Chugiak’s Garrett Morrison and Eagle River’s Dominic Taus each earned their second consecutive Cook Inlet Conference wrestling titles on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Chugiak High. The two seniors were joined at the top of the podium by Chugiak sophomore Richard Burroughs, who claimed a narrow 8-7 finals win over Service’s Derek Zorea at 220 pounds for his first CIC title.
Chugiak finished fourth in the team standings. Eagle River was sixth.
Chugiak clinched the No. 5 seed in the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs with a 6-1 win over West on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Ben Boeke Arena in Anchorage.
Five different players scored in the win. Hunter Hanson led the way with a pair of goals, while Josh Smith had a goal and three assists. Kris Tomazevic, Chad Peterson and Adam Groendyke also scored for Chugiak, which got 15 saves from Joey Lindquist.
The Chugiak win means Eagle River can finish no higher than sixth. The Wolves can clinch that spot with a victory on Thursday, Jan. 26 over 0-13 Bartlett.
Eagle River junior basketball player Dana Panfil scored a game-high 15 points Saturday, Jan. 21 to lead the Wolves to a 45-30 win over Skyview in Soldotna. The victory was the first since 2009 for the Wolves. Panfil, 17, is the daughter of Sue and Mike Panfil of Eagle River.
Eagle River’s girls basketball team has insisted all season that they’re an improving bunch. On Saturday, Jan. 21, the Wolves proved it with a 45-30 non conference win over Skyview in Soldotna.
The Wolves improved to 1-7 overall after picking up the program’s first victory since beating Service on Feb. 11, 2009.
The Wolves clamped down on Skyview from the outset, allowing just two first-half points and leading 27-13 at the half. Eagle River knocked down six 3-pointers in the game, including three by Dana Panfil, two from Lauren Frost and one by Mikayla Douglas.
If you’ve made it this far, wresting finally gets (a little) easier.
Head coaches at both area high schools said they were going a bit easier on their athletes in the final week leading up to this weekend’s Cook Inlet Conference tournament, which starts at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 at Chugiak and continues at 9 a.m. the following day.
The Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey team will end the regular season just as it started — against familiar foe Dimond-West.
CER will honor its seniors prior to the 5:45 p.m. puck drop Saturday, Jan. 28 at the McDonald Center.
The game will serve as a preview to the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference tournament when Dimond-West, the No. 2 seed, will take on third-seeded CER on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 6:45 p.m. at Ben Boeke Ice Arena.