This Week in Sports: Action-packed schedule with return to play

Published: Sep. 22, 2020 at 8:23 PM AKDT
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As competition returns within the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, fall sports are looking to fit in as many events as they can before the end of the season. Some sports are already entering Regional Championships, while others are going on a week-by-week basis in terms of scheduling. As daylight dwindles and temperatures drop, signifying the end of fall sports, here is what lies ahead this week in the high school sports landscape.


Some schools are entering Week 2, others are entering Week 3, while Monroe Catholic is preparing for the fourth game of the season. In a rare meeting, the Rams visit the West Valley Wolfpack on Saturday at 4 p.m. This is not a matchup Fairbanks football fans would typically see, but given the nature of this year, it makes sense. The Rams (3-0) are coming off their first-ever win over the Eielson Ravens, while West Valley defeated North Pole 32-27 on Saturday.

Lathrop will play just their second game of the season on Friday when they host the North Pole Patriots at 7 p.m. The Malemutes defeated West Valley 57-0 on August 22 and subsequently, a player involved in that game tested positive for COVID-19, sidelining the two programs for next 14-days. Lathrop will be eager to get back on the field, while North Pole looks to bounce back from their loss to West Valley.

Eielson will host a familiar, Aurora Conference foe in the Valdez Buccaneers on Saturday at Noon. This game will be played at North Pole High School to accommodate for the logistical challenges of hosting events on Eielson Air Force Base. Valdez has fallen twice to the Rams, while the Ravens are also looking for their first win of the season after coming up short against North Pole and Monroe.

Cross Country Running

The second and final cross country meet prior to the Region VI Championships took place at Chena Lakes on Saturday. While teams were practicing during the three week lull in competition, there was not much lead up heading into the Championships this weekend. On the Fairbanks Golf Course Saturday, various schools from around the area will compete in a boys and girls 5,000-meter race. Interval starts will be implemented. The State Championship meet will be on the Bartlett High Trails in Anchorage on October 10.


Tennis is another sport heading into its final week before Regional Championships. Leading up to the two-day tournament, Hutchison will face Lathrop at 3:30 Wednesday before West Valley faces Monroe at 5:30. On Thursday, the Wolfpack will square off against the Hawks for the final match prior to Regionals. The Championships will take place at the Dan Ramras Tennis Courts from 5 p.m. to dark on Friday. Play will resume on Saturday at 10 a.m. with semifinals and finals action. Winners will be crowned for the boys and girls singles, boys and girls doubles and mixed doubles. The State Tournament will take place from October 9-10 at Alaska Club East in Anchorage.


Volleyball continues with a Monroe Catholic visiting the Lathrop Malemutes. There are a trio of games in Fairbanks with Monroe visiting West Valley, Hutchison hosting Eielson and North Pole visiting Lathrop, all at 6 p.m. High School Volleyball will continue for the next few weeks for conference tournaments.


Rifle has released a season schedule and will see their first action on Saturday, but in a bit of a different form. Local schools like Lathrop, West Valley and Hutch will do their shooting this year at TVSA, while Delta and Valdez will shoot at their own ranges in their area, and will send their scores virtually, known as postal, so they don’t have to travel. There will be weekly matches through November, with the conference championships coming in December.

Flag Football

On Wednesday, North Pole visits Lathrop , before the Patriots face West Valley on Thursday to conclude flag football action for the week. The season was extended through October 9 for make up games. There are no conference or state championships in flag football.

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