Ben Hohenstatt

Dane Hubert, Fredrik Hale Thorsteinson IV, Casey Knapp, Alexis Juergens and Finley Hightower, the Fedora Squad, pose for a photo during  the Region V Drama, Debate and Forensics Tournament. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Tournament brims with oratorical talent

On a busy Saturday at Thunder Mountain High School, there was room for debate.

 

TMHS sophomore Kerra Baxter (22) dribbles while surveying the court during a loss to Wasilla. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

TMHS loses two to Wasilla

Similar final scores, but two very different games.

TMHS sophomore Kerra Baxter (22) dribbles while surveying the court during a loss to Wasilla. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Thunder Mountain’s Thomas Baxter (30) prepares to shoot the ball as Kayhi’s Archie Dundas (22), Jared Rhoades (15), and Andrew Kleinschmidt-Guthrie (13) try to block him during Thunder Mountain’s 54-56 loss to Kayhi on Friday at Ketchikan High School. On Saturday, the Falcons won the rematch 60-58. (Christopher Mullen / Ketchikan Daily News)

TMHS boys bounce back against Kayhi

Another day, another 2-point game.

Thunder Mountain’s Thomas Baxter (30) prepares to shoot the ball as Kayhi’s Archie Dundas (22), Jared Rhoades (15), and Andrew Kleinschmidt-Guthrie (13) try to block him during Thunder Mountain’s 54-56 loss to Kayhi on Friday at Ketchikan High School. On Saturday, the Falcons won the rematch 60-58. (Christopher Mullen / Ketchikan Daily News)
Sophomore Addison Wilson races toward the basket late in TMHS' comeback win. Wilson was one of four players on her team to score 9 points. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Sophomore Addison Wilson races toward the basket late in TMHS' comeback win. Wilson was one of four players on her team to score 9 points. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
TMHS junior Samuel Lockhart makes his way past the outstretched arm of a Colony defender on his way to the hoop during a Thursday night home game. Lockhart would finish the game with a team-leading 17 points in the 52-41 loss. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
TMHS junior Samuel Lockhart makes his way past the outstretched arm of a Colony defender on his way to the hoop during a Thursday night home game. Lockhart would finish the game with a team-leading 17 points in the 52-41 loss. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
This screenshot shows the MusicAlaska Spotify page. The nonprofit's Alaska Playlist project includes an array of playlists dedicated to Alaska bands and artists across a wide array of genres. However, it's just one of the ways MusicAlaska, a partner of Alaska Independent Music Initiative, intends to catalog and promote the state's music scene. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
This screenshot shows the MusicAlaska Spotify page. The nonprofit's Alaska Playlist project includes an array of playlists dedicated to Alaska bands and artists across a wide array of genres. However, it's just one of the ways MusicAlaska, a partner of Alaska Independent Music Initiative, intends to catalog and promote the state's music scene. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
TMHS freshman Cambry Lockhard coils up to launch a 3-pointer early in a home game against Kayhi. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Mixed results for TMHS girls on the road

Lady Falcons win and lose during busy week.

TMHS freshman Cambry Lockhard coils up to launch a 3-pointer early in a home game against Kayhi. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
TMHS sophomore Cailynn Baxter makes contact with Kayhi junior Bree Johnson on her way to the hoop. Baxter led TMHS in scoring Saturday in a close 43-40 loss to the Lady Kings. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

TMHS girls split pair of home games with Kayhi

Lady Falcons and Lady Kings split pair of games.

TMHS sophomore Cailynn Baxter makes contact with Kayhi junior Bree Johnson on her way to the hoop. Baxter led TMHS in scoring Saturday in a close 43-40 loss to the Lady Kings. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
TMHS junior forward James Polasky prepares to take a free throw Tuesday night during a home game against Service. Polasky missed the shot, but did sink a subsequent follow-up opportunity. Coach John Blasco said Polasky's play was among the positive takeaways from the 47-43 loss. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Falcons lose a close one to Service

Cougars sank their claws into a narrow lead.

TMHS junior forward James Polasky prepares to take a free throw Tuesday night during a home game against Service. Polasky missed the shot, but did sink a subsequent follow-up opportunity. Coach John Blasco said Polasky's play was among the positive takeaways from the 47-43 loss. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Thomas Baxter makes his way down the court during the third quarter of a TMHS home win. The Falcons will return to the Thunder Dome for a Tuesday game against Service High School. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

TMHS wins 2 of 3 in Washington tournament

Falcons add wins 2 and 3 in Washington tournament.

Thomas Baxter makes his way down the court during the third quarter of a TMHS home win. The Falcons will return to the Thunder Dome for a Tuesday game against Service High School. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
The JDHS boys basketball team won its second game of the season Wednesday. The Crimson Bears have more tournament games in their future — both in Las Vegas and at home. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

JDHS boys notch another win in Vegas tournament

A “very good win” for the Crimson Bears against a “talented and competitive team.”

The JDHS boys basketball team won its second game of the season Wednesday. The Crimson Bears have more tournament games in their future — both in Las Vegas and at home. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
Thomas Baxter, a junior, leads the Thunder Mountain High School Falcons through a banner to start the second half of a home win against Petersburg. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Falcons rule the roost in season opener

Thunder Mountain bests Petersburg at home.

Thomas Baxter, a junior, leads the Thunder Mountain High School Falcons through a banner to start the second half of a home win against Petersburg. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Staff Picks is a recurring round-up of what the Juneau Empire and Capital City Weekly staff are reading, watching, lighting to and playing. This month's edition focuses on our holiday-themed favorites.

Holiday season staff picks

‘Tis the season to make some recommendations.

Staff Picks is a recurring round-up of what the Juneau Empire and Capital City Weekly staff are reading, watching, lighting to and playing. This month's edition focuses on our holiday-themed favorites.
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TMHS girls win tournament in Sitka

They rebounded from a tough first quarter to get the win.

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Kiara Kookesh (right) gets a hand on an attempted pass from Ashlyn Gates during a practice drill at Thunder Mountain High School. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

The tough get going: TMHS girls season to start with early challenges

“We have great athleticism, we have size, we have speed.”

Kiara Kookesh (right) gets a hand on an attempted pass from Ashlyn Gates during a practice drill at Thunder Mountain High School. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Samuel Lockhart  dribbles down the court while looking for a teammate cutting toward the hoop during a drill at Thunder Mountain High School. The 2022-23 iteration of the  TMHS boys basketball returns last year's leading scorers.

Falcons ready to take off

Basketball season is almost underway.

Samuel Lockhart  dribbles down the court while looking for a teammate cutting toward the hoop during a drill at Thunder Mountain High School. The 2022-23 iteration of the  TMHS boys basketball returns last year's leading scorers.
Ashlyn Gates and Cailynn Baxter practice boxing out during practice at Thunder Mountain High School. Gates and the Baxter twins are among the athletic core that gives coach Andly Lee confidence that TMHS can compete with any team on its schedule.  (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Ashlyn Gates and Cailynn Baxter practice boxing out during practice at Thunder Mountain High School. Gates and the Baxter twins are among the athletic core that gives coach Andly Lee confidence that TMHS can compete with any team on its schedule.  (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
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Man sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to sex abuse of a minor

DNA and sex offender registration required as part of sentence.

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