Sports

From the championships to the controversies, local athletes made plenty of headlines in 2011. Here’s how it all went down:

January

Eagle River’s Kinsey Loan earned a trip to the Ski and Snowboard World Championships in Estonia after the Chugiak High senior won a silver medal at the U.S. National Championships in Maine.

Chugiak’s Jake Berkowitz won the Copper Basin 300 sled dog race, arriving at the Paxson finish line six minutes ahead of Lance Mackey.

New Eagle River football field general Jason Brewer plans to bring a no-nonsense coaching style, enthusiasm and plenty of experience to the job when he takes over in the fall.

“The kids know me, the kids know what I’m about,” said Brewer, who previously served for two years as an assistant under Kenny Ray. “I’m about discipline and having fun.”

Brewer isn’t technically a general, but he did recently wrap up his Army career as a 1st lieutenant who returned from a tour in Pakistan and Afghanistan last fall. He recently took a new job with the National Guard.

New Eagle River football field general Jason Brewer plans to bring a no-nonsense coaching style, enthusiasm and plenty of experience to the job when he takes over in the fall.

“The kids know me, the kids know what I’m about,” said Brewer, who previously served for two years as an assistant under Kenny Ray. “I’m about discipline and having fun.”

Brewer isn’t really a general, but he did recently wrap up his Army career as a 1st lieutenant who returned from a tour in Pakistan and Afghanistan last fall. He recently took a new job with the National Guard.

Carver (Ala.) 74, Chugiak 43

Carver High School (Ala.) downed Chugiak High 74-43 in the opening round of the Doc Larson Roundball Classic in Wasilla on Monday, Dec. 19.

Nine different players recorded points for the Mustangs. Luke Plumb paced Chugiak with 10 points.

Carver built a 10-point lead after the first eight minutes and never looked back. Carver led the entire game.

 

Chugiak senior Garrett Morrison continued his march toward state with a victory at the West Christmas Classic on Dec. 16-17. Morrison went undefeated at 182 pounds, winning the championship match with a second-period pin of Colony’s Scott Knighten.

The Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 1-0 win over visiting Service-East on Dec. 16 at the McDonald Center.

Autumn Sperry scored the game’s lone goal when she escaped on a breakaway and buried a shot past Service-East netminder Jenna Gerrety just over four minutes into the third period.

CER had trouble getting past Service-East’s defense for the first two periods, Sperry said, but when the opportunity to go in alone on the goalie presented itself, she went into an all-out sprint.

Eagle River High hockey notched its first Cook Inlet Conference win of the season with a 7-4 victory over Bartlett on Dec. 15 at the McDonald Center.

At 1-3-2, the Wolves are currently in sixth place in the CIC — three points behind fifth-place Chugiak — as the teams head into the holiday break.

Dimond (9-0) is the top CIC team and leads second-place Service (7-1) by four points.

Carter Jesiel led Eagle River with a hat trick against Bartlett. Addie Platt had two goals and Jesse Johnson and Brett Wood each scored one for the Wolves.

Alaska Nordic Racing’s Sarissa Lammers, a sophomore at Chugiak High School, won the J2 girls 5-kilometer classic race during the Besh Cup No. 2 races on her home course at the Beach Lake trails on Sunday, Dec. 18.

Combined with a third place showing in the Besh Cup No. 1 freestyle sprints the previous day at Kincaid Park, Lammers currently sits in second place among J2 girls in the statewide race series, which is used to determine which skiers qualify for the Arctic Winter Games and Junior Olympics.

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