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    Wasilla player looks to have promising pro hockey career

    by KTVA Sports on Jan 26, 22:05

    Remember the name Tanner Schachle. If the 17-year-old from Wasilla has anything to say about it, hockey fans will. As a member of the Kenai Brown Bears the forward has 10 points in 39 games (4 goals and 6 assists). He also has the attention of the big time. From NAHL to NHL? Schachle hopes […]

  • Local

    South Anchorage football hires Chris Borst, former Dimond head coach

    by KTVA Sports on Jan 24, 15:21

    After spending five seasons as head football coach for Dimond High School, Chris Borst is moving across town to coach alongside John Lewis at South. Citing differences in coaching philosophies, Borst left Dimond at the end of the 2014 football season. Former Lynx strength coach Nick Winkler will take over head-coaching duties at Dimond. This is […]

  • Local

    South advances as the host in basketball invitational

    by KTVA Sports on Jan 23, 8:17

    Fans certainly got their money’s worth. The South High School Invitational Basketball Tournament featured four games Thursday, which ended by a combined 10 points. South as the host team got past Grace Christian 54-49. The Wolverines will face Palmer in the next round. Clayton Southwick scored 29 points for the Moose in the 51-50 win […]

  • Iditarod

    Race director says Iditarod 2015 not in jeopardy

    by KTVA Sports on Jan 20, 9:17

    The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is about a month and a half away. It’s exciting news for spectators, but many mushers are concerned as snow totals aren’t anywhere near ideal. For race director Mark Nordman, one of the primary trail concerns is the Alaska Range. “You know, we’re light on snow there so we’re looking, […]

  • Local

    It’s all downhill for those with disabilities who want to hit the trails

    by KTVA Sports on Jan 15, 7:57

    Maggie Mendenhall started skiing 10 years ago. She is not the typical person who heads downhill. The 58-year-old relies on a bi-ski to get out on the trails. Cerebral palsy has limited her movement along with other health issues, but being able to get out and ski provides Mendenhall some relief. “I can get to […]

  • Local

    Changes coming to the Kuskokwim 300

    by KTVA Sports on Jan 14, 8:40

    The 36th annual Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race is taking an icy detour. It starts this Friday, but the trails at Whitefish Lake Loop are unmanageable. So, mushers will be traveling on the frozen Kuskokwim River from Bethel to Aniak and back instead. There was an ice jam on the river below Kalskag a few […]

  • Local

    Allen Moore wins 3rd consecutive Copper Basin 300 race

    by KTVA Sports on Jan 12, 18:35

    Updated Tuesday, Jan. 13 Musher Allen Moore crossed the finish line of the Copper Basin 300 sled dog race Monday afternoon, earning him the first-place title, race officials say. Moore, from Two Rivers, finished the 300-mile race at 1:45 p.m., marking his third consecutive Copper Basin 300 win and sixth victory in 10 races. Ray […]

  • Local

    Alaska Paralympic athlete, Andrew Kurka, honored

    by KTVA Sports on Jan 10, 19:15

    The Challenge Alaska headquarters was packed Saturday afternoon as dozens of people gathered to see Paralympic athlete Andrew Kurka receive a legislative citation from Alaska House Rep. Shelley Hughes. Kurka, who recently broke his femur while skiing and broke his back while training for the 2014 Olympic games, is learning to turn the physical obstacles […]

  • Local

    UAA hockey slide continues

    by KTVA Sports on Jan 09, 12:08

    Blake Leask’s goal was the bright spot in UAA’s 4-1 loss to Ferris State. The junior defenseman from Edmonton netted his third tally of the season, but Ferris responded with four unanswered goals to take game one of the two-game set. The series concludes Friday at Sullivan Arena.

  • Local

    UAA gymnastics nabs win over Winona State in season opener

    by KTVA Sports on Jan 09, 10:11

    UAA gymnastics knows how to make an entrance. On its opening night and season opener Thursday at the Alaska Airlines Center, the Seawolves cruised to a win over Winona State, 191.550 to 178.450. Two Seawolves scored career bests in the all-around. M’rcy Matsunami’s 38.850 was the sixth best in program history, while Simone Penker also […]

  • Local

    Biathlon range at Kincaid Park sees 1st event of the season

    by KTVA Sports on Jan 08, 12:20

    For the first time this season, the biathlon range at Kincaid Park was in use. Because of inconsistent winter conditions this season, Wednesday night marked the first biathlon event at the park. This was all thanks to the hard work by the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage. With trails groomed and ready for competition, David Cunningham took […]

  • Local

    UAA focused on winning after first loss of the season

    by KTVA Sports on Jan 06, 23:12

    The UAA women’s basketball team travels to Western Oregon and St. Martin’s this week, marking the Seawolves’ first road trip since the team dropped its first game of the season. The UAA team appears to be showing something new — a bit of an edge to their game. “I would say the team as a […]

  • Local

    ACS boys, girls to play in finals of Lime Solar/Pepsi Invitational

    by KTVA Sports on Jan 03, 13:26

    Both the Anchorage Christian Schools boys and girls basketball teams will play in the finals of the Lime Solar-Pepsi Invitational Saturday night. The ACS boys won against Bethel in a hard-fought decision Friday, 67-59. Trey Huckabay scored a team-high 15 points while captain Bobby Wilson added 13. Bethel was led by Taylor Hoffman who poured […]

  • Local

    The man behind the Doc Larson Roundball Classic

    by KTVA Sports on Jan 01, 9:40

    The annual Doc Larson Roundball Classic has wrapped up another successful run at Wasilla High School. Ten teams traveled from around Alaska, California and Washington for the event, which helps raise money to support the Wasilla teams. Dr. Dan Larson and his wife, Sue, created the tournament six years ago to keep the players closer […]

  • Local

    Lance Mackey: “I’m too young to retire”

    by KTVA Sports on Dec 29, 22:36

    One of sled dog racing’s greatest characters — and best mushers — is coming back. Lance Mackey, a four-time champion of both the Yukon Quest and Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, entered the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest on Monday. The race will begin Saturday, Feb. 7, in Whitehorse. “This is my life,” said Mackey. “It’s in my backyard, and I want to be a […]

  • Local

    Boom Town Derby Dames gear up for co-ed challenge

    by KTVA Sports on Dec 28, 11:16

    The ladies that make up the Boom Town Derby Dames are arguably some of the toughest women on skates. These roller derby skaters are used to trading elbows with other women, but on Jan. 3, they’ll be taking on a team of women and men — the Frozen Chosen — in the Mat-Su Valley’s first co-ed bout.

  • Local

    Hundreds of skiers gather for Besh Cup

    by KTVA Sports on Dec 22, 7:56

    More than 300 skiers competed in the second race of the ConocoPhillips Besh Cup Series Sunday afternoon. The first race was a sprint that took place at Kincaid Park on Saturday. Racers were divided into divisions ranging from 18+ to U8. The junior skiers were racing for a chance to qualify for the Junior Nationals […]

  • Local

    Seawolves cruise past Sharks for 12th straight win

    by KTVA Sports on Dec 22, 7:12

    The UAA women’s basketball team advanced to 12-0 with a 109-83 win over Hawaii Pacific Sunday night. Jenna Buchanan led the Seawolves in scoring with 21 points. The Sharks looked like they might be able to hang with the Seawolves early on, tying the game at 15 with 13:33 left in the first half, but […]

  • Iditarod

    Iditarod Trail Committee names Philip Esai 2015 Honorary Musher

    by KTVA Sports on Dec 21, 12:41

    The Iditarod Trail Committee has bestowed an honor on one of its most dedicated volunteers. Philip Esai, who passed away earlier this year, has been named the 2015 Honorary Musher. Each year, the committee honors one or more people who have made a significant contribution to the sport of sled dog racing. Esai and his […]

  • Local

    Day 2: T-Bird Classic, Cougar Tip-Off

    by KTVA Sports on Dec 20, 11:52

    Day 2 of the T-Bird Classic brought a hot start for the Bears, whose girls won, 51-14, against Eagle River. A bomb threat briefly placed East High School on lockdown and the game was delayed. Kodiak’s Dannika Catt called the long delay at halftime “awkward at first.” “Because we didn’t know if we were still going […]