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Five-time winner Dallas Seavey takes his sled dog team through a snowstorm in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, March 5, 2022, during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The competitive start of the nearly 1,000-mile race will be held March 6, 2022, in Willow, Alaska, with the winner expected in the Bering Sea coastal town of Nome about nine days later. (AP Photo / Mark Thiessen)

Iditarod leader Seavey is first to leave ghost town of Ophir

Seavey was leading the Iditarod early Wednesday, in his quest to become the race’s greatest champion.

  • Mar 9, 2022
  • By Mark Thiessen Associated Press
Five-time winner Dallas Seavey takes his sled dog team through a snowstorm in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, March 5, 2022, during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The competitive start of the nearly 1,000-mile race will be held March 6, 2022, in Willow, Alaska, with the winner expected in the Bering Sea coastal town of Nome about nine days later. (AP Photo / Mark Thiessen)
Thomas Baxter throws down a dunk to score two of his game-high 29 points on Friday night at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Thomas Baxter throws down a dunk to score two of his game-high 29 points on Friday night at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Five-time Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey is shown Feb. 22, 2022, playing with Prophet, one of his lead dogs, at his kennel in Talkeetna, Alaska. Seavey is tied with musher Rick Swenson for the most Iditarod victories ever, and Seavey is looking for his sixth title when the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race starts this weekend in Alaska. (AP Photo / Mark Thiessen)

Musher on brink of becoming Iditarod’s best ever

Dallas Seavey is on the cusp of becoming mushing’s greatest ever champion…

  • Mar 4, 2022
  • By Mark Thiessen Associated Press
  • Iditarod
Five-time Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey is shown Feb. 22, 2022, playing with Prophet, one of his lead dogs, at his kennel in Talkeetna, Alaska. Seavey is tied with musher Rick Swenson for the most Iditarod victories ever, and Seavey is looking for his sixth title when the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race starts this weekend in Alaska. (AP Photo / Mark Thiessen)
Team Forget-Me-Not poses with the 2nd place trophy for the Ice Sports Industry 2022 Winter Classic in San Jose, California. (Courtesy photo / Juneau Skating Club)

Juneau Skating Club ices 2nd in travel tournament

Against bigger teams with significantly easier commutes, they carved to a solid second.

Team Forget-Me-Not poses with the 2nd place trophy for the Ice Sports Industry 2022 Winter Classic in San Jose, California. (Courtesy photo / Juneau Skating Club)
Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé basketball teams will face Thunder Mountain High School one last time in regular season play this weekend, as the school also hosts Senior Night and a suicide prevention event. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé basketball teams will face Thunder Mountain High School one last time in regular season play this weekend, as the school also hosts Senior Night and a suicide prevention event. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
Thunder Mountain High School seniors (from left to right) Grace Sikes, Sydney Strong, Jo Pasion, Olissa Oliver and Jorda Basiliso stand with coach Andy Lee (center) before Saturday’s senior night game against Ketchikan. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Thunder Mountain falls to Ketchikan at home

But more games are ahead as season nears its end.

Thunder Mountain High School seniors (from left to right) Grace Sikes, Sydney Strong, Jo Pasion, Olissa Oliver and Jorda Basiliso stand with coach Andy Lee (center) before Saturday’s senior night game against Ketchikan. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire
Senior Matthew Hartsock prepares to launch a 3-point shot while his teammates and coaches look on. Hartsock, who sank two 3-pointers in the game, was part of a hot shooting night for TMHS.
Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire
Senior Matthew Hartsock prepares to launch a 3-point shot while his teammates and coaches look on. Hartsock, who sank two 3-pointers in the game, was part of a hot shooting night for TMHS.
The Juneau Capitals 10-and-under team swept a tournament in Anchorage last weekend, winning all six games. (Courtesy photo / Jamie Troxel)

Juneau 10-U hockey team sweeps tournament

Six games to none and a hefty lead in all.

The Juneau Capitals 10-and-under team swept a tournament in Anchorage last weekend, winning all six games. (Courtesy photo / Jamie Troxel)
JDHS' Mila Hargrave pivots toward the hoop for a tough inside shot while tightly defended by TMHS' Sydney Strong. In the background JDHS' Kiyara Miller and TMHS' Kerra Baxter look on. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
JDHS' Mila Hargrave pivots toward the hoop for a tough inside shot while tightly defended by TMHS' Sydney Strong. In the background JDHS' Kiyara Miller and TMHS' Kerra Baxter look on. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Alwen Carrillo coils up to launch a shot in a 63-50 win at Thunder Mountain High School on Friday night. Carillo led the Crimson Bears in scoring 21 points and made some slick passes to set his teammates up for easy buckets. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Two late surges, two different outcomes

Boys and girls basketball games each feature wild finishes.

Alwen Carrillo coils up to launch a shot in a 63-50 win at Thunder Mountain High School on Friday night. Carillo led the Crimson Bears in scoring 21 points and made some slick passes to set his teammates up for easy buckets. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
JDHS' Orion Dybdahl contests a shot from TMHS' Thomas Baxter late in Saturday night's game. Thunder Mountain High School wound up winning 56-55 in overtime.  (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
JDHS' Orion Dybdahl contests a shot from TMHS' Thomas Baxter late in Saturday night's game. Thunder Mountain High School wound up winning 56-55 in overtime.  (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
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Scores at a glance for the week of Jan.28

Quick recaps for local teams.

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Scores at a glance for the week of Jan.28

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Maddie Phaneuf, a Team USA biathlete, coaches up Juneau Nordic Ski Team members during a recent stop in the capital city. Phaneuf said it was only her second time in Alaska. Despite heavy rain, local athletes were able to learn from the Olympic-caliber athlete. (Courtesy Photo / Mike Justa)
Maddie Phaneuf, a Team USA biathlete, coaches up Juneau Nordic Ski Team members during a recent stop in the capital city. Phaneuf said it was only her second time in Alaska. Despite heavy rain, local athletes were able to learn from the Olympic-caliber athlete. (Courtesy Photo / Mike Justa)
Sean Oliver, who led the Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé Crimson Bears in scoring at the Alaska Airlines Classic, prepares to shoot during practice on Dec. 15, 2021. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

JDHS basketball teams determined to soldier through rough patch

Both the boys and girls have a heavy week and weekend ahead.

Sean Oliver, who led the Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé Crimson Bears in scoring at the Alaska Airlines Classic, prepares to shoot during practice on Dec. 15, 2021. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)
FILE - Alaska Nanooks forward Brady Risk plays during the third period of an NCAA hockey game against Cornell on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 in Ithaca, N.Y. When the Alaska Nanooks ventured out from campus in Fairbanks for their second three-week road trip of the season, a simple stop in Seattle turned into a four-day stay as virus-related airline staff shortages and wintry weather in the region grounded flight after flight. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File)

Roaming charge: Alaska Nanooks making most of independence

Patience, positive attitudes — and efficient packing.

  • Jan 25, 2022
  • By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer
FILE - Alaska Nanooks forward Brady Risk plays during the third period of an NCAA hockey game against Cornell on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 in Ithaca, N.Y. When the Alaska Nanooks ventured out from campus in Fairbanks for their second three-week road trip of the season, a simple stop in Seattle turned into a four-day stay as virus-related airline staff shortages and wintry weather in the region grounded flight after flight. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File)
The Thunder Mountain High School boys basketball team stand on the Arctic Ocean. (Courtesy Photo)

Falcons come up just shy of tournament win

Close game in the far north.

The Thunder Mountain High School boys basketball team stand on the Arctic Ocean. (Courtesy Photo)
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Scores at a glance for the week of Jan.21

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Alwen Carrillo, one of the Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé boy’s basketball team captains, dribbles during practice on Dec. 15, 2021. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

Juneau boys basketball hitting the road

One team is bound for Anchorage, the other for Utqiagvik

Alwen Carrillo, one of the Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé boy’s basketball team captains, dribbles during practice on Dec. 15, 2021. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)