Just like Team USA in the recently completed World Cup, local soccer players had the opportunity to take their game to the next level, taking part in the 2014 Zane Cup, hosted by Futbol Alaska Soccer Club at the Russian Jack Soccer Fields in East Anchorage last week.
Apparently past laurels are of no effect when it comes to tournament baseball. The Chugiak and Eagle River American Legion had gained top billing in the National division based on regular-season results, posting identical records of 13 wins, five losses over the past two month.
Emerging with a perfect 4-0 in pool play at Anchorage’s Davenport Field, members of the Knik Little League 11-12 All-Stars baseball team definitely knew the target was on their backs as the tournament came home to Lions Park for bracket play last week.
The Chugiak Post 33 American Legion baseball team won two league games among three contests heading into this week’s state invitational tournament, to begin on Thursday.
As if the 90-degree weather of Nogales, Ariz., isn’t enough, members of the Knik Intermediate boys team are playing athletes who have focused on baseball and play the sport year round, hinted team manager Hal Froehle.
The Arctic Heat softball team won the five-team 12-and-under state tournament held July 12-13 in Fairbanks. The five-team field sported teams from Anchorage, Fairbanks, and defending state champion, Delta Junction.
Lauren Frost recently received word of the name of her to USA Today’s All-Alaska baseball roster for the 2013-14 High School season. A first-team, All Cook Inlet Conference selection as well, Frost was rocked solid both in the field and at the plate, helping the Wolves to the state tournament. All with teammate R.J. Dirscherl at shortstop, the Wolves also have one of the best interior infields in summertime American Legion play as well.
The Knik 10-11 boys defeated Dimond-West, 11-1, Monday night at Jade Park to also win a District I title, reported league president Dan Kendall. In one of the most successful post-seasons in recent years, the KNIK Little League all-star teams exceeded expectations, led by the intermediate boys District I title Sunday.
Always a big deal, at the BP Invitational Tournament, the Chugiak and Eagle River American Legion team coaches were left to look at the bigger picture in considering their pitching rotations during last weekend’s tournament.
With one of the warmest races in recent years, athletes looking to conquer Seward’s Mount Marathon were treated to another level of torture – suffocating heat – during the 87th annual race held July 4.