FAIRBANKS — Region VI swimmers and divers had their final chance to tune up for this week’s regional meet by competing in the last weekend’s all-schools meet at Hamme Pool.

The West Valley girls continued their domination of the pool, winning by more than 100 points, but the West Valley boys ended in a tie with the North Pole Patriots.

The Region VI Championships begin at 7 p.m. Thursday with the diving preliminaries, followed by the swimming preliminaries at

6 p.m. Friday and swimming and diving finals at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The West Valley girls compiled 166 points in winning the final all-schools meet of the year. Lathrop edged North Pole, 61-60, for second place. The IDEA program was fourth with 17 and Hutchison took fifth with two points.

On the boys side, North Pole and West Valley both accumulated 113 points. Hutchison was third with 54 and Lathrop rounded out the field with 20.

Martha Hood of IDEA and Cassidy Heaton of West Valley were double-winners in the girls competition.

Hood captured the 100-yard butterfly and 100 backstroke, while Heaton won the 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.

In the girls 100 freestyle, West Valley’s Abigail Dixon and North Pole’s Veronica Shilanski finished in a dead heat — 1:03.51.

West Valley’s Luis Marquez and Richard Chen were the only boys double winners.

Marquez won the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke, while Chen captured the 50 and 500 freestyle races.

Complete swimming results are in today’s Sports Scoreboard on Page C2.

Individual diving results were not reported. The divers competed on Friday evening, while the swimming events were Saturday.


A number of personal best scores were turned in Saturday when the North Pole Patriots and Delta Junction Huskies split a high school rifle match at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Range.

North Pole won the smallbore portion of the meet 1,867-1,781, while Delta Junction won the air rifle event 2,063-2,025.

Brenna Welch and Mitch Durrant turned in personal best scores of 514 and 411, respectively, to help the Patriots win the smallbore event. Jana Armstrong posted a 471 and Erika Blanchard registered a 461 to round out North Pole’s scoring.

Alex Mathews 484 led Delta Junction, followed by Jakob Shautt with a 469, Joe Cepeda with a 446 and Angus Pospisil with a 382.

Rachael Hannon’s personal best of 539 propelled Delta Junction to its win in the air rifle competition. Shautt registered a 527, Mathews posted a 503 and Newman had a personal best 494 for the Huskies.

North Pole’s’ top three shooters all had personal best performances, with Welch posting a 544, Blanchard recording a 543 and Durrant collecting a 475. Armstrong rounded out the team with a 463.