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David Gibson

Heading into the final stretch of the season, Unalaska's cross country team is making a run at their first state title.

Senior Captain Henry Simmonds said his teammates have been making big progress — and breaking personal records — all season-long.

"It's like all of us are getting PRs — season PRs, career PRs — every weekend," he said. "It's been phenomenal."

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The Unalaska Raider Cross Country team started off their season this last weekend with a little bit of confusion. The Raiders were originally scheduled to attend the Tsalteshi Invite in Soldotna but found out on the morning of travel which was Friday that it was cancelled due to the wildfires on the peninsula.

Chugiak Coach Brian Kruchoski was able to put together a last minute race for all of those teams that were planning on attending the Tsalteshi Invite. The Unalaska Raider Boys Cross Country team competed against a predominantly 4A field and placed 10th overall. 

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Graduation marks the end of high school for Unalaska's 34 seniors. For most, high school is the end of competitive athletics.

But valedictorian Trevor Wilson has plans to continue playing basketball at the next level.

Wilson has been playing basketball for as long as he can remember.

His dad coached high school basketball until he was in middle school, and Wilson spent a lot of time in the gym.  

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Unalaska's boys basketball (14-4) team came up short at state. The Raiders entered the state tournament ranked No. 1.

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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.”  

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