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Jake Edmonds

Stories by Jake Edmonds

  • Football Final

    Palmer relying on the offensive line in 2014

    by Jake Edmonds on Aug 14, 23:27

    Palmer High School set the bar high in 2013, making it all the way to the state tournament where they lost in the second round by just three points to the eventual state champs — West. This year, they return just three starters from that team, but head coach Rodney Christiansen is optimistic they can […]

  • Football Final

    Dimond hopes to end 13-year drought

    by Jake Edmonds on Aug 13, 22:43

    The Dimond High School Lynx showed promise in 2013, making it all the way to the state semifinals where they lost to Service High School. This year, few players on the team are hiding the desire to get back to the tournament and take it one step further. And no one wants the championship more […]

  • Football Final

    Bartlett back to the basics, building around the defense

    by Jake Edmonds on Aug 12, 22:57

    The Bartlett Bears had a rough start to 2013 going 0-5 to start the season, experimenting with a spread offense. This year they’re going back to the traditional wing-T, but head coach Daniel Esparza says the success of this team lies with the defense. “I coached here in 2009 when we won the state championship […]

  • Football Final

    South’s experience will make them contenders in 2014

    by Jake Edmonds on Aug 11, 21:13

    In high school football, nothing is quite as valuable as experience, and the South High School Wolverines bring plenty of it in 2014. The Wolverines have seven returning starters on an offense that scored more than 30 points per game last season. The team also has eight starters on defense that allowed fewer than 15 […]

  • Football Final

    Wasilla Warriors to unleash not-so-secret weapon again this season

    by Jake Edmonds on Aug 11, 10:36

    Veterans Memorial Field was not kind to the Wasilla High School Warriors last season. The team went 0-­4 at home, including a six-point loss in the Potato Bowl against Palmer High School. This season, though, head coach Kent Rilatos has a new squad and new expectations. “The goal is to win our league championship. That’s […]

  • Football Final

    Starting quarterback spot up for grabs at Service High

    by Jake Edmonds on Aug 09, 19:03

    Service High School is known for its high-powered offenses. The Cougars averaged almost 40 points per game last season, earning them a seat at the state championship. They came up short against West High School. And this year, they’re looking to get back in the tournament. The Cougars know they have to win to get […]

  • Football Final

    East High hopes to turn things around with new tight end

    by Jake Edmonds on Aug 09, 10:39

    The 2013 football season was one to forget for the East High School Thunderbirds. The team went 1-­7 in the regular season and allowed more than 30 points per game, failing to make the playoffs for the first time since head coach Jeff Trotter took over in 2011. The Thunderbirds are looking to turn that […]

  • Football Final

    Eagle River football builds for the future

    by Jake Edmonds on Aug 07, 22:29

    At Eagle River High School, construction crews are working to finish up a brand new field and bleachers. It’s symbolic of a Wolves football team that is also being built from the ground up. Right now, their sights are set toward the future. “I’m technically the sixth head coach in 10 years here at Eagle […]

  • Football Final

    Conway hopes to carry Knights back to state tournament

    by Jake Edmonds on Aug 06, 17:23

    The Colony High School Knights are back on the gridiron after an up-and-down 2013 campaign. The Knights relied heavily on their offense last season, scoring 20 or more points per game in all but the first round of the Alaska State Tournament against Dimond High School, where they fell to the Lynx, 38-17. They hope […]

  • Local

    Chugiak offense getting a facelift

    by Jake Edmonds on Aug 05, 21:32

    Last season, the Chugiak High School football team finished with a 5-4 record, making it to the state tournament only to get beat in the first round by Service. The regular season was a roller coaster for the Mustangs who beat West (the eventual state champs) and Service (the runners-up). Following their regular season win […]

  • Local

    Like father, like daughter

    by Jake Edmonds on Aug 04, 7:19

    The Alaska School Activities Association (ASAA) inducted 11 individuals to their Hall of Fame Sunday. The Hall of Fame was established “to identify and honor, in a permanent manner, individuals who exhibited high ethical standards and integrity while achieving excellence in high school athletics and activities, as well as others who have distinguished themselves by […]

  • Local

    Gerald Coleman retires from hockey

    by Jake Edmonds on Aug 02, 20:04

      Alaska Aces goalkeeper Gerald Coleman is retiring from hockey after dealing with a hip problem over the last three seasons. “The doctors told me that I shouldn’t play anymore just because the way my hip is,” said Coleman. “And now that I’m getting older I wanted to turn to other things in my life […]

  • Local

    Goldpanners sweep ABL Championships

    by Jake Edmonds on Jul 30, 21:06

    After a lopsided win for the Alaska Goldpanners over the Mat-Su Miners on Tuesday, it took a defensive effort for them to finish off the sweep Tuesday evening. The Panners came into the game needing just a win to finish off the Miners in the best-of-three series. They got it, thanks to a couple of […]

  • Iditarod

    Musher honored for blazing Iditarod trail

    by Jake Edmonds on Jul 24, 18:29

    The Wasilla Musher’s Wall of Fame added a new face over the weekend. Jujiro Wada was considered by many to be a pioneer of the Iditarod trail and a legend in the dog mushing culture in Alaska. Born in Japan, Wada stowed away on a boat headed for San Francisco where he was shanghighed and forced […]

  • Local

    First annual Rally in the Valley marks disc golf’s growing popularity

    by Jake Edmonds on Jul 19, 17:21

    It’s a sports not many people know about – disc golf. But while not many have heard about it or participated in it yet, it is already becoming a popular thing to do in the summer. The Mat-Su Disc Golf Association (MSDGA) hosted its first annual Rally in the Valley event on Saturday at the […]

  • Sports

    Glacier provides unique opportunity for Alaska competitive skiers

    by Jake Edmonds on Jul 18, 8:52

    Just a jump, skip and a helicopter ride away from Anchorage lies one of the most unique training camps in the world: The North American Women’s Training Alliance camp. It sits right on top of Eagle Glacier, and gives athletes of every kind the opportunity to spend about a week polishing their skiing skills.

  • Local

    Miners bury the Pilots

    by Jake Edmonds on Jul 15, 22:42

    After losing to the Mat-Su on Monday night, the Glacier Pilots were virtually dead in the water coming into Tuesday, down three games behind the Miners. They did not make matters any better Tuesday night, losing to Mat-Su, 13-6. The Pilots got out to the early lead, scoring three runs in the fourth inning to […]

  • Local

    Pilots lose crucial meeting with Mat-Su

    by Jake Edmonds on Jul 14, 23:01

    It was a virtual must-win scenario for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots when they faced the Mat-Su Miners Monday night, but the Miners were too much to handle as they grounded the Pilots 5-1. The Pilots were the first on the board with a shot over the left field fence from Kevin Viers in the bottom […]

  • Local

    Baseball with a noisy twist

    by Jake Edmonds on Jul 11, 19:14

    Imagine a large softball flying right at you, beeping like the alarm clock that woke you up this morning. Now imagine not being able to see the ball, but having to hit it with a bat or field it off the ground. That’s beep baseball. Camp Abilities 2014 kicked off Friday morning. It’s a developmental […]

  • Local

    Seahawks help Alaska kids stay active

    by Jake Edmonds on Jul 08, 17:37

    What do you get when you combine a few hundred excited kids, a couple of NFL Super Bowl champs and a very big playground? You get the fourth annual Mat-Su Sea Hawkers Play 60 Challenge. The Play 60 Challenge is designed to help motivate kids to stay active by participating in some sort of physical […]