Chugiak grads making a big impact for college teams

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 11:28

Chugiak High grad Nicole Pinckney is making a big impact in her third year at the University of Alaska-Anchorage.

Pinckney was named to the all-tournament team at the Division II West Coast Classic on Sunday after helping the Seawolves to a pair of blowout wins at the two-day event at the Alaska Airlines Center. She scored 11 points in the team’s 110-82 win over San Francisco State on Sunday to finish with 28 points in two games. The redshirt sophomore scored a career-high 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range Saturday to help No. 16 UAA to a 93-45 win over Chaminade.

Pinckney sat out last season after suffering a knee injury before the 2018-19 season.

Burgess dominating

Chugiak grad Ashlynn Burgess scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in her first game for Division II Seattle Pacific University in the team’s 70-54 loss to Humboldt State on Friday. The next night, Burgess scored a team-high 23 points in SPU’s 91-77 loss to Fresno Pacific. Through the team’s first two games, Burgess was leading the team in both points and rebounds.

Snell scores again

All Derryk Snell does is catch touchdowns.

A redshirt freshman tight end at Montana State, the 2018 Chugiak High grad caught a touchdown pass in his second straight game Saturday to help the Bobcats to a 45-14 win over Northern Colorado.

Through Saturday, Snell has seven catches for two scores this season for the Bobcats, who are currently ranked No. 10 in the NCAA Division I Football Conference Subdivision poll.

Snell began his high school career as a wide receiver before transitioning to running back and linebacker. The 6-2, 245-pounder moved to tight end after arriving in Bozeman.

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