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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 […]

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    Stielstra, Neese will run Yukon Quest following decision by rules committee

    by Dave Goldman on Jan 24, 10:24

    Ed Stielstra is an Iditarod veteran. The 47-year-old’s first of eight races was in 2004. But as a first-time Yukon Quest racer, he’s considered a rookie, and was required to appear at a pre-race vet check Monday morning. According a press release by the Yukon Quest, Stielstra arrived late and was withdrawn from the race […]

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    Pete Kaiser wins third consecutive Kuskokwim 300

    by Anna Rose MacArthur/Ben Matheson on Jan 22, 12:24

    Pete Kaiser made it three in a row Sunday morning, winning the 2017 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race. Kaiser crossed the finish line in Bethel at 10:37 a.m. to loud cheers from his hometown crowd, according to a story published by KYUK Public Media. His leader, Palmer, brought home the nine-dog team. Brent Sass, who […]

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    Soldotna hockey captain suspended for racist Twitter posts

    by KTVA Sports on Jan 22, 12:21

    Racist comments posted on Twitter recently by the captain of the Soldotna Stars hockey team created a firestorm on social media and have cost the player his spot on the team. Soldotna High School student Ethan Brown used his personal Twitter account to denigrate Alaska Natives and homosexuals while also making a racist remark about former first family, […]

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    Cold temps? Alaskans are hearty, but not foolhardy

    by Dave Goldman on Jan 20, 9:08

    When it comes to weathering the elements, even Alaskans have their limits. Ten below zero is the temperature cutoff to keep elementary-schoolers inside for recess. And this week’s subzero readings necessitated the postponement of several activities for the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage (NSAA). “We are concerned with keeping hands and toes warm, as well […]

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    Former West High football star Fa’amasino heads to New Mexico State

    by Dave Goldman on Jan 18, 12:14

    Lui Fa’amasino knew the odds. Yet, he went against them and won. Nationally, only 2.5 percent of high schoolers who play football make it to the Division I level. The former West Anchorage High School star graduated two years ago. He moved on to Los Angeles Harbor Junior College. As a linebacker there, his play generated […]

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    Ryne Olson wins Copper Basin 300

    by Dave Goldman on Jan 16, 21:09

    If you follow trends, this was a no-brainer. In the past two years, Ryne Olson has taken third and second place at the Copper Basin 300 sled dog race. Like a blue chip, which grows slowly and consistently over time, this one found its highest point yet. Now you can call her a Copper Basin 300 champion. […]

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    Gomez family takes hockey to the pond to help kids

    by Dave Goldman on Jan 13, 12:42

    There are many ways to help people. The Gomez family is doing it on the ice. This March, the third annual Pond Hockey Classic will again draw teams from across the United States — but with a change. It’s relocating to a different frozen body of water. Due to the cost in transporting participants, Carlos Gomez, president of the Scotty Gomez Foundation, will relocate […]

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    Anchorage native Overbaugh getting another shot with NFL

    by Dave Goldman on Jan 03, 22:43

    It’s among the toughest NFL positions to get a job—long snapper. Teams usually carry only one on their active roster and it’s even more difficult to unseat the incumbent. Jeff Overbaugh is attempting to do it and make his dream of playing in the NFL come true.  The Service High School and San Diego State University graduate was signed Monday by the Denver Broncos.    “Always felt that I could play […]

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    Holiday tournament takes the court in Anchorage

    by Dave Goldman on Dec 27, 22:04

    Hoops don’t take a break during the holiday week. In fact, it’s one of the most active times for high school basketball in the state of Alaska.  This week, the second annual Rally the Regions Hardwood Classic is playing at Begich Middle School. It features 16 boys and girls teams from around the state.  The first three days of the four-day event is […]

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    Anchorage football player proves Alaskans can play major college football

    by Dave Leval on Dec 24, 22:44

    Lui Fa’amasino is about to become a local legend, not for what he’s already done, but for what he’s about to do. The former West Anchorage High School star is about to achieve a rare feat for Alaskans. He’s been offered a scholarship to play Division 1 football at New Mexico State University. How did […]

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    Dimond High School hockey team enriching lives off the ice

    by Dave Goldman on Dec 21, 11:33

    It’s not all about goals and saves for the Dimond High School hockey team. They’re in high school and already understand what it means to elicit change for the better. “Just to feel that support from the community and know that your neighbors are out there and support you and believe in you, that can really […]