Locals athletes find success on ice, at range
Chugiak alum part of DIII champs
Kirsten Watts, a 2016 graduate of Chugiak High, helped Norwich University to the NCAA Division III National Championship on Saturday night in Northfield, Vt. The sophomore, who played high school hockey for Chugiak-Eagle River and the Alaska All-Stars comp team, is the daughter of Dan and April Watts. Norwich University beat Elmira 2-1 on home ice Saturday night to finish the season at 27-1-3. The Cadets beat Hamline University 5-1 in the national semifinals two nights earlier. The forward finished the season with 2 goals and 3 assists over 18 games.
Eagle River grad hoists riflery title
Cathryn Papasodora, front row at left, shot a 588 for the Kentucky Wildcats as they knocked off 5-time defending champion West Virginia to win the 2018 NCAA National Championship in Riflery on March 10. The Wildcats defeated the Mountaineers by 18 shots. TCU, Murray State and Air Force rounded out the top five teams. Papasodora is a junior for the Wildcats. The championship was the second in program history for Kentucky, which also won in 2011. Papasodora led Eagle River High School to it’s best rifle season ever before she graduated in 2015.
Local hockey youths on to USA Nationals
Tucker Lien helped lead his Anchorage North Stars 16AA team into the USA Hockey National Championships with a 1-0 semifinal win over the Valley Thunder at the Alaska State Midget Championships in Wasilla. Lien, a sophomore wing who plays high school hockey at Eagle River High School, scored the lone goal that clinched the at-large berth for the North Stars. The Alaska Wolves defeated the North Stars 5-1 in the championship game to also qualify.
Lien finished with 20 goals and 14 assists for 34 points in 39 games for the North Stars. USA Hockey will host its 16AA National Championships in Wayne, N.J., April 5-10.
A trio of 15AAA players who attend Chugiak High are also headed to the National Championships April 5-10. Sophomores Conner Ehmann, Ben Casey and Talon Wild play for the Alaska Oilers, who earned their way to the National Championships by winning the Pacific District Championship in California last week. They will play in Plymouth, Mich., which is the host site for the 15AAA national tournament.
Nick Silance, a junior at Eagle River High, helped the 18AA Alaska Wolves to an at-large berth at nationals after finishing as runner up in the Alaska State Championships in Wasilla. Silance is off to Green Bay, Wis., with the 18AA Wolves for their National Championship bid after scoring five goals and adding an assist in five games during the state tournament. The Alaska Oilers claimed the state championship with a 6-2 win and also qualified.