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Jake Edmonds

Stories by Jake Edmonds

  • Sports

    New mom Kikkan Randall takes advantage of unique facility to train close to home

    by Jake Edmonds on Jul 21, 18:57

    Four-time Olympian Kikkan Randall gained a brand new fan when she gave birth to her first child, Brek, in April. Three months later, she’s back on the trails but still close to home. “I’ve definitely been careful,” said Randall. “I’ve been gradually building up, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised how quickly it’s come back.” “Kikkan […]

  • Local

    Soldotna’s Gibbs grateful for another chance despite injury

    by Jake Edmonds on Jun 27, 7:52

    The recruiting process can pose a double-standard for some high school athletes. Colleges that offer scholarships receive verbal commitments from players before signing day and athletes are expected to honor that promise. But former Soldotna running back Drew Gibbs learned the hard way that some schools don’t always keep their word. On Aug. 14, 2015 […]

  • Sports

    Chugiak’s Alev Kelter taking a unique route to Olympics

    by Jake Edmonds on Jun 24, 19:12

    Last updated at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 24 Alev Kelter is weeks away from joining Team USA Rugby in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She always dreamed of representing her country at the games, but this was not what she had in mind. After graduating from Chugiak High School in 2009, […]

  • Local

    Anchorage hockey player overcomes tragic loss, aims for professional career

    by Jake Edmonds on Jun 18, 12:01

    Anchorage-born Hunter Fejes is one step away from achieving his dream of joining a professional hockey roster. He graduated from Colorado College in March and will head to the Lower 48 in September to attend training camp for the Arizona Coyotes’ new and so far nameless American Hockey League affiliate. Fejes had a successful college career […]

  • Local

    High school runner brings spotlight to Alaska transgender policy

    by Jake Edmonds on May 28, 13:05

    Haines runner Nattaphon Wangyot qualified for the girls 1-2-3A 100-meter and 200-meter finals Friday afternoon at the high school state track and field meet, but unlike her competitors, she was born with male anatomy. Transgender equality has become a hot topic of discussion around the country, and Alaska is no exception. The Alaska Schools Activities […]

  • Local

    Grace Christian runner overcomes life-threatening hurdle, qualifies for state

    by Jake Edmonds on May 23, 12:41

    The state high school track and field entries were released Sunday, and Grace Christian’s Sarah Newton is on the list. She will compete in the 400-meter race and join three others in the 4×400-meter relay. But three years ago, her athletic career was put on hold when she was faced with a potentially life-threatening situation. Just […]

  • Local

    Dimond High School hockey star signs to play college football

    by Jake Edmonds on May 02, 20:22

    When Chris Gardeline started playing hockey at 8-years-old, his goal was to one day make it to the college level. He never expected it would be on the gridiron. Gardeline was a goalie for the Dimond High School Lynx. After wrapping up his senior season on the ice, his football friends convinced him to join […]

  • Sports

    X Games medalist buried in avalanche near Haines

    by Jake Edmonds on Apr 14, 20:27

    A 2014 X Games gold medalist, Bode Merrill, was hospitalized Thursday afternoon after getting buried in an avalanche near Haines. According to Alaska State Troopers, Merrill, a 29-year-old Utah native, was snowboarding on Takhin Ridge, 30 miles west of Haines, with a local guiding company. He stepped out of a helicopter onto a snow overhang […]

  • Iditarod

    Mushing couple meets up in McGrath for 24-hour break

    by Jake Edmonds on Mar 09, 22:34

    As people waited for the next musher to come through McGrath, none were more excited than Travis Beals. When Beals’s girlfriend Sarah Stokey pulled in, it was the first time these two have met since leaving Willow at the start of the race. “You know, it’s funny cause I was wondering if we were going […]

  • Iditarod

    Strategy a key factor in winning the Iditarod

    by Jake Edmonds on Mar 09, 9:22

    Nikolai not only marks another checkpoint for Mushers, it also reminds them they have survived one of the hardest parts of the Iditarod. Now, it’s time for some changes. “The sled’s just heavy and very full, so I’m just trying to lighten my sled, get rid of some stuff, but I mean it’s still a […]

  • Iditarod

    ‘Skwentna Sweetie’ comes home in a new role

    by Jake Edmonds on Mar 07, 22:46

    Volunteers in Skwentna welcome every musher into the checkpoint with enthusiasm, but the biggest cheer came just before 5 a.m. Monday for one of their own. That’s when Kristin Bacon rolled into her first checkpoint. “We have been up, up up, just waiting and waiting in anticipation of Kristen coming,” Mama Sass told KTVA Sports. […]

  • Local

    Aces give young heart attack survivor early birthday present

    by Jake Edmonds on Feb 15, 20:47

    On the eve of his 15th birthday, Wasilla’s Spencer Koval got an early present, courtesy the Alaska Aces. Spencer dropped the honorary first puck before the Aces’ final series game against Allen on Saturday. He had come a long way from almost losing his life four years ago. Spencer excelled as a three-sport athlete. He […]

  • Local

    Rookie musher scratches from Kuskokwim 300 after falling into river

    by Jake Edmonds on Jan 18, 21:04

    The 2016 Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race provided plenty of challenges for many of the mushers, but maybe none as tough as what rookie musher Diana Haecker experienced. Haecker was 12 miles outside of the Aniak checkpoint when she came across an overflow in the river. “The markers were on the other side of the […]

  • Local

    At Great AK Shootout, Wiggs lifts Seawolves to 71-65 win over Drexel

    by Jake Edmonds on Nov 28, 14:08

    The University of Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball team earned a second round win in the GCI Great Alaska Shootout Friday, defeating Drexel 71-65. The Seawolves were led by the junior stand-out Suki Wiggs, who had 33 points in the win. Wiggs is proving to be a huge asset for head coach Rusty Osbourne and the […]

  • Local

    Buzzer beater falls short as Seawolves lose to MTSU in Great Alaska Shootout

    by Jake Edmonds on Nov 27, 7:08

    The last time the University of Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball team had beaten a first-round opponent in the GCI Great Alaska Shootout was 1996. The Seawolves gave themselves a chance against Middle Tennessee State on Thursday, but fell short 75-72. After going into the half up 35-31, the Blue Raiders rallied to take a 62-47 […]

  • Local

    She said yes!: UAA senior gets engaged after Seawolves clinch GNAC title

    by Jake Edmonds on Nov 22, 8:44

        ANCHORAGE — It was a night to remember for UAA senior Katelynn Zanders. Sweep Western Oregon on senior night? Check. Clinch the GNAC regular season title? Check. But the Seawolf outside hitter won’t remember the game for her on-the-court numbers. In fact, Zanders recorded just seven kills in three sets against the Wolves — […]

  • Local

    Former East wrestler now fighting for his family

    by Jake Edmonds on Nov 16, 8:14

    If you like to watch fights, you might want to make it out to Sullivan Arena on Wednesday to watch the Alaska Fighting Championship 118 event. Eighteen fighters will duke it out, but Niko Novelli is fighting for more than just himself. “That man on the other side of the cage is taking food out […]

  • Local

    Basketball brings the family together for two Seawolves

    by Jake Edmonds on Nov 09, 14:41

    The University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves are back to their winning ways, thanks in part to their front court, coached by Dimond grad Shaina Afoa. After playing for the Lynx, Shania decided to head south and play for Central Washington, where she lettered in three sports, including four times in basketball. “I thought after high […]

  • Local

    Allie Ostrander honored after record-setting performance

    by Jake Edmonds on Oct 19, 16:01

    After breaking the course record at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Friday, Allie Ostrander was honored for her efforts on Monday. The Kenai native, who now runs for Boise State, was named National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Women’s Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. According to […]

  • Local

    Ostrander roars onto national stage, breaks Wisconsin adidas Invitational course record

    by Jake Edmonds on Oct 16, 19:22

    Kenai’s Allie Ostrander led the Boise State Broncos women’s cross country team to a sixth place finish, earning her second collegiate first place run at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational Friday morning. Ostrander finished ahead of 245 runners from 36 schools with a time of 19:19.5, three seconds ahead of the next finisher. According to FloTrack.org, […]