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.

Rod Wild has some tough decisions to make.

Chugiak High’s head hockey coach will cut his 27-man roster down to 20 once the Mustangs return from their holiday break. The team has carried a heavy roster because Chugiak didn’t field a junior varsity team this year — the first time without one in school history.

Not wanting to cut anyone, Wild let the would-be JV players on varsity to develop their skills during practice. Though it’s not something he’s looking forward to, Wild said he needs to slim down his roster to gear up for the postseason.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Huskies 7th/8th grade comp basketball team recently won the Mountaineer Christmas Classic tournament at Bartlett High with a 27-24 win over the Mountaineers. Pictured are (back) Coach Chuck Pinckney and team members (left to right) Hannah Russell, Nicole Pinckney, Victoria Spring, Cassidy Murfin, Kaylee Carlson, Emmie Jennings, Randi McMullin and Haley Scott.

First tournament. First trophy.

First-year head basketball coach Fred Young has already brought some hardware back to Eagle River High. The Wolves placed second at the 32nd Annual Cougar Tip-Off Tournament at Service High on Dec. 17.

East Anchorage — where Young previously coached — took third and Chugiak won the consolation championship.

Service beat Eagle River 77-30 to claim the title in the tournament finale Saturday night. Eagle River senior Chris Parker and junior Shaquan Rhoades were both named to the all-tournament team.

Tyler Kearney would love to become a professional bowler someday. So the Barlett High bowler can be excused for acting a bit excited when she was teamed up with two-time Senior Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year Ron Mohr during a unique bowling tournament at Eagle River Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 8.

“I was like, ‘I’m bowling with someone famous!’” said Kearney, a senior. “I felt kinda special.”

Eagle River battled back from a three-goal deficit and scored two third-period goals but came up just short, falling 4-3 to non conference foe Lathrop on Dec. 10 at the McDonald Center.

Trailing 4-1 after two periods, Eagle River came out more energized in the final period, Wolves head coach Kirby Senden said.

“We just had a little more jump in our step,” he said. “The bottom line is they came out with intensity.”

First-year Chugiak Nordic ski coach Mikey Evans is hoping a summer’s worth of workouts can help propel his Nordic ski team to the top of the state heap by winter’s end.

“You have to put in that work,” Evans said on Dec. 10 following the season-opening Lynx Loppet races at Kincaid Park.