Eagle River uses big third quarter to pull away from Soldotna
The Wolves outscored the Stars 21-4 in the third quarter to pull away for a nonconference basketball victory last Thursday night in Eagle River.
Although SoHi connected on 10 3-pointers, Eagle River held the Stars to just one made field goal in the third quarter, while getting 9 points from Jacob Thompson. Thompson finished with 21 points, while teammate Ryan Adkins hit five three-pointers to also score 21.
Chugiak center Daniel Casey won the opening faceoff and without taking a stride fired the puck at the Service net for the first shot game Monday night.
The puck bounced off Cougar goalie Kevin Taunton and skittered harmlessly away. That was as about good as it got for the Mustangs in the opening period of their first round of the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs.
The Chugiak Mustangs toppled conference rival and powerhouse Anchorage East High 58-46 on Monday night in front of an electrified home crowd.
It was the first time in four years for the Mustangs to defeat East, which has a student population double the size of Chugiak’s. The Mustangs now sit at 9-3 overall and 2-1 for the Cook Inlet Conference.
Despite playing 10 games in the last 12 days, the Mustangs drove the pace throughout the night and challenged East’s defense with stellar passing and teamwork.
With a full slate of preseason tournaments now complete, local prep basketball teams are settling in for the regular season. Cook Inlet Conference play began the week after teams returned from holiday break, with each team set to play 14 conference games (two against each of the CIC’s other seven teams) between now and the end of February.
Here’s a rundown of each of the four Class 4A varsity teams from Chugiak-Eagle River
Chugiak’s Miles Dennis and Max Beiergrohslein went 1-2 Saturday to lead the Mustang boys to victory at the Chugiak Stampede Nordic ski races at the Bartlett High trails.
Dennis finished the 10-kilometer classic style course in 27 minutes, 2.7 seconds to beat his teammate by nearly eight seconds. Service’s Alexander Maurer was third. Michael Earnhart was seventh, Brian Wing finished ninth and Michael Connelly was 12th for the Mustangs, who beat second-place Dimond by more than two minutes.
Eagle River’s Nick Carl finished 18th to lead the Wolves.
Helen Wilson and Grace Gilliland are going back to Europe.
The local biathlon stars will represent the United States at the World Biathlon Championships in Otepaa, Estonia in February after stellar performances at the U.S. Youth/Junion Team Trials Dec. 28-29 in Coleraine, Minnesota.