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Dimond, West flag football teams advance to title game

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: 3 days ago
  • Published 3 days ago

South High defender Maris Soland and West High receiver Nyeniea John battle for a ball during the Eagles’ 20-12 flag football semifinal victory at South High on Thursday. (Bill Roth / ADN)

Dimond will be going for back-to-back Cook Inlet Conference titles Saturday while the West Eagles hope the third time's a charm.

The defending CIC champion Lynx took care of business Thursday with a 26-12 win over No. 4 seed East at Dimond, while the No. 3 seeded Eagles upset No. 2 seed South at South to set up a rematch of last year's title game Saturday at 11 a.m. at Dimond Alumni Field.

At Dimond on Thursday, the Lynx (15-1) got 165 yards on 17 carries from Kristine Cristobal, one of four players with touchdowns in a 26-12 win over East (8-8). Angelline Nageak, Haley Rogers and Carly Bourdukofsky also scored for Dimond, which got a team-high six pulls from Mauri Butzke and an interception from D'Avionne Rabb on defense.

West (12-4) earned its third straight trip to the championship with a 20-12 win over No. 2 seed South. Ah'Kayzee Galloway-Davis, Taylor Stone and Ta'Zhay Wyche each scored touchdowns for the Eagles, who led 14-7 at the half. West also had three interceptions on defense.

Emily Hazelbaker and Abby Busch scored touchdowns for the Wolverines (12-4).

Saturday's title game will feature the CIC's most dominant flag football program against a squad that's had more than its share of close calls in the championship.

Dimond has won six of the seven championship games it's played in since flag football became a varsity sport in 2006, while West has never won a CIC title. The Eagles lost to Dimond, 19-18, in last year's championship and fell to Chugiak by a 12-7 score in 2016. West reached back-to-back title games in 2011-12, losing by one point to East in 2011 and falling 14-6 to Dimond the following year.

West High quarterback Ah’Kayzee Galloway-Davis is stopped by South High defender Shelby Ottum during the Eagles’ 20-12 victory at South High on Thursday. (Bill Roth / ADN)

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