Xavier Horton is a fast learner. In just his second year of wrestling, the Eagle River High junior won the 152-pound Cook Inlet Conference title Saturday, Jan. 26 at Chugiak.
Chugiak ended a five-game winless streak against Eagle River with a 3-2 win Saturday, Jan. 26 in front of a raucous crowd at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. “That was freaking incredible,” said Chugiak senior Nick Fussner.
Three local grapplers won Cook Inlet Conference titles Saturday, Jan. 26 at Chugiak High. Eagle River’s Xavier Horton (152 pounds) and Chugiak’s Alex Medeiros (182) and Richard Burroughs (220) stood atop the podium following the two-day tournament.
It was a big weekend at the Besh Cup for the Lammers siblings in Soldotna. University of Alaska Fairbanks freshman Isaac Lammers, of Chugiak, took over the top spot in the Older Junior boys Besh Cup standings with a pair of top-five finishes at Tsalteshi Trails, while younger sister Sarissa had a pair of strong finishes to move into second place in the J1 girls standings.
Eagle River will have more than bragging rights on the line when it meets Chugiak on the ice Saturday, Jan. 26. Led by a pair of goals by Brett Wood, the Wolves beat West (6-6-1) 3-1 on Tuesday, Jan. 22 to tie East at 5-8 in the conference.
Chugiak’s boys basketball team rebounded from an 0-5 start to finish second at Dimond’s Alaska Prep Shootout on Saturday, Jan. 19. “It’s definitely a huge boost,” said senior Skyler Fullmer, who was named tournament MVP after averaging just over 25 points in three games.
When asked how many Chugiak wrestlers have a legitimate chance at making state, head coach Tom Huffer Jr. couldn’t come up with a number. “Honestly, I don’t know,” he said. “That’s how tight the region is.”
Chugiak’s girls bowling team held onto the top spot in the Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League with a 29-6 win over South on Jan. 17 at Jewel Lake Bowl. With two weeks of play remaining in the season, the Mustangs lead Dimond by 11 points in the standings. The Lynx picked up four points on Chugiak with a 33-2 thrashing of West.