Given measurable snowfall late last week, and hopes for more accumulation throughout this week, hopes are high that the season-opening cross-country ski race will indeed take place as planned this Saturday at Service High.
Eagle River and Chugiak High players teamed up, along with other members of the Jr. Avalanche U-18B hockey team, to win the Arizona Hockey Clubs’ Thanksgiving Shootout held in Phoenix.
The race is on for indoor family entertainment featuring laps of friendly competition at one of Eagle River’s newest businesses. Eagle River Racing, which is located in the old auto mall building at the corner of Artillery Road and Mausel Street, has brought slot car racing back to Alaska after a 12-year hiatus post the closure of Chili Willy’s in the Northway Mall. Shop owners Steve and Nancy Hokanson of Eagle River aim to revive the sport while creating an atmosphere all ages can enjoy.
The importance of a good start cannot be overemphasized, particular in a sport where the competition lasts less than a month. Such is the case with middle school wrestling, with the first meet on Nov. 6 and the championships, Dec. 3-4.
The Mustangs boys hockey team was treated to an early season gut-check, losing 4-0 to South Anchorage at Ben Boeke Arena Nov. 11. Between broken bones, a broken skate blade and a game-disqualification handed down in the first period, Chugiak’s longtime hockey coach Rodney Wild said things couldn’t have gone much worst.
Scoring goals looks like it won’t be a concern for the combined Chugiak-Eagle River High girls hockey team, according to the tallies on score sheets taken from the squad’s first two games last week.
The Wolves are howling on the ice, thanks to four straight victories including a tournament title in Kenai opening weekend. “It was nice to bring back some hardware,” said returning varsity coach Bill Comer, following wins of 6-0 over host Kenai, 7-2 over Soldotna and 4-2 over Homer.
With a 14-game regular season behind them, volleyball coaches from both Eagle River and Chugiak High had hoped for a little bit of magic to carry their teams into further post-season play.
The schedule-makers smiled on the Chugiak Mustang varsity hockey team, allowing the squad to work out some of the wrinkles, said head coach Rodney Wild following the team’s 2-1 start.