2018 Alaska Sports Hall of Fame class announced

Holly Brooks was named to the 2018 Alaska Sports Hall of Fame class.

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Climbing seven mountain peaks is a feat to be proud of. Climbing the highest peak on each of the seven continents – that's something to be remembered for. And that's exactly what Dolly Lefever is being honored for, as one of the 2018 Alaska Sports Hall of Fame inductees.

She's joined by powerhouse volleyball coach Virgil Hooe and Olympic cross country skier Holly Brooks.

Lefever made history, when she became the first American woman to conquer Australia's Mount Kosciuszko and the third woman to climb the elusive Seven Summits.

Hooe is a record-setting volleyball coach with 11 Class 4A state championships, including an jaw dropping 10 with Service High School in the 1970s, 80s, 90s and 2000s. He also founded the Midnight Sun volleyball club team in 1983, which helped dozens of players land college scholarships.

Hooe was the head coach at West High School from 1976 to 1981, until he left for Service High School. He was at Service until 2003, and then joined South as an assistant coach. Hooe also served as a volunteer coach for the University of Alaska, years later.

Brooks is a former U.S. ski team member, who competed twice at the Olympics. She's also one of the first Americans to reach the podium in a 4x5K World Cup relay race.

Brooks skied at Whitman College, but never qualified for a nationals race until she joined the Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center in 2006. From there, she went on to win her first national championship in 2009, 1-of-9 wins that sent her to the 2010 Olympics.

On her resume, she has seven top 10 World Cup finishes, a second Olympic berth in the 2014 games, and two national championships.

The 2018 Arctic Games will headline the induction ceremony this spring. This will be the 25th edition of the games.



 
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