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Chugiak High grad Nicole Pinckney is making a big impact in her third year at the University of Alaska-Anchorage.

Pinckney was named to the all-tournament team at the Division II West Coast Classic on Sunday after helping the Seawolves to a pair of blowout wins at the two-day event at the Alaska Airlines Center. She scored 11 points in the team’s 110-82 win over San Francisco State on Sunday to finish with 28 points in two games. The redshirt sophomore scored a career-high 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range Saturday to help No. 16 UAA to a 93-45 win over Chaminade.

Both Chugiak and Eagle River were knocked out of the Cook Inlet Conference Volleyball Tournament without earning a state tournament berth, but local players and coaches didn’t go home empty handed.

Eagle River coach Kaylee Purington was named the CIC’s Coach of the Year after helping the Wolves to a two-win CIC regular season, while the Wolves won the academic award and Chugiak’s Ellie Scherffius was named first-team All-Conference.

Chugiak senior Daniel Niebles tore through the 189-pound weight class on Saturday to win the Most Outstanding Wrestler title at the Glenn Vandergaw Wrestling Tournament at Dimond High.

Four Chugiak-Eagle River hockey players will turn back the clock this weekend for a much-anticipated Alaska Aces alumni game at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Local skaters Pete McEnaney, Brian Swanson and Justin Martin will join goalie John DeCaro on the ice for the event, which will bring more than 60 former Aces players and coaches back for a two-game series.

Eagle River got four goals and two assists from Tucker Lien to take a 10-2 high school hockey exhibition win over Bartlett on Wednesday at Ben Boeke Ice Arena.

Brooks Christian had two goals for the Wolves, who also got scores from Bryan Collins, Gunnar Sackerson, Jacob James and Dmitri Kucherov.

Aiden Bruno made seven saves for Eagle River, which outshot the Golden Bears 49-9.

Bradley Beals had both goals for Bartlett, which got 39 saves from Dylan Harrington.

Jen Hufford hadn’t slept for two days after an exhausting flight from Anchorage to London to Scandinavia, but as she settled into her hotel in Are, Sweden, earlier this week, her excitement still bubbled over. On Friday, the 35-year-old Eagle River sports trainer and athlete with an impressive competitive resume will toe the line with an elite group of competitors from around the world vying for the title of World Spartan Ultra champion.

A big lineman and a big leg have been tabbed for top postseason honors by the state’s football coaches.

Chugiak senior defensive end Austin Harr was named first-team All-State by the Alaska Football Coaches Association, which named the Mustangs’ Josh Rolston as the state’s top kicker and punter.

Harr was a first-team All-Railbelt Conference selection at defensive end and a second-team all-conference running back for the Mustangs, who went 6-3 and lost in the first round of the Division I state playoffs.

Montana State University redshirt freshman tight end Derryk Snell had his best game as a college football player Saturday when he caught three passes for 42 yards and his first career touchdown in the Bobcats’ 42-7 win over Southern Utah in Bozeman, Montana.

The 2017 Alaska Gatorade Football Player of the Year has caught six passes this season and drew praise from Bobcats coach Jeff Choate in postgame interviews.

“He’s got really good ball skills,” Choate said of the 6-foot-2, 245-pounder, who graduated from Chugiak High in 2018. “He’s a talented young man.”

The Chugiak/Eagle River girls hockey team opened the season with a 3-1 win over Service/East on Friday at the Dempsey Anderson Ice Arena in Anchorage.

Daphne Gray, Kara Rahm and Haley Olds scored goals for Chugiak/Eagle River, which went 0-9 last season while getting outscored 61-8.

Chugiak/Eagle River plays South/Bartlett on Friday at 6:15 p.m. at the Depsey Anderson.

McKenzie Fazio did a lot of climbing Saturday at the Cook Inlet Conference Swimming and Diving Meet at Bartlett High.

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