Chugiak’s boys basketball team nearly pulled off a first-round upset Wednesday night but weren’t able to prevent a winless opening night showing by local squads in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference basketball tournament.
The Wolverines outscored Chugiak by 10 points in the final eight minutes to claim a 66-58 win at South High. Elsewhere Wednesday, the Eagle River boys fell 66-50 to Service and the Eagle River girls lost 72-17 at East.
All three locals teams were eliminated from the tournament, which continues today.
Diesel is in the air at 4th Avenue and Cordova Street, where a front-end loader is dumps loads of snow in the middle of the normally busy intersection. The loader beeps as the driver uses the bucket to sculpt the snow into large steps.
In less than two hours, the sleepy intersection will be the center of the sled dog universe.
Chugiak’s Michael Earnhart finished third in the overall boys Skimeister standings to lead all local skiers at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Nordic Ski Championships in Fairbanks.
Earnhart’s performance keyed a third-place team finish by the Mustangs. Teammate Max Beiergrohslein finished 10th in the Skimeister standings, which were based on the combined times from Thursday’s classic technique and Friday’s freestyle races.
Chris Olds is halfway home while Tyson Johnson has some catching up to do.
The Eagle River snowmachine riders were both among the top five teams into Nome in the 2019 Iron Dog snowmachine race Tuesday, with Olds arriving in first place and Johnson less than an hour back in fifth.
Olds and partner Mike Morgan of Anchorage arrived in Nome at 2:49 p.m. Tuesday, almost five minutes ahead of Anchorage’s Casy Boylan and Bryan Leslie in second.
Kelsey Griffin’s legend continues to grow Down Under.
The 2005 Chugiak High grad and former NCAA All-American capped her best season as a professional basketball player Monday by winning the Australian Women’s National Basketball League’s MVP award during a ceremony in Melbourne.
Griffin recently capped her first season in Canberra, where she led the Capitals to a league title on Feb. 16 at the AIS Arena in Canberra.