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Chugiak High graduate Cayle Byers has reached the semifinals of the NCAA Division I national wrestling tournament in St. Louis. He'll wrestle No. 1 seed Cam Simaz of Cornell at 3 p.m. today for a berth in the national championship match Saturday.

Byers, a senior 197-pounder seeded No. 1 for Oklahoma State University, scored a 5-4 decision over Nebraska's James Nakashima in the quarterfinals on Friday morning.

Byers won the Big 12 Conference tournament on March 3 to advance to nationals.

Chugiak's Jim Lanier joined the Iditarod's most exclusive club when he passed beneath the burled arch in Nome at 5:58 p.m. Thursday, March 15 to complete his 15th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Lanier, who first ran the race in 1979 and has never scratched has now finished the race in five different decades. Only Rick Swenson and Sonny Lindner, of Two Rivers, have accomplished that feat. Willow's Bob Chlupach can also join the club if he makes it to Nome this year.

 

Birchwood Christian School finished its season with a 43-33 win over Yakutat in the boys Class 2A state basketball tournament third-place game Wednesday at Sullivan Arena.

“We really wanted to end the season with a win,” said Isaac Foreman, who was named player of the game for BCS.

The Warriors came out on fire and built a 27-13 lead by halftime. The Eagles cut the deficit to six after the third quarter, but BCS outscored Yakutat 13-9 in the final eight minutes.

 Chugiak’s Jim Lanier, 71, earned the halfway prize of $3,000 in gold nuggets courtey of GCI for being the first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race musher to arrive in the Cripple checkpoint on Thursday, March 8. Lanier, who first ran the race in 1979, is vying to complete the race in his fifth decade of competition. As of Wednesday, March 14, Lanier was 123 miles from Nome in the Koyuk checkpoint in 31st place.

After stellar regular season and postseason play, the Mustang Hockey Association’s Blue Devils PeeWee AA hockey team is heading to the national tournament.

The Blue Devils’ quest for a national title begins Wednesday, March 28 in Reston, Va. But they need a little help getting there.

Chugiak’s Jim Lanier has cashed in.

Lanier, 71, was the first Iditarod musher to reach the Cripple checkpoint on Thursday, March 8, claiming the GCI Dorothy Page Award and $3,000 in gold nuggets courtesy of the telecommunications company.

He arrived in the checkpoint with 13 dogs after making a 14 hour, 30 minute run from Ophir.

 

Noorvik defeated Birchwood Christian School 58-38 in the boys Class 2A state basketball semifinals Tuesday at Sullivan Arena. The Warriors will take on Yakutat at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday in the third-place game.

Mike Rud paced BCS with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Dylan Keiffer, who scored eight points, was named player of the game for the Warriors.

Isaac Foreman added seven points, Chase Patterson chipped in three and Caleb Duplessis scored two for Birchwood.

Danny Wells led the Bears with 26 points, including four 3-pointers.

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