Lathrop victory

The Lathrop football team poses together after defeating Soldotna. Hart Pisani/News-Miner

“We have so much time and so little to do.” — Willy Wonka

Immediately after saying that line, Wonka noted that it was the reverse, and that’s the case here as well. So let us take a quick look at the world of local sports.

West Valley volleyball falls

The West Valley Wolfpack opened the high school volleyball season last week with a road game at Colony. The game ended in a three set loss for the Wolfpack by a score of 12-25, 14-25, 8-25. Results for their weekend tournament in Chugiak were not available.

Prep schedule changes

There were a number of schedule changes this week. In flag football, Wednesday’s game between Hutchison and Lathrop was moved to Sept. 29 while Thursday’s game between Lathrop and North Pole was moved to Sept. 20. Tuesday’s game between West Valley and Hutchison was moved from Hutchison’s field to West Valley’s field.

In volleyball, Friday’s game between Nome and Eielson at Eielson has been switched to a varsity only match. Saturday, West Valley and Nome will play Varsity only at noon and will play at Lathrop. Lathrop will host Nome at 2 p.m. and it will be a varsity only match.

Lathrop new No. 1

After taking down the No. 1 team in the state last week, it makes sense that the Lathrop Malemute football team moved up the polls this week.

Lathrop, previously ranked No. 2 in the state, is now the No. 1 ranked team in Division II-III in the ASBN rankings. Monroe Catholic stood pat at number three while North Pole moved up from fifth to fourth.

Dogs and Nooks get a shoutout

The Seattle Kraken will become the 32nd NHL franchise this season when they begin their inaugural season. They’re already forming close partnerships with Alaska, including the Interior.

Last week, the Kraken released a special promotional video on NHL.com which featured a visit to the Last Frontier. Featured in the video was a visit to Fairbanks where the UAF campus and Big Dipper Ice Arena, along with Ice Dogs General Manager Rob Proffitt and Nanooks hockey coach Erik Largen.

UAF will begin their hockey season later this fall while the Dogs open training camp this weekend. Scrimmages will be open to the public beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sunday with two other scrimmages scheduled for Aug. 31 and Sept. 2. The Kraken begin the NHL season on Oct. 12 on ESPN.

Contact Hart Pisani at 459-7530.