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.
Six local skaters landed on the Alaska Division I All-State Hockey Team announced last week by the Alaska High School Hockey Coaches Association.
Named to the 25-member squad from the Wolves were forwards Ty McEnaney and Tucker Lien alongside defenseman Logan Dudinsky. Making the team for the Mustangs were defenseman Tyler Huffer and forwards Luke Momblow and Grant Epple.
The Wolves swept the Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League titles Thursday, with the ERHS girls winning their third straight league title (and fifth since 2014), while the boys claimed their second championship in the last three seasons.
The girls team completed a perfect season during placement round matches at Jewel Lake Bowl in Anchorage, knocking off Dimond 26-9 to remain undefeated. Alexia Jennings had a match-high 188 for the Wolves, who also won back-to-back league titles in 2014-15.
Eagle River will have to overcome a tough draw at the ASAA/First National Cup Division I Alaska State Hockey Tournament, which begins Thursday at the Menard Center in Wasilla.
The fourth-seeded Wolves will face tourney host Wasilla at 7:30 p.m. in the final game of the evening. The No. 5 seed Warriors won the Mid Alaska Conference and are one of three Mat-Su teams in the tournament.