Led by a 1-2-3 showing in the all-around, the South Wolverines captured the Cook Inlet Conference gymnastics championship Saturday at Dimond High.
Brieley Aich powered South’s 10-point win over Dimond by winning titles in the vault and uneven parallel bars. She took the all-around crown with 33.45, edging teammates Ellie Decker (33.40) Idalis Williams (33.05).
Decker took the balance beam title and Dimond’s Lilah Johnson won the floor exercise by posting the highest score in any event, a 9.15.
Team scores — 1) South, 219.650; 2) Dimond, 209.675; 3) West, 190.050; 4) Chugiak, 181.650; 5) Service, 173.450; 6) Eagle River, 168.850.
All Around — 1) Brieley Aich, South, 33.45; 2) Ellie Decker, South, 33.4; 3) Idalis Williams, South, 33.05.
Floor — 1) Lilah Johnson, Dimond, 9.150; 2) Tatym Doucet, Dimond, 9.1; 3) Brieley Aich, South, 9.0.
Beam — 1) Ellie Decker, South, 8.6; 2) Anna Perez Vargas, Dimond, 8.45; 3) Idalis Williams, South, 8.4.
Vault — 1) Brieley Aich, South, 8.55; 2) Idalis Williams, South, 8.5; 3) Ellie Decker, South, 8.45.
Bars — 1) Brieley Aich, South, 7.650; 2) Ellie Decker, South, 7.450; 3) Idalis Williams, South, 7.350.
Wrestling crowns for South, Colony
A pair of Alaska wrestling powerhouses claimed wins in a pair of big tournament last weekend.
The defending state champion South Wolverines took home the team title at the nine-team Battle of the Interior tournament in Fairbanks, and the Colony Knights claimed the title at the 11-team West Classic tournament in Anchorage.
South was 6-0 in the dual-meet tournament in tournament, a record that included a 37-28 championship win over Lathrop, the 2017-18 state champions.
The Wolverines led the Malemutes 31-28 going into the final two matches and cemented the victory with wins by Ethan Staples at 135 pounds and Niko Mayo at 140 pounds.
South’s other victories came against Palmer, North Pole, Bethel, West Valley and Hutchison.
At the West Classic, Colony — winner of state titles in the 2016-17 and 2014-15 seasons — defeated Wasilla, Dimond, Chugiak and Eagle River en route to the championship.
In the championship duel, the Knights defeated Wasilla 43-30. East grabbed third place with a 48-26 win over fourth-place Eagle River.
Dimond undefeated at volleyball tournament
The Dimond Lynx won a dozen matches to capture the championship of the Dimond-Service volleyball tournament, a 20-team tournament that wrapped up Saturday at Dimond High.
The Lynx, winners of the last four state championships, cruised through Friday’s pool play with an 8-0 record. In Saturday’s bracket play, they were 4-0 with wins over Service, East and Wasilla.
Dimond faced Wasilla twice Saturday, and both times rallied from first-set defeats. In their first match, the Lynx won 21-25, 25-16, 15-7 to send Wasilla to the loser’s bracket. The Warriors battled back to earn another shot at Dimond in the championship match, where Dimond took a 16-25, 25-14, 15-10 victory.