It’s that time again: Let’s take a quick look at everything going on in the world of local sports.
UAF to require masks for fans
The University of Alaska Fairbanks has announced their spectator policy for the upcoming athletics season and fans will be allowed back. However, there will be protocols to follow in regards to Covid-19.
All fans will be required to wear masks for indoor events regardless of their vaccination status with the exception of those with medical exemptions or those under the age of 2. Masks will be required for outdoor events only in scenarios where maintaining six feet of distance is not possible.
“Alongside the mandatory masks, fans will be seated in alternating rows in the Patty Center,” read the press release from UAF. “With bleachers being sectioned appropriately, this will assist in further social distancing practices for our teams, students, and fans.”
The first UAF indoor home event of the season will be Thursday as the Nanook volleyball team hosts their tournament.
Monroe only ranked football team
With North Pole and Lathrop sitting idle this week due to Covid-19 issues within the Patriot program, both of them found themselves dropping out of the weekly ASBN Poll. With Eielson and West Valley still winless, Monroe Catholic is the only Fairbanks team remaining in the top five of the poll.
The Rams were defeated this past Friday by Redington 42-20, knocking them down from fist to fourth in DII-DIII. They’re off this week, but Lathrop and North Pole will have a chance to return to the rankings as the Malemutes visit Chugiak and the Patriots visit Kodiak on Friday.
Schedule changes for flag football
Last week’s flag football game between West Valley and Lathrop had to be postponed until a later date due to Covid-19 issues within the West Valley program. That game has a new make up date as the two teams will play Sept. 14 at 6 p.m.
West Valley All-Tournament Team
The West Valley Invitational Volleyball Tournament took place last weekend and the tournament concluded with the unveiling of the All-Tournament team.
Fairbanks area players making the team were Grace Halbrooks of Hutchison, Lindsey Elyia and Emma Enlow of North Pole, Sage May of West Valley, and Casey Elterman of Monroe Catholic.
Ice Dogs split preseason games
The Fairbanks Ice Dogs begin their real season Friday in Minnesota, but they got a taste for the season this past weekend in Anchorage.
The Dogs made the short trip south to play the Anchorage Wolverines, the NAHL’s newest team, for a pair of exhibition matches. This year’s incarnation of the Ice Dogs split the series with a 7-2 victory on Saturday night and a 6-3 loss Monday night.
Fairbanks’ first game this Friday will begin at 4:30 p.m. AKDT and can be watched on HockeyTV. The Ice Dogs’ first home game will be Oct. 1 against Kenai River.