A number of local comp hockey players wrapped up their seasons recently at national events.

At the 16U Tier II national tournament in Boston, Chugiak freshman Rachel Symmes helped the Anchorage North Stars reach the national semifinals, where they fell 3-1 to a team from Connecticut. Symmes was joined on the team by Chugiak-Eagle River players Brianna Paxon, Jenni Peterson, Olivia Bruno and Kaylin Garner.

Eagle River and Chugiak played an epic Cook Inlet Conference softball doubleheader on Monday, May 7, with the Wolves winning the first contest in extra innings and the second game suspended on account of darkness.

In the opener, the Wolves earned a 9-5 win in three extra innings behind two RBIs each from Libby Argudin, Kahea Wakinekona and Keegan Sharpe. Avery Brown picked up the win, scattering five hits over nine walk-free innings.

A handful of area athletes have finalized their plans for the fall.

National Letter of Intent signings were held at Chugiak and Eagle River High Schools recently, with representatives from a cross-section of local sports.

At Chugiak High, senior Liam Baez-Terry was the guest of honor at a ceremony April 26 in the CHS library. Baez-Terry will run cross-country at Montana State University-Northern, an NAIA school in Havre, Montana.

Originally from Bethel, Baez-Terry said the small-town feel of the campus drew him in.

Eagle River picked up a peninsula sweep over the weekend, taking a doubleheader from Homer on Friday, April 27 and knocking off Kenai Central Saturday, April 28.

Avery Brown and Alina Cook each picked up wins against Homer in Friday’s doubleheader, which the Wolves won 10-4 and 5-2. On Saturday, Keegan Sharpe pitched the Wolves to a 15-0 thrashing of the Kardinals in Kenai.

Mustangs roll past Bartlett

There wasn’t much sun, but there was plenty of fun at the second annual FOCUS Inc. 5-kilometer run in Eagle River.

“This is awesome,” said Eagle River’s Karen Kirk, who turned in the winning time in the women’s division on a cloudy but rain-free Saturday morning that featured plenty of awesomeness for everybody.

The event packed free coffee, a bouncy house, a DJ, free massage, rescue dogs, a fun run and a visit from the governor into a short section of Regency Drive in downtown Eagle River.

Ice fishing tents dotted the infield at Service High School, where athletes and coaches battled to keep from freezing in the always challenging springtime track and field conditions.

“I’d love to say we’re Alaskans and we need to be tough, but you worry about quads, you worry about hamstrings,” said Chugiak head coach Melissa Hall.

Along with the portable pop-up tents, athletes bundled inside winter parkas and sleeping bags to ward off the cold. Coaches like Hall said they continually stress the importance of keeping warm during early season outdoor meets.

One man’s journey toward autism awareness is helping raise the profile of an Eagle River organization whose mission isn’t always clearly understood.

“They’ve really helped walk me through the process in general of understanding what autism was,” said Michael Harlow, whose two children are on the autism spectrum.

Harlow’s wife first noticed their children having difficulty keeping up with their peers when it came to verbal communication. However, he was initially resistant to the diagnosis.

Chugiak pulled out a home soccer sweep Friday, April 20 over its biggest rivals, knocking off Eagle River in a pair of games at Ed Blahous Field.

The CHS boys opened the chilly evening with a 2-1 win, getting the game-winner late in the second half on a strike by Josh Rolston. Chugiak took a 1-0 lead just five minutes into the game on a goal by junior Cameron Peck. The Wolves equalized early in the second half on a goal by Emery Thornton before Rolston put the Mustangs in front for good.

Some of the most visible students on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus are speaking out against sexual assault.

“We’re using our voices for a good cause,” said Sarissa Lammers, a senior Nordic skier and mechanical engineering major.

A 2014 Chugiak High grad, Lammers recently helped organize a public service campaign in which UAF athletes posed for photos in their uniforms while holding signs with slogans such as “It’s On Us” and “No More.”


Eagle River splits on opening day

Eagle River opened its prep softball season with a Saturday split at the Albrecht Fields in Anchorage.

In the season-opener, the Wolves got a walk-off double from Zosia Krupa, whose double scored Avery Brown. Brown figured prominently in the decision, throwing a complete game to earn the victory.