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Eagle River’s J.T. Lindholm ran away from the field at a rainy REAL About Addiction Run/Walk for Recovery Sunday on the Chester Creek Trails in Anchorage. The 49-year-old completed the 5-kilometer course in 20 minutes, 6 seconds to beat defending champion Scott Clementson by six seconds. Eagle River’s Shawn Padilla was third.

Anchorage’s Kathy Jacobsen won the women’s division in 25:57. Eagle River’s Mitzi Williams (28:23) was the top local woman in sixth.

REAL About Addicion Run/Walk for Recovery

Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019

5 kilometers

The top two cross country runners in Chugiak-Eagle River finished in the top two spots each Saturday in Anchorage.

Chugiak’s Hyrum Nelson lost a photo finish to Anchorage Christian’s Tristian Merchant on a picture-perfect day for cross country running Saturday at the New Balance XC Classic Races at Russian Jack Park in Anchorage, while Eagle River’s Emily Walsh was just five seconds off the pace set by girls champ Ava Earl of South.

There’s no quit in Mikey Connelly.

“You’ve gotta make the impossible possible,” Connelly said after crushing the Alyeska Climbathon record Saturday by becoming the first person to complete 13 trips up the mountain’s North Face trail in less than 10 hours. “Nothing’s impossible — you can always do it.”

The win was Connelly’s third straight at an event he’s literally grown up with. But heading into Saturday’s race the 17-year-old mountain running prodigy from Eagle River said he told friends he didn’t think a lucky 13 was in the offing.

The Eagle River girls claimed a dual meet win over Service on Friday at Service High.

The Wolves got individual wins from McKenzie Fazio (200 yard freestyle, 100 butterfly), Ellie Mercer (50 free, 100 free), Kiara Borchardt (200 individual medley), Lindsay Drummond (diving) and Kara Johnson (500 freestyle) to claim a 93-81 victory. The Eagle River boys lost 105-60, but did get individual wins from Thomas Myers in the 50 freestyle and Jake Metzger (500 free) and Matthew Heaphy (100 breaststroke.

Mustangs fall to Dimond

Chugiak senior Hyrum Nelson won the Division I boys race at the Palmer Invitational on Saturday at the Janecek Trails.

Nelson finished in 15 minutes, 18.96 seconds to clock the day’s fastest overall time on the 5-kilometer course. Service’s Alex Maurer was second in 15:26.28, with South’s Kaleb Beloy (16:23.48 in third. Tristian Merchant of ACS won the Division II boys race in 16:11.99.

Eagle River’s football team is coming home with a comeback win.

The Wolves scored 28 straight points to stun West Valley Friday night for a 36-30 nonconference win in Fairbanks.

“We have a really strong-heart team,” Wolves quarterback Nathaniel Guderian told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner after scoring the game-winning touchdown with 1:17 left to play.

Guderian credited his offensive linemen for the 1-yard plunge.

“My linemen did it right there for me,” he said.

Eagle River and Chugiak picked up Cook Inlet Conference victories Thursday in Anchorage.

At Begich Middle School, Eagle River swept the singles and girls doubles matches to earn a 6-3 win over Service.

Jillian Mullen and Mikayla Johnson won girls singles matches for the Wolves, Griffin Marson and Cam Witte won boys singles matches and the doubles squads of Ella Bryner/Sarah Von Luhrte and Lila Wegener/Lily Singleton took the girls doubles matches.

Chugiak spiked Service Wednesday in a three-set Cook Inlet Conference volleyball match at CHS.

The Mustangs got more dominant as the match rolled along, winning 25-19, 25-12, 25-11.

Ellie Scherffius had a match-high 10 kills and five blocks for the Mustangs, who got 17 digs from Annika Schimmack, 14 assists from Layla Beam and 10 digs and a pair of aces from Reyna Moore, who had a seven-point serving streak. Ashley Hicks added 11 digs and seven kills for Chugiak, which also got five blocks from Shannon Luna and nine assists from Stephanie Stoltenberg.

Derryk Snell is officially a Division I college football player — and he’s got the stats to prove it.

A 2018 Chugiak High grad, Snell caught his first career pass in FCS Division I Montana State’s 45-10 loss to FBS squad Texas Tech on Saturday in Lubbock, Texas.

The 6-foot-2, 245-pound redshirt freshman tight end caught one pass for four yards in the loss to the Red Raiders in his first collegiate game.

Chugiak and Eagle River dropped flag football games Saturday, with the Wolves falling to South and the Mustangs losing to Service in overtime.

South got two touchdowns from Shelby Ottum in its 39-0 win at South.

At Service High, the Mustangs tied the game with a minute left to play but were unable to convert the extra point. Service then stopped the Mustangs’ offense from the 10-yard line before getting a touchdown pass from Lehua Foma’i to Sharlynn Crutcher to claim an 18-12 win.

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