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 The always-popular Businessperson’s Race will be held at noon Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association’s Beach Lake trails off of South Birchwood Loop.

“It’s a tradition,” said CDMA president Val Jokela.

Jokela said the races have been going on for “easily 25” years.

The format is simple. Local businesspeople sign up and are teamed with local mushers, who donate their time and dogs to show the rookies the basics of running a dog team. The race itself is a 2-mile, 3-dog affair.

 Eagle River’s girls second-place bowling team split 15-15 with third-place Bartlett in Anchorage High School Bowling League play on Jan. 5 at Center Bowl. Carly Meacham rolled the high individual game for the Wolves with a 171.

The Wolves have their biggest match of the season at 3:30 p.m. today at Eagle River Bowl when they take on first-place Dimond. Heading into the match, the Wolves trail the Lynx by 22 points in the season standings. With 30 total points on the line, Eagle River has an outside shot of overtaking Dimond in the standings.

Just five games into the 2011-12 basketball season, Eagle River’s boys already have more victories than last year.

The Wolves, who managed just two wins in the 2010-11 campaign, improved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the Cook Inlet Conference with a convincing 72-53 victory over visiting South Anchorage on Jan. 6 and a thrilling win at East on Jan. 10.

The decisive win signaled more than Eagle River’s first conference victory of the season, junior Shaquan Rhoades said. It showed wins won’t come easily against the Wolves this year, he said.

Eagle River High senior basketball player Chris Parker, 17, led the Wolves to a pair of CIC victories. On Jan. 6, Parker scored a team-high 16 points to lead the Wolves to their first conference win of the season over South. On Jan. 10, Parker’s go-ahead basket with under a second left gave Eagle River its second CIC win of the season, a 50-48 win over East. Parker is the son of Darnyell Parker and Kimberly Holland of Fort Richardson.

A 20-point, fourth-quarter surge was enough for South Anchorage to prevent Eagle River’s girls from winning their first basketball game in more than two years.

The visiting Wolverines started the final quarter on a 14-0 run to defeat the Wolves 65-55 on Jan. 6. The loss dropped Eagle River to 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

Eagle River — which led the entire second and third quarters — couldn’t recover after losing standout Dana Panfil in the first minute of the second half, head coach Terra Bingham said.

Nicole Mrugala started 2012 the way she ended 2011 — perfect.

The senior Chugiak-Eagle River netminder turned aside all 25 shots from Dimond-West to earn her second straight shutout in CER’s 2-0 win Jan. 4 at Ben Boeke Ice Arena. Mrugala recorded a 17-save shutout against Service-East on Dec. 16 in CER’s final game before the holiday break.

Dimond-West threw more shots on net through the first two periods than Service-East did all game — but that didn’t faze Mrugala.

Chris Parker led four Eagle River Wolves in double figures with 16 points to lead his team to a 72-53 Cook Inlet Conference win over South Friday night at Eagle River. The win moved the Wolves to 3-2 overall and 2-2 in the CIC.

Also winning Friday night were the Chugiak girls, who got 11 points off the bench from Brandi Bookout to key a 46-38 win over Service to move to 2-0 in the CIC.

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