Both squads from West Valley High School, the North Pole girls team and the Monroe Catholic boys group are among the entries in the Alaska School Activities Association/First National Bank Alaska Soccer State Championships in Southcentral this week.
The West Valley Wolfpack teams are competing in the Division I state tournaments. The North Pole Patriots and Monroe Catholic Rams are playing in their respective state tournaments for the Division II schools.
The four state tournaments feature eight teams each in games on Thursday through Saturday at Eagle River High School, West Anchorage High School and Service High School, in Anchorage.
The state tournaments have double-elimination formats.
West Valley’s girls team opens against the Dimond Lynx, of Anchorage, at 9 a.m. Thursday at West Anchorage High School.
A win sends the Wolfpack to a semifinal at 3 p.m. Friday against the winner of Thursday’s first-round game at Service High School between the Colony Knights and Service Cougars.
A loss puts West Valley in an elimination game at 3 p.m. Friday at West Anchorage High School.
The Division I girls championship game is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at Service. The third-place game takes place at 11 a.m. at West Anchorage and the fourth-place game is slated for 11:30 a.m. at Eagle River.
The Wolfpack boys team, which enters the Division I state tournament with a 15-0-2 overall record, faces the South Anchorage Wolverines at 3 p.m. at West Anchorage.
The game also is a rematch of the 2017 Division I championship game, won by South.
A win by West Valley advances it to a semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday against the West Anchorage Eagles or Wasilla Warriors. A loss puts the Wolfpack in an elimination game against the Eagles-Warriors loser at 11 a.m. Friday at Eagle River.
The Division I boys championship game is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday at Service. The third-place game is slated for 11:30 a.m. at West Anchorage and the fourth-place contest is set for the same time at Eagle River.
The North Pole girls team is back in the Division II state tournament after making the program’s debut last year.
At 9 a.m. Thursday, the Patriots meet the Kena Kardinals at 9 a.m. at Eagle River. The winner plays in a semifinal at 9 a.m. Saturday at Service against either the Kodiak Bears or the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears, last year’s state champions.
A loss for North Pole puts it in an elimination contest at 9 a.m. Friday at West Anchorage against the Kodiak/Juneau-Douglas loser.
The Division II girls title game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Service. West Anchorage is the site of the third-place game at 9:45 a.m., and the fourth-place game will be played at Eagle River at the same time Saturday.
Monroe Catholic is playing for the first time in a state high school soccer tournament. The Rams open at 7 p.m. Thursday against Juneau’s Thunder Mountain Falcons at Service High School.
If Monroe wins, it plays Juneau-Douglas or the Palmer Moose in a semifinal at 5 p.m. Friday at West Anchorage. A loss sends the Rams to an elimination game at 1 p.m. Friday against the Crimson Bears or Moose.
The Division II boys title game is set for noon Saturday at Service, which also is the site of the third-place game at 9 a.m. The fourth-place game is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday at West Anchorage.
Contact News-Miner sports editor Danny Martin at 459-7586. Follow him on Twitter:@newsminersports.