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Dimond scored twice in the first two minutes of the third period to earn a 3-1 comeback Cook Inlet Conference hockey win over Chugiak Thursday in a showdown of two of the conference’s top teams at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

The Mustangs led 1-0 after one period on a strike by Jarett Beckett off a Christopher Kennedy assist.

Chugiak fell to 7-3 in the CIC.

Dimond (6-3) tied the game on the first of two goals by Teague Porter early in the second period.

Local high school basketball teams had a tough opening night in the Cook Inlet Conference.

Chugiak and Eagle River were a combined 0-4 Tuesday night, with the Mustangs swept at home by West and the Wolves dropping a pair at East.

In Chugiak, the CHS boys fell 75-65 to West. Austin Harr had 19 points, Jackson Wall added 14 and Robert Sheldon had 13 in the loss. In the girls game, Chasity Horn scored a game-high 18 points and Eva Palmer added 11 but it wasn’t enough to counter a double-double by Azaria Robinson as the Eagles claimed a 55-47 win.

Alaska Nordic Racing skiers are off to a fast start at nationals.

Chugiak High sophomore Michael Earnhart advanced to the bracket portion of Friday’s classic technique junior sprint race competition by placing 59th overall in the preliminary sprint and fourth in the U18 division. Earnhart’s performance earned him a spot in the junior boys quarterfinals, where he finished fourth in his heat and failed to advance, crossing the finish line just 0.29 seconds out of a semifinal spot.

Zach Maruskie and Colin Franz won opening night races of the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association racing season on Dec. 26 at the CDMA Beach Lake Trails.

Maruskie claimed victory in the 3-dog class at the Jr./Sr. Night Race, with Franz picking up the 2-dog class win.

Maruskie covered the two-mile course in 5 minutes, 48 seconds to edge Claire Thomson and Deanna Partow, who tied for second in 6:09. Franz completed the two-mile course in 6:34 to win the 2-dog class by 34 seconds over Atticus Gorski.

Chugiak/Eagle River came up just short in its bid for a first girls hockey win of the season Friday, falling 4-3 to Dimond/West at the Dempsey-Anderson Ice Arena in Anchorage.

Briana Paxson scored twice in the first period and Erin Bernard added a second-period goal to give the team a 3-2 lead heading into the final period. But Dimond/West got third-period goals from Kaylee Larson and Hannah Gross to complete the comeback.

Eagle River and Chugiak high school hockey teams will enter the holiday break tied for the most wins in the Cook Inlet Conference.

The Wolves and Mustangs each have a conference-best seven wins after winning their final games of 2018 on Thursday.

Better watch out for the big, bad Wolves.

Eagle River’s undefeated high school bowling teams rolled to another Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League sweep Thursday at the Eagle River Bowl.

The defending ASBL champion girls defeated West 35-0, with Allison Szewczyk leading her team with a 224 — the top score of the day by any bowler. The Eagle River boys also defeated West, with Brenden Iaulualo firing a team-best 211.

Chugiak High School head boys basketball coach Jocquis Sconiers was fired Thursday, one day after a news story broke detailing a recruiting violation and subsequent cover-up attempt.

“Chugiak High School has released their basketball coach today and will be appointing an interim coach for the rest of the season,” ASD spokeswoman Catherine Esary said Thursday afternoon.

The head boys basketball coach at Chugiak High School appears to have broken Alaska School Activities Association recruiting rules and then lied to school administrators and state activities officials in an attempt to cover up the violation.

A former coach and colleague said Wednesday that Chugiak High coach Jocquis Sconiers admitted to the recruiting violation and asked him to lie if asked about the situation.

“He suckered me into this story,” said Jules Ferguson, who formerly worked as a coach in the AAU summer league basketball program run by Sconiers.

Who are the hottest shots in town? Shoot, it’s Eagle River.

The Wolves outshot mighty Dimond to claim their first Region IV riflery championship on Thursday behind a first-place overall finish from Emma MacKenzie and a team effort that included five of the top 10 individual performances at the meet.

“They all performed well, and all on the same day,” said Wolves coach Mark Burch.

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