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Jake Edmonds

Stories by Jake Edmonds

  • Local

    Anchorage youth shine on national soccer stage

    by Jake Edmonds on Jul 27, 17:05

    Soccer is growing in Alaska and local youth are growing up with it. Alexis Mckinnon, Casey Leonard, and Isabella Roberts are among five Anchorage natives that play for the “U16 AK Selects Chicas.” The team travels all over the country, playing in tournaments against the country’s best up-and-coming soccer stars. “It’s definitely fun just traveling […]

  • Eskimo-Indian Olympics

    American Ninja Warrior competitor succeeds at WEIO

    by Jake Edmonds on Jul 19, 11:17

    The WEIO games wrapped up Saturday evening with the one-foot high kick, arm pull, ear weight and bench reach. Unalakleet’s Nick Hanson is no stranger to these games. The WEIO veteran earned three medals coming into Saturday and added to that total during the bench reach. Unlike most WEIO games, the bench reach has no […]

  • Eskimo-Indian Olympics

    WEIO games officially ‘kick off’

    by Jake Edmonds on Jul 16, 14:12

    The 2015 World Eskimo-Indian Olympic games are underway, and the first event of the games was the toe kick. Athletes had to jump from a standing position, brush their toes across a stick and land on both feet. Unalakleet’s Nick Hanson, who had competed on the show “American Ninja Warrior” earlier this year, was one […]

  • Local

    All-Alaska Football Camp brings Alaskan athletes and college coaches together

    by Jake Edmonds on Jun 29, 8:03

    When it comes to recruiting in college football, Alaska is one of the least-scouted states. Distance is a key factor. It also becomes difficult to recruit from multiple schools in the Last Frontier. A scout could fly in and watch a few Cook Inlet Conference teams, but miss out on teams outside of Anchorage. The bottom […]

  • Local

    ABL player arrives early in Alaska, helps out with kids camp

    by Jake Edmonds on Jun 02, 3:34

    Less than two months ago, Chinooks pitcher Shane Armstrong finished up his college career at Hillsdale College. He returned to Alaska for his second and final year with the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks. In a down year for the Chinooks, Armstrong had a 5.64 ERA and finished the season with 34 strikeouts. He came back, hoping […]

  • Local

    Anchorage hockey star turned pro comes back home to help youth

    by Jake Edmonds on May 25, 7:18

    Fresh off helping Team USA win gold in the women’s hockey championships in Sweden, Anchorage native Zoe Hickel returned home this week. It’s a normal routine for Hickel, who has been attending the University of Minnesota Duluth for the past four years and coming home during the summer to help her mother, Cristy, coach the […]

  • Local

    Palmer community brings new life to baseball venue

    by Jake Edmonds on May 21, 20:25

    There’s a saying: “You look good, you feel good. You feel good, you play good.” The Mat-Su Miners are hoping that rings true in 2015. The Miners made some small but long overdue updates to their venue, Hermon Brothers Field, on Thursday. Most of the work done involved paint. “We’re looking for a championship this […]

  • Local

    Anchorage woman gears up for 2,700-mile bike race

    by Jake Edmonds on May 12, 7:02

    Local bike enthusiast Lael Wilcox is taking her skills across the border. She is preparing for one of the longest bike races in the world — the Tour Divide. The race spans 2,700 miles from Banff, Alberta, to Antelope Wells, New Mexico, on the border of Mexico. It’s a race Wilcox only recently decided to […]

  • Local

    Alaska wrestling championships become family affair for dad and daughters

    by Jake Edmonds on May 01, 22:50

    Todd Cook of Homer is a wrestling coach for the Popeye wrestling team. He and the group joined more than 1,000 wrestlers Thursday for the beginning of the Alaska USA Wrestling Championships at the Menard Sports Complex in Wasilla. But Cook is not just a coach. Once a wrestler in high school, he is now […]

  • Local

    For the East High softball team, winning is becoming the norm

    by Jake Edmonds on Apr 30, 23:35

    The last time the East High Thunderbirds lost a softball game, President Barack Obama was still in his first term, Linsanity was still a thing, and Amanda Bynes was still normal. How quickly things change. But what hasn’t changed is East’s dominance. Since that loss to West in the regional tournament on May 23, 2012, […]

  • Local

    NYO Games run smoothly thanks to numerous workers and volunteers

    by Jake Edmonds on Apr 17, 23:39

    Day two of the 2015 Native Youth Olympic Games was a success after four more events. Athletes competed in the Eskimo stick pull, the toe kick, the one-hand reach and the two-foot high kick. For volunteers who work behind the scenes, Friday was the busiest day, with Thursday and Saturday hosting just three events each. […]

  • Local

    Campbell, Hughes shine again in 2015 NYO Games

    by Jake Edmonds on Apr 16, 22:51

    Apaay Campbell and Josh Hughes did not show the same brilliance this year as when they shattered records — Campbell in 2013 and Hughes last year — but they continued their dominance Thursday afternoon in the opening day of the 2015 Native Youth Olympic Games. Two years ago, Campbell shattered a 20-year record in the […]

  • Local

    2 more West Anchorage football players sign with William Penn

    by Jake Edmonds on Apr 15, 20:04

    Six months after helping West Anchorage make it to the state championship, linebacker Will Fehoko and offensive guard Trea Samifua signed to play college football at William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa. It was not a complete coincidence that both Fehoko and Samifua decided to sign with the same school on the same day. In […]

  • Local

    South begins its road back to the state championship

    by Jake Edmonds on Mar 26, 22:52

    One thing’s for sure —  South High School is the team to beat in 2015. On Thursday, the Wolverines kicked off their spring camp, meaning they’re no longer celebrating their state championship — they are now determined to defend it. “I’ve very excited for football season to come back,” said senior right guard Nathan Lujan. […]

  • Local

    West’s Huffman on state championship: ‘I had a feeling we were going to win’

    by Jake Edmonds on Mar 23, 20:53

    Two days after the West Anchorage Eagles won the 4A state boys basketball championship game, the team was still on cloud nine Monday. The three stars from that game sat down with Jake Edmonds in the KTVA studio to relive the excitement of the overtime thriller against East — a game in which the Eagles […]

  • Local

    West wins, Dimond dominates: 3A and 4A state basketball championship scores

    by Jake Edmonds on Mar 22, 11:08

    In what will be considered an instant classic, the West Anchorage basketball squad rallied back from 14 points down at halftime to beat East, 77-73, in overtime in the 4A state championship game on Saturday. The game was the perfect ending to a day full of close contests and tough matchups. 3A Girls: Sitka: 53, […]

  • Local

    Wainwright’s Nashookpuk highlights 1A/2A basketball championships

    by Jake Edmonds on Mar 18, 22:55

    The 1A and 2A high school basketball tournaments wrapped up Wednesday with a quadruple header at the Alaska Airlines Center. Starting off the day was the girls’ 1A championship game between Buckland and Wainwright. Junior Kai Nashookpuk led all scorers with 25 points to go along with 11 rebounds and nine steals. The Huskies took […]

  • Local

    Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Baptist advance to NCAA West Regional finals

    by Jake Edmonds on Mar 15, 12:24

    In a regional tournament that saw every top seed fall in the first round, seventh-seeded Cal Poly Pomona will face fifth-seeded Cal Baptist in the finals. Cal Poly Pomona reached the regional championships, taking down Seattle Pacific 90-74 in the semifinals. The Broncos led at the half but trailed by as many as seven points […]

  • Local

    Home court advantage: UAA to host Point Loma in 1st round of NCAA tourney

    by Jake Edmonds on Mar 10, 22:13

    In its inaugural season at the Alaska Airlines Center, the UAA women’s basketball team (29-1) is set to host the NCAA DII West Regional Tournament. In the first round, they will face Point Loma Nazarene (19-11). “Being on our home floor, I think it will give us a little bit of a break knowing that […]

  • Local

    GoPro introduced in professional hockey

    by Jake Edmonds on Jan 28, 10:43

    GoPro, the fastest-growing camera brand in America, and the NHL have teamed up to provide TV viewers a unique experience. The partnership will allow the NHL to mount GoPro cameras on the helmets of players and officials, according to a statement made on Friday. Nowadays, everyone can channel his or her inner Steven Spielberg with […]