Eve Stephens is one of the brightest stars in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference on and off the court.
Stephens, a UAA sophomore and former Colony High School standout, was among seven Seawolves to be named to the GNAC All-Academic Team. But better than that, Stephens was one of only three recognized to sport a 4.0 grade point average. Stephens, who was named the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman/Mat-Su Seahawkers Student-Athlete of the Year following her senior year at CHS, is also among the GNAC’s top players on the court. She leads the conference with an average of 3.79 kills per set.
Stephens has 319 kills and 71 total blocks as a sophomore.
Stephens also enjoyed a superb freshman season. She was named first-team All-GNAC and the GNAC Freshman of the Year. The 6-foot-1 right side hitter broke a school record, finishing with a .330 attack percentage, the best by a UAA freshman.
Tanner Schachle, a former Wasilla High School standout, bagged his second goal of the season during a 3-3 tie against Nebraska-Omaha Nov. 1 in Anchorage. Schachle scored late in the third period to tie the score and force overtime. The Seawolves finished 0-1-1 in a two-game set against the Mavericks. He had an assist during a 4-3 loss the night before.
Schachle had four total shots in the series, and a has two goals and an assist through six games this season.
Schachle was one of a pair of former Valley standouts to take the ice in the series. Josh Boyer, who played two seasons at Colony before moving with his family to the Lower 48, is a freshman at UNO.
Boyer skated in both games, had a shot on goal in the first game and was part of the starting lineup in the second game. Boyer has a goal and an assist in five games this season.
Parker Kizer, a former Colony standout, finished with more than 300 total yards in offense last week. Kizer, a sophomore quarterback at Luther College in Iowa, rushed for 197 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 121 yards during a 60-40 loss to Buena Vista in Storm Lake, Iowa. Kizer rushed for scores from 1, 68 and 8 yards.
In eight games this season, Kizer has 577 yards rushing and six touchdowns, and 335 yards passing.
Valley Grown is a regular feature highlighting the work of former Valley athletes at the next level.
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