FAIRBANKS-The season is over but the Alaska Baseball League recently announced their end of the year awards and All-ABL team. The Goldpanners were represented well. Head Coach Mike Grahovac was named coach of the year for ABL Champion Alaska Goldpanners. That's the second year in a row a first year Goldpanners manager won coach of the year. Bryan Harris did it last year.
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FAIRBANKS-Training Camp 2014 begins this weekend for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. Players are already starting to arrive in Fairbanks today and throughout the weekend.
The kickoff event to the season is this Saturday at 9am-the 14th Annual Fairbanks Ice Dogs Golf Scramble at the Fairbanks Golf Course. A nice meet and greet with the new players and a chance to see some of the returners as well.
This Sunday the 24th is the first day of training camp. Practice is at 9:30 am, then he defending Robo Cup Champs will have their first scrimmage at 5:30 at the Patty Center Ice Arena.
FAIRBANKS-Head Coach Dave Cox and his Wolfpack Volleyball team are back in the gym for the 2014 season. Last year the Pack won their six straight MAC title and 5 straight regional title before finishing 7th in the state tournament.
"We had a pretty solid team, strong rotation with hitters in all positions. I think we aren't quite as strong in that respect this year but I'm hoping-I'm moving some people around a little bit and I'm hoping to fill those gaps. Once we do we'll be just as tough," Cox said.
NORTH POLE-The North Pole Patriots hosted the Ketchikan Kings in high school football for a special Wednesday night football game. The first day of school featured the first home game for the Pats and SEC conference game for both teams.
Before kickoff James Watson was honored during the coin toss as an honorary captain. The Patriots dedicated the field to him last night.
North Pole was up 8-0 after a touchdown from Simi Skips but Connor Hicks of Kayhi gets the Kings on the board with a shifty 61 yard run. He had three touchdowns and finished with 161 yards.
FAIRBANKS-The Lathrop football team aims to bounce back this weekend against their week two opponent.
The Kardinals of Kenai Central will be in Lathrop Stadium this Saturday night for a 7 p.m. kickoff for their second straight road game.
Kenai lost to Juneau-Douglas 28-15 last week. Both teams are looking for their first wins of the season.
FAIRBANKS-Here's a heads up on some important dates coming up for Interior Youth Basketball and the Eclipse Soccer Program.
This Saturday at Tanana Middle School the IYB will have skill assessments starting from 10 a.m. for grades 3-12. It's $100 per child and it's not a tryout. Kids will be placed on teams based on their skill level. 5-8th grade will have a winter league and K-2nd grade the Little Dribblers will be in the spring.
Visit-www.interioryouthbasketball.com for more info and to register.
FAIRBANKS-In high school sports last evening there were more early season tennis matches.
In the battle of the dogs the Lathrop Malemutes won 4-3 over West Valley. Lathrop's Amara Hackett improves to 2-0 and Jared Lees of West Valley's continues his unbeaten MAC streak.
Eielson's only player John Rice, won 6-1, 6-0 over Jacob Rauenhorst of Monroe but the Rams defeat Hutch 5-2.
FAIRBANKS-The Monroe Rams offseason was a bit busier than normal going into the 2014 season. Senior Andi Clark thinks the heavy offseason work will help the defending Aurora Conference Champs make a run at the 3A state title.