Top local volleyball players teamed up with their counterparts from across Alaska to compete on Alaska Volleyball Association teams that traveled to the National Volleyball Festival June 25-July 1 in Phoenix.

The AVA’s U17 team finished ranked 45th and won the tournament’s Commendation Division. Among the team leaders were Eagle River High’s Gabbi Lecates (30 kills in the tournament) and Morgen Wohrle (25 kills), along with Chugiak’s McKenzie Kish (135 assists) and Hannah Shuman (20 kills, 18 blocks).

Chugiak’s Lauren Fritz, Eagle River’s Alexander Babos and Eagle River’s Keegan Crow were the top local finishers in this year’s Mount Marathon Race on July 4 in Seward.

Fritz, 24, finished second only to Anchorage’s Holly Brooks in the women’s race, clocking a time of 54 minutes, 48 seconds up and down the 3,000-foot mountain in Seward.

Babos, 19, was 37th among men’s finishers, crossing the finish line in 53:49. Anchorage’s Matt Novakovich won the race in 44:07.

Crow’s time of 35:01 was good enough for 10th place in the junior race.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks’ Kris Kwak and Adam Humes continued their dominance in Alaska Baseball League play last week.

In a four-game series against the Peninsula Oilers, Kwak batted .625 and drove in seven runs. Through July 8, Kwak was tied for the most home runs (5), was third with a .378 batting average and had the third-most RBIs with 17.

Humes was leading the league in both batting average (.387) and RBIs (22) through July 8. Against the Oilers, Humes batted .529 and had six RBIs in four games.

Lauren Frost knows she can hang with the boys. Now it’s time to see how she stacks up against the girls.

At just 15-years-old, Frost earned an invitation to try out for the 2013 U.S. Women’s National Baseball Team in Cary, N.C., on September 7-9.

Before heading to the Lower 48, Frost will travel to the 2012 Women’s Baseball World Cup on Aug. 10-19 in Edmonton, Alberta. The incoming Eagle River High sophomore earned a spot on the U-21 National All-Star team.

Adam Humes and Kris Kwak provided the fireworks as Chugiak-Eagle River blasted the Peninsula Oilers 9-1 on Wednesday, July 4 at Coral Seymour Memorial Ballpark in Kenai.

Kwak went 3-for-4 with a home run and 3 RBIs, while Humes homered and drove in four runs.

Kwak currently leads the Alaska Baseball League with five homers, while Humes has driven in a league-high 20 runs.

Clint Manzo gave up just one run on three hits in eight innings of stellar work to earn the win for the Chinooks, who improved to 10-7 in ABL Play.

Ian Frizelle, 11, threw a perfect game for the Orioles against the Rangers in a Knik Little League Minor game June 5. Frizelle struck out 12 of the 15 batters he faced in the five-inning game. He is the son of Thomas and Laura Frizelle of Eagle River.

The Post 20 Twins swept the Eagle River Wolves on Saturday in a doubleheader at Coral Seymour Memorial Park, winning the first league game 14-6, and taking the second, non-league game, with a score of 8-2.

Eagle River got the jump early in the league game, racking up five runs in the first inning, and building a 6-2 lead.

Post 20 capitalized on some bad Wolves defense to go up 8-6 after two.

As of July 1, four Chinooks were among the top Alaska Baseball League players through 15 games. Through June, Univesity of North Dakota slugger Kris Kwak was leading the league with four home runs in 53 at bats.

Chinooks’ catcher Adam Humes’ 15 RBIs were second to Nate Ring (17) of the Peninsula Oilers.

On the mound, Mike Jeffreys had the second-most strikeouts with 18. Matt Marsh was tied for fourth with 16.

Fifteen up. Fifteen down.

Ian Frizelle, member of the Knik Little League Orioles, pitched a perfect game against minor division foe the Rangers on June 5. Frizelle threw 56 pitches, striking out 12 of 15 batters through five innings.

Frizelle, who finished the 13-game regular season 6-0, has been stellar all year, Orioles’ head coach Jeff Foglesong said.

“He’s one of those players — he’s just above everyone else,” Foglesong said. “Ian was a big factor for us only losing one game all season.”

Sunny skies likely drew a record crowd to this year’s Alaska Scottish Highland Games.

“This is probably eight thousand people today,” said Games chair Chris Anderson on Saturday, June 30.

By 2 p.m. — fully eight hours before the final bagpipes sounded — Anderson said the 31st annual event had already run out of its allotment of 6,500 wrist bands.

“This is definitely one of the largest crowds that we have ever seen,” she said.