Engineering success

A pair of college students who once walked the same halls at Gruening Middle and Eagle River High are currently among the nation’s top scholar athletes. Eagle River’s Andrew Shortridge and Chugiak’s Ed Hall are both mechanical engineering majors who are building impressive resumes in their respective fields, with both in the midst of award-winning seasons in athletics and academics.

Chugiak got scoring contributions from 10 different players in a 10-1 Cook Inlet Conference hockey win over Bartlett on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Danny Casey led the was with four goals for the Mustangs, who also got two goals and three asssists from Luke Momblow. Also getting their numbers in the scoring columns were Josh Boneta (two assists), Grant Epple (goal, three asissts), Jacob Kosinski (goal, assist), Peter Symmes (goal, assist), Noah Denny (assist), George Kerr (two assists), Riley Lindberg (goal) and goalie Tanner Holta (assist).

For the second straight Cook Inlet Conference hockey game, Eagle River pulled off a third-period comeback Monday night at the McDonald Center — only this time, the opposition had an answer.

The Wolves tied the game at 1-1 with 9:13 left in the third period on a power play goal by Ty McEnaney off an Ian Newman assist.

Dozens of local wrestlers were among hundreds of athletes who packed the Menard Center in Wasilla over the weekend for the Lancer Smith Memorial Wrestling Tournament, the state’s largest.

With wrestling on eight mats and tournaments for varsity, junior varsity, middle school and girls’ wrestlers, the tournament attracted teams from as far away as Kiana in Northwest Alaska and Ketchikan in Southeast.

Dimond scored five times in the first period en route to a Cook Inlet Conference rout over Chugiak Tuesday night at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Blake Hausinger opened the game with a natural hat trick for the Lynx, which went up 5-0 in the frame after Sean Carey and Max Hickel added strikes of their own.

The Mustangs — who became the first CIC team to score on the Lynx this season — briefly stopped the bleeding, getting a Danny Casey goal late in the first period and another by Luke Momblow early in the second to cut the lead to 5-2.

One of Alaska’s top jumpers is taking the biggest leap of her athletic career.

Chugiak senior Emma Nelson signed a National Letter of Intent on Tuesday to compete in track and field at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

“It’s kind of unreal,” Nelson said after a signing ceremony in the Chugiak High library attended by dozens of friends, family, coaches and teachers.

A multisport athlete who had to decide both where to attend school and which sport to participate in, Nelson said the signing came as a relief.

Red-hot goaltending and a buzzer-beating finish highlighted a pivotal first period in Chugiak’s 7-3 win over Service on Friday, Nov. 10 at the McDonald Center.

Chugiak goalie Riley Fugere stopped all 22 shots he faced in the period, and Luke Momblow scored with 0.0 seconds on the clock as the Mustangs raced out to a 3-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

Chugiak was never threatened from that point on, going up 4-0 early in the second period on a goal by Danny Casey.

One of the cold realities of high school hockey in Alaska is good things don’t often last long, and such is the case with both Chugiak and Eagle River this season as each team will strive to find new identities after historic success a season ago.

Chugiak’s Alyssa Saylor was fourth in the all-around competition at the Cook Inlet Conference Championships gymnastics meet Saturday, Nov. 4 at Dimond High.

Saylor excelled on the beam, where she placed third behind South’s Molly Scoggin and Olivia Gorder. Saylor was seventh in the floor exercise, fifth on the bars and ninth on the vault.

Gorder won the all-around title and Scoggin was second for the Wolverines, who finished second to Dimond in the team standings. West was third, followed by Chugiak, Eagle River and Service.

Despite not being quite 100 percent, the Chugiak girls swimming and diving team still managed to grab fourth place on Saturday at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Swimming and Diving Championships at Bartlett High.

“We did a good job of working together and helping each other out,” said CHS coach Anne Williams, whose girls team scored 37 points to finish tied with South.