Girls 3A Quarterfinals Sitka 78 – Valdez 22 Four players scored in the double figures to lead the Sitka Wolves to an easy win over Valdez. Zosha Krupa scored 22 points in 20 minutes. Alexandra Kirby chipped in a double-double with ten points and ten rebounds. Anchorage Christian 54 – Galena 37 After a slow […]
The coming year will mark a major anniversary for the GCI Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament — 40 years. And the host has already set the table. Even though it’s only March, the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) has announced the eight team men’s field for the Thanksgiving tradition. Three teams will travel north from California: California […]
Most people wouldn’t consider the hockey rink a place to relax. But for some members of the military, it’s the perfect place. As part of the Alaska Warriors Hockey program, veterans who struggle with a variety of issues — many emotional — use time on the ice to get away from the daily pressures of life and whatever may trouble them. “Recreational therapy is an […]
If experience counts, the Dimond lynx should be in good shape. As the state basketball tournament tips off this Thursday in Anchorage, the Lynx enter as the 4A’s second seed. They enter confidently, too. “It was a great year for us, we had a great time. Every win, we’d build on that and we just […]
Roxy Wright, 66, had been gone from the sport of mushing for two decades, but then came back with a flourish last month, taking the Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship in Anchorage. Wright did it again Sunday, winning the GCI Open North American Championship Sled Dog Race in Fairbanks. Buddy Streeper and Lina Streeper took second and third respectively […]
No one has more Iditarod wins than Rick Swenson. In 1991, he made history when he took his fifth title. Photos from Iditarod: The First Ten Years – Rob Stapleton and Frank Flavin
Sporting his bright red coat, he steams along like the Big Red Machine. Although that nickname is already reserved for the great Cincinnati Reds teams of the 1970s, Mitch Seavey also has that championship look. “I guess it’s the diplomatic thing to say that anything can happen, but I’m pretty excited because I think I’m […]
How do you get from the classroom to the Iditarod trail? Laura Neese knows the way. She got her first taste of this way of life when she was 9. In Ohio, she followed the race for a grade school project. Eleven years later, she’s working with Ed Stielstra’s family and kennel and has found […]
There are credit cards, cash, checks and even IOUs. But out on the Iditarod trail, sometimes a little throwback commerce works. While on a rest in Ruby, mushers Dave Branholm and Melissa Stewart looked more like contestants on “Let’s Make a Deal” than mushers. Branholm was offering up dog booties to Stewart for some extra dog […]
Last year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race still casts a dark shadow, but Nulato is getting out from under it. Larry Esmailka says it’s about time. “There’s a new year and we’ll deal with it,” he said. Now in his 28th year ensuring the Last Great Race has an easy transition on the way […]
Most years, musher Matthew Failor’s birthday happens to fall during The Last Great Race. Friday was that day. “It’s a special day on the Iditarod,” he said. Now 35, he spends it differently than most since there’s no cake, presents or even someone to sing him “Happy Birthday.” So he sings it to himself. “Just making […]
The 1980 Iditarod race was a breakthrough for Joe May. Like he did in the other five events he entered, he won, receiving an unlikely assist with Herbie filling as the lead dog. May cajoled a performance out his team, getting to Nome some 13 hours ahead the legendary Herbie Nayokpuk. He only ran the Iditarod […]
His win was one for the ages — Emmitt Peters’ rookie victory in 1975 is still held in high regard today. Photos courtesy of Iditarod Trail Annual and Iditarod: The First Ten Years – Rob Stapleton, Alice Puster, Bill Devine, Fran Durner, and Frank Flavin KTVA is the official station of the Iditarod. Follow our coverage on Twitter, Facebook and online.
Susan Butcher was one of the best Iditarod mushers of all time. KTVA 11 Sports Director Dave Goldman recaps her first win 31 years ago. Photos from The Iditarod Trail Insider and Iditarod: The First Ten Years – Frank Flavin KTVA is the official station of the Iditarod. Follow our coverage on Twitter, Facebook and online.
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is now a mainstay in American sports. It wasn’t always like that. The first race took off in 1973, thanks to the vision of Joe Redington. Photos from Iditarod: The First Ten Years – Dan Seavey collection
The University of Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team knows the accommodations at Alaska Airlines Center well. Now, as hosts of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) 2017 Division II Women’s Basketball Championship West Region, the Seawolves will also get to test out the home court theory. After posting a 29-1 record and a number two […]
It’s been difficult for a lot of folks in Alaska to take—the Alaska Aces will be no more after ownership said last week the team is no longer economically viable. But no one has a connection to the team like current Dimond High School head coach Dennis Sorenson. How could they? He started the team, though not in its current […]
As we get set for the 45th running of the Last Great Race, let’s rewind to last year. It had everything: drama, great competition and sadly, tragedy.
Alaska Aces’ Head Coach Rob Murray had a hard time finding the words. “It’s shocking. It’s disappointing. It’s … I could go on and use as many phrases as I want,” Murray said in an interview Thursday after the announcement was made that this would be the team’s final season. Before Thursday’s win at Elmira, Murray […]
After nearly three decades as a hockey staple in the 49th state, the Alaska Aces will cease operations at the end of this season. The announcement was made Thursday. BREAKING: The Alaska Aces will cease operations at the end of the 2016/17 season. pic.twitter.com/aUjom3uMO6 — Alaska Aces (@AlaskaAces) February 23, 2017 Last Friday, through multiple […]