The favored ears on Friday were those that could withstand the stress of the ear-pull, during which two athletes sit on the floor facing each other with a sinew loop about 3 feet in length — traditionally made of animal intestines — hooked around each other’s ears. When the officials say, “Pull,” the athletes pull their heads straight back, without twisting or jerking their heads. Whomever’s sinew loop slips off first, loses.

The Alaska Goldpanners couldn’t recover after allowing five runs in the fourth inning of Thursday night’s 6-3 loss to the Seattle Studs due to a solid pitching effort from Studs starter Mitch Viydo.

Hailey Williams of Delta Junction High School was named the 2018-19 Gatorade Alaska Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year on Thursday. Williams is the first Gatorade Alaska Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year to be chosen from Delta Junction High School.  

The West Valley High School boys soccer team advanced while three other Interior teams suffered losses in Thursday’s first-round games of the Alaska School Activities Association/First National Bank Alaska State Championships in Anchorage and Eagle River.

“We have a lot of great skill players this year who made a lot of great plays last year and I expect them to do the same this year — on the outside and in the backfield,” Davis said after Monday night’s practice.