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Anyone who doubts the benefit of eating fruit should talk to Kaitlin Friedli.

Fueled by a pregame apple, the Chugiak High junior scored a total 355.05 to win the girls state diving title Saturday, Nov. 5 by more than 10 points over runner-up Sophie Hogen of Kodiak.

With just 14 skaters and two goalies on the roster, Eagle River’s hockey team has no room for selfish play.

“With just two lines, we can’t have people running all over the ice doing their own thing,” said head coach Kirby Senden.

Despite its small roster size, Eagle River posted a respectable 2-2 record in the season’s first week after going 2-1 at the Peninsula Ice Challenge last weekend. The Wolves opened that tourney with a 3-0 loss to Soldotna before rallying to pick up a 2-1 win over Kenai Central and a 6-1 win over North Pole.

 Chugiak High School will be the scene of the first Class 4A wrestling tournament of the season this Friday and Saturday Nov. 11 and 12. Wrestling in the annual Bob Bailey tournament begins at 9 a.m. each day.

There will be a lot of well-dressed Chugiak High hockey fans this season.

Because the Mustangs aren’t fielding a junior varsity team for the first time in school history, several of the varsity squad’s 26 players will be donning suits and ties rather than pads during games. But at least they get to practice.

Not wanting to cut the nine would-be JV players, 12th year head coach Rod Wild decided to place them on the varsity roster and develop their skills during practice.

Things are looking up for Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey, said first-year coach Randall Sperry.

With six returners from last year, a few players that took time off and have rejoined the team and a new addition between the pipes, Chugiak-Eagle River is looking to have its best season, Sperry said following a 2-0 season-opening loss to Dimond-West on Nov. 1. With a 4-2 win over Service-East on Nov. 4, the team improved to 1-1. Starting today, they travel north for a three-game series against Fairbanks.

Kelly Cobb, whose prowess on the soccer field at Chugiak High made her one of the most feared strikers in Alaska history, now has proof she's also one of the Atlantic Coast Conference's best players.

Cobb, a 5-foot-9 forward from Peters Creek, was named second-team All-ACC last week after a vote of the league's coaches. She was also named to the league's all-freshman team after leading the Blue Devils with 10 goals and 27 total points during the regular season.

Chugiak's Katilyn Friedli won her first state diving title at the ASAA Alaska State Swimming and Diving Championships at Bartlett High on Saturday, Nov. 5. 

Friedli scored 355.05 points to beat Kodiak's Sophie Hogen by more than 10 points. Chugiak's Sammy Burke finished third in the girls' 100 freestyle race for the top Chugiak swimming performance.

Chugiak's boys 200 medley relay team of Andrew Espe, Ethan Espe, Derek Cluff and Grant Ensign placed sixth in a time of 1:44.27 to break their own school record in the event.

Chugiak earned a 3-0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-12) victory over East on Saturday, Nov. 5 in the third-place match of the Cook Inlet Conference volleyball tournament at Service High. The victory gave the Mustangs a berth in the state tournament for the fourth year in a row.

"We had some players really come on strong," said Chugiak coach Kelly Kavanaugh.

Sophomore Kirsten Veech led Chugiak with 12 kills, Karlee Kavanaugh added nine kills, Mollie Matthis had six kills and 19 assists and Kathleen Gill notched 18 assists.

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