Eagle River and Chugiak each suffered lopsided losses in their final regular-season football games Friday and Saturday, but both teams’ seasons are still alive after both advanced to the state playoffs next weekend.

Despite falling 50-7 to nonconference South, the Wolves wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the Division II Northern Lights Conference thanks to a 72-24 Soldotna win Saturday over Kenai Central.

Chugiak reeled off back-to-back Cook Inlet Conference volleyball wins Sept. 25-26, knocking off crosstown rival Eagle River in four sets Tuesday at Chugiak and doing the same to West Wednesday in Anchorage.

Against the Wolves, Chugiak got 17 kills and 19 digs from Sophia Lestina and 30 digs and five aces from Kaitlyn Eastman to earn a 25-19, 25-15, 20-25, 25-9 win. Claire Schimmack added 27 assists and 14 digs for the Mustangs.

The UAA hockey team is back at the Mac.

The Seawolves will again open their exhibition hockey season with a game at the Harry J. McDonald Memorial Center in Eagle River at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28.

The game against Simon Fraser is one of two preseason exhibitions on the Seawolves’ schedule, with the other being the team’s annual “Green and Gold” scrimmage set for Sept. 29 at the Wells Fargo Center. The Seawolves also opened their exhibition season at the Mac last season.

Eva Palmer threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Chasity Horn midway through the first quarter of Saturday’s game against Eagle River. It would be a recurring theme.

Horn scored four touchdowns, Palmer had three and the Mustangs rolled to a second straight rout of Eagle River with a 57-0 Cook Inlet Conference flag football win at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium. Chugiak defeated Eagle River 47-0 last week at the Wolves’ Den.

Daniel Bausch is totally sick.

The star Chugiak runner won an individual title Saturday at Bartlett High to help lead the Mustangs to a boys team championship at the Cook Inlet Conference Cross Country Running Championships despite battling a fever.

“I’m sick right now,” Bausch told the Anchorage Daily News after completing the 5-kilometer course in 15 minutes, 40 seconds.

Just five miles separate Hiland Road and Birchwood Loop, but for more than a decade the gulf between the high school football teams that call those highway exits home has been much greater.

Consider the gap bridged.

Eagle River won its first “Battle of the Bridge” trophy Saturday with a dominant 34-21 nonconference win over Chugiak in front of a huge homecoming crowd at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in Chugiak.

It’s rivalry time.

The Mustangs and Wolves will square off at 2 p.m. Saturday at Chugiak’s Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in the “Battle of the Bridge,” a semiannual clash between the two local high schools last contested in 2015.

Wolves, South split

Eagle River and South split a prep swimming and diving meet on Tuesday, with the Eagle River boys earning a 114-61 win and the South girls edging the Wolves 91-85.

Eagle River’s Cam McDonald commits to Division 1 Providence

Cam McDonald is following family footsteps to Division I college hockey.

The former ERHS Wolves defenseman announced his decision to sign with the Providence Flyers Monday on Twitter.

“I’m proud and humbled to announce my commitment to play college hockey at Providence College!” wrote McDonald, who played last season for the Kenai River Brown Bears of the North American Hockey League. “Thank you to my family, coaches, teammates, and mentors that have helped me along the way. #friartown”

Just call them the road warriors.

Chugiak and Eagle River’s football teams earned crucial victories as visitors over the weekend, with the Mustangs earning a 22-7 Chugach Conference win over Juneau in Juneau and the Wolves crushing Kenai Central 48-14 on the Peninsula.