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Thunder Mountain teammates Stone Morgan, left; Brady Carandang and Vaipuna Toutaiolepo (down) position themselves for a rebound against Monroe Catholic’s Mason Muramoto, right, during Mt. McKinley Bank Holiday Classic at Monroe Catholic High School on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. (Danny Martin | Fairbanks Daily News Miner)

Falcons downed twice in Fairbanks

They’ll get another shot at one foe next week.

Thunder Mountain teammates Stone Morgan, left; Brady Carandang and Vaipuna Toutaiolepo (down) position themselves for a rebound against Monroe Catholic’s Mason Muramoto, right, during Mt. McKinley Bank Holiday Classic at Monroe Catholic High School on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. (Danny Martin | Fairbanks Daily News Miner)
Hunter Hickok leads warmup drills during Juneau-Douglas High School varsity football practice in August of 2015. Hickok was twice named Southeast Conference Defensive Player Of The Year during his time with the Crimson Bears from 2012-2015. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Hunter Hickok leads warmup drills during Juneau-Douglas High School varsity football practice in August of 2015. Hickok was twice named Southeast Conference Defensive Player Of The Year during his time with the Crimson Bears from 2012-2015. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Thunder Mountain storms past West Valley

A second-half run propelled the Thunder Mountain High School boys basketball team to a 59-50 nonconference win over West Valley on Wednesday night. Thunder Mountain… Continue reading

Striking Elves play against the St. Nick Hat Tricks at the Holiday Cup Soccer Tournament in the Well Fargo Dimond Park Field House on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. The Holiday Cup is underway again now through New Years Eve with 400 players on 30 different teams. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Holiday Cup gets rolling at Field House

The Juneau soccer family’s favorite Christmas gift.

Striking Elves play against the St. Nick Hat Tricks at the Holiday Cup Soccer Tournament in the Well Fargo Dimond Park Field House on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. The Holiday Cup is underway again now through New Years Eve with 400 players on 30 different teams. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Iced Out’s Kanon Goetz, left, battles Naughty List’s Chaehun Yi in the finals of the high school division at the annual Holiday Cup Soccer Tournament at the Wells Fargo Dimond Park Field House on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. Iced Out won 8-2. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Iced Out’s Kanon Goetz, left, battles Naughty List’s Chaehun Yi in the finals of the high school division at the annual Holiday Cup Soccer Tournament at the Wells Fargo Dimond Park Field House on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. Iced Out won 8-2. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Juneau-Douglas’ Sadie Tuckwood is fouled on the way to the basket by East’s Amari Brown at the Princess Cruises Capital City Classic at Juneau-Douglas High School on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. East won 57-55. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Juneau-Douglas’ Sadie Tuckwood is fouled on the way to the basket by East’s Amari Brown at the Princess Cruises Capital City Classic at Juneau-Douglas High School on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. East won 57-55. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Juneau-Douglas’ Philip Gonzales, center, lays the ball up in front of Maine-Endwell’s Gannon Russell, left, at the Princess Cruises Capital City Classic at Juneau-Douglas High School on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. Juneau-Douglas won 66-61. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Juneau-Douglas’ Philip Gonzales, center, lays the ball up in front of Maine-Endwell’s Gannon Russell, left, at the Princess Cruises Capital City Classic at Juneau-Douglas High School on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. Juneau-Douglas won 66-61. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Barrow’s Lewanne Brower dribbles the ball in between teammate Jenilee Donovan and Sitka’s Abby Forrester at the Princess Cruises Capital City Classic at Juneau-Douglas High School on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. Barrow won 58-50. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)
Barrow’s Lewanne Brower dribbles the ball in between teammate Jenilee Donovan and Sitka’s Abby Forrester at the Princess Cruises Capital City Classic at Juneau-Douglas High School on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. Barrow won 58-50. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)
Juneau-Douglas’ Sadie Tuckwood, left, scrambles for the ball with Sitka’s Tawny Smith at the Princess Cruises Capital City Classic at Juneau-Douglas High School on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. Juneau-Douglas won 52-25. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Crimson Bears cruise to home tourney wins

It was a good start for the Crimson Bears.

Juneau-Douglas’ Sadie Tuckwood, left, scrambles for the ball with Sitka’s Tawny Smith at the Princess Cruises Capital City Classic at Juneau-Douglas High School on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. Juneau-Douglas won 52-25. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Former Juneau-Douglas High School head football coach Rich Sjoroos celebrates after his team goes up 18-7 against Chugiak in a playoff game at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park in 2010. Sjoroos is the new Juneau United football coach on Friday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Former Juneau-Douglas High School head football coach Rich Sjoroos celebrates after his team goes up 18-7 against Chugiak in a playoff game at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park in 2010. Sjoroos is the new Juneau United football coach on Friday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Maine-Endwell High School boys basketball team. (Courtesy Photo | Twitter)

New York team traverses country for Capital City Classic

The Princess Cruises Capital City Classic has a history of bringing in Lower 48 teams. Colorado, Idaho, Washington — name a state on the West… Continue reading

Maine-Endwell High School boys basketball team. (Courtesy Photo | Twitter)
Erik Kelly plays for the Peninsula College Pirates this season. (Courtesy Photo | Peninsula College)
Erik Kelly plays for the Peninsula College Pirates this season. (Courtesy Photo | Peninsula College)
Juneau-Douglas’ Cooper Kriegmont picks up a loose ball in the 2017 Capital City Classic Basketball Tournament at JDHS. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Crimson Bears have big shoes to fill

Here’s what to expect from the Crimson Bears this year.

Juneau-Douglas’ Cooper Kriegmont picks up a loose ball in the 2017 Capital City Classic Basketball Tournament at JDHS. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Thunder Mountain’s Brady Carandang shoots the ball over Juneau-Douglas’ Kolby Hoover on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. Carandang is the leading scorer returning for the Falcons this season. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Thunder Mountain’s Brady Carandang shoots the ball over Juneau-Douglas’ Kolby Hoover on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. Carandang is the leading scorer returning for the Falcons this season. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Sitka stymied by Thunder Mountain girls for third time

Thunder Mountain wasn’t even supposed to be there originally.