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Cathryn “Cat” Papasodora tagged along with her dad to the shooting range twice in sixth grade. She didn’t pick up a gun again until the start of the 2011 riflery season.

Less than three months later, the Eagle River freshman ended the season as the fifth best shooter in the Cook Inlet Conference after firing an aggregate score of 383 at the CIC riflery championships at West Anchorage High on Dec. 3.

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Eagle River High freshman Cathryn “Cat” Papasodora finished the season as the fifth-best shooter in the conference after firing an aggregate score of 383 at the Cook Inlet Conference riflery championships Saturday, Dec. 3 at West Anchorage.

“She is awesome,” Wolves head coach Jeff Parker said.

For the second consecutive year, Eagle River finished third behind second-place Dimond and conference champion West. Chugiak, led by senior Devon Clark’s 287, finished fifth. Dimond’s Reniel Aljibe was the top individual with a 387 aggregate score.

In their first meeting of the season, East skated circles around Chugiak, humiliating the Mustangs with a 7-0 thrashing.

Not this time around.

Chugiak scored three power play goals and Joey Lindquist came up with 31 saves as the Mustangs avenged their previous loss with a tense 3-2 win at the McDonald Center in Eagle River on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

“Lot better than last time,” said Chugiak coach Rod Wild.

Wild credited his defense with doing a better job of helping Lindquist out and limiting second-chance opportunities.

Kelly Cobb still has something to shoot for.

After putting together a record-breaking season as a freshman for the Duke University women’s soccer team, Cobb came up one game short of her ultimate goal when the Blue Devils fell 1-0 to Stanford in the NCAA Division I national title game on Sunday, Dec. 4 in Kennesaw, Ga. Stanford finished the season undefeated. It was the first national title for the Cardinal women's soccer program.

Chugiak High graduates Alison Oien and Kendra Bulawa helped the Colorado School of Mines girls soccer team to one of its most successful seasons in school history as the Orediggers reached the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, losing there in a shootout to top-ranked Grand Valley State.

The team finished 17-3-3 on the season and claimed its first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship with a 2-0 win over Colorado Mesa on Nov. 6. Oien supplied the game-winner in that one, picking up her first goal of the season with a strike 20 minutes into the match.

Chugiak-Eagle River’s love of hockey has created a problem — the community doesn’t have enough ice support any additional teams.

“We are pretty much at the saturation level,” Mustangs Hockey Association office manager Molly Gray said.

If MHA’s numbers remain constant — as they have the past five years — another rink will be needed to alleviate the demand on the McDonald Center, Gray said.

“If we’re going to continue to develop our players, we’re going to need more ice,” she said.

It’s time to see who’s the hottest shot in the CIC.

The battle for the Cook Inlet Conference riflery championship gets underway at West High on Friday, Dec. 2 and concludes Saturday, Dec. 3.

On Friday, “B” and “C” teams will shoot at 2:30 p.m. The next day, “A” teams begin their region championship shoot at 9 a.m.

Spectators are welcome to attend, although they must remain in the upstairs viewing area.

Dimond High won the regular season championship by going undefeated in the conference.

Dominic Taus and Logan Sheets each won individual titles at the Robin Hervey tournament in Kodiak on Nov. 18-19.

Taus, a senior ranked sixth in Class 4A at 145 pounds by Akmat.org, wrestled up and won the 152-pound championship.

Sheets, Class 4A’s fourth-ranked 170-pounder, won at 170 pounds, while teammte Nate Gorski placed fourth in the division.

The Wolves were particularly deep at 220-pound class, where Kevin Gilliland was second, Nick Greener third and John Brassell finished fourth.

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