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Chugiak's Katilyn Friedli won her first state diving title at the ASAA Alaska State Swimming and Diving Championships at Bartlett High on Saturday, Nov. 5. 

Friedli scored 355.05 points to beat Kodiak's Sophie Hogen by more than 10 points. Chugiak's Sammy Burke finished third in the girls' 100 freestyle race for the top Chugiak swimming performance.

Chugiak's boys 200 medley relay team of Andrew Espe, Ethan Espe, Derek Cluff and Grant Ensign placed sixth in a time of 1:44.27 to break their own school record in the event.

Chugiak earned a 3-0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-12) victory over East on Saturday, Nov. 5 in the third-place match of the Cook Inlet Conference volleyball tournament at Service High. The victory gave the Mustangs a berth in the state tournament for the fourth year in a row.

"We had some players really come on strong," said Chugiak coach Kelly Kavanaugh.

Sophomore Kirsten Veech led Chugiak with 12 kills, Karlee Kavanaugh added nine kills, Mollie Matthis had six kills and 19 assists and Kathleen Gill notched 18 assists.

Chugiak advanced to the semifinals of the Cook Inlet Conference volleyball tournament with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-20) win over West on Thursday, Nov. 3 at Service High. The Mustangs will face Dimond at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4 with a berth in the state tournament on the line. The winner of that match will advance to Saturday's championship at 6 p.m., while the loser will play in the third place match Saturday at 4 p.m. The top three teams in the tourney advance to state.

Kenny Ray is stepping down as head coach of Eagle River High’s football program after three seasons.

Ray, 61, said the decision to resign from his coaching post is something he’s mulled over while simultaneously considering retiring from his position as financial data control clerk at ERHS.

“I’m getting ready to retire,” Ray said. “I’ve got a life-changing decision to make.”

Ray said he hasn’t decided whether or not this will be his final year as an ERHS employee.

Ray said serving as football coach is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year job.

Both Chugiak and Eagle River will enter today’s first-round Cook Inlet Conference Tournament matches at Service High coming off convincing victories in their season finales. Chugiak defeated West 3-1 on Oct. 29, while the Wolves took out Bartlett 3-0 that same night.

Eagle River finished 7-7 in the CIC this season, while Chugiak posted a 10-4 conference mark.

Fourth-seeded Eagle River’s tourney begins at 4 p.m. today with a battle against No. 5 East (6-8), a team that swept the Wolves during he regular season.

A total of 16 Chugiak High and two Eagle River High swimmers qualified for state. Chugiak’s Kaitlin Friedli was the lone local diver to qualify for state. With a score of 354.30 in the Cook Inlet Conference meet, Friedli enters state as the top diver.

Bartlett will host the state meet. Swimming preliminaries begin Friday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. Girls diving preliminaries start at 3:30 p.m. followed by boys diving.

Girls diving semifinals start at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 followed by the boys. Swimming and diving finals start at 1 p.m.

Talk about a three-fer.

When Chugiak’s Alex Collins landed awkwardly on a dismount from the uneven parallel bars in practice three days prior to the Cook Inlet Conference gymnastics meet, her coached fear the worst.

Chugiak’s Samantha Burke is the top local swimmer heading into this weekend’s Cook Inlet Conference Swim/Dive meet at Bartlett High, which begins today with diving preliminaries and continues Friday with swimming prelims. Finals for both swimming and diving will be held Saturday, Oct. 29.

Entering the meet, Burke is ranked among the top four swimmers in the CIC in six different events, including the 200 free, 50 free, 100 fly, 100 free, 500 free and 100 back. No other local swimmer has posted a top-4 CIC time this season in more than one event.

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