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Chugiak bucks Juneau to advance to Legion championship

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  • Local

    East High School moves closer to playing football on campus

    by Dave Leval on Jul 31, 21:41

    Canyan Linderman loves football, especially for East High School. “It feels amazing to put on the wings,” Linderman said, who is entering his senior season at cornerback. Linderman and the Thunderbirds want to improve on last season’s dismal 1-7 record. This year’s team is excited about the upcoming season, and not just for what may […]

  • National

    Alaskans help Special Olympics athletes hear at World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 31, 13:05

    An Alaskan doctor and her daughter are helping some Special Olympics athletes hear for the first time. Joyce Sexton, an audiologist from Anchorage, and her daughter Irene are volunteering at the World Games in the Healthy Athletes program. In the past week, volunteers have given free medical exams to more than 4,000 athletes from around […]

  • National

    Anchorage dentist provides free exams at Special Olympics World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 31, 11:08

    An Anchorage dentist has peered into more than 300 mouths a day for the past week at the Special Olympics World Games. “I saw some patients yesterday where I almost wanted to start to cry because they were still smiling,” said Dr. Lara Mabry, a volunteer dentist for Healthy Athletes. “When I saw the condition […]

  • Local

    Chugiak bucks Juneau to advance to Legion championship

    by KTVA Sports on Jul 30, 22:49

    Eight weeks after Chugiak beat South in the high school baseball state title game, the Mustangs are looking for yet another first place finish after beating Juneau 12-5 in the American Legion State Tournament on Thursday. The Mustangs were in trouble early after Juneau followed up a 1-run first inning with three runs in the fourth […]

  • National

    Alaskan Special Olympics athlete earns her first gold medal

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 30, 17:27

    A Special Olympics athlete from Alaska won her first gold medal at the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles. Christine Quick led the 50 backstroke heat for most of the race and finished in 54 seconds. “It was fun,” Quick said. “I’m happy I won.” Special Olympics Athlete President Jim Balamacci cheered her on and […]

  • Iditarod

    Iditarod champion uses treadmill to keep team in shape

    by Dave Leval on Jul 29, 22:03

    Dallas Seavey often takes his mushing dogs for a walk but says he never leaves home. In fact, the dogs of the defending Iditarod champion don’t even leave their front yard, thanks to a treadmill Seavey installed two months ago inside a 50-foot refrigerated trailer. It’s Seavey’s way to keep his dogs active, especially during […]

  • National

    Alaska athlete takes on 18-hole course at Special Olympics World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 28, 21:43

    A Palmer golfer played his personal best in a round of golf Tuesday at the Special Olympics World Games. Garrett Stortz, 24, played 8 over par on the Harding Course at Griffith Park. After the first two [holes] I started hitting it and settling down,” Stortz said. “I was making some puts and hitting the […]

  • National

    Alaskan athlete takes home bronze medal at Special Olympics World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 27, 20:30

    On day 2 of the Special Olympics World Games, another Alaskan athlete took home a bronze medal. Brittany Tregarthen, 27, a power lifter from Kodiak, took third place overall in her weight class division. She participated in the squat, bench press and deadlift. Her family traveled from all over the country to see Tregarthen compete. […]

  • 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 […]

  • Local

    Juneau swimmer awarded bronze medal at Special Olympics World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 27, 8:03

    A swimmer from Juneau is awarded his first medal of the Special Olympics World Games. CJ Umbs finished his 100 backstroke final in 2 minutes and 40 seconds. It’s the first medal won by the four Alaskan athletes competing in the games over the next week in Los Angeles. “We’re proud of him, he did […]

  • Local

    ‘Quick’ swim by Alaskan athlete solidifies position in finals of World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 27, 7:24

    Christine Quick solidified herself in the finals for the 100-meter freestyle swim at the Special Olympic World Games, finishing in 1 minute, 48 seconds — a solid time for the finals. “Christine did really well; she has been working hard,” said Barbara Haven, Team USA coach. “Her time today was faster than her entry time, […]

  • Local

    South Anchorage High School works to bolster Alaska’s football image

    by KTVA Sports on Jul 25, 17:23

    Nathan Lujan has lined up to play football for most of his life. The 17-year-old wants to continue playing after he completes his senior season at South Anchorage High School, but the offensive lineman knows there’s a big obstacle in front of him and other high school players around the state. “Not a whole lot […]

  • Local

    Special Olympian tests her strength at World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 25, 11:33

    Don’t let her size fool you — Brittany Tregarthen may be small, but she is strong. “I’ve always known she was strong,” said Suzanne Bobo, Brittany’s mom. Brittany weighs about 114 pounds. She can deadlift 160, squat 155 and bench press about 110 pounds. Her real strength isn’t just the iron she lifts — it’s […]

  • Local

    Kids tackle rugby in big way in Anchorage

    by Dave Leval on Jul 23, 23:59

    Sky Larkowski has loved rugby throughout her young life. “You know, thought it’d be fun, so I just started it,” she said. Sky is one of roughly 400 kids who take part in organized rugby around Anchorage. That’s four times the number of participants from when the program started a year ago. They play two-hand touch […]

  • Local

    Special Olympics golfer ready to play in World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 23, 21:20

    Most days you can find Garrett Stortz on the green. He works at the Palmer Golf Course, and in his free time he’s practicing his puts, getting ready for an upcoming competition. “Every shot you hit whether it’s perfect not perfect, you just play the outcome,” Garrett said. The outcome for Garrett, 24, has been […]

  • Local

    Special Olympics swimmer mourns mom, ready for World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 22, 19:44

    In the past year, Christine Quick has learned to swim faster than she ever has before. “She has very long efficient strokes,” said Scott Griffith, coach at Glacier Swim Club. “She’s very smooth in the water. It’s something that comes natural to her.” Quick has also learned to open up and talk with people, qualities […]

  • National

    Some Special Olympics athletes forced to sleep on gym floor

    by Associated Press on Jul 22, 16:44

      LOS ANGELES — Special Olympics competitors arriving in Los Angeles have been greeted by a logistics mess that forced many to sleep on a gymnasium floor. Special Olympics spokesman Rich Perelman says 1,500 athletes and coaches spent the night at Loyola Marymount University after flights and buses arrived late on Tuesday. The Red Cross […]

  • Local

    Hand power helps drive racers in Alaska Challenge

    by Dave Leval on Jul 21, 21:51

    Anchorage resident Mike O’Neill likes to ride his bike. He takes it for a spin to help stay in shape. “I went to the V.A. Hospital 15 years ago, they said I’m in bad health, high cholesterol, overweight,” O’Neill explained. “They said you could take pills or get in one of these and ride, and […]

  • Local

    Special Olympics swimmer prepares for World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 21, 20:28

    CJ Umbs has never felt like a fish out of water. He’s been in the pool since his days in diapers and loving every minute of it. “Swimming is definitely one of CJ’s passions,” said Gail Fenumiai, a family friend. “You can see the athlete in him really come out when he’s in the pool, […]

  • 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 […]