The Fighting Beavers, a German youth volleyball program ages 12-14, spent three years raising money to travel through Canada and Alaska to compete in volleyball matches and to have the experience of a lifetime. Last week, they were in Fairbanks to scrimmage West Valley's C-team and JV programs.
After sweeping the Railbelt Conference, the Lathrop Malemutes earned the right to host their semifinal game of the state playoffs. The Malemutes took care of business, running over Eagle River 54-10 and advancing to the state championship game for the first time in nearly 35 years.
The Alaska Nanooks made a statement in their WCHA season opener Friday Night. Propelled by a three-goal third period, the 'Nooks put an end to a 16-game losing streak to Michigan Tech. UAF wasn't satisfied, defeating MTU again on Saturday to complete the sweep.
The Robertson Cup runner-ups finally made their home debut Friday night. After 65 minutes of skating, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs and the Minnesota Magicians were knotted at 1, leading to shootouts. After 12 rounds, the Magicians stole game one of the series on the Dogs' home ice.
The West Valley Wolfpack and the Eielson Ravens football programs were paired up with a couple of undefeated teams for their semifinal matchups in the state playoffs. The Soldotna Stars of Division II and the Houston Hawks of DIII, ended the Interior teams' seasons Friday night.