The West Valley High School volleyball team was swept 25-14, 25-10, 25-19 by the host Palmer Moose, but there was a bright spot for the Wolfpack in Thursday night’s nonconference match.

Rachel Cockman, a 6-foot junior who transferred from Tri-Valley High School in Healy, registered five blocks, with three for points.

“It’s nice to have that presence,” West Valley head coach Dave Cox, by phone, said of having height in the front court, which the Wolfpack had lacked this season.

“She made an impact right off the bat,” Cox said. “Right away, we were getting blocks in the middle. That changed the perspective of the other team, who started pushing to the outside and hitting over our shorter blockers.”

West Valley, 0-3 overall, got 15 digs from Kenya Pulgarin and six assists from Pam Noll. Charlotte Curry and Skyler Wolf contributed three kills each for the Wolfpack, who face the South Anchorage Wolves at 3:30 p.m. today in the opening round of the West Anchorage Spiketacular.

Thirty-two teams are entered in the two-day tournament at West Anchorage High School and next-door Romig Middle School.

Lathrop flag gridders roll

Aniya Tuck rushed for one touchdown and passed for four others, as the Lathrop Malemutes rolled to a 40-0 win over the host North Pole Patriots in a Mid Alaska Conference girls flag football game Thursday night.

Torrin Johnson-Oates caught three TD passes from Aniya Tuck. Liana Tuck caught one scoring pass from her and another from Sophie Hale.

Lathrop, 6-3 overall, also scored Thursday on a two-point conversion and a safety from a bad snap.

WV flag football wins

Tessa  Lindberg accounted for three touchdowns and the West Valley Wolfpack defeated the Hutchison Hawks 23-6 in Thursday night’s MAC girls flag football game at West Valley High School.

Lindberg scored on a 15-yard run in the first quarter and threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Bridget O’Neill in the second quarter to help the Wolfpack lead 17-0 at haftime.

Lindberg connected with  Sheridan Blasey with a 15-yard scoring strike in the second half.

Julia Wilson recorded a safety for 5-1 West Valley from a quarterback sack in the end zone in the first quarter.

Hutchison scored on a pass play in the second half.

Rams cancel

Players’ injuries forced Monroe Catholic  to cancel its scheduled nonconference football game tonight against the Ketchikan Kings in Ketchikan.

“It was borderline,” Monroe athletic director Frank Ostanik said. “I didn’t want to tell Ketchkan to spend their money to fly us all the way down there with what could be 12 or 13 guys.

“It was too close to call and we canceled it out of respect.”

The Rams, with 15 players this season, also had to forfeit last week’s scheduled home and Aurora Conference game against the Barrow Whalers because of injuries.

The Rams are scheduled to play the Valdez Buccaneers in Monroe’s homecoming game and an Aurora contest at 6 pm. Sept. 28 at Kiwanis Field behind the Big Dipper Ice Arena.