The West Valley High School boys soccer team won 4-0 over the Lathrop Malemutes on Wednesday night at the Fairbanks Youth Soccer Association turf fields and assured itself of a berth in the Division I state tournament in two weeks.

The Wolfpack, at 11-0-1 overall and 5-0-1 in Railbelt Conference games, gained a berth in the Division I state tournament on May 23-25 at Service High School in Anchorage and at Eagle River High School.

Seth Thomas scored twice and goalkeeper Kristaps Bareika secured the shutout.

Thomas and Bareika also were among nine players honored before the senior-night game for West Valley. The others were Ethan Raygor, Jasen Chausse, Gabe Zayon, Drew Rizk, Michael Dow, Andrew McKay and Alwayne Anglin.

Thomas scored with a low shot off a through ball from Dow at the 2-minute mark of the game.

With an assist from Christian Elbell, Thomas scored in a similar fashion at 18th minute for a 2-0 lead.

Elbell capitalized on a 1-2 set with Chausse and scored at the 56th minute with an 18-yard shot.

Five minutes later, Erik Partyka scored unassisted with a shot which hit the crossbar, dropped onto a Lathrop defender and bounced into the net.

“There was a lot of nervousness today because of the rivalry,” West Valley head coach Howard Maxwell said by phone,  “but we played our systems, we played calm and we kept possession of the ball and we were often rewarded.

“This is our third clean sheet (shutout) in a row and we pride ourselves on not giving up goals. The back line was really skilled (Wednesday) and it was senior night, too.”

Later Wednesday night, the West Valley girls team scored in the first half and held on for a 1-0 victory over Lathrop.

The Wolfpack improved to 6-1-1 overall and 4-1-1. Lathrop slipped to 0-5-1 Railbelt.


Garcia sparks NP baseball 

Alex Garcia threw a two-hitter and struck out 10 in a complete-game effort Wednesday night, as the North Pole Patriots downed the host Eielson Ravens 14-2 in a Mid Alaska Conference high school baseball game at Newby Field.

Garcia allowed two walks in the six-inning game and gave up both hits to Eielson’s Brayden Grorud. The Ravens scored in the bottom of the second and fifth innings.

Wyatt Kammer Brock Weatherspoon each hit 3 for 4 for the Patriots. Kammer drove in three runs and Weatherspoon had two RBIs and a double.

Gavin Fischer had three RBI, a hit and a run scored, and Patriots teammate Ben Green contributed two RBIs despite an 0-for-3 night at the plate.


DJ baseball wins

Omar Powers provided the game-winning run on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the third inning and the Delta Junction Huskies defeated the Hutchison Hawks 3-1 on Wednesday night in a Mid Alaska Conference baseball game in Delta Junction.

Josh Bronson’s RBI single in the first inning produced the game’s first run. Cale Durham’s RBI single tied it 1-1 for Delta in the bottom of the second. 

Dustin Peterson earned the win on the mound while working seven innings. He allowed six hits and a walk and struck out six in the complete-game effort.

Isaac Roehl took the loss. The Hawks senior struck out four and scattered seven hits while also going the distance.

Justin Gerhart hit 2 for 4 and scored one for Delta Junction. Corbin Layral batted 2 for 3 for Hutchison. 

In a game Tuesday, West Valley downed host Lathrop 12-1 at Arco Field.


NP softball prevails

Alex Hodal made a game-saving catch in the outfield in the top of the sixth inning and the North Pole Patriots emerged with a 17-16 victory over the Hutchison Hawks in Wednesday night’s Mid Alaska Conference softball game at the South Davis Fields.

North Pole led 17-9 late in the game before Hutchison churned out seven runs in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to 17-16. The Hawks’ rally was boosted by an inside-the-park home run from Tazja Coger.

“This year, we’re finally coming together as a team,” Hutchison head coach Jill Salway said. “The girls have made vast improvements from last year and they’re doing better all the time.”

Jayda Russell had a double in the first inning for Hutchison.

Janice Dykes and Sierra Glade each hit 2 for 3 with two RBIs for the Patriots. Jaden Rodgers finished 1 for 3 with two RBIs and Hodal went 0 for 0 at the plate but drew three walks.

Also Wednesday, West Valley defeated Lathrop 16-5 at the South Davis complex. The Wolfpack generated seven runs in the bottom of the first inning.

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