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Simpson taking his basketball game to Alaska

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 8, 2003

Adam Simpson is enduring plenty of ribbing this summer about his plans to play his final two years of college basketball at Alaska-Anchorage.

Alaska-Anchorage is a Division II school best known for its participation in the Great Alaska Shootout every Thanksgiving weekend.

Simpson just finished his second and final successful year at St. Catharine College in Springfield. That followed an equally lucrative prep career at Western Hills.

Now he’s off to Alaska, home of fish, bears, huskies and cold weather. Really, really cold weather.

Simpson said his choice has brought a bemused reaction from parents Malcolm and Candice and from friends around Frankfort, though his parents were comforted when told the remainder of his college education is free.

“Their first reaction is, ‘Are you serious?'” Simpson said, laughing. “Alaska? Then I explain that I’ll be on national television, and they’re like, ‘Oh, that’s awesome.’

“But they all understand,” he added. “They joke around, but I knew I’d get that.”

Simpson started most of his two years for the traditionally powerful Patriots of St. Catharine, helping the team post records of 22-11 and 23-7.

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