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    Results: ASAA 3A, 4A high school basketball semifinals

    by Dave Goldman on Mar 24, 18:49

    Results from Friday’s semifinal games at the Alaska Airlines Center. Please check back; this story will be updated as games are completed. 3A Boys Semifinal Monroe Catholic 42 – Valdez 40 The Rams held off the Buccaneers’ late rally to advance to the title game. Valdez’ slow start didn’t help as it went scoreless in the […]

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    Sitka basketball team returns to Anchorage after receiving national honor

    by Dave Leval on Mar 24, 17:08

      The Sitka Wolves basketball team are champions, and it has nothing to do with shooting percentage or rebounds. They made a return to Anchorage this week during the state basketball tournament. While their quest for a state title ended after a first round loss to Monroe Catholic, the Wolves were reminded of a much […]

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    Results: ASAA high school basketball quarterfinals

    by Dave Goldman on Mar 23, 17:05

    Girls 3A Quarterfinals Sitka 78 – Valdez 22 Four players scored in the double figures to lead the Sitka Wolves to an easy win over Valdez. Zosha Krupa scored 22 points in 20 minutes. Alexandra Kirby chipped in a double-double with ten points and ten rebounds. Anchorage Christian 54 – Galena 37 After a slow […]

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    When ice time is quality time, it can bring healing for some

    by Dave Goldman on Mar 21, 22:34

    Most people wouldn’t consider the hockey rink a place to relax. But for some members of the military, it’s the perfect place. As part of the Alaska Warriors Hockey program, veterans who struggle with a variety of issues — many emotional — use time on the ice to get away from the daily pressures of life and whatever may trouble them. “Recreational therapy is an […]

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    Dimond basketball aiming for one last title shot

    by Dave Goldman on Mar 21, 9:00

    If experience counts, the Dimond lynx should be in good shape. As the state basketball tournament tips off this Thursday in Anchorage, the Lynx enter as the 4A’s second seed. They enter confidently, too. “It was a great year for us, we had a great time. Every win, we’d build on that and we just […]

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    Wright continues comeback tour with another victory

    by Dave Goldman on Mar 20, 13:32

    Roxy Wright, 66, had been gone from the sport of mushing for two decades, but then came back with a flourish last month, taking the Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship in Anchorage. Wright did it again Sunday, winning the GCI Open North American Championship Sled Dog Race in Fairbanks. Buddy Streeper and Lina Streeper took second and third respectively […]

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    Reverse dog sled race raises thousands for victims of fatal fire

    by Dave Leval on Mar 19, 11:11

    While the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is over, there’s still “mushing” happening in Alaska. In Anchorage, a unique fundraiser for the Royal Suite Lodge fire victims gave the dogs a break — the reverse sled dog race. As he prepared for his next race, Adam Fletcher made sure everything was working properly. He uses an unusual […]

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    ASAA March Madness: 1A, 2A state basketball champions crowned

    by John Thompson on Mar 18, 19:08

    Last updated at 10:35 a.m. on Sunday, March 19 Two teams have been crowned Alaska School Activites Association (ASAA) March Madness state basketball champions at the 1A level, and two at the 2A level.  Led by 1A girls player of the year Kiah Charlie, the Scammon Bay Eagles topped the Selawik Wolves 71 to 35, […]

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    Anchorage School District announces change in cheerleading programs

    by KTVA Sports on Mar 06, 18:35

    Last updated at 7:48 p.m. on Monday, March 6 The Anchorage School District says this spring season will see a new extracurricular sports for high school students, but that it will come at no extra cost to the district, which is facing major budget cuts. In a statement released Monday, ASD spokeswoman Heidi Embley said stunt […]

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    Dimond HS Special Olympics Partners Club gears up for hockey tournament

    by John Thompson on Mar 06, 13:42

    During lunchtime at Dimond High School, the action is in the gym. The Special Olympics Partners Club takes the floor for hockey, allowing students with and without disabilities to team up. “It’s such an important part of our school. It’s not because kids are told to do it, it’s because they want to do it,” […]

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    Roxy Wright wins Fur Rondy sled dog races

    by KTVA Sports on Feb 26, 17:45

    Roxy Wright took home top prize at the 2017 Fur Rendezvous World Sled Dog Championship races over the weekend. The races take place over three days as competitors sprint a 25-mile loop through Anchorage, running a total of 75 miles. This year’s championship had the largest prize purse ever of $100,000. In perspective, last year’s […]

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    Commentary: It’s been a wacky year for Alaska sports

    by Dave Goldman on Feb 19, 17:53

    Dave Goldman says these days, Alaska looks more like the Twilight Zone than a highlight zone.  Dave’s opinions are his own, and not necessarily those of Denali Media or its employees. 

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    It’s safety first for the Iron Dog Race

    by Dave Goldman on Feb 15, 21:11

    Two thousand and thirty-one miles — that’s the distance of the Iron Dog Race. It will start at Big Lake on Sunday after a ceremonial day Saturday in Anchorage. The trail will take them to Nome, then back to Fairbanks. It’s a long way and a lot can happen. But the 2017 Donlin Gold Safety Expo Wednesday at Cabela’s […]

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    Matt Hall wins the 2017 Yukon Quest

    by Dave Goldman on Feb 14, 12:06

    Last updated at 3:54 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14 It was only a matter of time. One of the rising stars in sled dog racing, Matt Hall, claimed his first Yukon Quest title Tuesday as he arrived in Fairbanks at 12:05 p.m. The 25-year-old from Two Rivers also has third- and fourth-place finishes in the […]

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    Stassel remains upbeat despite injury that ended his snowboard season

    by Dave Leval on Feb 12, 12:31

    Ryan Stassel is relaxing at his South Anchorage home. “Feeling pretty good. Yeah, I don’t know, wish I could be out riding right now,” the 24-year-old professional snowboarder said. Unfortunately, he will have to wait until next winter, as his season is finished. Stassel broke a bone in his foot while he competed in a world cup […]

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    It’s dome, sweet dome: Fox Hollow steps forward to handle new business

    by Dave Goldman on Feb 08, 22:03

    Losing an indoor sports facility in some spots around the country would be a nuisance, though hardly a big deal. But not in Alaska. Not in winter.  With the collapse of The Dome last month also went a place many teams and leagues count on, especially during these harsher weather days. So how did a spot known for golf […]

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    Mustangs ready to run as they get another shot at state crown

    by Dave Goldman on Feb 07, 22:49

    The Chugiak High School Mustangs hope that B-K-H translates into W-I-N. With a more experienced unit, the Mustangs are back in the same spot as a year ago—the state tournament. After falling to West Anchorage High School in the finals, Chugiak is now the top seed. They want to get back to that same game, but with a different outcome. […]

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    Bartlett hockey finds support and friendship from West cheerleaders

    by Dave Goldman on Feb 03, 18:04

    Sometimes your friends come from unlikely places. The Bartlett High School hockey team doesn’t have cheerleaders at their games, but the West High School team does.  The Eagles’ support crew took notice. “One day, at our last West-Bartlett hockey game, we looked at the Bartlett crowd and there was about 10 people, which kind of […]

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    Dimond’s Pili takes his game all the way to ‘La La Land’

    by Dave Goldman on Jan 30, 21:25

    Brandon Pili is going to Hollywood.  The Dimond High School Lynx football star is also part of an Alaska trend — Anchorage-area kids being recruited by Division I programs. Three have declared in the past couple of weeks. On Monday, Pili reaffirmed his commitment to the University of Southern California, one of the traditional powers in the sport. He narrowed his choices down […]

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    UAA opens Wells Fargo Sports Complex to members of The Dome

    by Dave Leval on Jan 28, 12:27

    Artur Kavaliov strains as he works out for the first time at the University of Alaska Anchorage’s fitness room inside the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. “I love this gym. You have everything — you’ve got the powerlifting gym in the bottom, we just had some deadlifts,” Kavaliov said. Not a bad crowd at the fitness […]