Monroe Catholic High School and the University of Miami.  She has recently led the Wasilla girls team to three consecutive state titles.