Junior Aumavae isn't on the opening-day roster, but his quest to play in the NFL resumed Tuesday when the New York Jets named Aumavae to its practice squad.
Aumavae, a defensive lineman from Palmer, was cut by the Jets on Saturday, when NFL teams had to pare down their rosters to 53 players. Teams are allowed to keep additional men as practice players.
The Jets kept just five defensive linemen, so Aumavae, 27, gives the team some breathing room in the event of injury.
"I am very blessed for this opportunity and for having great support from family and friends. The journey continues in New York!" Aumavae said on his Twitter account.
Three Alaskans are on opening-day rosters this season: Chris Kuper of Dimond (Denver Broncos), Daryn Colledge of North Pole (Arizona Cardinals) and Zack Bowman (Chicago Bears).
South 3, Eagle River 0
Kayla Sims helped guide the South volleyball squad to a sweep of visiting Eagle River on Wednesday, producing 18 assists and five aces in a 25-3, 25-6, 25-11 Cook Inlet Conference match.
Holly Morehouse smacked eight kills for the Wolverines, with Claire Lacey adding five kills and Kayla Clark recording 12 digs.
Ashland, Aho triumph
Christopher Ashland and Jill Aho took home five-pound bags of Alaska-grown potatoes for their victories in last weekend's Fair Day 5-K race in Palmer.
Ashland won the men's title in 17 minutes, 55 seconds. Aho led the women in 23:35. Both won sacks of potatoes courtesy of VanderWeele Farms.
The race was hosted by the Valley Women's Running Team, which is organizing a variety of five-kilometer races in the Valley.
Fair Day 5-K
Christopher Ashland 17:55; John Bishop 18:27; Chris Smith 19:10; Ben Allen 20:30; Neillan Alcantra 21:06; Tim Haugan 21:23; Todd Weaver 22:11; Joseph Syren 22:36; Craig Thorn 22:59; Jaxson Lee 24:15; Kim Kittredge 25:51; Sam Farnum 30:02; Brad Bell 31:47; Jeremy Rausa 38:50.
Jill Aho 23:35; Catherine Uschman 24:16; Elizabeth Lynn 24:33; Daisy Lofland 24:42; Amber Allen 24:47; Nichole Dojka 26:02; Laurel Sullivan 26:34; Brianna McKeel 26:36; Karen Carney 26:49; Penny Wilson 27:12; Leithi Dreyer 28:15; Debbie Duque 28:49; Adrian Bell 29:55; Tracy Kalytiak 29:57; Erin Kittredge 30:07; Cindi Payne 30:32; Nanette Honea 31:31; Natalya Baletskaya 31:50; Stephanie McCoy 33:27; Lina Hoffman 36:12; Sandra Porter 37:38; Michel Sims 38:41; Adriana Reavis 38:49; Emily Bishop 39:11; Brandy Bishop 39:12; Kati Miles 40:58; Liane Ryan 45:25; Delaney Reavis 48:07; Haley Stoker 48:14; Angie Reavis 48:15; Jennifer Hoffman 49:49; Stephanie Hoffman 49:50; Jackie Smith 49:51; Lori Taliaferro 49:52; Lucy Freese 56:05; Taylor Ryan 56:06; Guinda Kushin 56:35; Teresa Huntley 56:37.
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