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Unalaska's basketball teams will start their quests for the state championship on Thursday.

The Raider boys (12-3) are entering the tournament as the top seed.

In the first round, they'll face Hooper Bay — a team they beat last year, 48-29.

"With tournament play, you've got to take it one game at a time, survive, and advance without letting kids think ahead," said Coach Riley Spetz.

Spetz also said tough defense and rebounding will be key for his team.

Newscast: 03/13/19

Mar 13, 2019

Unalaska's basketball teams are starting their quests for the state championship; a record number of Alaskans signed up Tuesday to testify over the future of the state ferry system; and Bethel musher Pete Kaiser has won the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Newscast: 03/12/19

Mar 12, 2019

The Unalaska City School District hopes growing enrollment and continued city support will help fund their budget; regional businesses recieve start-up funding; and Iditarod leaders reach White Mountain -- less than 80 miles from the finish.

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As the state considers deep cuts to public education funding, the Unalaska City School District (UCSD) is counting on growing enrollment and local support to cover its budget for fiscal year 2020.

Superintendent John Conwell presented the district's $7,867,695 proposal at a school board meeting last week, saying that figure represents a five-percent hike over this year's budget

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Unalaska's basketball teams are headed to the state tournament. The boys (12-3) won their region this weekend after knocking off top-seed Point Hope 75-73. 

Coach Riley Spetz calls the victory “miraculous” as his team was trailing by 10 in the fourth quarter.

“The stars kind of aligned in more ways than one. You could say they had a couple kids foul out. We had some kids hit big shots. The ball seemed to bounce our way for two minutes at the end of the game," Spetz said. "The kids were pretty resilient and I'm real proud of them for that.”