NORTH POLE-There were two critical Mid Alaska Conference games on Friday night. North Pole hosting West Valley at Newby Field in a girls, boys double header.
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FAIRBANKS-We start with the race of the day in the 4A boys 3200 meters race. Senior and top qualifier for West Valley Erich Hoefler had much of this race in hand and looked to have it in the bag opening a 200 meter lead on the final lap.
But West Valley junior Tristan Sayre turns on the burners and makes up ground in the last 100 meters and blows by Hoefler finishing in at an unofficial 10:09 to claim the 3200 regional tile. Both runners talk about the amazing finish.
FAIRBANKS-Now let's see what's on tap for Interior sports this weekend.
In the morning day two of the high school track and field Regional at West Valley. Field events at 9:30 and Track events at 10:30.
For the runners the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run. It starts at the UAF Campus Police Station at 10 am.
In high school softball Lathrop hosts South Anchorage at 10 am. Then South plays North Pole at 11:45. Then Hutchison and Delta will have a double header in Delta Junction at 4 and 5:45.
FAIRBANKS-The college rifle season ended in March for the Nanooks but some UAF shooters are taking their talents to an international level.
Freshmen Sagen Maddalena and junior Ryan Anderson will compete for team USA this summer in the 51st International Shooting Sport Federation World Championships. They made the team after placing top three in air rifle in the USA Shooting Rifle/Pistol World Championship Selections Match.
Maddalena redshirted for UAF last year and went from fourth to a silver medal after three days of shooting.
FAIRBANKS-Five Nanook juniors were named to the Capital One Academic All-District at Large Teams today.
Sean Cahill of the hockey team has a 3.97 GPA in business admin. He had 10-6-1 record, won seven straight games and saved at 90 percent in UAF's first season in the WCHA. He is a part of the Division I Region 8 team.
Ryan Anderson of the rifle team has a 3.92 in bio science and was this year's PRC smallbore champ and placed fourth in air rifle at the NCAA championships.
FAIRBANKS-Last night the only game in town was high school soccer double header between the Hutchison Hawks and Lathrop Malemutes. We start with the girls game and the last time these teams played it was 1-1 tie.
Lathrop was holding on to a 1-0 lead thanks to a Song Ebbesen goal in the first half.
Both teams flexed their defensive muscles. Lathrop was looking for the insurance goal but keep Angel Ochoa wasn't allowing anymore goals with a number of saves. The Hawks were attacking to tie the game again but Mikayala Triplehorn of Lathrop was also denying shots.
FAIRBANKS-The Ice Dogs won the NAHL Robertson Cup this past weekend and today the league announced division realignment for the 2014-2015 season.
Most notably the Wenatchee Wild will move from the Midwest to join the South Division. The South will be the largest in the NAHL with eight teams.
Amarillo, Topeka, Corpus Christi, Lone Star, Odessa, Rio Grande, Wichita Falls and now Wenatchee will make up the South.
Also the Port Huron Fighting Falcons will move to Connellsville, Pennsylvania and will become the Keystone Ice Miners but will remain in the North Division.
FAIRBANKS-Both the Lathrop and West Valley softball and baseball teams faced each other Tuesday night. The 4A rivals locked horns on the softball field and streaks were on the line.
The Lathrop Malemutes came in with a 3-0 record against MAC opponents buy West Valley has won their last three games. It was tied 1-1 going in the fifth inning before Lathrop got some breathing room with three runs in the top of the inning. However, West Valley would rally in bottom of the frame with two runs to make a 4-3 contest going in the sixth and last inning of the game.