Runners take off from the beginning of the Airport Dike Trail on Thursday for the fifth annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. Race proceeds went to the Juneau-Douglas High School hockey and Thunder Mountain High School cross country teams. (Courtesy Photo | Scott Spickler)
Runners take off from the beginning of the Airport Dike Trail on Thursday for the fifth annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. Race proceeds went to the Juneau-Douglas High School hockey and Thunder Mountain High School cross country teams. (Courtesy Photo | Scott Spickler)
Angoon’s Curtis Lane passes away from Klukwan’s Michael Ganey and Jason Shull in the C bracket final at the Juneau Lion’s Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Gold Medal basketball requesting letters of interest

The Juneau Lions Club is accepting letters of interest from teams for the 73rd annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament, March 17-23, 2019, at Juneau-Douglas High… Continue reading

Angoon’s Curtis Lane passes away from Klukwan’s Michael Ganey and Jason Shull in the C bracket final at the Juneau Lion’s Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team crowned “Team Russia” (Zac Stagg, Fin Shibler, Chance Turinsky, Dalton Hoy, Owen Squires, Dawson Hickok) as the eighth annual Turkey Day 3-on-3 champions on Wednesday morning. The intersquad tournament pits six teams against one another and awards the winners with a dozen Breeze Inn donuts. (Courtesy Photo | Luke Adams)

JDHS hockey’s Thanksgiving tourney winners

The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team crowned “Team Russia” (Zac Stagg, Fin Shibler, Chance Turinsky, Dalton Hoy, Owen Squires, Dawson Hickok) as the eighth annual… Continue reading

The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team crowned “Team Russia” (Zac Stagg, Fin Shibler, Chance Turinsky, Dalton Hoy, Owen Squires, Dawson Hickok) as the eighth annual Turkey Day 3-on-3 champions on Wednesday morning. The intersquad tournament pits six teams against one another and awards the winners with a dozen Breeze Inn donuts. (Courtesy Photo | Luke Adams)
The Chicago Bears celebrate after cornerback Kyle Fuller intercepted a pass in the end zone intended for Detroit Lions tight end Michael Roberts during the second half of their game on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, in Detroit. (Duane Burleson | Associated Press)

Chase Daniel fills in, leads Bears to 23-16 win over Lions

Chase Daniel made the most of his chance to fill in for Mitchell Trubisky, having the best day of his journeyman career.

The Chicago Bears celebrate after cornerback Kyle Fuller intercepted a pass in the end zone intended for Detroit Lions tight end Michael Roberts during the second half of their game on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, in Detroit. (Duane Burleson | Associated Press)
John Kern poses after completing the Williams Route 66 Marathon in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. (Courtesy Photo | John Kern)

Juneau runner finishes 50th marathon in 50th state

He’s ran at sea-level in Alaska and 6,000 feet in Colorado. He’s trod across the Golden Gate Bridge in California and through the Sandhills of… Continue reading

John Kern poses after completing the Williams Route 66 Marathon in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. (Courtesy Photo | John Kern)

Skate off Thanksgiving turkey with Santa

Santa Claus will break from the North Pole for a few hours Friday. The Douglas Fourth of July Committee is putting on “Skate with Santa”… Continue reading

Thunder Mountain sophomore Jake Ferster tries to break the hold of Ketchikan’s Sully Shulz at the Brandon Pilot Invitational on Saturday at Thunder Mountain High School. After losing to to teammate Camden Erickson in the 189-pound semifinals, Ferster won a 3-2 decision over Shulz and wrestled Sitka’s John Welsh in the consolation finals. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)
                                Thunder Mountain sophomore Jake Ferster tries to break the hold of Ketchikan’s Sully Shulz at the Brandon Pilot Invitational on Saturday at Thunder Mountain High School. After losing to to teammate Camden Erickson in the 189-pound semifinals, Ferster won a 3-2 decision over Shulz and wrestled Sitka’s John Welsh in the consolation finals. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Falcons pick up two Lancer Smith medals

The Thunder Mountain High School wrestling team brought nine wrestlers to the Lancer Smith Memorial on Friday and Saturday at the Menard Sports Complex in… Continue reading

Thunder Mountain sophomore Jake Ferster tries to break the hold of Ketchikan’s Sully Shulz at the Brandon Pilot Invitational on Saturday at Thunder Mountain High School. After losing to to teammate Camden Erickson in the 189-pound semifinals, Ferster won a 3-2 decision over Shulz and wrestled Sitka’s John Welsh in the consolation finals. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)
                                Thunder Mountain sophomore Jake Ferster tries to break the hold of Ketchikan’s Sully Shulz at the Brandon Pilot Invitational on Saturday at Thunder Mountain High School. After losing to to teammate Camden Erickson in the 189-pound semifinals, Ferster won a 3-2 decision over Shulz and wrestled Sitka’s John Welsh in the consolation finals. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)
Palmer’s Zach Nelius is hounded by four Juneau-Douglas players in the second period of the JDHS-Palmer conference game on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. JDHS won 9-0. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)
Palmer’s Zach Nelius is hounded by four Juneau-Douglas players in the second period of the JDHS-Palmer conference game on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. JDHS won 9-0. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)
Angus Andrews, 9, shoots a rifle the Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Hunter Education Facility rifle range on Saturday. The event was put on by the Juneau Gun Club, Juneau Shooting Sports Foundation, Juneau Archery Club and ADFG and awarded approximately 90 turkeys. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)
Angus Andrews, 9, shoots a rifle the Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Hunter Education Facility rifle range on Saturday. The event was put on by the Juneau Gun Club, Juneau Shooting Sports Foundation, Juneau Archery Club and ADFG and awarded approximately 90 turkeys. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)
Juneau-Douglas’ Chance Turinsky pushes the puck up the ice between Palmer’s Alex Nelius, left, and Easton Armstrong on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Seniors lead Crimson Bears past Moose

It was the Crimson Bears’ home opener and first victory of the season.

Juneau-Douglas’ Chance Turinsky pushes the puck up the ice between Palmer’s Alex Nelius, left, and Easton Armstrong on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Juneau-Douglas High School junior Ethan Welch checks a Colony player last Thursday during the Palmer Showdown Tournament at the MTA Events Center in Palmer. Welch will face his former team, Palmer, this weekend in two games at Treadwell Arena. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

JDHS hockey to take on Palmer

JDHS hockey plays Palmer this weekend

Juneau-Douglas High School junior Ethan Welch checks a Colony player last Thursday during the Palmer Showdown Tournament at the MTA Events Center in Palmer. Welch will face his former team, Palmer, this weekend in two games at Treadwell Arena. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Pro baseball coaches headline Anchorage camp

The Alliance for the Support of American Legion Baseball in Alaska is hosting the ninth annual Professional Baseball Clinic Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at West Anchorage… Continue reading

Chad Bentz, a physical education teacher at Juneau-Douglas High School holds a parent/teacher conference at JDHS in 2014. Bentz is on the ballot for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Sports Hall of Fame voting open

The midterm elections may be over, but in the world of Alaska sports, election season is still going. For the remainder of the month, the… Continue reading

Chad Bentz, a physical education teacher at Juneau-Douglas High School holds a parent/teacher conference at JDHS in 2014. Bentz is on the ballot for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Player of the Week: Wolf Dostal

Wolf Dostal is the Juneau Empire’s player of the week. Dostal, a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School, made 39 saves in a 5-1 loss to… Continue reading

The Juneau Parks and Recreation Women’s Division 1 Champions: Igloo Construction. (Courtesy Photo | Parks and Recreation)

Parks and Rec Volleyball Winners

The Juneau Parks and Recreation fall volleyball postseason tournament crowned seven champions on Wednesday and Thursday. Top-seeded Island Sons (Men’s Division 1), Koopa Troopas (Men’s… Continue reading

The Juneau Parks and Recreation Women’s Division 1 Champions: Igloo Construction. (Courtesy Photo | Parks and Recreation)
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Finn Yerkes applies pressure on a West Anchorage player on Saturday at the fourth annual Palmer Showdown Tournament at the MTA Events Center in Palmer. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

West defeats Crimson Bears 8-1

The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team lost 8-1 to the West Anchorage Eagles on the final day of the fourth annual Palmer Showdown Tournament on… Continue reading

Juneau-Douglas High School senior Finn Yerkes applies pressure on a West Anchorage player on Saturday at the fourth annual Palmer Showdown Tournament at the MTA Events Center in Palmer. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)
Thunder Mountain High School juniorTasi Fenumiai spikes the ball as South Anchorage’s Camryn Houser goes up for the block in the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska 3A/4A Volleyball State Championships on Friday at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage. South won 3-0 (25-10, 25-21, 25-12). (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)
Thunder Mountain High School juniorTasi Fenumiai spikes the ball as South Anchorage’s Camryn Houser goes up for the block in the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska 3A/4A Volleyball State Championships on Friday at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage. South won 3-0 (25-10, 25-21, 25-12). (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)
Juneau-Douglas junior Ethan Welch skates after the puck during the Palmer Showdown Tournament on Thursday at the MTA Events Center in Palmer. The Knights won 3-1. JDHS plays reigning Division I state champion Dimond on Friday. Soldotna, West Anchorage, Homer, Dimond, Wasilla and Palmer are also participating in the three-day tournament. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Photos: JDHS season opener

The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team fell to the Colony Knights 3-1 in the team’s season opener Thursday at MTA Events Center in Palmer. Senior… Continue reading

Juneau-Douglas junior Ethan Welch skates after the puck during the Palmer Showdown Tournament on Thursday at the MTA Events Center in Palmer. The Knights won 3-1. JDHS plays reigning Division I state champion Dimond on Friday. Soldotna, West Anchorage, Homer, Dimond, Wasilla and Palmer are also participating in the three-day tournament. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)
Thunder Mountain High School sophomore Sophia Harvey spikes the ball in between West Anchorage’s Danika Brown, left, and Kathleen Dexter in the first round of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska 3A/4A Volleyball State Championships on Thursday at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Thunder Mountain downed by West at state

It was TMHS’ first-ever state tournament appearance.

Thunder Mountain High School sophomore Sophia Harvey spikes the ball in between West Anchorage’s Danika Brown, left, and Kathleen Dexter in the first round of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska 3A/4A Volleyball State Championships on Thursday at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)
Senior Greyson Liebelt shoots to the goal during Juneau-Douglas High School hockey practice at Treadwell Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Senior Greyson Liebelt shoots to the goal during Juneau-Douglas High School hockey practice at Treadwell Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)