2021 Sports Year in Review, Athletes Prevail Against COVID Dynasty

    Seward's Lydia Jacoby and Thunder Mountain's Patrick Foy were named the outstanding female and male swimmers of the 2021 State Swimming & Diving Championship at Bartlett High School, Saturday, Nov. 6. (Klas Stolpe)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The sports year of 2021 was a battle not only against familiar opponents but also against the uncertainty of a foe that in just two years has become a devious competitor that is as efficient on the road as it is at home. And yet, athletes have persevered in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, some with no hope to play for state titles and others with multiple opportunities.

    SPRING (March - May)

      Juneau’s Border-to-Border skiing event, modeled after the Rajalta Rajalle-Hiihto ski across Finland, in its sixth year had become a fixture for local classic and skate-style cross-country skiers celebrating the longer days of spring. Participants skied all Juneau Nordic trails in one day or as many of them as they chose. The Juneau route was 46 kilometers and featured Pioneer Road (11 km), the Eaglecrest Nordic Lower Loop (14 km), Salmon Creek (6 km), Montana Creek (6 km) and Mendenhall Campground and Lake (9 km).

      The Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé boys basketball team posted a 15-1 overall record and dominated Southeast with a 7-1 conference record and a blow-out win over Ketchikan in the Region V championship behind 42 points from senior Cooper Kriegmont. Unfortunately, the Crimson Bears could not attend the Alaska School Activities Association state championships due to a Juneau School District policy of not approving travel to a region if that region was in a high-alert status for COVID-19 as designated by the state health department; the championship tourney was held in Anchorage and region runner-up Ketchikan went in Juneau’s place. The Kings won their consolation game at state. The Lady Kings (16-2) won Southeast and were six points away from reaching the state championship.

      Valdez pulled both its basketball teams from the state tournament after players tested positive for COVID-19 after competing at a region tournament.

      Petersburg boys basketball coach Rick Brock was named the 2A Coach of the Year by the Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches, and Vikings sr. guard Brennan Skeek was 2A Player of the Year. JDHS sr. Cooper Kriegmont earned a 4A first team selection, Sitka Lady Wolves sr. Jocelyn Brady a 3A first team selection and Metlakatla’s Elijah Casperson and Haines’ Carson Crager earned 2A first team selections.

      The Juneau Capitals 18-and-under hockey team won the state club championship at Tok and the 14-and-under team won the state championship at Kenai.

      The JDHS Crimson Bears cheerleaders were chosen the 2021 March Madness Alaska High School State Champions in a competition held virtually. JDHS also won the region title in a virtual competition.

      JoJo Griggs and David Lowell captured the overall female and male championships, respectively, in the Craig Lindh Memorial Town Downhill. The race, open to skiers and snowboarders, was renamed in 2021 for one of Eaglecrest’s pioneers, Craig Lindh, who had died on March 1.

      The Region V Executive Committee of the ASAA warned Ketchikan High School of possible sanctions due to not following Region V policies concerning COVID-19 mitigations at a Kayhi wrestling tournament. KHS had hosted eight teams in a Region V Division II meet followed by their Bill Weiss Tournament, as well as a track meet. Multiple teams participated resulting in multiple school districts later canceling soccer, track and baseball events due to possible exposure. The Native Youth Olympics Traditional Games were also affected, with the southern portion of the event that was to be held in Ketchikan rescheduled. Later, the region wrestling championships would be canceled in May but an altered state tournament was held.

      The TMHS wrestling team, comprised of TM and JDHS athletes, wrestled two seasons after COVID-19 forced ASAA to cancel some seasons all together and move others. Wrestlers went to a state tourney in May and after cases eased returned to the mats for a normal season ending in December’s state tourney. Coach Josh Houston retired after the May season. At the state tourney sr. Kamden Erickson placed third at 215 pounds, jr. Kadin Messmer third at 119 pounds, so. Carson Cummins fourth at 103 pounds and so. Sage Richards fifth at 189 pounds,

      JDHS 2007 graduate Talisa Rhea was promoted within the WNBA Seattle Storm organization on April 13 to general manager, roughly 24 hours before the league’s draft. Rhea began her career with the Storm in 2015 as an intern with the basketball operations department as a video coordinator. In 2016, she was the Seattle Storm’s manager of basketball operations and was promoted to assistant general manager in 2019.

      2010 Ketchikan graduate and Kings cross country runner Isaac Updike ran 8:17.74 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Oregon Relays in Eugene, obliterating his previous best time of 8:25.38, set in Belgium in 2018, and meeting the Olympic Trials qualifying time of 8:32.

      The JDHS boys basketball team and Crimson Bears All-State sr. forward Cooper Kriegmont were finalists for youth Directors’ Awards presented by the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. Kriegmont was as a finalist for the Youth Pride of Alaska Award, given to the state’s top high school aged athlete over the past year for excellence in athletic competition and integrity and sportsmanship. The Crimson Bears were a finalist for the Trajan Langdon Award, which recognizes a high school age individual or team for demonstrating leadership and sportsmanship in a way that positively influences and inspires others.

      JDHS jr. sprinter James Connally set the Crimson Bears record for the 100 meters with a time of 11.14 during the team’s Juneau-Douglas Precipitational Levitational Invitational meet with TMHS at the Adair Kennedy oval.

       The JDHS girls won their third straight state soccer championship, this reporter dubbed it the “Taylor Bentley School of Soccer State Championships.” The JDHS sr. scored three goals, assisted on two others, broke a school record and guided the Crimson Bears to their third straight ASAA Soccer State Championship at Anchorage’s Service High School with a 5-1 win over the Soldotna Stars for the girls Division II title. The TMHS girls placed third with sr. Elizabeth Knapp and jr. Kiah Dihle selected to the All State Tournament team. The Falcons also won the Team Academic Award for highest grade point average with a 3.88.

      It took a pandemic to slow the TMHS boys soccer team’s title hopes a year earlier, but nothing could stop the Falcons from claiming the school’s first soccer championship, with a 3-2 win over Soldotna at Anchorage’s Service High School. Sr’s Logan Miller and Gavin Gende and jr's Wallace Adams and Talon Briggs were selected to the All-State Tournament team. The JDHS boys placed third with jr’s Tias Carney and Sam Holst All-State Tournament selections. The Crimson Bears also won the Team Academic Award for highest grade point average and the Sportsmanship Award.

      TMHS sr. Iayanah Brewer proved she is weatherproof in the ASAA state track and field championship meet that featured Southeast-like conditions. Brewer won the 100 meter hurdles in 16.02 seconds to win the DI state title. JDHS unified athlete Gabe Canon doubled up on state titles, winning the unified shot put and long jump. In DII, Sitka won the girls team title behind a first in the 4x100, and sr. Santanna Sumauang won the triple jump. Haines sr. Haley Boron won the shot. Petersburg sr. Aiden Luhr won the 100 dash and the high jump.

    SUMMER (June-August)

      2017 Idea homeschool graduate Phillip Wall, who played baseball for TMHS and Juneau Post 25 American Legion, pitched a complete game to give the University of Northwestern Eagles from St. Paul Minnesota their first-ever UMAC Tournament championship over St. Scholastica college and put them into the NCAA Division III tournament.

      The JDHS boys baseball team won the Region V championship, 12-2, over Sitka on the road. The Crimson Bears placed third at state, sr. Garrett Bryant and jr. Porter Nelson were selected to the All-State Tournament team.

      The JDHS Crimson Bears girls softball team won the state DII championship in an inning shortened, 16-4, walk-off win over the North Pole Patriots at Anchorage’s Cartee Fields. Sophomore shortstop Mariah Schauwecker played some of the tournament’s top defense and was selected to the All-State Tournament team along with Crimson Bears fr. pitcher Kiah Yadao and sr. third baser Mackenzie Jackson. JDHS lost the region title game to Ketchikan but defeated Ketchikan at state.

       Seward’s Lydia Jacoby, the 17-year-old Seward Tsunami Swim Club sensation, touched the wall at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, in the finals of the 100-meter breaststroke and her lane clock stopped at 1:05.28 seconds for second place and a berth in the Summer Olympic Games. She was just behind event world record-holder Lilly King, who won in 1:04.79.

      One of Alaska’s best distance runners and most unselfish running camp volunteers Allie Ostrander, 24, revealed she has been struggling with an eating disorder. Ostrander set state records in cross country and track at Kenai High School, scaled the Mount Marathon race in winning times multiple years, became a three-time NCAA Division I champion at Boise State, and an Olympic Trials finalist. Ostrander said she wished someone would have addressed this issue with her when she was younger. A week after her announcement, Ostrander finished sixth at the Olympic Trials in the 3000-meter steeple chase.

      Isaac Updike, 29, just missed an Olympic berth at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, placing fifth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase finals. Updike had the fastest preliminary heat time days earlier with an 8:22.01 and still had the fastest American time for the season with an 8:17.74 set earlier in the year. Updike signed with Nike the morning of the finals. Months later, he joined an elite crowd when he ran under four minutes for the mile at an American Track League meet in Mission Viejo, California. He hit 3:58.26 seconds to become just the second Alaskan to break the four-minute barrier.

      Bozeman, Montana’s Dakota Jones, 30, won Juneau Ridge Race 15-miler in high temperatures and high vertical. Jones finished in two hours 14 minutes and 59 seconds, breaking the record set in the inaugural race in 2019 by Allan Spangler (32 at the time) of 2:18.36. There was no 2020 race due to the pandemic.

        South Anchorage High School 2021 graduate Dylan Maltby was selected the 2021 Gatorade Alaska Baseball Player of the Year. Maltby was responsible for defeating JDHS in the state baseball championships and Juneau’s Post 25 American Legion team after.

       JDHS 2010 graduate Dylan Baker, 29, a former Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year, was called up to the Cincinnati Reds on a minor league deal, his third stint at Double-A in his nine-year pro career. He is one of 12 Alaskans to reach this level.

      Anchorage’s David Norris, 30, topped the field in the 93rd annual Mount Marathon race in Seward, winning the “hardest 5K in the world” in 43 minutes 27 seconds, and Seward’s Hannah Lafleur, 32, defended her title in 51:24. Both were also the top in their respective 30-39 age divisions.

      The Juneau Gastineau Channel Little League Major Baseball 10-12 year olds won the District 2 Championship, 6-1, over Ketchikan at Miller Field. Hunter Carte threw a complete game, struck out six, allowed just four singles and one hit batter and had two fielding put outs. The defense picked up nine ground balls and two fly outs, including the game-ending leap at the fence by center fielder Vinnie Nizich. The team then fell to Eagle River’s Knik Little League at Anchorage’s Abbott-O-Rabbit Fields in the best-of-five Alaska 12-under state championship series.

       Anchorage’s Nunaka Valley defeated Juneau in three straight games to win the 2021 L.L. Majors Softball State Championship at Miller Field.

      Juneau Red defeated Juneau Black, 13-2, in a run shortened four innings for the L.L. 8-10-year-olds Minors Special Games Championship at Miller Field. Tailgaters were showing up a half hour before batting practice to get the best position along the outfield fence.

      Alaska’s first Olympic swimmer, Seward High School Seahawk class of ’22 - and Seaward Tsunami Swim Club member - Lydia Jacoby won Alaska’s first Olympic swimming gold medal in Japan, touching the wall in the 100 meter breaststroke in 1:04.95.

      Glacier Swim Club’s Emma Fellman, Pacific Ricke and Matthew Plang were selected to be on Team Alaska for the Western Zone Age Group Championships in Lewisville, Texas.

      New York’s Dan Lemelman and Michigan’s Abby McIntyre won the men’s and women’s divisions, respectively, of the Juneau Marathon in temperatures reaching 80 degrees. Lemelman won the 26.2 mile race in 2:43:07. McIntyre finished in 3:24:44, the top female time and seventh overall.

      Juneau’s Post 25 American Legion Baseball team fell 11-5 to South Post 4 in a state semifinal at Anchorage’s Mulcahy Stadium. Post 25 then played in the double elimination Northwest Class A Regional Tournament (NWCART), defeating Palmer 14-10, losing to Cody, Wyoming 13-1 and being eliminated by Marsh Valley, Idaho, 18-5.

      Juneau’s Zack Bursell, age 28, placed fourth at the 22.5-mile Crow Pass Crossing in 3:22:12, in a race that saw Anchorage Olympic skier Scott Patterson, 29, set a new course record of 2:50:05.

      Juneau triathlete Jodie Totten, 36, took an early lead in the Aukeman sprint triathlon 750-meter swim, maintained a strong 19K bike and 5K run portion and crossed the finishing line first in the 11th annual event with a time of 1:12:03. Due to COVID precautions, the race followed a staggered start from the UAS dock into Auke Lake and Scott Gende, 51, who crossed the line 11 seconds after Totten, actually had the winning time of 1:11:52.

      Juneau was selected as the site for G̱ayéisʼ Ḵáa (IRON MAN) Alaska. The IRONMAN Group chose the capital city to host a full IRONMAN Triathlon - a 2.4-mile open water swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and 26.2-mile run. Speeches were made at the UAS dock by IRONMAN regional director Dave Christen, Liz Perry of partner Travel Juneau, Juneau Mayor Beth Weldon and Sealaska Heritage Institute President Rosita Worl. Crystal Worl designed a formline black and red salmon as part of the IRONMAN Alaska logo.

      Juneau’s Russ Stevens set an age group record in the Alaska International Senior Games in Fairbanks, winning four gold medals in the 50-54 age group: shot put (35 ft 4 inches) standing long jump (6 ft.10.6 in.) 50-meter dash (6.98 seconds); and 100-meter dash (record 12.06 seconds).

      2018 JDHS grad and Alaska Gatorade Player of the Year Michael Cesar transferred from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington after successful baseball seasons to Columbia University in New York to pursue a career as a doctor in the medical/biology field. Of note is his summer connecting with his family heritage through his work restoring land ownership to Native communities in Alaska. 

    FALL-Winter (September-February)

      The ASAA swim and dive state championships scheduled for November were moved from Juneau to Anchorage after the City and Borough of Juneau and ASAA could not agree on COVID-19 mitigation policies for teams attending. CBJ Deputy City Manager Robert Barr said any indoor gathering of more than 20 people at the city's risk level required a community mitigation strategy exemption that included two testing components, one of which was the requirement that all participants take a COVID-19 test upon arrival in Juneau. ASAA Executive Director Billy Strickland said the testing component was a potential conundrum for schools, “if you test once you arrive at site and find out you have a participant positive, well, now in Juneau, you can’t fly that kid home for 10 days, minimal.”

      The JDHS tennis team, a mix of JDHS and TMHS students, competed at the ASAA state championships. TMHS sr. Jaymie Collman and JDHS jr. Anna Dale placed second in girls doubles. JDHS jr. Katie Pikul placed third in girls singles. JDHS sr’s Liam Penn and Callan Smith placed third in boys doubles. TMHS sr. Alain Soltys-Gray and JDHS jr. Gloria Bixby lost in mixed doubles and sr. Will Rehfeldt in boys singles.

      After roughly 100 matches spread over two days through two gymnasiums, the end result of the Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza was…a tie. The Colony Knights from Palmer defeated the TMHS Falcons in the first championship game and TMHS came back to defeat JDHS in a play-in game and Colony in the second title game. TMHS and Colony each had one loss but due to the Knights needing to catch a flight, both squads agreed to share the JIVE title.

      The JDHS Crimson Bears girls cross-country team won their eighth Region V team title in a row and 41st in the past 44 region championship races. TMHS sr. Kiah Dihle won her second region title in a row in 18:51 and was joined in state qualifying by JDHS so. Etta Eller (19:18), JDHS sr. Annika Schwartz (19:35), JDHS so. Rayna Tuckwood (19:50), JDHS sr. McKenna McNutt (20:03), JDHS sr. Ella Goldstein (20:04), JDHS fr. Ida Meyer (20:10), JDHS sr. Trinity Jackson (20:25), TMHS sr. Grace Sikes (21:13), KTN fr. Carol Frey (21:41), TMHS sr. Abigail Booton (21:43) and KTN sr. Paige Boehlert (21:54). Sitka won the DII title behind jr. Anna Prussian (19:11). Haines won the DIII title behind Ariel Godinez-Long (17:59).

      The JDHS boys cross-country team won their 32nd Region V team title in a row and 45th of the past 48 region championship races. Ketchikan’s Mickey Lapinski won the boys DI title in 16:49 and qualified for state along with JDHS jr. Will Robinson (17:30), JDHS jr. Eli Crupi (17:320, JDHS sr. Aubrey Hekkers (17:33), TMHS sr. Matthew Johns (17:34), JDHS sr. Samuel Holst (17:42), KTN sr. Kyle Congdon (17:56), JDHS so. Martin Holst (17:56), JDHS sr. Tias Carney (18:04), JDHS fr. Edgar Vera Alvarado (18:05), KTN fr. Casey Styles (18:22) and TMHS sr. Darin Tingey with (18:31). Sitka won the DII title behind jr. Silas Demmert (16:58). Haines won the DIII team title, Petersburg’s Uriah Lucas (17:04) took first.

      The Juneau Huskies football team lost to the Bettye Davis East Anchorage Thunderbirds 30-17 in the ASAA First National Bowl Football State Championship game at Service High School. After not playing the season prior, the Huskies season included earning home playoff games in which they defeated the Dimond Lynx 31-3 in the quarterfinals and crushed the Bartlett Golden Bears 50-30 in the semifinals.

      The ASAA cross-country state championships in Anchorage on the Bartlett High School Trails featured TMHS’ Kiah Dihle placing third (19:40) and the JDHS girls team placing third behind Etta Eller in 11th (20:06). The JDHS boys team placed ninth. Grace Christian won both the boys and girls DII team titles and Haines the DIII titles. Kenai’s Jayna Boonstra (19:47) won DII girls with Sitka’s Anna Prussian second (20:10). Grace’s David Sliwinski won DII boys (16:44), Sitka’s Silas Demmert was seventh (17:10). Haines’ Ariel Godinez-Long (20:31) won the DIII girls title, Petersburg’s Uriah Lucas (17:38) the boys.

      The Juneau Husky Cheer Team went from being part of the high school football state championship night game in Anchorage to the following day’s Rally in the Valley cheer competition at Colony High School in Palmer, where they earned first place in two cheer categories in competition, taking first in Game Day Event out of five teams and first in Halftime Routine out of eight teams.

      The JDHS Crimson Bears boy and girls won Region V team swim championships. The last time that happened was in 2007 and Seth Cayce finished among the leaders for the boys, Amber Kelly was part of a top state girls team and Nathan Teal was medaling on the diving board. Fourteen years later, those three were coaches of the 2021 Region V Champion Crimson Bears boys and girls swim and dive teams. JDHS outpointed the competition in Ketchikan.

      The Juneau Huskies placed eight players on the first team of the Division 1 All-State Football Team and four on the second team: sr. quarterback Noah Chambers (92 completions on168 attempts for 1709 yards, 18 TD and seven INT), sr. running back Gaby Soto (179 rushes for 900 yards for a 5.0 average and 18 touchdowns), sr. wide receiver James Connally (20 receptions for 567 yards for a 28.3 yard average and eight touchdowns), sr. offensive lineman Nate Burkhart and sr. tight end Wallace Adams were selected first team all-state on offense and sr. offensive lineman Mathias Wiederspohn was a second team selection. Adams was also selected to the first team defensive team as a defensive back along with jr. defensive end Brandon Campbell and jr. defensive back Jarrell Williams; sr. defensive end Wyatt Harvey, jr. outside linebacker Jamal Johnson and jr. inside linebacker Lucas White were all-state second team defense selections. The Huskies defense allowed the fewest number of points in the conference. Adams also was selected as the Alaska State Utility Player of the Year (12 interceptions) and the Alaska Kicker of the Year (41-41 on extra point kicks and made four field goals), and White was chosen as the Alaska All-State Long Snapper. Huskies head Rich Sjoroos and assistant Mitch Haldane garnered the state’s top coaching honors,

      Trygve Hermann, 14, joined an exclusive club with an outstanding trap shooting performance for the Juneau Gun Club, registering 100 straight targets hit at the 2021 Pacific International Trapshooting Association (PITA) Fall Classic, a virtual three-day shooting tournament hosted by the Juneau Gun Club.

      Seward sr. Lydia Jacoby and TMHS so. Patrick Foy were named the outstanding female and male swimmers at the 2021 State Swimming & Diving Championship at Bartlett High School. Jacoby, a 2020 Olympic gold medalist in the 100-meter breaststroke, shared the honor with Homer’s Jillian Crooks, also a 2020 Summer Olympian (Cayman Islands). Jacoby set a new state record in the girl’s 100 breaststroke with 59.66 (beating her own old record set in 2019) and Crooks set a new state mark in the girl’s 200 free with 1:49.85 (the old mark was East’s Meghan Cavanaugh, 2007, 1:50.02). Jacoby also won the girl’s 200 IM in 2:05.70 and Crooks won the girl’s 100 free in 50.70. Foy set a new mark for the 100 breast with a 55.45 effort, replacing the 21-year-old mark of 56.40 set by Soldotna’s Joshua Gemmell in 2000. Foy nearly broke another mark, winning the boy’s 200 yard IM earlier in the day with a time of 1:50.55, just shy of the 1:50.08 set by Kodiak’s Talon Lindquist in 2017.

      JDHS’ Tytan Frawley, in the final leg of his final race as a high school senior, in the last event of the ASAA swim and dive championships at Bartlett High School, touched the pool wall to clinch the state championship for the Crimson Bears boy’s 400 yard relay. A few lanes down, Kodiak’s Jackson Krug also stretched to the finish with the identical time. Earlier in the afternoon, Frawley won the boy’s 200 free by a fingernail, out-touching Kodiak’s Krug 1:43.42 to 1:43.86. JDHS jr. Chaz VanSlyke won the boy’s 100 fly in 52.17.

       Juneau’s Team Forget-Me-Not youth synchronized skating team placed third out of 10 teams in their pre-juvenile division at the Synchro Fall Classic in Irvine, California.

      The TMHS volleyball team did not drop a set in their march through the Region V Championships at Ketchikan that culminated with the Falcons defeating the JDHS Crimson Bears for the title. The Region V All-Tournament team were TMHS jr. Moana Tuvaifale and sr. Sydney Strong, JDHS sr’s Merry Newman, Paige Adams and Brooke Sanford, and Ketchikan jr. Reilly Mccue. The Falcons season ended with a fifth place finish at the ASAA State tourney at Anchorage’s Alaska Airlines Center. Strong earned All-State Tournament Team selection.

      2019 JDHS graduate and Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year Malia Miller helped the Peninsula Pirates win the Northwest Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Championship.

      2019 JDHS graduate Shaylin Cesar, a college soccer goalie, helped Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, win the Northwest Conference crown and play in the NCAA Division III National Championships in San Antonio, Texas.

      JDHS boys basketball coach Robert Casperson was selected by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) coaches association as the 2021 Alaska Boys Basketball Coach of the Year. Casperson said youth involvement in athletics and activities can be life changing. The 11-year head coach said, “While I believe the sport-specific work I do with student-athletes during the season is important, it is more important that I use our time together to help prepare them for success as adults.”

      The JDHS Crimson Bears hockey team returned to the ice after the coronavirus pandemic initially limited the team’s ice time last season, prevented any league play and resulted in only extended practices. Head coach Luke Adams said the team has “a significant amount of team speed… and we have a lot of positive energy moving forward and after last year, these kids are hungry and we are excited to go and compete.”

      Angoon’s Betty Samato, 66, likes to walk. A lot. She has traveled on foot more than 7,000 miles in just over a year. “I walk 20 miles a day, most days,” she said. “I started out last summer walking two miles a day and I just worked my way up.”

      Juneau’s Adelaide Johnson, 61, placed first out of seven runners in her 60-64 age group and 85th among all 323 female racers in the Seattle Marathon. Johnson said was her first thought when crossing the finish line was “Yay!”

      2021 TMHS graduates Mary Neal Garcia and Mary Khaye Garcia are helping the Olympia College Rangers basketball team in Bremerton, Washington, in the Northwest Athletic Conference.

      For the third consecutive year, it was announced that the Annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Basketball Tournament would be canceled due to the uncertainty of the pandemic and the economic difficulties it has caused for supporting communities and concerns for the safety of those attending.

      Juneau resident Cheryl Fellman, 49, became one of 44 people in the United States, and 424 worldwide, to complete the International Ice Swimming Association’s Ice Mile swim, finishing the swim along the shore of Auke Rec on Saturday in 34 minutes and 49.21 seconds.

      The TMHS wrestlers, with new head coach Adam Messmer, finished their second season of the year with three grapplers placing on the podium at the state championships. Falcons jr. Carson Cummins placed second at 112-pounds, sr. Kadin Messmer third at 125 pounds and jr. Sage Richards fourth at 189 pounds.

      The Princess Tours Capital City Classic basketball tournament returned to JDHS. The Crimson Bears girls and the Eagle River boys were tournament champions. JDHS sr. Rebekah Grube, jr. Ashley Laudert, and jr. Kiyara Miller, and TMHS jr. Kiara Kookesh and fr. Cailynn Baxter were on the girls’ all tourney team. JDHS jr. Skylar Tuckwood was MVP. JDHS so. Alwen Carrillo and so. Sean Oliver were boys’ all tourney selections. Kookesh and JDHS so. Kai Hargrave won the free-throw titles. Grube won the girls 3-pt. title.

      The Annual Holiday Cup Soccer Tournament returned with Jolly Jugglers defeating Nutmeggers 9-1 for the elementary title, Real Frosty defeating Snowflake United 4-3 for the middle school title, Grinch Gang defeating Nightmare Before Hanukkah 4-2 for the high school title, Really Less Than Mighty Narwhals defeating Santa’s Slayers 5-4 for the classic division title and Hot Soup defeating Virgin Mary’s 6-5 for the masters title.



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