Losing your head coach to a rival school might seem like a bad break. But for Eagle River’s Nordic ski team, the departure of Mikey Evans to Chugiak has made room for an up-and-coming young coach to take the helm of a rapidly developing prep program.

“I’m loving it,” said first-year head coach Liz Turner, a 2004 Chugiak graduate who skied collegiately at Division I University of Wyoming and served as an assistant to Evans last season.

Chugiak senior Isaac Lammers had only his own shadow to fear on Saturday, Dec. 10 on Day 2 of the season-opening Lynx Loppet Nordic ski races at Kincaid Park in Anchorage.

Starting first after winning the Day 1 classic race, Lammers said he didn't know where any of his pursuers were behind him. But at one point midway through the race, he said he thought he must have dislodged a tree branch with a ski pole near the course — causing him to hear a noise directly behind him.

"It spooked me so bad," Lammers said.

Robyn Burton has made University of Alaska Anchorage history.

Burton, a 2010 Chugiak High graduate, was the first Seawolves volleyball player named to the Daktronics NCAA Division II Volleyball All-American Third Team by sports information directors on Dec. 1.

Three days prior to her Daktronics selection, Burton earned second-team All-American honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Eagle River’s Destinie Rainer rolled a 222 regular game on Dec. 1 at Jewel Lake Bowl to post the top girls’ individual score of the week and helping the Wolves to a 26-4 win over Service.

Eagle River’s boys team also posted a big win with a 20-10 victory over South.

Through Week 4 of the season, both the Eagle River boys and girls teams remained in second place in the Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League behind Dimond.

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 win 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.

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.


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.