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Chugiak’s Daniel Bausch knows how to bounce back.

The Chugiak High senior finished in eighth place at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championship West Regionals on Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California.

The finish earned Bausch an invite to the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Finals next Saturday at Morley Field in San Diego.

The result was a redemption story of sorts for Bausch, who last month withdrew midway through the Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Region race after running with the leaders in the early going.

Chugiak got goals from four different players and 16 saves from Olin Kelliher to take a 4-2 nonconference high school hockey win over Colony Tuesday at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Jarett Beckett had a goal and an assist for the Mustangs, who also got goals from Tyler Huffer, Cullen McCormick and Luke Momblow. Wyatt Young, Jacob Kosinski and Grant Epple had assists for Chugiak, which improved to 7-1 overall and 4-0 against nonconference opponents.

Joe Joe Tapley netted two goals and Christopher Kennedy scored a goal and three assists as Chugiak earned a 7-1 Cook Inlet Conference hockey win Tuesday at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

The Mustangs improved to 3-1 in the CIC, while Bartlett fell to 0-6. Luke Momblow, Jarrett Beckett, and Noah Denny also scored goals for Chugiak, which got two assists each from Jacob Kosinski, Tyler Huffer and Riley Lindberg. Alayna Breivogel made three saves as Chugiak outshot Bartlett 39-4.

Chad Beals made 32 saves for Bartlett, which got an unassisted goal from Andrew Vandenbos.

Most people have to fly from Alaska to Hawaii; Izzy Powers is going to swim.

On Tuesday, the Chugiak High senior signed a National Letter of Intent to swim at Division I University of Hawaii during a ceremony in the CHS library.

“It’s been my dream since I was little to swim for a Division I college,” Powers said following the ceremony, which was attended by dozens of family, friends, coaches and teachers.

Powers thanked the large crowd for supporting her through the ebbs and flows of her high school swimming career.

Eagle River shutout Chugiak 35-0 in girls bowling and earned a 31-4 win in boys in the season-opening Alaska Scholastic Bowling League matches Nov. 15 at the Jewel Lake Bowl in Anchorage.

Allison Szewczyk led all locals with a 212 for the Eagle River girls, while Brenden Iaulaulo had a 195 to lead the boys. Chugiak’s top bowler were Kolton Reeves with a 183 on the boys side and Jadyn Moore with a 170 on the girls.

Teams are off for Thanksgiving and will return to ASBL play Nov. 29 at Center Bowl in Anchorage.

Eagle River rolled to a 7-0 high school riflery sweep over Chugiak on Friday, Nov. 16 at Chugiak in the final regular-season match for both schools.

Ava Perkins led all shooters with a 285 for Eagle River, which also got a 284 from Maddie Bidinger, a 282 from Jonah Wegener and a 280 from Lindsey Foshee. Perkins shot a 100 in prone and also led all shooters with a 97 in kneeling. Foshee tied Chugiak’s Michael Sorensen with a 94 in standing to lead all shooters.

Sorensen was Chugiak’s top shooter with a 277, including a 98 prone and 94 standing.

Eagle River rebounded from back-to-back losses with a 2-1 comeback win over West in a nonconference prep hockey game Saturday, Nov. 17 at Ben Boeke Ice Arena in Anchorage.

The Wolves trailed 1-0 heading into the third period, but got a pair of power play goals in the final minutes to grab the win in a game that marred by a postgame fight.

CIC leading scorer Ty McEnaney scored the game-tying goal with 4:35 to play off assists from Tay Kurpius and Aidan Burton. The Wolves went in front for good on a Brayden Rachow goal off an assist from Logan Dudinsky.

Chugiak finished 19th and Eagle River was 29th at the 43-team Lancer Smith Memorial Wrestling Tournament Friday and Saturday at the Menard Center in Wasilla.

Daniel Niebels led the Mustangs with a third-place finish at 189 pounds. Niebles beat Eagle River’s Andrew Hamilton in the quarterfinals before getting pinned by Glennallen’s Caden Gerlach in the semis. Niebles rallied for back-to-back pins over Eielson’s Nephi Tidwell and Kotzebue’s Ethan Roetman to earn third place.

The pickings are slim, but there are options for Nordic skiers in the Anchorage area this weekend.

According to the Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage, trails at Beach Lake Park in Chugiak were groomed Wednesday — though skiers should proceed with care.

“More rocks are surfacing so ski with caution,” reads the NSAA grooming report for the trails.

Beach Lake got about five inches of snow Oct. 30, which allowed groomers to begin building a base.

Cam McDonald is going places.

In the past two years, the former Eagle River Wolves defenseman has gone from Yosemite Drive to the Kenai Peninsula to Muskegon, Michigan. Now, he’s heading to Rhode Island, where he’ll play Division I college hockey at the University of Providence.

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