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.
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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-Here are the lastest ASBN high school football polls. Five 2-0 teams are in the Medium-Small Schools poll.
Sohi is still ranked first but North Pole and Eielson have moved up. The Patriots are ranked second then the Ravens at three.
Nikiski is fourth and Barrow makes their first appearance in the polls at number five.
In the large schools poll. South is the top dog. Bartlett is number two, then Service, Colony and Dimond. The Lynx are 1-1.
FAIRBANKS-Two more Interior teams had their high school volleyball season openers. Last night right off of University Ave the Hutchison Hawks took on the North Pole Patriots in a non-conference game.
The Patriots showed no early signs of rust. The young team with four sophomores and 3 seniors rallied to win the first set 25-22. Megan Smith provided the game deciding point.
FAIRBANKS-Last night at Joe T Court the Lathrop Malemutes took the court for the first time. Not the basketball team but the volleyball team. They had their season opener in a non-conference game against the Delta Junction Huskies.
Lathrop came out strong with 25-5 win in the opening set. Cheyenne Dibert, the sophomore set the tone with 8 kills and 8 aces to lead Lathrop.
Nadine Velasco got in on the action as well with a nice spike.
The Huskies showed some life in the second set but the Mutes were able to hold them off for a 25-16 decision in the second set.
FAIRBANKS-The seventh and final run of the Northern Trails Running series took place Thursday night. The Musk Ox Run. A number of runners trying to get their last points of the running season. The 11 mile run started at the UAF Musk Ox Farm.
It was a little chilly and a little rain out there last night but that didn't stop Devin McDowell, the Flint Hills Cup champion. McDowell finished the race in 1:14:38 for first place.
FAIRBANKS-In high school tennis West Valley beat Monroe 5-2 on Thursday and are now 4-1 in their first five matches.
Teresa Sample, Jared Lees and Brandon Vanlandingham picked up wins for West Valley singles matches.
Morgan Withers got a singles W for Monroe to go along with Monroe's win in girls doubles.
Monroe will play North Pole next Tuesday. West Valley faces North Pole next Thursday.
FAIRBANKS-The Hutchison Hawks had their second home game of the season on Thursday night. Lathrop was coming off a win over Delta and Hutch beat North Pole in their opener.
Hutchison took the first two sets 25-8, 25-14.The Mutes were fighting back trying to avoid the sweep. Tyra Do led Lathrop with six kills as the Malemutes led much of the third set.
Hutchison would rally getting timely kills from Michaela Heyrend and Annalee Tidwell. Tidwell had six kills and Lina Heinrichs had 10 blocks.