Local Sports Headlines

West Valley girls win first Interior gymnastics meet since 2012

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 17:32 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-It's been almost two years but Saturday evening the Interior had its first high school gymnastics meet since 2012. 50 spectators packed into Gymnastics, Inc. off of Lathrop Street for the meet. 19 total gymnasts competed among West Valley, North Pole, Hutchison's Elisabeth Berud and Lathrop.

The Wolfpack would win this first meet with 83.5 points. Lathrop was second with 79.8 followed by North Pole's 76.1.

Local teams stumble in roller derby matches

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 17:30 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-There was some roller derby action at the Carlson Center on Saturday night. The Raven Rebels and Fairbanks Roller Girls got after it on the flat track. These two division opponents face off with another regular season match left before the state tournament.

The Rebels were the state runner-up last year and both teams trying to build a little momentum before the state tourney. The momentum shifted in favor of the Rebels who led 57-29 at the break and went on to a 114-53 victory over Fairbanks.

Hutchison's Hasting signs NLI for Highline CC

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:48 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-Today at Hutchison High School senior forward Vanessa Hasting signed her national letter of intent. She'll still be a bird. Hasting signed with the Highline Community College Thunderbirds of the NWAACC. Highline is in Des Moines, Washington near Seattle.

The Thunderbirds went 19-11 overall and 10-6 in their division for a birth into the women's tournament. Hasting could face former teammate Mimi Wood who is at Skagit CC. Skagit and Highline played each other last season.

Lathrop soccer teams split season openers

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:45 -- jcook

PALMER-The Lathrop girls start their season well winning 2-0 over Colony last night.

The Mutes got two goals in the second half. One by Mikayla Triplehorn and the other from Alexis Shipman. Triplehorn also got the shutout for Lathrop getting a big save in the second half to deny a late rally from the Knights.

The boys were on the opposite side of scoreboard as the Colony boys cruised to a 6-0 victory.

Freshmen goalie Jake Carlson had 20 saves against the no.2 team in Alaska. Both Lathrop squads take on the Wasilla Warriors tonight.

UAF's Jaime (Beyerle) retires from rifle due to back injury

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:19 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-Yesterday in a press release from USA Shooting former UAF rifle great Jamie Beyerle Gray announced she is retiring. A back injury has forced Gray's retirement.

She will be just 31 years old in May but Gray has been suffering from degeneration of cartilage in her lower back and a bulging disc. Her back has been a problem since 2010 when training and competing.

However, the former Nanook retires on top having won the Olympic gold in 2012 at the London games. She set Olympic records in the 50 meter 3 position along the way. Gray is also a 2010 World Champion.