There's a difference between loyalty to the home team--athletes
imported to play for our local colleges and pro franchises--and
the deep emotional bond we share with hometown heroes, the local
legends we knew back when. They are the boys and girls from next
door, or the next town. We watched them grow up, watched them
play when it was still play. Unfortunately, these luminaries are
almost inevitably dispersed because of sport's mercenary nature,
lured away by scholarships or contracts. Well, we're bringing
'em all back home for the millennium--not necessarily to where
they were born, but to where they first showed flashes of the
greatness to come. Thus, Broadway Joe is in Pennsylvania, not
Alabama or New York; and the Mailman is in Louisiana, not Utah.
The result: the top 50 from your state and, on the following
pages, a list of those from all 50 states. In short, the
ultimate home teams.
Duke's alltime leader in three-pointers and free throw
percentage; 11th pick, by Cavaliers in 1999.
Won Olympic downhill gold and Super G silver in 1994; retired in
'98 with five U.S. titles.
Famed dog trainer and sprint musher won Anchorage Fur Rendezvous
World Championship record 10 times.
Three-time Olympian was downhill silver medalist in 1992 Games
and won gold at '97 world championships.
Transplanted Massachusetts native is one of the most consistent
Iditarod racers: four victories, 12 top five finishes in 17
Set U.S. record this year with time of 2:09:32 in Chicago
Marathon; won 1993 NCAA indoor 3,000-meters title.
Roxy Wright Champaine
Won Fur Rendezvous World Championship three times--only woman to
win it--and women's champion eight times.
Broncos offensive guard has been on three Super Bowl winners and
played in two Pro Bowls.
Member of Oregon's 1977 NCAA national champion cross-country
team; three-time All-America.
Kodak All-America averaged 26.9 points and led Chugiak High to
state basketball title in 1994; also won state titles at 400 and
800 meters; fifth in career scoring at Kansas State.
Has run the Iditarod 22 times since 1976 and won it a record
In 1985 she became he first woman to win the Iditarod.
All-state in basketball for two years at Bartlett High; fifth
alltime leading scorer at Alaska-Anchorage.
4A player of the year at Lathrop High in 1990; tied NCAA record
with three interception returns for touchdowns at Oregon State
in '96; has played safety for the Chiefs in four-year NFL career.
First Alaskan to play in the NFL; averaged 11.2 yards per catch
as tight end with Jets from 1983 to '87.
Third on Arizona State's career scoring list; assistant women's
basketball coach at UCLA.
Set state career records at Service High with 2,241 rushing
yards and 27 touchdowns, and single-game record of nine
Joe Redington Sr.
Founded the Iditarod race in 1973; seven top 10 finishes,
including a fifth-place finish in '88--at age 71.
Set single-season hockey scoring record at East High in 1981-82;
has played professionally in seven countries.
Four-time wrestling All-America at Pacific and
Wisconsin-Parkside from 1979 to '84.
First Hispanic player in the NHL is playing center for the
Devils this season, and is a leading Calder Trophy candidate.
All-state defensive end, discus thrower and shot-putter at
Lathrop High; third-round pick of Lions in 1994; is now with
Two-time finalist for college hockey's Hobey Baker Award (1998
and '99) and Colorado College's No. 2 alltime scorer.
Signed with Brewers for brief
stint in majors in 1995; first Alaskan to play in the big
Won state titles in 110-meter high hurdles, and 100, 200 and 400
dashes on same day as a junior at Dimond High in 1997; wideout at
Washington in '99.
Three-time member of Olympic cross-country team; five-time
champion at Mount Marathon.
McDonald's All-American in 1998-99 averaged 28 points and 12
rebounds at Juneau-Douglass High; now playing for Duke.
Won U.S. junior downhill skiing championship in 1989 and U.S.
downhill titles in '91 and '95.
NAIA All-America team honorable mention soccer player at Pacific
Lutheran in 1994 and '95; first Alaskan to play professionally in
Rowed on U.S. Olympic gold medal women's eights in '84; first
Alaskan to win Olympic gold.
Quit Harvard swimming team and qualified for U.S. cross-country
ski team in 1980 and '84; three-time U.S. champion.
Two-time state high school heavyweight wrestling champ at
Eielson; guard for Packers and 49ers from 1986 to '92.
Holds state high school record for 800 meters (1:49.2), which he
ran at Bartlett High in 1985.
Mushed in 16 Iditarods, finished second in 1993 and '98; won the
'89 Beargrease sled dog marathon.
Alaska-Anchorage's alltime leader in steals, assists and
three-pointers; was second in career scoring when he graduated
Made first successful solo winter climb to Mount McKinley's
summit in 1998.
Led Kotzebue High to two state championships; first Eskimo to
attend college on a basketball scholarship (Alaska-Anchorage).
After starring at Monroe Catholic High from 1984 to '88, career
assist leader as point guard at Miami.
One of only four Iditarod mushers to win the race three times;
has four other top 10 finishes.
First wrestler to win four state 4A titles had a career record
of 106-1 at West Valley High School.
Led Ketchikan High to four state hoops titles from 1964 to '68.
Backcourt man transferred to Alaska-Anchorage from Weber State
and became school's fourth-leading career scorer (1,363 points)
in just two years.
State girls' volleyball player of year at Colony High in 1994;
four-year starting blocker at Duke.
Eight-time winner of foot race up Mount Marathon; member of 1988
U.S. Olympic Nordic team.
State basketball player of year in 1995 at East High; played
hoops for two seasons at Idaho and started at defensive end for
Vandals for two seasons.
Swimming star at Cal State-Bakersfield won four NCAA Division II
individual championships in 1985 and '86.
Ohio State volleyball star, was Big 10 player of the year in
Running back at West High and the state offensive player of the
year in 1989; switched to linebacker at Washington and had 150
Star player for--and then coach of--the Klawock Totems in statewide
amateur Gold Medal basketball tournaments.
Two-time high school basketball player of year (1983 and '84) at
East High; played guard at Montana.
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