Being the only undefeated team in this week's Cook Inlet Conference softball tournament has its advantages.
East is the only team with a first-round bye when the tournament begins Monday at Albrecht Fields.
Using a potent offense and the seemingly tireless arm of pitcher Sydney Smith, the T-birds pummelled many opponents by double digits on their way to a 7-0 conference record (18-0 overall).
The T-birds will try to improve on last season's runner-up finish to Dimond, which is seeded sixth in the double-elimination format.
Monday's First Round
At Albrecht Fields
No. 5 Service vs. No. 4 South, 6 p.m.
No. 3 Chugiak vs. No. 6 Dimond, 6 p.m.
No. 7 Bartlett vs. No. 2 West, 7:45 p.m.
East -- (bye)
UAA's Bronga earns honor for academic excellence
UAA All-American skier Jaime Bronga was named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District women's 'at-large' team Friday.
This is the senior's second straight year making first-team all-district, the East graduate earning a 3.99 overall GPA in civil engineering.
As an all-district selection, Bronga now advances to the national ballot for a chance to repeat last season's Academic All-America status.