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Three brothers from North Dakota recently set off on a 20,000-mile bike trip from Anchorage to the southern tip of Argentina — but not before pausing at a relative’s Eagle River home before the journey.

David, Nathan and Isaiah Berg began their 10-month journey last week after staying with their aunt and uncle, Nancy and Matt Wojnowski, for a couple days. The brothers hope to raise $60,000 to sponsor the building of a family home through Habitat for Humanity.

Three volleyball programs haven’t dominated the Cook Inlet Conference in recent years – they’ve owned it.

Dimond, South and Chugiak have been the CIC’s representatives to the state tournament in each of the past three seasons, and Mustangs coach Kelly Kavanaugh thinks his team has a great chance to make it back to the big dance again this season.

“I think we’re going to be right in there again,” Kavanaugh said.

Chugiak’s Duncan Shackelford knows what to expect when Eagle River comes calling.

“They’ve got some kids who can flat get it going,” Shackelford said after his team went to 1-0 in its season opener against South on Aug. 13.

Eagle River, too, will be prepared. Friday’s matchup at 7 p.m. at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium has been on the Wolves’ minds for months.

“It’s what we’ve been thinking about all summer,” wide receiver Danton Evilsizer said after Eagle River lost its season opener 41-16 to Soldotna.

Saturday’s Week 1 matchup between Soldotna and Eagle River was a tale of two halves — for both teams. After a slow start, the Stars scored 28 second-half points to defeat the Wolves 41-16 at Justin Maile Field in nonconference action.

Chugiak’s fall debut was a smashing success Saturday night as the new-look Mustangs fashioned a 21-18 Cook Inlet Conference football win over South at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.

“This year we’ve got a few more weapons,” said Mustangs coach Duncan Shackelford, who rotated a half-dozen running backs into the game.

The days of smelling salts are long gone.

A new law on the handling of concussions means that any middle or high school athlete who sustains or is suspected of sustaining a head injury can’t return to the team until cleared by a qualified person trained to deal with concussions.

“With what’s at stake, I think it’s a pretty good policy,” said Rep. Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak/Mat-Su.

Both houses of the Alaska Legislature passed the bill unanimously in April. Sponsored by Anchorage Rep. Mike Doogan, the legislation was signed into law May 27 by Gov. Sean Parnell.

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