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Mike Nesper

Corbyn Jahn is having quite a summer.

The 2009 Colony High grad collected another footrace victory Saturday at the Alaska Men’s Run, finishing the five-mile course in 27 minutes, 29 seconds.

Jahn’s 2014 resume also includes a win at the 6-K Skinny Mini in May and victories in two 5-kilometer races last month in the Valley – the Race for Technology and the Bill Mitchell Race. He also placed third at the Bear Paw 5-K in Eagle River last week and was fourth in the Mayor’s Midnight Sun Half Marathon.

“It’s been a good year,” Jahn said...

Mike Nesper

Everyone has childhood dreams. But few pursue theirs with the fervor Andrew Kurka does.

That’s what made Russia’s Paralympic Games in March so devastating for the 22-year-old Palmer man.

Kurka suffered compression fractures on his T-5 and T-6 vertebrae during a training run for the men’s sit-skiing downhill race in Sochi, ending his quest to be crowned best in the world.

The injury didn’t hold Kurka back for long.

Doctors cleared him to exercise six weeks after the crash and OK’d him for full competition last month, Kurka said Thursday, the same day he was named to the 2014-15 U.S. Paralympic alpine ski team...

Mike Nesper

Jamie Bodenstadt has reached 279 mph in his car.

And he wants to go faster.

Bodenstadt, of Fairbanks, is bringing his 6,000-horsepower dragster to Alaska Raceway Park for three days of racing in honor of the track's 50th anniversary. Action runs Friday through Sunday in the Butte.

Bodenstadt will be one of two drivers of nitro-powered altered vehicles. Longtime dragster Ricky Ruiz of Nevada will battle Bodenstadt to see who has the fastest car during the event dubbed Grudge Match of the Century.

Bodenstadt owns the current track record of 279 mph -- a speed he's hoping to top as he and Ruiz scorch down the quarter-mile track side-by-side...

Mike Nesper

PALMER -- Professional athletes Larry Brock, Greg Bell and Ryan Stewart have a unique requirement for their game-day attire -- to show some leg.

Donning kilts and knee-high socks, Brock, Bell and Stewart were among the pros who competed in Saturday's Alaska Scottish Highland Games at the Alaska State Fairgrounds. Although they compete professionally, they say most Highland Games pros don't earn a living from the sport.

"It's a part-time job-slash-hobby," said Stewart, a fifth-year pro who competes in about 15 events a year.

The event host pays for airfare and lodging for invited professionals, and there is some prize money, but mainly it's an athletic outlet, said Bell, a former football player at Western Washington's now-defunct program...

Mike Nesper

PALMER -- Professional athletes Larry Brock, Greg Bell and Ryan Stewart have a unique requirement for their game-day attire -- to show some leg.

Donning kilts and knee-high socks, Brock, Bell and Stewart were among the pros who competed in Saturday's Alaska Scottish Highland Games at the Alaska State Fairgrounds. Although they compete professionally, they say most Highland Games pros don't earn a living from the sport.

"It's a part-time job-slash-hobby," said Stewart, a fifth-year pro who competes in about 15 events a year.

The event host pays for airfare and lodging for invited professionals, and there is some prize money, but mainly it's an athletic outlet, said Bell, a former football player at Western Washington's now-defunct program...

Mike Nesper

When Matt Kenney sustained a traumatic brain injury during the 2012 Mount Marathon race, his prognosis was bleak.

It was unlikely he would survive, doctors told Kenney's wife, Gretchen.

He did.

Regaining the ability to walk and talk wasn't supposed to happen, either.

It did.

Not only is Kenney walking and talking, the Anchorage man is competing in Friday's Fourth of July race just two years after his horrific fall...

Mike Nesper

When Matt Kenney sustained a traumatic brain injury during the 2012 Mount Marathon race, his prognosis was bleak.

It was unlikely he would survive, doctors told Kenney’s wife, Gretchen.

He did.

Regaining the ability to walk and talk wasn’t supposed to happen, either.

It did.

Not only is Kenney walking and talking, the Anchorage man is competing in Friday’s Fourth of July race just two years after his horrific fall...

Mike Nesper

Transitioning from college baseball and its aluminum bats to the Alaska Baseball League and its wood bats can be difficult for players.

Not for Mark Krueger.

The Anchorage Bucs first baseman was leading the league in two categories with a .491 batting average and 20 RBIs as of Wednesday.

Krueger's start to the ABL season is impressive -- especially for someone playing in his first wood-bat league.

"I've adjusted better than I thought I would," Krueger said Tuesday at Mulcahy Stadium after the Bucs' 8-0 win over the Peninsula Oilers.

Krueger, 21, attributed his success to Bucs coach Tony Cappuccilli as well as to his teammates and opposing squads.

"Everyone is top-notch," he said. "It's been a huge learning experience for me."...

Mike Nesper

In Anchorage's running community, David Kiplagat is a known distance specialist. He's also a specialist at work -- in the U.S. Army.

Spc. Kiplagat joined the Army in October and is one of five former UAA runners from Kenya who have enlisted.

Ruth Keino, Alfred Kangogo and Miriam Kipng'eno are all stationed in Germany, according to UAA coach Michael Friess, and recent UAA grad Isaac Kangogo departs for basic training June 30.

"I know they've always been very conscientious of appreciating their opportunities," Friess said. "I think it's very, very cool how they're helping serve our country now."...

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Andy Enz, a 2010 Service High graduate, started wrestling at age 4. At 14, he began jiu-jitsu. When he was 17, he won four straight boxing matches at Thursday Night at the Fights.

Six months before he turned 18, Enz had found a way to use all of those combat sports -- he made his mixed martial arts debut with the Alaska Fighting Championship as a high school senior.

"It was destiny," said Enz, who signed a four-fight deal last year with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the world's largest MMA promotion.

Enz, 22, will step into a UFC octagon for the second time June 28 against Marcelo Guimaraes in San Antonio, Texas...

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