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After playing its last six matches on the road, the UAA volleyball team returns to its new home for a Saturday match.

The Seawolves meet Montana State-Billings at 7 p.m. at the new Alaska Airlines Center. The match ends a relatively long two-day break from competition for the team, which played six matches in a seven-day stretch that ended Wednesday. UAA went 5-1 in that span, which featured four matches at a tournament in California last weekend, a match in Washington on Tuesday and one in British Columbia on Wednesday.

Saturday’s match against the Yellowjackets (7-3 overall, 2-0 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) is the first of two straight home matches for the Seawolves (8-2 overall, 2-0 GNAC)...

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A pink bandana laminated on her prosthetic right leg, Christa Brelsford scrambled up a climbing wall in Spain and into history last week.

The Alaskan is a world champion less than five years after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti and sent the world crashing down on her, crushing one of her legs.

Brelsford, 29, won the women’s paraclimbing championship at the International Federation of Sport Climbing World Championships, a triumph she can trace back to the terrifying 90 minutes she spent trapped under concrete when the house she was in collapsed on Jan. 12, 2010...

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From the good-things-happen-to-those-who-wait department, we bring you the New Balance Urban X-C Classic.

Held Wednesday at the Delaney Park Strip, the high school cross-country meet rewarded a number of runners whose patience had been tested in the weeks and months leading up to it...

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From the good-things-happen-to-those-who-wait department, we bring you the New Balance Urban X-C Classic.

Held Wednesday at the Delaney Park Strip, the high school cross-country meet rewarded a number of runners whose patience had been tested in the weeks and months leading up to it.

For runners from Kodiak, who grabbed victories in two of the day’s eight varsity races, the meet marked the first time in three weeks the Bears managed to get off the island. Bad weather kept them from flying to a couple of previous meets, leaving them with one home meet since Aug. 23...

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The UAA volleyball team upended the nation’s 10th-ranked team Tuesday night, a victory that seemed improbable for any number of reasons.

The Seawolves were playing on the road against NCAA Division II powerhouse Western Washington, which is always tough at home in Bellingham. They were playing their fifth match in six days, a stretch that saw them fly from California to Anchorage on Saturday night, then from Anchorage to Seattle on Monday afternoon. They were running a new offense. And, they lost the first two sets.

UAA overcame all of that to beat the Vikings 17-25, 20-25, 25-22, 25-20, 15-7 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference season opener for both teams...

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The UAA volleyball team picked up two big victories Friday that could become even bigger as the season progresses.

The Seawolves beat two of the top-three rated teams in the Pac West Conference at a tournament in Riverside, California, to push their record to 6-1. They beat Cal Baptist in five sets and Point Loma in three sets, wins that could weigh heavily in UAA’s favor when the postseason arrives.

The matches were part of the GNAC/Pac West Cross-Over Tournament, which pits teams from the Pac West against teams from UAA’s conference, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Both conferences are part of the NCAA Division II West Region, and success against regional opponents can help a team earn an at-large playoff berth...

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Runners with names made famous by their siblings had their day in the sun Thursday.

On an autumn day made glorious by sunshine and warm weather, Taylor Ostrander and Henry Cheseto captured victories at the UAA Invitational cross-country meet.

Cheering on Ostrander, a junior at Oregon’s Willamette University, was younger sister Allie, the fastest high school girl in the nation so far this season. Allie was part of an Ostrander entourage at Chugiak’s Beach Lake Trails, where Taylor got a chance to run in her home state for the first time in her college career...

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Defending champions Todd Minnick and Nick Olstad will team up for another Iron Dog, the 2,031-mile snowmachine race across Alaska that could start in Anchorage this winter.

Efforts continue to institute a Saturday start in Anchorage. A restart would follow the next day, Sunday, Feb. 22, at Big Lake.

Iron Dog executive director Kevin Kastner said it's "likely" that Anchorage will be part of the 2015 event. Details are still being worked out, he said.

The Iron Dog website indicates that Anchorage will play a big role in the leadup to the race, although it notes that the schedule is subject to change...

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Anthony Griffith of Eielson raced into the Alaska high school record book Saturday afternoon.

Griffith broke the single-game rushing record by running for 516 yards and eight touchdowns on 42 carries in a 52-34 victory over Nikiski.

His performance erased the one-year-old record of 488 yards and seven touchdowns set by Kenai’s Jace Daniels, also against Nikiski.

“Tony’s a special kid,” Eielson coach David DeVaughn said. “It was just a tremendous effort on his part and his offensive line’s part.”

A 5-foot-9, 195-pound running back, Griffith had 220 yards and four touchdowns by halftime. A couple of explosive runs in the second half — touchdown sprints of 63, 93 and 77 yards — carried him past the 500-yard threshold...

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More than 500 runners from across Alaska raced on a fairly flat 3-kilometer course that began and ended at Anchorage Baptist Temple and included of a lap around Cheney Lake....

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