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 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.
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.