Six days into the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Sweet Briar graduate Alison Lifka has traversed about a third of the 1,000-mile course across Alaska and was 43rd among 51 mushers as of late Thursday night on the East Coast.

Lifka, a 2013 SBC grad in her first Iditarod, currently is racing with 13 dogs and has reached Takotna, the 10th checkpoint, where she planned to spend a mandatory 24-hour rest period required of all mushers during the race, according to Alaska news station KTVA. She checked in in Takotna at 2:18 p.m. EST (10:18 a.m. local time), according to standings updated regularly at

The Takotna checkpoint sits 329 miles from the start in Anchorage. As of 10 p.m. EST, five other mushers had checked in at Tokotna, eight have reached McGrath (311 miles from the start), and 37 have reached checkpoints in Ophir (352 miles from the start) or Iditarod (432 miles from the start).


Lynchburg 6-2, Averett 5-4

Lynchburg softball battled to a doubleheader split with Averett on Thursday, rallying for an eight-inning win in Game 1 before falling in Game 2 at Moon Field.

In Game 1, Lynchburg trailed 4-1 in the fifth before starting to climb back off Taylor Mabry’s solo homer. Lynchburg added two more runs to tie it at 4-all in the sixth, then answered Averett’s RBI double in the eighth with a pair of runs to win.

Lynchburg’s Kayla Hugate led the final frame off with a single to move Brookville grad Jordyne Vance, the automatic runner placed at second to start the extra inning, to third. Vance scored when Brittany Coffey flied out to right. Liberty High grad Haylee Wood, who went 4 for 5 for the day, then delivered the walk-off two-out single.

Wood was 3 for 3 in Game 1 with two RBIs, and Hugate was 3 for 4 for the Hornets, who collected 11 hits. Mackenzie Chitwood and Vance each recorded a double.

In the nightcap, Averett (8-3) exploded for four runs in the third inning to take the lead, and Lynchburg (7-1) couldn’t climb back.

Lynchburg loaded the bases in the seventh, but Kaitlyn Aherron pitched out of the jam to preserve the win for the Cougars. Coffey and Mabry had two hits apiece for the Hornets.


Penn State-Harrisburg 8, Sweet Briar 1

In Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Emily Wandling gave Sweet Briar (0-3) a point with a singles win over Sydney Wye at the No. 1 spot, 6-2, 6-1, but Penn State-Harrisburg (2-2) won all three doubles matches and five singles bouts to earn the team win in the Spring TennisFest.


VUL’s Newman an All-American

Virginia University of Lynchburg sent a school-record 14 athletes to the NCCAA Indoor Nationals in Cedarville, Ohio, last month. Tomas Newman became the first All-American in school history when he placed second in the 60-meter dash with a 6.93.

The VUL men and women both secured top-10 finishes at the meet.


GW-Danville wins state title

After defeating Jefferson Forest this week, George Washington gobbled up the Louisa County Lions 55-44 to claim the Class 4 state boys basketball title at the Siegel Center in Richmond on Thursday night.

In the Class 3 boys state championship, Northside edged Phoebus 60-58. The Vikings downed Heritage in the state quarterfinals last Friday.

On the girls side, Spotswood held off Hopewell 66-56 for the Class 3 championship, while Lake Taylor blasted Pulaski 61-29 for the Class 4 title.

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