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Jake Edmonds

Stories by Jake Edmonds

  • Local

    Anchorage football player sheds pounds, gains ground on field

    by Jake Edmonds on Oct 01, 6:35

    The East High School football team is known for its size up front. But while some offensive linemen are trying to put on weight, one Thunderbird is shedding pounds. East High student Chidiebere Iwuoha, Jr. was born in Japan. And even as an infant, all anybody could talk about was his size. Iwuoha’s mother says he weighed about […]

  • Local

    Dryland mushing picks up speed in Alaska

    by Jake Edmonds on Sep 25, 7:44

    Third-year dog musher Pam Schamber is hitting the gravel and mud for the first time. She had been mushing for two years already, but on snow. “I approached today knowing it was a totally new experience and we were just going for fun and the goal was just to try and not fall off the […]

  • Local

    Women’s rugby team preps for Olympics, teaches kids about the sport

    by Jake Edmonds on Sep 11, 8:08

    Head a bit up the mountain on the south end of Anchorage and you will find beautiful scenery, natural views and the Alaska Mountain Rugby Grounds. The USA Women’s Olympic Sevens Rugby team is there, getting themselves ready for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Sevens rugby will be a brand new Olympic sport and head coach […]

  • Local

    East Thunderbirds eyeing a return to flag football playoffs

    by Jake Edmonds on Aug 27, 10:39

    High school flag football is in its second week of the season and the East High School Thunderbirds are trying to make it back to the playoffs after getting knocked out in the first round by South last season. In her first year as head coach, Megan Beith is aiming to have her team in […]

  • 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.