Eagle River has a new head coach, lots of new faces and plenty of optimism heading into the 2011-12 wrestling campaign.
“It’s not about quantity, it’s quality,” said senior standout Dominic Taus.
First-year coach Daren Williams took over the head job after Lance Bodeen stepped aside to spend more time with his family. Williams, a longtime Eagle River assistant, said he’s enjoying the role — most of it, at least.
Freshman Laila Hansen totaled a team-high seven kills in the University of New Orleans’ season-ending loss to West Georgia on Nov. 5 in New Orleans.
Hansen, a 2011 Chugiak grad, was one of the bright spots for the Privateers, who finished 2-22 overall and 0-14 in the Great South Conference. She was twice named the school’s Athlete of the Week and led the volleyball team in kills. She was also third on the team in digs and fourth in blocks.
Robyn Burton, a sophomore middle blocker on the UAA volleyball team and a 2010 Chugiak High graduate, was named first-team All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference on Monday. Burton was one of four unanimous selections to the first team.
Burton and Nikkie Viotto, an outside hitter and 2009 Eagle River High grad, will travel to San Bernardino, Calif. To play in the NCAA Division II West Regional Volleyball Championships against No. 1 seed Cal State San Bernardino on Thursday, Nov. 17.
The Eagle River girls bowling team handed Chugiak a 30-0 loss on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Destinie Rainer bowled a 192 to lead the way for the Wolves, while Mariah Schiffer had a 187 to pace the Mustangs.
The Wolves’ boys weren’t quite as dominant, but still earned a decisive win with a 24-6 victory over the ‘Stangs. Danton Evilsizer had the top individual game for Eagle River, while Matthew Remer was Chugiak’s top individual bowler.
Both teams will be in action this afternoon for matches that begin at 3 p.m. at Eagle River Bowl.
Chugiak High hockey will look for revenge against rival Eagle River tonight as the two square off at the McDonald Center at 7:30.
Last season, the Wolves edged the Mustangs by one goal both times the two played. Eagle River notched its first win over Chugiak in school history with a 3-2 victory Dec. 4, 2010, and completed the season sweep with a 2-1 win Jan. 27.
The Mustangs (1-5 overall) are coming off their first win of the season after beating North Pole 5-2 on Nov. 12. Sophomore Kris Tomazevic led Chugiak with a pair of goals.
After losing 3-1 (24-26, 25-14, 25-23, 25-15) to Palmer, Chugiak dropped just one set in its final two matches to take fourth place at the ASAA Alaska Class 4A State Volleyball Tournament at the Menard Sports Center in Wasilla.
The win marks the second consecutive year Chugiak has ended the state tournament with a victory.
The Mustangs, who have made four straight state appearances, finished third last year, fifth in 2009 and second in 2008.
Chugiak downed Juneau-Douglas 3-1 (25-20, 25-17, 24-26, 25-20) in the fourth-place match Saturday, Nov. 12.
The Univeristy of Wisconsin lost 2-0 in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament on Nov. 2. The Badgers feature a pair of players, sisters Alev and Derya Kelter, who are Chugiak High Graduates. The Kelters now plan to move onto the Badgers hockey team. As of Nov. 14, Wisconsin’s women’s hockey team was ranked No. 1 in the nation with an 11-1 record.
Kelly Cobb was held scoreless in Duke’s 5-0 first-round rout of Radford in the opening round of the NCAA women’s Division I soccer tournament on Sunday, Nov. 13 — but not for a lack of trying.
Cobb, a freshman from Peters Creek, had a team-high six shots in the match, including three on goal. With her six shots, Cobb now has 79 shots on the season, a freshman single-season record. The tally also ranks fourth on Duke’s all-time list.
Duke’s victory was the team’s 18th, a team record.