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H.A. (Red) Boucher
2009 AK Goldpanners: Tim Gloyd, MGR • Kevin Higgins • Bret Lachemann • Brandon Harmon • Bobby Davis // Jarod Berggren • Kyle Brule • Stuart Burnett • David Colvin • Derrick Chung • Jesse Darrah • Greg Davis • Alex Gillingham • Brennan Gowans • Scott Greene • Derek Grieve • Jeeter Ishida • Jordan LeGros • Mike McCarthy • Ryan McIntyre • Jesse Meaux • Martin Medina • Nigel Morton • Zach Peek • Andrew Pollack • Jeremy Rodriguez • Justin Schafer • Evan Simonitsch • Sean Timmons • Raoul Torrez • Zach Vawter-Scoggins • Derek Wilson
Midnight Sun Goldpanners: Jim Dietz • Randy Barber • Steve Dietz • Dan Geisler // Travis Andersen • Josh Ashenbrenner • Brian Buckham • Ryan Buckles • Anthony Burke • Cameron Christian • Timothy Culligan • David Duetchman • Stephen Foster • Bud Hollowell • Thomas Hoenshel • Taylor Hunter • Josh Kalalau • Eric Lane • Patrick McClain • Tristan Metcalf • Trent Olezszcuk • Phil Parrish • Joe Pratt • Carey Schwartz • Derek Speigner • Mykal Stokes • Elliott Van Gaver • Jason Van Skike • Brett Williams • Austin Wooldridge | Administrative - Ann Dennis • Don Dennis • Anthony Keel • Brian Kerley • Aaron Torres
8/17/9: "That breeze you feel from the north is the Fairbanks Goldpanners sighing in relief."The Goldpanners weren't even playing Saturday, but they were among the winners when the Anchorage Glacier Pilots were denied a sixth championship at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan."
8/4/9: Bret Lachemann (09) Where baseball burns bright “It’s good to coach the college kids again, to see the College World Series kids from (Arizona State University), to see the level of dedication and how good the kids are,” Lachemann said. “I got a chance to deal with the college guys on an everyday basis. It was a great way to get that fix. It’s good for me because I’ve been coaching high school and I can go back and probably be a little tougher on our guys. You guys say you want to play college baseball? You gotta work your butt off.”
"Dennis said the people of Fairbanks have kept the
Goldpanners afloat for 50 years,
7/18/9: Glacier Pilots' offense too much for Goldpanners In a fight to stay alive in the Alaska Baseball League title race, the Pilots defeated the Alaska Goldpanners 9-7 on Saturday night at Growden Memorial Park
7/16/9: Goldpanners gain ground as four scramble for first place in ABL The Alaska Goldpanners needed just one inning to stay in the thick of the Alaska Baseball League title hunt.
7/15/9: McCarthy throws 1-hitter for Panners - The Goldpanners pitcher was in absolute control of Tuesday night's game
7/11/9: Panners sweep Bucs to complete successful homestand By Matias Saari And both teams got a little riled up after the Alaska Goldpanners' 9-1 pasting of the Bucs
Panners rally late to take down Bucs
7/5/9: Land of Midnight Baseball "It gets kind of dusky like when you’re at a ballgame and they’re about to turn the lights on, but you don’t need lights. You start to get some shadows, then the sun comes up again."
"At one point the sky turned really pink," Jablonski said. "But the sun never went past the horizon. It was really cool. I’ve never played in front of a crowd that big."
More than 4,000 boisterous fans attended the game. The game is halted briefly at midnight for the singing of a traditional Alaskan folk song.
"They were chanting the whole game," Yinger said. "The sun went down and literally came right back up. "It was awesome. It made the whole trip worth it. It was a great atmosphere."
7/4/9: In the land of "continual sunlight" - "After dinner and the Midnight Sun Festival, Brad and I attended the 104th Midnight Sun Game hosted by the Alaska Goldpanners. It was one of the coolest things I have ever experienced. The game started at 10:30 at night and went until about 1 am. The whole game was played under natural light. The furthest the sun went down was a little bit under the horizon but it never got dark. It was neat seeing baseball played under those conditions and to see how much the community supported that game, as over three thousand people attended the game. I’m really glad I had the opportunity to go to the game."
- by Aaron Torres
6/14/9: Film Crew Captures Essence of Midnight Sun Four Massachusetts filmmakers spent two years following the teams in the Alaska League. They sent me an advance copy of the DVD, and it is about as in-depth a look at the world of Alaska baseball that we might ever see.
6/12/9: Dakota Watts (07) Oroville alum Watts drafted by Twins
6/11/9: Shorthanded Goldpanners Open ABL Season “Whether we’re ready or not, we’re going to put a team on the field,” Dennis said with a chuckle earlier this week. Usually the Panners open the season with a series of exhibition games against teams from Outside, then begin the ABL season. Since the ABL expanded from 35 to 45 league games this season, the exhibition games are intermingled with the regular season action."
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H.A. (Red) Boucher
As one Goldpanners player left the theater, he looked at another, both still in uniform, and said, “That was like my story.”
Former Fairbanks mayor, Goldpanners founder 'Red' Boucher dies at 88
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