Beth Bragg

Anna Berecz brings all kinds of credibility to her new job as an assistant alpine coach for the UAA ski team.

As a student at UAA, she graduated in four years with a 3.99 grade-point average and a double major in psychology and language.

As an athlete at UAA, she qualified three times for the NCAA Championships. And back home in Budapest, she skied for Hungary at the 2014 and 2010 Winter Olympics.

“I can't think of a better person to step into this role and hit the ground running,” UAA head coach Sparky Anderson said in a press release. “Anna brings a broad depth of experience to the team and I'm confident that her contributions as a coach will make an immediate impact with our group.”...

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The UAA men’s basketball team will get some national TV time -- but maybe no local TV time -- during the GCI Great Alaska Shootout.

All four first-round games in the men’s tournament will be televised live by CBS Sports Network, UAA announced Wednesday.

But fans in Anchorage hoping to watch from home are out of luck unless they get their TV via satellite. GCI – the tournament sponsor and Anchorage’s primary cable TV provider – doesn’t carry CBS Sports Network.

UAA is working to make the Seawolves' first-round game more widely available to Anchorage television viewers, sports information director Nate Sagan said Wednesday.

“There’s a strong chance that will be the case,” he said. “But nothing is official.”...

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Update, 11:00 a.m. Sunday: Alaska State Troopers have identified two victims of a Saturday night plane crash on the Kenai Peninsula.

Troopers received several reports shortly after 8 p.m. that a plane had crashed on Cohoe Loop Road, which runs alongside the shores of Cook Inlet in Kasilof.

The men who died in the crash were pilot Brian Nolan, 69, and passenger Peter Lahndt, 57, troopers said in an online dispatch Sunday morning. Both men were from Kasilof, troopers said. Nolan was the owner of the Cessna 180 that crashed, according to Troopers.

The NTSB is investigating.

Original Story: At least one person was killed in the crash of a small plane Saturday night near Kasilof, Alaska State Troopers said...

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Fast company and perfect conditions turned Saturday’s Lost Lake Run into one of the fastest in the 24-year history of the popular trail run near Seward.

Matt Shryock ran the second fastest men’s time in history, Najeeby Quinn ran the fastest women’s time since 2000 and for the first time in history six men finished the 15.75-mile race in less than 1 hour, 40 minutes.

“I knew it would be a fast race,” Shryock said. “When a lot of fast guys get together it’s bound to be fast, and records have been falling this year left and right.”

Shryock finished in 1:35:33 in his Lost Lake debut, 17 seconds shy of the course record 1:35:16 set in 2011 by Jerry Ross...

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Before this year, a 30-minute bus ride from Eagle River to Dimond High qualified as a long conference road trip for the Eagle River football team.

On Thursday, the Wolves embarked on their maiden voyage as members of the Northern Lights Conference, a trip that will require an actual voyage.

Fans back home may get a postcard soon.

“It’s a five-hour bus ride to Homer, and then a 13-hour ferry ride to Kodiak,” coach Matt Turner said Wednesday. “We leave (Thursday) afternoon and don’t get into Kodiak until 10:30 Friday morning.”...

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Good news for marathoners who feared their shot at running the Boston Marathon would be doomed by a shortened course in Sunday’s Big Wild Life race.

Tryg Larsen of the Boston Athletic Association, the organization that puts on the Boston Marathon, told Big Wild Life race director Sharron Fisherman that pro-rated times would be accepted as qualifying times for April's race.

“You may inform your runners that we will accept the adjusted chip time for qualification purposes,” Larsen wrote in a Thursday morning email to Fisherman.

Sunday’s certified 26.2-mile course turned out to be .96 mile short of the marathon standard because volunteer flaggers were in the wrong spot as they directed traffic for the turnaround point on the Coastal Trail...

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The UAA athletic department will pay a Seattle-area firm as much as $35,000 to find two men’s basketball teams to play in the 2016 GCI Great Alaska Shootout.

The university on Wednesday announced a multi-year agreement with Basketball Travelers, Inc., a group from Edmonds, Washington, that arranges domestic and international basketball games and tournaments.

BTI will essentially serve as a head-hunter. It will take over the scheduling of teams for the 2016 and 2017 Shootouts, a task previously handled by athletic department administrators and coaches...

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Update, 11:45 a.m. Thursday : Organizers of the Big Wild Life marathon, which featured a shortened course Sunday in Anchorage, say Boston Marathon officials have informed them pro-rated times from Sunday's race will be considered for qualifying purposes for the 2016 Boston Marathon.

The adjusted chip times will be acceptable for qualifying, according to an email Thursday from Tryg Larsen of the Boston Athletic Association's Registration Team to Sharron Fisherman, director of the Big Wild Life Runs. The BAA organizes the Boston Marathon.

Original story: Runners hoping to use their performances in Sunday’s Big Wild Life marathon to qualify for the Boston Marathon are in wait-and-see mode...

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Two victories and two PRs in 24 hours? No sweat for Anna Dalton.

Returning to the top after a 10-year absence? Not a problem for Michelle Mitchell.

Shaving 17 minutes off your marathon personal-best less than 10 months after having a baby? A little too good to be true for Michelle Baxter.

Rain didn’t slow down a field of nearly 2,000 runners Sunday's Big Wild Life Runs and in fact spurred some, like half-marathoner Dalton and ultramarathoner Mitchell, to amazing results.

But a temporary mistake made the marathon course about a mile shorter than the standard 26.2 miles, prompting some frontrunners to wonder whether their watches or GPS devices weren’t working right...

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With about two hours to spare in Alaska’s most famous fishing derby and plenty on the line -- family bragging rights and the pride of the 60-year-old Seward Silver Salmon Derby -- Jerry Bixby raced from his boat to the harbor Sunday morning hauling a fish so fresh it was still flopping.

"He’s running up the ramp and the fish is still kinda wiggling and his wife Loretta is running behind him … and he says, 'Hurry, hurry, it’s bleeding!' " said Cindy Clock of the Seward Chamber of Commerce. “He was totally grinning.”

Bixby, 64, hooked the winning fish in the final hours of the nine-day derby to become the second two-time champion in history. Until Sunday, that honor belonged solely to Jerry’s brother Bill...

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