Four teams who played in state tournaments last year are among the 10 participants in the West Valley Invitational volleyball tournament Friday and Saturday at West Valley High School.

Besides the host Wolfpack, the tournament field comprises the Lathrop Malemutes, North Pole Patriots, Valdez Buccaneers, South Anchorage Wolverines, Hutchison Hawks, Monroe Catholic Rams, Palmer Moose, Barrow Whalers and the Bartlett Golden Bears, of Anchorage.

Starting at 9 a.m., the teams play round-robin matches to 25 points. The teams must win the matches by at least two points.

The top five teams after round robin advance to the gold division double-elimination bracket Saturday. The sixth- through- 10th-place teams, after round-robin action, advance to Saturday’s red division double-elimination bracket.

Tie breakers in the tournament are head-to-head competition; points differential against tied teams; and a coin toss.

The gold- and red-division championship matches are set for Saturday afternoon. Starting times will be determined.

The tournament does not count toward the teams’ regular-season records.

Valdez was last year’s runner-up in the Class 3A state tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage. 

South placed third in the 4A state tournament, also at UAA. Monroe Catholic tied for fifth place in the 3A tournament and West Valley tied for seventh in the 4A tournament.

West Valley had advanced to last year’s 4A state tournament after capturing its 20th Mid Alaska Conference tournament title.

Old Murphy Dome Run

Neill Toelle outpaced Andy Seltz by more than four minutes to win overall in the Old Murphy Dome Run on Aug. 28.

Toelle finished in 1 hour, 13 minutes and 6 seconds on the out-and-back 9.5-mile course.

The 20 participants ran on the course which went through woods on a rooty trail along a ridge separating Eldorado and O’Connor creeks between Green Leaf Road in the Goldstream area. The course also covered Old Murphy Dome Road.

Seltz placed second in 1:17:22 and Jacob Case was third in 1:18:59. Stacey Miles, the fastest woman in 1:37:56, finished ninth overall.


Capt. Chris Keller registered a hole-in-one Aug. 30 on the second hole at Fort Wainwright’s Chena Bend Golf Course.

The native of Raleigh, North Carolina, is a logistics officer and company commander for Golf Company in the 1-5 Infantry Battalion.

Contact News-Miner sports editor Danny Martin at 459-7586. Follow him on Twitter:@newsminersports.