West Valley High School ended the season Saturday with a fourth-place finish in the Division I tournament of the Alaska School Activities Association/First National Bank Alaska Softball State Championships at the Cartee Complex in Anchorage.

The Wolfpack was the only softball or baseball team still playing on the last day of the respective three-day state tournaments in Anchorage.

The Delta Junction Huskies and Hutchison Hawks were eliminated Friday from the Division II state softball tournament, which also took place at the Cartee Complex.

On Friday, not far from the Cartee Complex, West Valley and the North Pole Patriots were eliminated from the state baseball tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

The Wolfpack softball team saw its season end after a 13-1 loss to the East Anchorage Thunderbirds in an elimination game Saturday morning. East later captured the Division I state title.

West Valley had defeated East 9-7 Friday in a crossover pool-play game at the Cartee Complex.

After its first win over East in the state tournament, the Wolfpack were defeated 17-3 by Anchorage’s Dimond Lynx later Friday.

The loss to Dimond put West Valley in an elimination game against Railbelt Conference rival Wasilla Warriors. The Wolfpack beat the Warriors 11-8 to gain Saturday’s elimination game against the Thunderbirds.

West Valley finished at 3-3 in the six-team Division I state tournament.

East, after eliminating West Valley on Saturday, ousted the South Anchorage Wolverines with a 2-1 victory later in the Division I tournament’s  elimination final.

South had dropped into the elimination final after losing 11-3 to Dimond in the winner’s bracket final earlier Saturday. The Wolverines finished third in the tournament.

East celebrated the Division I state title after beating Dimond twice Saturday. 

The Thunderbirds rose to a 7-2 win in the championship contest. The victory forced an if-necessary game for the state title, and the Thunderbirds soared to an 11-2 win.

In the Division II state tournament, the Sitka Wolves raised the championship trophy after beating the Ketchikan Kings 11-3 in the if-necessary final.

Sitka prevailed 13-12 over the Kodiak Bears earlier Saturday in the winner’s bracket final. 

Ketchikan downed the Homer Mariners 9-1 earlier Saturday in an elimination game to set up the elimination final against Kodiak. The Kings beat the Bears 14-8.

Ketchikan rolled past Sitka 22-9 in the state championship game before the Wolves rebounded in the if-necessary contest.


Wasilla earned its first state championship, as the Warriors downed the Ketchikan Kings 8-6 in the final at Mulcahy Stadium.

The West Anchorage Eagles placed third after blanking the Chugiak Mustangs 10-0. The Colony Knights, of Palmer, gained fourth place with an 8-1 win over the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears.

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