While everyone is a winner at the Native Youth Olympics by helping sustain culture and tradition, Eden Hopson of the Anchorage A team and Colton Paul from Kipnuk competing for Mt. Edgecumbe High School stole the show.
After a year filled with highs and lows for Anchorage-raised professional basketball player Daishen Nix, his season ended in celebration. Nix starred for the Rio Grand Valley Vipers in the NBA G League Finals, who Beat the Delaware Blue Coats for the championship of the NBA’s developmental league.
After a historic year in Alaska sports, there were many worthy finalists, but only one winner in each of the following categories: Pride of Alaska (Best Athlete), Trajan Langdon Award (leadership, sportsmanship, inspiration) and the Joe Floyd Award (lasting and significant community contribution through sports).
“We’ve seen kids who are not athletes who get excited about this sport, because (if) they’re not tall they can’t play basketball, they’re not tall they can’t play volleyball, but they want to move around, and a lot of the footwork in badminton is similar to other sports."
A group of Anchorage youth soccer standouts had played their final game as teammates together, but they gathered at The Dome one last time in celebration as they will all continue their careers and education through the sport.
If you haven’t had the chance to watch the best girls player in the state of Alaska, you need too. Sayvia Sellers won’t blow you away in the layup lines but once the game starts you will find yourself buying Sellers game as quick as you can.
After losing the Cook Inlet Conference Championship to Bettye Davis East High School just a week earlier on a buzzer-beater, the South Anchorage Wolverines returned the favor on Saturday night with a 37-35 victory over the Thunderbirds for the state championship.
Michelle Phillips, Mille Porsild and Riley Dyche were all found to have broken part of rule 37 in the Iditarod Rule book stating that “Dogs may not be brought into shelters except for race veterinarians’ medical examination or treatment.”
The Anchorage Christian School Lions dominated the Wasilla Warriors 71-42 to secure their first state title in the 4A division and their sixth straight state title counting their 3A wins dating back to 2017. The Lions were bumped up from 3A to 4A for this season.
Six different Service High School student athletes put pen to paper and announced where they would be attending college to play their sport at the next level. Three football players signed, along with two soccer players and, for the first time in Service history, a student is moving on in riflery.
Newhalen lead the game most of the way, but it is March which means anything can happen. The Klawock Chieftains fought back into the game, erasing a 10-point deficit and Klawock’s Lea Armour had a great look at the basket to win the game at the buzzer. Armour’s shot bounced around on the rim but ultimately fell to the side, giving the Malamutes back to back state titles
The Toksook Bay Islanders were the sixth seeded team in the 1A state basketball tournament, but completed their Cinderella story by beating the top seeded Tanana Wolves 51-47 in front of what could have been nearly matched the entire population of the village of Toksook Bay.
The Tikigaq Harpoonerettes came into the state championship game as the second seed, going up against the top seeded Wrangell Wolves. However, the game did not reflect prior seeding as the Tikigaq Harpoonerettes started scoring early from both behind the arc and in the paint to get the job done, winning 56-42.