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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    ‘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, […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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, […]

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    Finances and the NFL go hand in hand

    by Dave Goldman on Jul 14, 23:33

    In the National Football League, money matters. But on Tuesday the discussion of money and the NFL didn’t center on contract negotiations or billion dollar television deals, but life management. A pair of star linebackers visited the Covenant House in Anchorage. So did Gov. Bill Walker, and the three preached the importance of good fiscal responsibility to the group, many […]

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    Anchorage rugby gains popularity

    by Dave Goldman on Jul 13, 23:37

    As the popularity rises, so do the goal posts. On Monday there was evidence of rugby’s surging interest in Alaska. The Alaska Rugby Union and Alaska Rugby Foundation teamed up at Delaney Park Strip to install a pair of rugby goalposts. More and more adult teams are forming and now kids are getting involved as well. “For the adults, […]

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    Chugiak holds off tough Texas team in BP Exploration Tournament

    by KTVA Sports on Jul 12, 10:34

    It was bound to be a clash. The top team from Alaska against a team that had gone 10-0 in Alaska so far this year, beating its opponents by a combined 75-22 in those games. But the Mustangs held tough, beating Castroville (TX) 8-7 to end pool play in the BP Exploration Invitational Tournament. The […]

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    UAA: No stipend for hockey players

    by Dave Goldman on Jul 07, 22:52

    To pay or not to pay? In the Western Collegiate Hockey Association the answer is clear: pay. While the debate rages on for schools in the Power Five conferences such as the Big Ten, the University of Alaska Anchorage’s conference, the WCHA has decided to go ahead and provide “a cost of attendance” to its players and “the redefinition of full grant-in-aid […]

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    Seattle Seahawks coming to Alaska to tackle childhood obesity

    by KTVA Sports on Jul 05, 13:05

    The Seattle Seahawks are coming to Southcentral Alaska next week. A few players will be at Wasilla’s Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center Wednesday at 9 a.m. They will take part in the annual Mat-Su Play 60 Program. It’s part of the National Football League’s campaign to get kids more active and reduce childhood obesity. […]

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    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 […]

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    UAA’s Simone Penker to represent Austria in World University Games

    by KTVA Sports on Jun 26, 13:58

    University of Alaska Anchorage gymnast Simone Penker will compete in the 2015 World University Games in South Korea on July 5-7, representing her home country of Austria. As a junior last season, Penker made the all-MPSF team in the all-around division and helped the Seawolves win meets against the Air Force, Seattle Pacific and Winona […]

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    Players come home to play in the Alaska Baseball League

    by Dave Leval on Jun 26, 0:18

    Dalton Chapman grew up watching the Anchorage Glacier Pilots and Anchorage Bucs play together, and now gets to play with one of those teams — the Anchorage native is in his first season as a pitcher for his hometown Glacier Pilots. “I live across the street, so, I’m not too far, it worked out perfectly,” […]

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    Runners with Anchorage ties win men’s, women’s Mayor’s Marathon

    by KTVA Sports on Jun 21, 10:18

    Former University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolf Paul Rottich was the first person across the finish line at the Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon Saturday morning. The Kenyan finished the race in 2 hours, 32 minutes, 39 seconds. The first woman across was Anchorage native Colleen Bolling, who also won the Mayor’s Marathon back in 2011. A […]

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    Oilers’ defense holds off Bucs in 3-1 win

    by KTVA Sports on Jun 16, 0:37

    Jordan Washam of Hinds Community College batted 2-4 with a walk and an RBI as the Peninsula Oilers defeated the Anchorage Bucs 3-1 in the only Alaska Baseball League meeting of the night. It was the first of a four game series between the Oilers and Bucs. It was also their first meeting of the […]