Whalers clinch Aurora Conference
The Barrow Whalers added another piece of hardware to their trophy case on Saturday. And this one gives them a berth in the Division III State semifinals.
Barrow nailed down the 2017 Aurora Conference championship in Big Lake by grinding out a 30-22 victory over the Houston Hawks. With the victory, the Whalers moved to 3-0 in conference play heading into this Saturday's regular-season finale against winless Valdez.
The win gives Barrow the head-to-head tiebreaker with Eielson, should the Whalers lose on Saturday in Valdez and fall into a tie for the top spot in the conference standings. Barrow, now 4-2 overall, defeated Eielson in Week 6 at Cathy Parker Field.
By clinching the top seed in the Aurora Conference, the Whalers will enter the Division III State playoffs as the conference's No. 1 seed, and will face the No. 2 seed from the Peninsula Conference in the state semifinals on Oct. 7. Nikiski and Seward will play for the Peninsula Conference's runner-up berth on Saturday.
Homer cinched the Peninsula Conference championship last week and will host the Aurora Conference runner-up in the semifinals.
Homer 6-1 3-0
Nikiski 3-4 2-1
Redington 4-3 1-2
Seward 2-5 1-2
Voznesenka 1-4 0-3
Barrow 4-2 3-0
Eielson 5-2 2-1
Houston 3-3 2-2
Monroe Catholic 4-3 1-2
Valdez 0-6 0-3
This week's games - Barrow at Valdez (Sat.), Houston at Redington (Fri.), Eielson at Monroe Catholic (Sat.)