“You’ve gotta make the impossible possible,” Connelly said after crushing the Alyeska Climbathon record Saturday by becoming the first person to complete 13 trips up the mountain’s North Face trail in less than 10 hours. “Nothing’s impossible — you can always do it.”
The win was Connelly’s third straight at an event he’s literally grown up with. But heading into Saturday’s race the 17-year-old mountain running prodigy from Eagle River said he told friends he didn’t think a lucky 13 was in the offing.
The Eagle River girls claimed a dual meet win over Service on Friday at Service High.
The Wolves got individual wins from McKenzie Fazio (200 yard freestyle, 100 butterfly), Ellie Mercer (50 free, 100 free), Kiara Borchardt (200 individual medley), Lindsay Drummond (diving) and Kara Johnson (500 freestyle) to claim a 93-81 victory. The Eagle River boys lost 105-60, but did get individual wins from Thomas Myers in the 50 freestyle and Jake Metzger (500 free) and Matthew Heaphy (100 breaststroke.
Chugiak senior Hyrum Nelson won the Division I boys race at the Palmer Invitational on Saturday at the Janecek Trails.
Nelson finished in 15 minutes, 18.96 seconds to clock the day’s fastest overall time on the 5-kilometer course. Service’s Alex Maurer was second in 15:26.28, with South’s Kaleb Beloy (16:23.48 in third. Tristian Merchant of ACS won the Division II boys race in 16:11.99.
Eagle River and Chugiak picked up Cook Inlet Conference victories Thursday in Anchorage.
At Begich Middle School, Eagle River swept the singles and girls doubles matches to earn a 6-3 win over Service.
Jillian Mullen and Mikayla Johnson won girls singles matches for the Wolves, Griffin Marson and Cam Witte won boys singles matches and the doubles squads of Ella Bryner/Sarah Von Luhrte and Lila Wegener/Lily Singleton took the girls doubles matches.
Chugiak spiked Service Wednesday in a three-set Cook Inlet Conference volleyball match at CHS.
The Mustangs got more dominant as the match rolled along, winning 25-19, 25-12, 25-11.
Ellie Scherffius had a match-high 10 kills and five blocks for the Mustangs, who got 17 digs from Annika Schimmack, 14 assists from Layla Beam and 10 digs and a pair of aces from Reyna Moore, who had a seven-point serving streak. Ashley Hicks added 11 digs and seven kills for Chugiak, which also got five blocks from Shannon Luna and nine assists from Stephanie Stoltenberg.
Chugiak and Eagle River dropped flag football games Saturday, with the Wolves falling to South and the Mustangs losing to Service in overtime.
South got two touchdowns from Shelby Ottum in its 39-0 win at South.
At Service High, the Mustangs tied the game with a minute left to play but were unable to convert the extra point. Service then stopped the Mustangs’ offense from the 10-yard line before getting a touchdown pass from Lehua Foma’i to Sharlynn Crutcher to claim an 18-12 win.
Sometimes both the tortoise and the hare are winners.
Eagle River’s Emily Walsh and Dimond’s Sonny Prosser used dramatically different strategies to reach the top of the podium Saturday at the annual State Preview cross country running meet at Bartlett High. While Walsh went the “slow and steady” route to grind down her competition, Prosser sped away from his pursuers and never looked back.
Walsh said her goal was to run “even splits” throughout the race rather than going out fast and trying to hold on.
UPDATE (2 p.m. Friday): Chugiak’s Friday football game against Bartlett has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday.
The Anchorage School District has canceled all outdoor after-school activities for Friday due to heavy smoke in the Anchorage area. Practices and games that can be moved indoors may still proceed, according to an ASD spokeswoman.
“It’s reading solidly ‘unhealthy’ in Anchorage,” ASD spokeswoman Morgan Duclos said of air quality readings in the area.