Sports

Alaska Nordic Racing skiers are off to a fast start at nationals.

Chugiak High sophomore Michael Earnhart advanced to the bracket portion of Friday’s classic technique junior sprint race competition by placing 59th overall in the preliminary sprint and fourth in the U18 division. Earnhart’s performance earned him a spot in the junior boys quarterfinals, where he finished fourth in his heat and failed to advance, crossing the finish line just 0.29 seconds out of a semifinal spot.

Zach Maruskie and Colin Franz won opening night races of the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association racing season on Dec. 26 at the CDMA Beach Lake Trails.

Maruskie claimed victory in the 3-dog class at the Jr./Sr. Night Race, with Franz picking up the 2-dog class win.

Maruskie covered the two-mile course in 5 minutes, 48 seconds to edge Claire Thomson and Deanna Partow, who tied for second in 6:09. Franz completed the two-mile course in 6:34 to win the 2-dog class by 34 seconds over Atticus Gorski.

Chugiak/Eagle River came up just short in its bid for a first girls hockey win of the season Friday, falling 4-3 to Dimond/West at the Dempsey-Anderson Ice Arena in Anchorage.

Briana Paxson scored twice in the first period and Erin Bernard added a second-period goal to give the team a 3-2 lead heading into the final period. But Dimond/West got third-period goals from Kaylee Larson and Hannah Gross to complete the comeback.

Eagle River and Chugiak high school hockey teams will enter the holiday break tied for the most wins in the Cook Inlet Conference.

The Wolves and Mustangs each have a conference-best seven wins after winning their final games of 2018 on Thursday.

Better watch out for the big, bad Wolves.

Eagle River’s undefeated high school bowling teams rolled to another Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League sweep Thursday at the Eagle River Bowl.

The defending ASBL champion girls defeated West 35-0, with Allison Szewczyk leading her team with a 224 — the top score of the day by any bowler. The Eagle River boys also defeated West, with Brenden Iaulualo firing a team-best 211.

Chugiak High School head boys basketball coach Jocquis Sconiers was fired Thursday, one day after a news story broke detailing a recruiting violation and subsequent cover-up attempt.

“Chugiak High School has released their basketball coach today and will be appointing an interim coach for the rest of the season,” ASD spokeswoman Catherine Esary said Thursday afternoon.

The head boys basketball coach at Chugiak High School appears to have broken Alaska School Activities Association recruiting rules and then lied to school administrators and state activities officials in an attempt to cover up the violation.

A former coach and colleague said Wednesday that Chugiak High coach Jocquis Sconiers admitted to the recruiting violation and asked him to lie if asked about the situation.

“He suckered me into this story,” said Jules Ferguson, who formerly worked as a coach in the AAU summer league basketball program run by Sconiers.

Who are the hottest shots in town? Shoot, it’s Eagle River.

The Wolves outshot mighty Dimond to claim their first Region IV riflery championship on Thursday behind a first-place overall finish from Emma MacKenzie and a team effort that included five of the top 10 individual performances at the meet.

“They all performed well, and all on the same day,” said Wolves coach Mark Burch.

Eagle River’s Alyssa Andrews was the top placewinner at the ASAA/First National Bank State Wrestling Tournament Saturday at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.

Andrews pinned Wasilla’s Heidi Warner for the second time in the tournament to claim third at 119 pounds. Her sister, Ashley, also won her final match of the tournament by fall, pinning Dimond’s Eva Sherman-Dawe to claim fifth place at 112 pounds. The sisters’ performance helped the Eagle River girls finish 11th out of more than 50 girls teams in the tournament.

Chugiak’s boys basketball team fell back to earth after a soaring start at the Cougar Tipoff basketball tournament, falling to 70-36 to East in Friday’s semifinal and losing 56-53 to host Service Saturday in the third-place game.

On Friday, Jared Parks led Chugiak with seven points and Marques Andrews had a team-best six rebounds.

Chugiak advanced to the semifinals with a lopsided win over Tikigaq Thursday.

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