Quake cancels prep sports while athletes and teams react to 7.0 earthquake

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — Friday morning’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake served as an early morning wake-up call for Alaska residents across south central Alaska, and it was also felt by many in the Alaska Sports Community.

Here are some of the affected events.

Mix 6 – 2A Volleyball Championships

The Alaska Schools Activities Association canceled the Mix 6 and 2A volleyball championships Friday at Dimond High School, and will resume the tournament Saturday at Anchorage Christian Schools (6575 E Northern Lights Blvd.)

“I was standing right in the middle of the (Dimond High) gym when it hit,” said ASAA’s Brian Hosken. “I could see waves moving across the floor. The raised baskets above were shaking back and forth. I was concerned they may break loose so after getting kids out I stepped into the door frame.”

Hosken said a few seconds after realizing it was an earthquake, everyone was evacuated from the gym.

ASAA said the Mix-6 tournament will begin at 8:00 AM Saturday (Gustavus v. Kodiak), and 2A Championships (Dillingham vs. Glenallen) at Saturday 9:00 AM. You can follow updates at ASAA's website.

Anchorage School District

The Anchorage School District canceled all practices and games in Anchorage and Eagle River until next Wednesday unless teams are already out of town for scheduled games.

Coaches took to social media to post pictures of their classrooms after this morning’s quake.

Bartlett Football co-head coach John Jessen’s classroom was hit hard, but he says luckily no students were inside since it was his conference period. Jessen says he immediately went to help clearing the hallways. The football coach mentioned he’s been in Anchorage since 1985, and hadn’t seen anything like the earthquake this morning.


November 30th marked the last day to sign up for the 2019 Iditarod, but Iditarod COO Chas St. George says sign-ups have been extended a day due to the earthquake. The race's headquarters in Wasilla also lost power early Friday morning. Iditarod currently has 50 mushers signed up for 2019’s race.

Legion Baseball

The Alaska Alliance for American Legion Baseball canceled this weekend’s camp with Houston Astros coaches Brent Strom and Ralph Dickenson because of the earthquake. Legion says it’s working on a date for a camp in the future.

UAA Athletics

The University of Alaska Anchorage Athletic Department tweeted out this morning that everyone is okay, and the Alaska Airlines Center is closed.

Over at the Wells Fargo sports complex, UAA hockey’s Nathan Renouf and Head Coach Matt Curley were going over video when the earthquake hit. The Junior Forward said it took a second to register before he and his coach were under a door frame. Renouf posted a video to Twitter of a leaking pipe spraying water near the teams practice rink.

Despite not being in Alaska, the UAA women’s basketball team also took to Twitter to let their fan base know they were alright.

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