Eagle River settled for its third fifth-place finish in four seasons at the Alaska First National Cup Division I State Hockey Tournament Saturday with a 6-0 loss to Dimond in the tournament’s third-place game at the Menard Center in Wasilla.

Brendan Whetsell made 17 saves on 23 shots for the Wolves, who also finished fifth in their only other state tournament trips in 2016 and 2017.

Dimond scored twice on the power play in a penalty filled contest that saw the Wolves whistled for 11 infractions and the Lynx sent to the box nine times.

The following article originally appeared in the June 2, 1983 edition of the Star:

Subscribers get bills for juvenile calls to hear recorder talk dirty

When an Eagle River residence opened her Matanuska telephone bill Wednesday and found that she’d been charged for 31 calls to New York, she thought there’d been some mistake.

There was a stampede Saturday at Kincaid Park.

The Chugiak boys cross country ski team overpowered the field to win its first Cook Inlet Conference championship, while Mustangs junior Adrianna Proffitt claimed Chugiak’s fifth individual girls Skimeister title since 2009.

Chugiak clamped down on defense in the second half to claim third place at the Dimond Lady Lynx Shootout girls basketball tournament with a 41-27 win over Bartlett Saturday at Dimond High.

The Mustangs outscored the Golden Bears 14-2 in the third quarter and held Bartlett to just 10 second-half points to turn a tight game into a blowout.

Layla Beam and Ari Lewis each scored eight points to lead a balanced Chugiak attack that got seven from Chasity Horn, five from Averie Carlos and four each from Cheyenne Young and Eva Palmer.

The Anchorage School District has released an online survey to solicit opinions about what to do about a pair of damaged schools in Eagle River.

The survey was announced to parents in a mass email sent by the district Friday night.

“The purpose of this survey is to seek community comments and recommendations concerning options for the next academic year,” reads the survey.

The Eagle River bowling team is on quite a roll.

The Wolves swept the Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League titles Thursday, with the ERHS girls winning their third straight league title (and fifth since 2014), while the boys claimed their second championship in the last three seasons.

The girls team completed a perfect season during placement round matches at Jewel Lake Bowl in Anchorage, knocking off Dimond 26-9 to remain undefeated. Alexia Jennings had a match-high 188 for the Wolves, who also won back-to-back league titles in 2014-15.

Chugiak’s Adrianna Proffitt won an individual title and the Chugiak boys turned in a dominant team performance Friday on the opening day of the Cook Inlet Conference Cross Country Skiing Championships at Kincaid Park.

Proffitt completed the 7.5-kilometer classic technique race in 23 minutes, 45.3 seconds to outdistance Service’s Garvee Tobin by nine seconds. West’s Aubrey Leclair was third in 24:09.3 for the Eagles, who had the top girls team time of the day.

Logan Dudinsky scored three goals — including the game-winner — Thursday night to lead Eagle River into the state hockey semifinals for the third time in four years.

Dudinsky’s shot from the blue line with 10:37 left in the third peiord broke a 3-3 tie and gave the Wolves the lead for good in front of a large and decidedly pro-Warriors crowd at the Menard Center in Wasilla.

Eagle River will have to overcome a tough draw at the ASAA/First National Cup Division I Alaska State Hockey Tournament, which begins Thursday at the Menard Center in Wasilla.

The fourth-seeded Wolves will face tourney host Wasilla at 7:30 p.m. in the final game of the evening. The No. 5 seed Warriors won the Mid Alaska Conference and are one of three Mat-Su teams in the tournament.

Chugiak advanced to the “Gold” bracket at the Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout girls basketball tournament Wednesday night at Dimond High with a 41-38 overtime win over Lathrop.

Caitlin Wachmann scored four of her eight points in overtime and Eva Palmer was 3-of-4 from the free throw line in the extra period. Cheyenne Young led Chugiak with 11 points, Chasity Horn and Ari Lewis had seven each and Palmer scored five.

Olivia Kraska scored a game-high 14 points for the Malemutes.

The Mustangs will play West at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Dimond.

The U.S. Small Business Administration will open a Business Recovery Center in downtown Eagle River Thursday to help people affected by the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake apply for low-interest federal loans and begin the process of applying for individual federal disaster assistance.

The office will be located in the Eagle River Town Center Building at 12001 Business Boulevard. It will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both SBA and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials will be on hand.

The Anchorage School District will hold a series of public meetings to discuss the future of a pair of Eagle River schools forced to close due to earthquake damage.

The district will hold meetings along with an ad hoc committee from the Anchorage School Board on Feb. 12 and 21 at Chugiak High and Feb. 13 and 20 at Eagle River High. All four meetings will start at 6 p.m. The meetings at Chugiak will address secondary education and the meeting at Eagle River high will discuss elementary education options.

Anchorage Assembly candidate Clayton Trotter has withdrawn from the race, leaving two candidates for the open Chugiak-Eagle River seat in April’s election. Trotter withdrew his name from the ballot Tuesday, meaning Crystal Kennedy and Oliver Schiess will compete for a District 2 seat on the 11-member board.

Trotter told District 13 and 14 Republicans he was stepping aside during its regular meeting Tuesday night at Piccolino’s Restaurant. Both he and the local Republican Party then endorsed Kennedy in the race.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

On Feb. 1 at around 8:30 p.m. police were called to a residence on Whispering Birch Drive, where they arrested Carol J. Crandall, 68, of Chugiak for assault after she allegedly bit her husband during an argument, leaving a visible injury. Police said both people had been drinking.

There won’t be many days off for students, parents, teachers, administrators and Anchorage School District officials in the coming weeks as they scramble to come up with plans for what to do about a pair of quake-damaged schools in Eagle River.

“We have a very short window,” Anchorage School Board President Starr Marsett said at a Monday night board meeting, where an ad hoc committee was formed to study options for Chugiak-Eagle River schools even as the district waits for engineering reports on damage to the most severely damaged facilities.

A team of students from Eagle River High School claimed a state robotics championship Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Wells Fargo Center in Anchorage.

The school’s “Phantom Wolves” team of Andre Gutierrez, Samantha Gutierrez, Gage Cullings, Sophia Padilla, Isaac Jennings and Tyler Jennings combined with a squad of robot builders from Thunder Mountain High to claim first place at the Alaska FIRST Tech Challenge state championship. The victory was the first for the Phantom Wolves and the fourth for an Eagle River team in the past six years.

Chugiak musher Kourosh Partow parlayed a home-course advantage into a dominant win Sunday on the final day of the Eagle River Classic sprint races at Beach Lake Park.

Partow’s team had the fastest run for the second day in a row, crossing the finish line more than a minute faster than Michael Tetzner in the Open Class race. Partow’s two-day time was 91 minutes, 51 seconds — nearly five minutes faster than Tetzner’s.

Gary Markley finished third overall, Bill Kornmuller was fourth, Lance Mackey finished fifth and Matt Paveglio was sixth.

Lance Mackey will never let go of the dogsled.

The Fairbanks musher endured one of the more brutal chapters of his storied mushing career Saturday at the Eagle River Classic sprint dog races after a starting line mishap in the Open Class race sent him down the trail face-first as he held onto his handlebars with all the grip his nine gnarled fingers could muster.

“It’s always something,” Mackey said through a pained grin as he crossed the finish line nearly an hour later in front of a handful of fans at the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association Beach Lake Trails.

What happens when Chugiak and Eagle River get together on a chilly winter night? Everybody wins.

The Mustangs and Wolves split a spirited doubleheader at the Wolves’ Den Friday, with the CHS girls rolling over their crosstown rivals 55-17 and the Eagle River boys taking a 47-45 thriller.

“You always look forward to this game,” said Eagle River’s Ryan Adkins, who scored a team-high 14 points to lead the Wolves. “To come out on top is a really good feeling.”

Chugiak’s high school hockey season ended early Friday night while Eagle River’s is to be continued.

The Mustangs lost 6-1 to West in the fifth place game of the Cook Inlet Conference tournament at Ben Boeke, while the Wolves fell 3-1 to Service in the CIC’s third place contest at the McDonald Center.


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