After a 45-year drought, the Ketchikan High School Kings took the 4A boys basketball title, winning 57-53 against Dimond High School at the state championship in Anchorage.
Bethel musher Pete Kaiser’s team of eight dogs crossed under the Burled Arch in Nome at 3:39 a.m. Wednesday. Kaiser is the first Iditarod champion with Yupik roots.
Race officials reduced the maximum team size from 16 to 14 for this year’s Iditarod. That means quite a bit for race strategies, speeds and the trade-offs that mushers face as they travel across Alaska.
With 52 dog teams slated to run the 1,000-mile race to Nome, it’s the smallest field of mushers starting an Iditarod in decades. But that doesn’t mean the competition is any easier.
The Iditarod restart kicks off Sunday afternoon in Willow. A notable Western Alaska musher will be absent from the pack.
Alaska is, of course, famous for its sled dog racing, but that’s never been where Geoff Carroll’s interest lies. He’s an expedition guy. In fact, his introduction to mushing was on an expedition to the North Pole in 1986: a 56-day, 1,000 mile trek over sea ice by dogsled.
Along one of the most remote stretches of the state’s road system is a wilderness lodge that’s become thoroughly popular with elite dog-mushers. The spot offers some of the best winter training for long-distance mushers anywhere in Alaska. The fact that there’s also hot food and cold beer, mushers say, just happens to be a bonus.
On Friday night in Bethel, the Kuskokwim 300 celebrated its 40th annual sled dog race. Over four decades the race has attracted Alaska’s best mushers, while offering a growing purse and serving as a cornerstone of local mushing. The founders say they could not have predicted how well known and respected that the race would become, or the local champion it would shape.
The Huskies were also the Douglas High School mascot back before the Douglas and Juneau high schools merged.
ASAA Executive Director Billy Strickland said there are club-level esports teams currently in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley and Dillingham that could help start a statewide video game league.