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Birchwood Christian School’s boys pulled ahead in the final 20 seconds to take a dramatic 34-33 win over Bristol Bay in the opening round of the Class 2A state basketball tournament Monday at Sullivan Arena. The Warriors will take on Noorvik on Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. with a championship berth on the line.

Dylan Keiffer gave Birchwood its first lead of the game when he hit the eventual game-winning jumper with 19.5 seconds left in regulation.

The Angels nearly won as Bristol Bay’s Brandon Rush had a shot rim out as the buzzer sounded.

Chugiak's Jim Lanier has cashed in.

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

He arrived in the checkpoint after making a 14 hour, 30 minute run from Ophir. Although Lanier was the first musher to reach the halfway mark, his lead didn't last for long. Lanier still had to declare his 24-hour layover, and he did so in Cripple. By Friday morning, 29 mushers had passed Lanier as he and his team of 13 dogs waited out their mandatory rest period.

 Birchwood Christian School junior Mike Rud, 16, scored 32 points to lead the Warriors 57-56 past Effie Kokrine in the Central Interior Conference championship March 3. Birchwood’s boys are the first team in school history to earn a Class 2A state tournament berth. Rud was also named to the all-tournament team. He is the son of Brad and Laura Rud of Peters Creek.

The Eagle River boys’ basketball season ended with a heartbreaking 61-60 loss to Cook Inlet Conference tournament host West High in the opening round March 1.

Fourth-ranked West went on to lose to No. 2 Service 71-50 in the third-place game March 3.

The fifth-ranked Wolves had a chance to beat the Eagles after West’s Christian Nidoy missed both double bonus free throws in the waning seconds of the game. After Nidoy’s second miss with 6.6 seconds, Eagle River’s Chris Parker took an outlet pass and rushed toward the basket.

Chugiak’s boys hung with top-seeded Dimond for three quarters, but the Lynx pulled away in the fourth to win 51-34 in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference basketball tournament Feb. 29 at West High, ending the Mustangs’ season.

Dimond won the CIC championship 64-51 over No. 3 Bartlett on March 3.

Cayle Byers, a 2007 Chugiak High graduate who now wrestles for Oklahoma State University, won a Big 12 Conference wrestling championship at 197 pounds on Saturday, March 3, in Columbia, Mo.

Byers, a senior, defeated Missouri's Brent Haynes 5-0 in the title match.

He'll now move onto the NCAA Division I National Tournament, which will be held March 15-17 in St. Louis.

OSU, which entered the tournament ranked No. 3 in the nation, finished second to host Missouri in the team standings.

Mirror Lake eighth-grader Roan Hall turned in the top individual performance at the Anchorage School District’s Middle School Nordic Skiing Championships on Feb. 22 and 24 at Kincaid Park.

The Eagle River girls’ basketball season ended with an 89-15 loss to top-seeded Dimond in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference tournament Feb. 29 at West High.

Lauren Frost paced the Wolves with eight points.

Dimond went on to win the conference title 64-51 over tournament host West on March 3.

A 45-30 nonconference win over Skyview on Jan. 21 was Eagle River’s lone victory of the season and first in nearly three years. It was also the first win for third-year head coach Terra Bingham and the team’s lone senior Meaghan Byman.

After trailing by as many as 13 points in the first half, Chugiak’s girls rallied to take the lead but ultimately fell to West High 44-40 in the semifinals of the Cook Inlet Conference basketball tournament March 2.

The Mustangs reached the semifinals with a 40-21 win over bartlett on March 1.

Any slight chance of making state disappeared when the third-ranked Mustangs lost 52-30 to No. 5 Service in the third-place game the following day.

Tournament host West lost to Dimond 64-51 in the conference championship March 3.

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