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Stellar’s Jays kissing in a tree May 3 in the North Tee Harbor area. (Courtesy Photo / Glenn Ramsey)

Wild Shots

Reader-submitted photos of Mother Nature in Southeast Alaska.

  • Jun 12, 2023
Stellar’s Jays kissing in a tree May 3 in the North Tee Harbor area. (Courtesy Photo / Glenn Ramsey)
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Girls teams face off on the twin courts of the main gym at Juneau-Douglas Yadaa.at Kalé High School during the Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza on Oct. 15, 2022. A proposal being considered by the Alaska State Board of Education and Early Development to ban transgender females from participating in girls high school sports could take effect before this year’s fall sports season.

Public comment open for statewide transgender sports ban

Proposal barring transgender girls from girls’ high school sports teams to be reconsidered July 26

Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire File
Girls teams face off on the twin courts of the main gym at Juneau-Douglas Yadaa.at Kalé High School during the Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza on Oct. 15, 2022. A proposal being considered by the Alaska State Board of Education and Early Development to ban transgender females from participating in girls high school sports could take effect before this year’s fall sports season.
Lawrence “Woody” Widmark holds up his Alaska School Activities Association Gold Lifetime Pass as Sitka Wolves players and ASAA executive director Billy Strickland applaud during the presentation at the ASAA State Baseball Championships in Sitka last week. (Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire)

Southeast Alaska umpire receives golden honor

Sitka’s Lawrence “Woody” Widmark receives ASAA lifetime pass

  • Jun 9, 2023
  • By Klas Stolpe Juneau Empire
Lawrence “Woody” Widmark holds up his Alaska School Activities Association Gold Lifetime Pass as Sitka Wolves players and ASAA executive director Billy Strickland applaud during the presentation at the ASAA State Baseball Championships in Sitka last week. (Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire)

Miller, Dunivin top Cameron Clark race

Memorial run brings more than 40 participants to the course

  • Jun 6, 2023
  • Juneau Empire staff
TMHS senior Mallory Welling, running for team North/Southeast, competes in the 100 hurdles at the Brian Young Invitational on Saturday in Kodiak. (Photo courtesy Brandi Adams)

Local athletes qualify for Junior Olympics

Southeast track stars impress at Kodiak’s Brian Young Invitational

TMHS senior Mallory Welling, running for team North/Southeast, competes in the 100 hurdles at the Brian Young Invitational on Saturday in Kodiak. (Photo courtesy Brandi Adams)
JDHS senior Mariah Schauwecker, junior Mila Hargrave and senior Anna Dale were selected to the All-State Tournament team Saturday at the ASAA Division II State Softball Championship at Anchorage’s Cartee Fields. (Courtesy Photo /JDHS Softball)

JDHS softball nips Sitka for state title

Dale walk-off single sends JDHS to trophy case, the mall, dinner and Cold Stone

  • Jun 5, 2023
  • By Klas Stolpe Juneau Empire
JDHS senior Mariah Schauwecker, junior Mila Hargrave and senior Anna Dale were selected to the All-State Tournament team Saturday at the ASAA Division II State Softball Championship at Anchorage’s Cartee Fields. (Courtesy Photo /JDHS Softball)
Thunder Mountain High School recent graduate Mallory Welling, shown at last weekend’s ASAA state track and field meet, will compete at the Brian Young Invitational, Friday and Saturday, in Kodiak. (Jeff Helminiak / Peninsula Clarion)

Southeast track stars to challenge records

One final hurdle for athletes at Kodiak’s Brian Young Invitational

Thunder Mountain High School recent graduate Mallory Welling, shown at last weekend’s ASAA state track and field meet, will compete at the Brian Young Invitational, Friday and Saturday, in Kodiak. (Jeff Helminiak / Peninsula Clarion)
Sitka Wolves sophomore pitcher Bryce Calhoun delivers against the Eagle River Wolves during Sitka’s 6-3 loss Saturday in the 4th/6th place game of the ASAA Division I State Baseball Championships on Sitka’s Moller Field. (Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire)

Sitka falls to Eagle River for fourth place in state baseball tournament

Two packs of Wolves collided in the ASAA Division I State Baseball Tournament’s fourth/sixth place game Saturday at Sitka’s Moller Field with the visiting Eagle… Continue reading

Sitka Wolves sophomore pitcher Bryce Calhoun delivers against the Eagle River Wolves during Sitka’s 6-3 loss Saturday in the 4th/6th place game of the ASAA Division I State Baseball Championships on Sitka’s Moller Field. (Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire)
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Sitka senior pitcher Ben Turner delivers against Service during the Wolves 8-7 loss to the Cougars on Thursday in the opening round of the ASAA Division I State Baseball Championships at Sitka’s Moller Field.

Sitka stunned by Service in state tournament at Moller Field

The Sitka High School baseball team fell to the Service Cougars, 8-7, on Thursday night in the ASAA Division I State Baseball Championships on Sitka’s… Continue reading

  • Jun 3, 2023
  • By Klas Stolpe Juneau Empire
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Sitka senior pitcher Ben Turner delivers against Service during the Wolves 8-7 loss to the Cougars on Thursday in the opening round of the ASAA Division I State Baseball Championships at Sitka’s Moller Field.
JDHS pitcher Eli Crupi prepares to deliver against Eagle River during the Crimson Bears 2-1 loss to the Wolves in an elimination game Friday at the ASAA Division I State Baseball Championships on Sitka’s Moller Field. (Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire)

Crimson Bears end season nipped by Wolves

JDHS eliminated by Eagle River from state baseball tournament

JDHS pitcher Eli Crupi prepares to deliver against Eagle River during the Crimson Bears 2-1 loss to the Wolves in an elimination game Friday at the ASAA Division I State Baseball Championships on Sitka’s Moller Field. (Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire)
Photo Courtesy JDHS Softball
JDHS freshman Gwen Nizich slides into home plate against Kodiak during the Crimson Bears 9-1 win over the Bears on Thursday in the ASAA Division II State Softball Tournament at Anchorage’s Cartee Fields.

JDHS splits first steps of state softball marathon

Crimson Bears girls open tournament with win over Kodiak, loss to North Pole

Photo Courtesy JDHS Softball
JDHS freshman Gwen Nizich slides into home plate against Kodiak during the Crimson Bears 9-1 win over the Bears on Thursday in the ASAA Division II State Softball Tournament at Anchorage’s Cartee Fields.
JDHS senior third baseman Kaleb Campbell tags out Colony freshman Kaesen Buzby on a steal attempt during the Crimson Bears 9-1 loss to the Knights on Thursday in the opening round of the ASAA Division I State Baseball Championships at Sitka’s Moller Field. (Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire)

JDHS baseball boys open state with loss

Crimson Bears jousted by Colony Knights 9-1

JDHS senior third baseman Kaleb Campbell tags out Colony freshman Kaesen Buzby on a steal attempt during the Crimson Bears 9-1 loss to the Knights on Thursday in the opening round of the ASAA Division I State Baseball Championships at Sitka’s Moller Field. (Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire)
The Region V champion Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé Crimson Bears softball team are the top Southeast seed for the state tournament this weekend in Anchorage. Front row: Milina Mazon. Second row: Mariah Schauwecker, Chloe Casperson, Zoey Billings, Carlynn Casperson and Gloria Bixby. Third row: Bailey Hansen, Mila Hargrave, Taiya Bentz, Kiah Yadao and Gwen Nizich. Fourth row: Amira Andrews, Tristan Oliva, Anna Dale and Tatum Billings. (Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire)

JDHS softball champs ready for state

Top seed Crimson Bears, second seed Sitka heading north

The Region V champion Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé Crimson Bears softball team are the top Southeast seed for the state tournament this weekend in Anchorage. Front row: Milina Mazon. Second row: Mariah Schauwecker, Chloe Casperson, Zoey Billings, Carlynn Casperson and Gloria Bixby. Third row: Bailey Hansen, Mila Hargrave, Taiya Bentz, Kiah Yadao and Gwen Nizich. Fourth row: Amira Andrews, Tristan Oliva, Anna Dale and Tatum Billings. (Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire)
The Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé Crimson Bears are the Southeast second seed for the state baseball tournament starting Thursday in Sitka. Front row left to right: Lamar Blatnick, Brandon Casperson, Jacob Katasse, Finn Kesey, Nate Fick, Tyler Frisby, Riley Fick and Eli Crupi. Back row left to right: Marcus Underwood, Landon Simonson, Kaleb Campbell, Luke Dean, Joe Aline, Reed Meier and Bodhi Nelson. (Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire)

JDHS baseball boys heading to the show

Top seed Sitka will host sandlot teams from around the state

The Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé Crimson Bears are the Southeast second seed for the state baseball tournament starting Thursday in Sitka. Front row left to right: Lamar Blatnick, Brandon Casperson, Jacob Katasse, Finn Kesey, Nate Fick, Tyler Frisby, Riley Fick and Eli Crupi. Back row left to right: Marcus Underwood, Landon Simonson, Kaleb Campbell, Luke Dean, Joe Aline, Reed Meier and Bodhi Nelson. (Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire)
Photos by Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire
Sitka junior Grady Smith slides safely into home plate during the Wolves 13-7 win over the Ketchikan Kings for the Region V Baseball Championship on Saturday at Adair Kennedy Field.

Sitka baseball boys win regions

Wolves defeat Kayhi for title, JDHS still state bound

Photos by Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire
Sitka junior Grady Smith slides safely into home plate during the Wolves 13-7 win over the Ketchikan Kings for the Region V Baseball Championship on Saturday at Adair Kennedy Field.
The TMHS Falcons pose with their Sportsmanship Award at the Region V Softball Tournament on Saturday in Sitka. (Courtesy Photo)

Falcons fall from softball region tourney

TMHS leaves bases loaded for next season.

The TMHS Falcons pose with their Sportsmanship Award at the Region V Softball Tournament on Saturday in Sitka. (Courtesy Photo)
This combination image shows Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé junior Etta Eller, Thunder Mountain High School senior Mallory Welling and Ketchikan High School senior Jason Lorig competing during the Region V Track & Field Championships Saturday May 20. All three fared well at the state championships. (Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire)

Southeast Division I track stars battle at state

Ketchikan’s Lorig, JD’s Eller and TM’s Welling place high

This combination image shows Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé junior Etta Eller, Thunder Mountain High School senior Mallory Welling and Ketchikan High School senior Jason Lorig competing during the Region V Track & Field Championships Saturday May 20. All three fared well at the state championships. (Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire)
Sitka sophomore Clare Mullin and Haines senior Avari Getchell start the anchor leg of the Division II girls 4x400 relay after taking baton passes from Sitka freshman Natalie Hall and Haines sophomore Ari’el Godinez Long during the Region V Track & Field Championships. Sitka performed well at the state championship this weekend, earning a Division II title. (Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire)

Sitka wins DII state track & field team title

Petersburg’s Cumps, Sitka’s Prussian top events

Sitka sophomore Clare Mullin and Haines senior Avari Getchell start the anchor leg of the Division II girls 4x400 relay after taking baton passes from Sitka freshman Natalie Hall and Haines sophomore Ari’el Godinez Long during the Region V Track & Field Championships. Sitka performed well at the state championship this weekend, earning a Division II title. (Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire)
The JDHS Crimson Bears pose with their Region V Championship on Saturday at Sitka's Moller Field. (Courtesy Photo)

JDHS wins Region V softball Tournament

Crimson Bears defeat home field host Sitka Lady Wolves.

The JDHS Crimson Bears pose with their Region V Championship on Saturday at Sitka's Moller Field. (Courtesy Photo)
The Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé Crimson Bears boys soccer team pose with their championship trophy after defeating Soldotna 4-0 for the ASAA DII Boys Soccer State Championship, Saturday, at West Anchorage High School (Courtesy Photo / JDHS Soccer)

JDHS boys win state soccer crown

Crimson Bears own pitch against Soldotna

The Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé Crimson Bears boys soccer team pose with their championship trophy after defeating Soldotna 4-0 for the ASAA DII Boys Soccer State Championship, Saturday, at West Anchorage High School (Courtesy Photo / JDHS Soccer)