ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - In its inaugural year, Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Directors' Youth Awards were awarded to three young Alaskans.
Dimond multi-sport athlete Alissa Pili, Service cross-country skier Gus Schumacher, and Soldotna football player Brenner Furlong were recognized as the award's first winners.
Pride of Alaska Youth Award
This award is for consistent excellence in athletic competition, and that’s exactly how Pili’s and Schumacher’s prep careers have gone.
Girls' winner Alissa Pili is a two-time Alaska Gatorade Player of the Year in Basketball, and she has won eight state championships before her senior year of high school, a testament to her athleticism.
In just three years at Dimond High School, Pili has won three state championships in track and field (two in Shot Put, and Discus), three titles in volleyball, one in wrestling, and one in basketball.
The Boys' winner Gus Schumacher is a state champion cross-country runner and skier. Schumacher was skimeister for the second straight year, leading the Cougars to a state championship, and was a part of a historic silver medal relay team at the World Junior Championships.
Trajan Langdon Youth Award
The Trajan Langdon award recognizes leadership, sportsmanship, and inspiration, and Soldotna High School senior Brenner Furlong is this year’s award winner.
Furlong is the two-time offensive player of the year, Gatorade football Player of the year in 2016-17, and 400-meter state champion in track.
Off the field the Furlong is known for helping other students with physical disabilities by giving them rides or helping them study.