Michael Earnhart capped a superb U.S. Cross Country Junior Nationals with a second trip to the podium Saturday as part of the second-place U18 boys freestyle relay team on the final day of competition at Kincaid Park.
Earnhart — who won the U18 boys classic sprint race Wednesday — teamed up with Alexander Maurer and Zanden McMullen to finish just 0.6 seconds behind the winning team of Kai Mittelsteadt, Haydn Halvorsen and Johnny Hagenbuch of the Inter-Mountain team.
Andrew Shortridge has a shot to become the fourth Alaskan — and the third from Eagle River — to be named a finalist for the top award in college hockey.
The Quinnipiac University junior goalie is 17-4-2 this season after leading the No. 5 ranked Bobcats to a 4-1 win over Yale on Saturday. Through March 2, the former Eagle River High star was first in NCAA Division I hockey in goals against average (1.39) and save percentage (.944) and fourth in winning percentage (.783).
Chugiak’s Adrianna Proffitt overcame a fall near the end of the race to turn in the top performance among nearly a dozen locals Monday on the first day of the 2019 U.S. Cross Country Junior National Championships at Kincaid Park.
Proffitt slipped coming through the final tunnel on the tricky course, which was hit with a variety of weather throughout the day ranging from rain to wind to snow to occasional sunshine and temperatures in the upper 30s to low 40s.
A slew of local skiers will compete at Kincaid Park when the 2019 Cross Country Junior National Championships arrive in Anchorage this week.
At total of 10 Chugiak-Eagle River teens qualified for the event based on performances at qualifying events. Adrianna Proffitt, Helen Wilson, Claire Nelson, Emily Walsh and Hannah Cryder qualified to represent Team Alaska in the U18 girls category; Konrad Renner and Porter Blei qualified in the U16 boys; and Michael Earnhart, Miles Dennis and Max Beiergrohslien made the U18/20 boys team.
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.