South 61, Chugiak 44

Chugiak (3-10, 0-5) remained winless in the CIC with a 61-44 loss at South on Jan. 25.

Skyler Fullmer scored a game-high 19 points for the Mustangs, which also got 14 from Marquis Spearman.


Eagle River vs West

Eagle River fell to 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the CIC with a 66-58 loss to West on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at West.

Kendal Brown went for 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Eagles, who had four players in double figures.

Chris Parker led all scorers with 21 points for Eagle River.


Editor's note: For up-to-date brackets and scoring, visit the CIC tournament page at

If you’ve made it this far, wresting finally gets (a little) easier.

Head coaches at both area high schools said they were going a bit easier on their athletes in the final week leading up to this weekend’s Cook Inlet Conference tournament, which starts at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 at Chugiak and continues at 9 a.m. the following day.

(UPDATE: Chugiak clinched the No. 5 seed in the CIC tournament with a 6-1 win over West on Jan. 25)

The two-and-a-half month wait is over.

After skating to a 1-1 tie Nov. 17, 2011, Chugiak and Eagle River finally have a chance to show which program owns the ice when they face off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at the McDonald Center.

Both sides were disappointed with the previous game’s outcome.

The Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey team will end the regular season just as it started — against familiar foe Dimond-West.

CER will honor its seniors prior to the 5:45 p.m. puck drop Saturday, Jan. 28 at the McDonald Center.

The game will serve as a preview to the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference tournament when Dimond-West, the No. 2 seed, will take on third-seeded CER on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 6:45 p.m. at Ben Boeke Ice Arena.

 Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey player Hannah Blizzard has racked up some impressive offensive numbers since the start of the New Year. Through the first five games of 2012, Blizzard had eight points, including six goals and two assists. She’s a sophomore at Chugiak High and the daughter of Pam and Alan Blizzard of Eagle River.


Eagle River High pulled away in the final minutes to earn a 55-44 Cook Inlet Conference win over rival Chugiak on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

With the win, Eagle River improves to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the CIC. The loss drops Chugiak to 2-8 overall and 0-4 in the conference. 

Leading by three, the Wolves went on a 9-2 run in the final four minutes to gain a 10-point advantage — one the Mustangs couldn’t recover from.

Editor's note: The following story first appeared in the Star in January of 2012.

Freshly cut classic ski tracks glistened in the just-rising sun the morning of Saturday, Jan. 14, practically begging to be raced on. But instead of getting tested by some of the state’s top Nordic skiers, the tracks at the Beach Lake Trails and in the stadium at Chugiak High School were left mostly unmolested thanks to some harsh winter weather.


Cherry 29th in Houston

Jesse Cherry, who graduated in 2005 from Chugiak High School, finished 29th out of 85 competitors at the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in Houston, Texas on Jan. 14.

Meb Keflezighi won the race in a time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and eight second. Cherry graduated from High Point University and now runs professionally for ZAP Fitness Reebok. He finished in 2:16:31.

Cherry won two individual state cross country running titles at Chugiak, and also helped the Mustang boys to a team title in 2002.