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Tie gets the Rumbler.

Chugiak retook the Rumble Cup trophy for the first time since 2015 by the thinnest of margins Wednesday night, tying Eagle River 30-30 in a dual wrestling meet at CHS to win the annual crosstown rivalry in a tiebreaker.

Eagle River ran its winning streak to four in a row with a 2-1 nonconference high school hockey win Tuesday night at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Tay Kurpius scored the game-winner with 8:12 left in the third period off assists from Dylan Bender and Jacob Whetsell.

The Wolves opened the scoring with a Brooks Christian short-hander off an Aaron James assist less than five minutes into the first period, but the Knights equalized late in the frame with an unassisted tally from Carson Lantto.

Ryan Gray made 22 stops for the Wolves, who were outshot 23-14.

Chugiak’s Daniel Niebles remained undefeated on the high school wrestling season with a second-round pin of West’s Caedmon Crowley during a dual match at Chugiak High Tuesday night.

The 189-pound senior was one of five CHS wrestlers to win by fall, but the Eagles used superior team depth to earn a 46-30 team victory. Also earning pins for the Mustangs were Tristan Petrykievicz (140 pounds), Calvin Daugherty (145), Grant Jones (152) and Justin Lafferty (160).

Chugiak/Eagle River exploded for four second-period goals en route to a 7-6 Anchorage Girls Hockey League win over Service/East on Friday, Nov. 22 at the Dempsey Anderson Ice Arena in Anchorage.

Rian Runyan had a hat trick and Chugiak/Eagle River got two goals each from Daphne Gray and Haley Olds — including the game-winner with 6:30 left in the third period.

Runyan and Kara Rahm both notched two assists for Chugiak/Eagle River, which improved to 2-2 in the four-team league.

Eagle River’s Zach Plucinski is hoping to add an NCAA title to an already loaded trophy case.

The Omaha Lancers defenseman and 2019 Chugiak High School graduate has signed a National Letter of Intent to play Division I college hockey at the University of Notre Dame.

“The education and hockey package is arguably the best in the NCAA,” the 6-foot-1, 199-pound defenseman said in a story posted on the Lancers’ website.

Notre Dame (8-1-1) plays in the Big 10 conference and is currently ranked No. 3 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll.

Chugiak High runner Hyrum Nelson was the second Alaskan and 60th overall Saturday at the Nike Cross Northwest cross-country races at Eagle Island State Park near Boise, Idaho.

Nelson finished the 5-kilometer course in 16 minutes, 14 seconds.

Chugiak’s Breanna Day finished in 20:18 to place 143rd in the girls race.

A total of 13 high schoolers and four middle schoolers from Alaska took part in the annual races, which featured some of the best young runners from Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.

Chugiak’s avalanche of hockey games turned into a mere flurry after one of a scheduled three straight games was postponed Thursday due to icy roads.

The Cook Inlet Conference game against Service on Thursday would have been Chugiak’s third game in three nights, but instead will be played at a future date.

Chugiak went 1-1 in its two games to start the week, falling to Dimond before knocking off East to improve to 1-2 in the conference. The Mustangs face South on Thursday and play Bartlett on Saturday.

Chugiak 6, East 1

Icy roads have forced the cancellation of Anchorage School District after-school activities for Thursday, Nov. 14.

The decision was announced Thursday afternoon on the district’s website, which cited deterorating weather conditions. It does not affect the state volleyball tournament, which began today at the Alaska Airlines Center.

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.

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