Daniel Crutcher sent a free kick high into the net with about five minutes left in the game, giving the North Pole Patriots a 3-3 tie with the Monroe Catholic Rams in a Mid Alaska Conference high school boys soccer game Thursday night at the Fairbanks Youth Soccer Association turf fields.

The Rams, who scored all their goals in the first, improved to 6-0-1 overall and conference, and the Patriots improved to 5-1-1 MAC.

The teams are scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the FYSA turf and the game determines the MAC’s representative to the Division II state tournament May 23-25 at Service High School in Anchorage and at Eagle River High School. 

Monroe can earn the MAC title outright with a win Wednesday, while North Pole needs to beat the Rams by three goals to gain the title and state-tournament berth.

Nathan Walsh scored twice for Monroe in the first half, including with a header in the 30th minute. Isaac Garcia provided the Rams’ other goal.

North Pole’s Dillon Talburt made it 3-1 late in the first half.

Patriots teammate Caleb Norton trimmed the Rams’ lead to 3-2 in the second half after scoring on a corner kick.


WV baseball prevails

Shaun Conwell drove in three runs while batting 2 for 4 and scoring once for the West Valley Wolfpack in a 9-7 win over the Hutchison Hawks in Thursday night’s Mid Alaska Conference baseball game at Marlin Field.

Jacob Angaiak and winning pitcher Andrew Troppman each had a hit and scored twice for the Wolfpack, who held on for the win after scoring six times in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Gordon Lesneski and William Boswood each had a hit for West Valley. Boswood, Caden Davis, Eric Kelly and Isaac Coon each scored a run.

The Hawks made the score 9-7 after piling on four runs in the top of the sixth.

Isaac Roehl scored four times while hitting 2 for 2 with an RBI.  Hawks teammate Kyle Banning went 3 for 3 with three RBIs.

Dominic Niva, Mason Young and Ryan Young each scored runs for Hutchison.

Troppman struck out nine during a five-inning stint on the pitching mound.


Monroe softball rallies 

Marian Nelson launched a walk-off triple to drive in Ivy Packee for the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning, as the Monroe Catholic Rams edged the Eielson Ravens 14-13 in a Mid Alaska Conference softball game at the South Davis Fields. 

Packee also batted 2 for 5 with a triple. Lilly Demeritt contributed a double for Monroe in the sixth.

The Rams trailed 13-4 heading into the bottom of the sixth.

Monroe’s Casey Elterman batted 4 for 5 with five RBIs, two doubles and four runs scored and five RBIs. 

Eielson’s McKenzie Paul hit 3 for 5 and scored five times. Ravens teammate Liberty Gum went 2 for 5 with a triple and two runs scored.

Packee earned the win in the pitching circle.

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