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The West Valley High School volleyball team opened its season on the road at Colony High School on Thursday with the Knights defeating the Wolfpack 25-11, 25-10, 25-12 in Palmer.

“Colony runs a tough program and they have a lot of height. We are just a very short team and so they were able to just jump over our block,” Wolfpack head coach Dave Cox said.

Juniors Pam Noll and Skyler Wolf led West Valley with three kills each. Charlotte Curry contributed four blocks, two of which were for points. Wolf also led the team with 14 serve-receives. 

Despite the final result, Cox spoke highly of his defense. 

“Our defense was very tough,’’ he said. We got a lot of balls up that were hit cleanly over the net, a lot of the tough ones, and that was great.”

West Valley next plays Service at 3:30 p.m. today at the Chugiak Invitational.

 

Tennis

The Lathrop Malemutes defeated the West Valley Wolfpack 5-2 and the Hutchison Hawks took the win over the Monroe Catholic Rams 4-2 Thursday at the Dan Ramras Community Tennis Courts.

The Lathrop girls swept their matches with Helen Wharton defeating Klara Kondrak 6-2,6-3 in the No. 1 girls spot and Ashley Plys getting the win over Madeline Wills 6-1, 4-6, 9-7 in the No. 2 girls singles matchup. Wharton and Plys got a 6-1, 6-2 win over Jordan Dick and Morgan Ely in the girls doubles competition. 

Luke Millam earned an 6-1, 6-1 win over Cole Neal  for the Malemutes in the No. 1 boys singles. Mixed doubles pair Tiffani Holcraft and Tanner Young secured the last points for Lathrop with a 6-4, 2-6, 7-4 win over Aiden Payan and Samantha Stark.

West Valley’s two points came from Kade Rowland’s 6-3, 6-0 win over Gage Hale in the No. 2 boys competition and Axton Siekman and Eli Ludwigg’s 6-5, 6-7, 5-3 result over Darshan Nautiyal and Peter Park in the boys doubles match.

With default wins in the No. 2 girls singles and girls doubles competitions, Hutchison started with a two-point lead on the day.

Eli Kirsch and Isaiah Moore’s 6-1, 6-0 win over Trevor Christian and Brian Coty in the boys doubles match and Sofia Squires and Moore’s 3-6, 6-4, 7-1 win over Miles Fowler and Erin Hendricks in the mixed doubles gave Hutchison the two additional points they needed for the win.

Oliver Pender’s 6-3, 6-0 win over Kirsch in the No. 1 boys singles match and Erin Hendricks 6-1, 6-0 win Anna Brosnan in the No. 1 girls match gave Monroe its only points. The No. 2 boys singles match was not played.

 

Football today

A varsity-junior varsity matchup and a scrimmage take place at West Valley High School today as replacements for canceled games for the Eielson Ravens, West Valley Wolfpack and Monroe Catholic Rams.

The three teams were scheduled to play Kenai Peninsula squads but the games were canceled because of air quality conditions caused by the Swan Lake wildfire near Sterling.

West Valley was to host Soldotna today. Monroe was to host Nikiski at the Kiwanis Field on Saturday, when Eielson was set to visit Kenai. 

Due to wildfires and resulting travel restrictions, the West Valley Wolfpack’s home opener against the Soldotna Stars scheduled for today and the Eielson Ravens away game against the Kenai Kardinals scheduled for Saturday have been canceled.

West Valley’s junior varsity team  play a regular game against Monroe Catholic’s varsity at 4 p.m. today, and West Valley and Eielson’s varsity squads scrimmage at 6:30 p.m. 

In other games this weekend, North Pole visits Wasilla at 7 p.m. today and Lathrop plays host to West Anchorage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

 

Cornhole

The University of Alaska Fairbanks hockey team and the Face-Off Club will host the third annual Battle of the Boards Cornhole Tournament from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Growden Memorial Park. 

All proceeds benefit the Nanooks hockey program. Players, coaches and alumni will be on hand to interact with fans and participate in the tournament.

The two-player per team tournament costs $60 per entry and will feature a $500 prize for first place and $250 prize for second place. Teams can register by contacting Kim Watson at 378-9153.

Contact News-Miner sports writer Laura Stickells at 459-7530. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMsports.