Matt Tunseth

Tickets to Friday night’s Chugiak vs. Eagle River basketball doubleheader were red hot.

Crimson-clad fans of both teams who packed the gym at Eagle River High School for the rivalry games were rewarded with a high-energy evening and a fiery finish.

“I’ve never played in a game that big,” said Chugiak junior Tyler Trevino, who scored 15 points to lead the Mustangs to a 59-51 Cook Inlet Conference win.

The best part is, there’s another tournament after this one.

Chugiak and Eagle River will face off against each other tonight in the Cook Inlet Conference hockey tournament finals for the first time after winning semifinal games against a pair of South Anchorage schools Thursday night.

Chugiak head coach Rodney Wild said he’ll probably keep his pep talk short.

“I don’t think I’ll need to do much talking,” Wild said after his second-seeded Mustangs dismantled No. 6 seed Dimond 6-2 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

By Matt Tunseth

Chugiak-Eagle River Star

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, high school students at Chugiak and Eagle River High are uniting to see who can help mend the most broken hearts.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping database. Information about specific crimes is provided by the APD public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Burglary

On Jan. 27 at around 7 a.m., someone reported a padlock securing a building under construction had been cut. The complaintant couldn’t tell if anything had been taken, police said. The case is under investigation.

DUI

“Three, two, one…robot!”

That cry echoed over and over through the Alaska Airlines Center Saturday afternoon, a signal to teams of some of the state’s smartest teens that it was time for battle. The announcement – provided by a very excitable young man with a microphone – was immediately followed by two minutes of quiet intensity as the teens used handheld controllers to move their handmade robots through a series of intricate maneuvers.

Lightning doesn’t strike twice, but Sutton McDonald does.

For the second year in a row, the Eagle River hockey captain scored in sudden-death overtime to put his team into the state playoffs with a heart-stopping win.

“Best. Feeling. Ever,” said McDonald, who beat Service goalie Kevin Taunton on a breakaway with 2:50 to go in the second overtime of the Wolves' 2-1 win in the first round of the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

A Chugiak couple was without a home Saturday after fire tore through much of their house on McManus Drive.

B.J. Lebeck and Brian Johnson were enjoying a leisurely afternoon when the fire broke out.

“I was watching TV, waiting for the snow to quit so I could plow the driveway,” Johnson said Sunday outside the remains of his former home.

He tried to fight the blaze, but the flames moved too fast.

“I hit it with two fire extinguishers right off the bat and called 911,” he said.

At that point, the couple knew they were out of time.

Chugiak locked up the No. 2 spot in the Cook Inlet Conference hockey playoffs with a 5-2 win over Eagle River on Saturday night at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

"I think the two best games we've played this year have been against Eagle River," said Chugiak coach Rodney Wild, whose team will face No. 7 East on Tuesday in the first round of the CIC playoffs.

Combined with a 7-1 win over the Wolves in December, Saturday's victory gave the Mustangs a season sweep over their biggest rivals.

The Anchorage Police Department is making an effort to be more visible in Chugiak-Eagle River.

“You should be seeing more officers,” said Nora Morse, a special assistant to Mayor Ethan Berkowitz last week.

Morse spoke at a meeting of the Chugiak Community Council, where she presented the results of a recent community policing survey. According to Morse, the survey showed residents want more patrol during late night hours, want the same officers assigned to the area as much as possible and want to see increased traffic patrols in residential areas.

The debate over a plan that could bring more high density housing to Eagle River is bringing representatives from local community councils together.

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