Local Sports Headlines

Malemutes three-peat as MAC baseball champions

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 16:13 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-Last night on the diamond two cross town rivals collided for the MAC baseball championship. The West Valley Wolfpack and Lathrop Malemutes. It was West Valley's senior night as four seniors were recognized before the game.

It was a pitching duel between West Valley senior Casey Lewandoski and Lathrop senior Terrell Ford. Ford was hot striking out four straight batters to start this game.

But the Wolfpack got it going behind a bases-loaded hit from senior Jordan Rodenberger driving in two runs for West Valley. They led 4-1 at the end of four innings.

Sluka and MacDonald win on GFRA's opening night

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 16:05 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-It was opening night at the Mitchell Raceway last evening and chance #1 for racers to begin stacking points towards a 2014 championship.

The crowd was treated to roaring engines and flying dirt as the five car classes spun their wheels and looked to make an opening night statement.

The mini-bombers, dollar stock cars, sportman, modified and sprint cars ran hard through the first heats setting up main battles to cap the night. The modified main winner was Scott Sluka in the blue and bright 5 - 5.

7-on-7 Flag Football Tournament next weekend

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 16:03 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-Here's a heads up on an event that's happening next weekend at West Valley. How about some flag football for cash?

The West Valley Booster Program is holding a 7-on-7 Cash Flag Football Tournament. The winner gets $1000.

It's $350 for a whole team to register and $40 for individual sign ups. Proceeds will go to the West Valley Football Program.

In order to participate you have to be 18 years of age and not participating in college athletics. It will be a double elimination tournament at West Valley High School.

West Valley wins Region VI gymnastics title, Lathrop's Perry best all-around

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 17:19 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-Last night high school gymnasts competed in the Region VI championships. The gymnastics season had been on a two year hiatus. Regionals culminated a season that had three meets.

West Valley came away with the Region VI championship led by Freshman Katelynn Criss-Carboy's wins on vault and floor exercise. Teammate Megan Ellis won the balance beam event.
Senior Justine Johnson was third all-around for the Wolfpack and Criss-Carboy was second. The Wolfpack tallied 139 points as a team.

Lathrop wins Railbelt title, North Pole rolls

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 17:13 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-The Lathrop softball team wrapped up the Railbelt conference with a win last night.

The Malemutes rallied in this one after trailing 0-4 to Wasilla they answered with a seven spot in the third inning. Lathrop's Malyssa Gibson, a senior third baseman, led the charge going 3-3. Payge Scanlon-Boswood, Salena Maxwell and Cali Hoyos also went 2 for 3.

After regaining the lead Lathrop didn't allow anymore runs for Wasilla.

Trettel avenges last week's .1 loss at North Pole Speedway

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 17:09 -- jcook

NORTH POLE-Last night at the North Pole Speedway the Bandos and Legends cars got on the track for their third week of action.

In the Legends class Al Trettel in the 43 gets back on his horse after a close loss at the finish line last week. He wins Thursday night's main event. He has won two out of the three main events in the Legends class and becomes the points leader after coming in tied with Austin Cote.

Steven Hunter is the front runner in the Bandos class winning the first heat and main event on Thursday. He is the points leader with 911 points.

Weekend sports happenings

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 17:08 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-Now here's what's going on this weekend in the Interior.

Saturday morning at 9 am is the Two-Way Torture Test. Two person teams run in opposite directions to complete the 13 mile race. The race starts at Pump House Restaurant.

Then high school softball and baseball season finales. For softball Palmer and West Valley will tango at 10 a.m. At 11:45 Monroe will face Lathrop. Palmer will face Eielson and Wasilla will play West Valley.

Lathrop girls lose first game of the year in state tourney opener

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 16:24 -- jcook

ANCHORAGE-Earlier today the Lathrop Malemute girls soccer team faced the Soldotna Stars today in their first game of the ASAA First National Bank Soccer State Championships. Both teams came in without a loss but someone had to lose.

The Lathrop defense and offense couldn't quite get it done as Sohi wins 3-0 over Lathrop.

The Stars struck first scoring twice at the 5th and 7th minute of the game.Kyle Wolfe and Olivia Conradi had the first half tallies for the Stars. Skylar Shaw put it away scoring at the 65 minute in the second.