It was a crystal clear morning and the first sunlight was illuminating the big peaks (Calliope, Cantata) above Eagle and Symphony Lakes. Turning right (west) off the South Fork trail at about the two-mile mark, just before descending to the bridge, we hiked toward the pass that leads to Ship Creek Valley. Old ski trails had hardened and hiking was easy atop them as we moved up toward the pass.
On this hike I was joined by Dr. Scott Sims, a neighbor, and his son’s dog “Bailey,” a “Golden-Doodle.”
Joe Joe Tapley netted two goals and Christopher Kennedy scored a goal and three assists as Chugiak earned a 7-1 Cook Inlet Conference hockey win Tuesday at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.
The Mustangs improved to 3-1 in the CIC, while Bartlett fell to 0-6. Luke Momblow, Jarrett Beckett, and Noah Denny also scored goals for Chugiak, which got two assists each from Jacob Kosinski, Tyler Huffer and Riley Lindberg. Alayna Breivogel made three saves as Chugiak outshot Bartlett 39-4.
Chad Beals made 32 saves for Bartlett, which got an unassisted goal from Andrew Vandenbos.
Eagle River shutout Chugiak 35-0 in girls bowling and earned a 31-4 win in boys in the season-opening Alaska Scholastic Bowling League matches Nov. 15 at the Jewel Lake Bowl in Anchorage.
Allison Szewczyk led all locals with a 212 for the Eagle River girls, while Brenden Iaulaulo had a 195 to lead the boys. Chugiak’s top bowler were Kolton Reeves with a 183 on the boys side and Jadyn Moore with a 170 on the girls.
Teams are off for Thanksgiving and will return to ASBL play Nov. 29 at Center Bowl in Anchorage.
Eagle River rolled to a 7-0 high school riflery sweep over Chugiak on Friday, Nov. 16 at Chugiak in the final regular-season match for both schools.
Ava Perkins led all shooters with a 285 for Eagle River, which also got a 284 from Maddie Bidinger, a 282 from Jonah Wegener and a 280 from Lindsey Foshee. Perkins shot a 100 in prone and also led all shooters with a 97 in kneeling. Foshee tied Chugiak’s Michael Sorensen with a 94 in standing to lead all shooters.
Sorensen was Chugiak’s top shooter with a 277, including a 98 prone and 94 standing.
Eagle River rebounded from back-to-back losses with a 2-1 comeback win over West in a nonconference prep hockey game Saturday, Nov. 17 at Ben Boeke Ice Arena in Anchorage.
The Wolves trailed 1-0 heading into the third period, but got a pair of power play goals in the final minutes to grab the win in a game that marred by a postgame fight.
CIC leading scorer Ty McEnaney scored the game-tying goal with 4:35 to play off assists from Tay Kurpius and Aidan Burton. The Wolves went in front for good on a Brayden Rachow goal off an assist from Logan Dudinsky.
Chugiak finished 19th and Eagle River was 29th at the 43-team Lancer Smith Memorial Wrestling Tournament Friday and Saturday at the Menard Center in Wasilla.
Daniel Niebels led the Mustangs with a third-place finish at 189 pounds. Niebles beat Eagle River’s Andrew Hamilton in the quarterfinals before getting pinned by Glennallen’s Caden Gerlach in the semis. Niebles rallied for back-to-back pins over Eielson’s Nephi Tidwell and Kotzebue’s Ethan Roetman to earn third place.
In the past two years, the former Eagle River Wolves defenseman has gone from Yosemite Drive to the Kenai Peninsula to Muskegon, Michigan. Now, he’s heading to Rhode Island, where he’ll play Division I college hockey at the University of Providence.
In 2012, Birchwood residents were shocked to learn about the massive scope of of a planned Matanuska Electric Association substation expansion in their neighborhood. Public opposition forced MEA to temporarily pull the plug on the plan, and the cooperative has since taken “a big giant step back” in an effort to jump-start the undertaking.
Police had to call in the troops after a “practice bomb” was found early Sunday morning in the back of a truck parked on an Eagle River street.
According to the Anchorage Police Department, police were called at around 4:27 a.m. on Nov. 11 for a report of a suspicious unoccupied vehicle. When officers arrived, they found what APD described as “a small torpedo” in the bed of a pickup truck.
Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
On Nov. 8 at around 10 a.m., police were called to Gruening Middle School after a student allegedly punched a teacher multiple times. According to APD, the student was released to a parent and charges were forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Justice.
The Eagle River Air Force JROTC program received a score of “Exceeds Standards” following a unit inspection held Oct. 18 at the school.
“The Eagle River High School cadets performed exceptionally well and took great pride in leading and accomplishing their unit goals,” inspectors wrote. “The Eagle River High School Air Force JROTC citizenship program is making a positive impact on the cadets, the school and the community.”
A number of locals are in contention for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame, which is currently soliciting votes for this year’s class.
Among the nominees this year are Eagle River’s Bobby Hill, a Special Olympics powerlifter; Corey Cogdell, a two-time Olympic bronze medalist in trapshooting; Pam Dreyer, who won a bronze medal in women’s hockey as a goalie for Team USA at the 2006 Winter Olympics; and the late Stan Brown, who helped start the state’s Pop Warner Association (and for whom the Stan Brown Memorial Field at Lions Park is named after).
A proposal to build an off-leash dog park on Fire House Lane appears to have gone up in flames.
The Eagle River Community Council voted Thursday, Nov. 8 to oppose the location, which has been under consideration by the Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors for use as a small, fenced-in dog park.
“You can describe us as ecstatic,” said Barbara Hendricksen, one of several neighborhood residents who opposed the location.
Service/East got a hat trick from Molly Millar and two goals each from Alena Glover and Elli Koloski to key a 10-2 high school girls hockey win over Chugiak/Eagle River Friday at the Dempsey-Anderson Ice Arena in Anchorage. Sydney Leonard, Hanna Godenzl and Emily Vandergon added goals for Service/East, which got nine saves from Lenaya Braniff and improved to 1-1.
McKinley Gray made 35 saves and Briana Paxson had a pair of unassisted goals for Chugiak/Eagle River (0-2).
A ceremony will be held Sunday, Nov. 11 on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in recognition of Veterans Day and the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I.
The ceremony will be held at the National Guard Armory building at 10:30 a.m., according to a press release by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The event is open to the public, and access to the base will be open via the Arctic Valley (Fort Richardson) gate. Current military members are encouraged to wear their dress uniforms.