Posts By: Matias Saari

Bethel native Updegrove sets South Pole running record

January 17, 2021

Growing up in Bethel helped prepare Craig Updegrove for running farther than anyone has at the geographic South Pole. In a Facebook post on January 16, Updegrove announced that he ran 90 kilometers (55.9 miles) in 13 hours, 24 minutes. Updegrove placed second in a marathon event at the Amundson-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica… Read more »

Cyclocross season sees 245 participants in Anchorage

October 23, 2020

The pandemic didn’t stop the cyclocross season in Anchorage. A race at Kincaid park on October 17 wrapped up the six-race ArcticCross season, which saw 245 participants complete at least one event. Races were held at Kincaid (two), Mirror Lake, Russian Jack, Service High School and Hilltop. The best four results among the six races… Read more »

Tuesday Night Races start September 15 in Virtual Format

September 9, 2020

Despite the pandemic, the Municipality of Anchorage’s wildly popular Tuesday Night Races will proceed with a 52nd season. This year’s five-event series will be conducted in a virtual format beginning Sept. 15 and concluding Oct. 13 and include new locations. The courses will be marked starting at 6 p.m. each Tuesday and remain open until… Read more »

Hooper hikes, paddles, battles nausea to win Wilderness Classic

August 6, 2020

For more than 3 ½ days, Sam Hooper of Denali Park hiked alone on ATV trails, along caribou routes, over tundra and through marshes and swamps. When he wasn’t hiking, he packrafted various creeks and rivers and portaged around rapids when necessary. The former Denali National Park backcountry ranger struggled with nausea most of the… Read more »

Kopsack and Marvin win hometown Mat Peak Challenge

August 2, 2020

Lyon Kopsack rekindled a family tradition and Christy Marvin joined the 6-winner club on Saturday as Palmer runners dominated the 32nd Matanuska Peak Challenge in their hometown on Saturday. Kopsack, 24, became the first Palmer man to win since his father Lance in 1998. With a time of 2:59:57, Kopsack snuck in as the third… Read more »

Davis makes pitch for East Anchorage softball stardom

May 15, 2020

Lexie Davis, a pitcher and first baseman, excelled in softball at East Anchorage High School, as she helped the Thunderbirds win back-to-back state championships. Lexie’s senior season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but she ended her junior campaign in 2019 with a bang as the winning pitcher and player of the game in… Read more »

4-time champ Conception going to N. Carolina

May 10, 2020

Aedyn Concepcion has had a remarkable wrestling career for South Anchorage High School. As a senior he became South’s first ever four-time state champion and only the 14th wrestler in Alaska history to accomplish the feat. Aedyn finished his high school career with a 174-2 record and led his team to a state title his… Read more »

Pride of Bethel Hayden Lieb to wrestle for Wyoming

  Hayden Lieb added his name to an exclusive club of 14 Alaska boys who won four state high school titles. He also won three team championships for Bethel High School. The 3-time All-American finished his career with a 139-12 record and signed with NCAA Division 1 Wyoming. He was twice named ASAA D2 Outstanding… Read more »

Mateaki heading to Eastern Oregon pitch

Kana Mateaki excelled in soccer and as a linebacker in flag football at Dimond High School. As a junior, she helped the Lynx to state championships in both sports and racked up multiple team MVPs and all-tournament honors throughout her career. Her senior soccer season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kana will attend… Read more »

Ivanoff paces Grace Christian hoops, headed to Oklahoma Baptist

Nathan Ivanoff has been an ASAA scholar athlete and four-year varsity basketball player for the Grace Christian Grizzlies. He was named 1st team all-conference and 3rd team all-state this season for a 22-5 Grace Grizzlies team that was poised to make a strong run for the 3A state title before its season was cut short… Read more »