BRIEFS: Volleyball, swim teams prep for regions as hockey, wrestling get underway

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 21:37

Chugiak finished its Cook Inlet Conference volleyball season with a home sweep over Eagle River on Tuesday, Oct. 24 as the Mustangs honored seniors Allison Chase, Samantha Harris, Malia Mortensen, Rebekah Smith, Emily Walden and Leah Atalig.

Sophia Lestina had 12 kills and 19 digs in the 25-16, 25-18, 25-20 win, which lifted Chugiak to 4-10 at the conclusion of the regular season. Mortensen added four aces and 25 digs for Chugiak, which also got 20 assists from Chase.

Landry McGee had 13 kills and 10 digs for Eagle River, which also got 26 assists from Liz Rhuele and 21 digs from Geena Graf.

The Mustangs will have the No. 6 tournament in the CIC tournament. Eagle River finished 1-13 and will face either No. 1 Dimond or No. 2 East in the tourament.

Both Eagle River and Chugiak advanced into the top bracket at the Dimond-Service Volleyball Tournament Oct. 20-21 in South Anchorage.

The Wolves won six of eight sets in Friday’s pool play, where the Mustangs won five of eight.

In Saturday’s eight-team Gold Bracket play, the Wolves fell to West Valley (25-14, 25-17) in the first round, while Chugiak dropped its opening match to East, 25-19, 25-12) to set up a showdown between the two local teams in the loser’s bracket. There, the Mustangs took a 25-19, 25-16 win over the Wolves before falling to West (25-7, 25-23) to finish in fifth place. Dimond outlasted East (25-11, 11-25, 15-6) in Saturday’s championship match. Lestina was named to the all-tournament team for the Mustangs.

The CIC tournament begins Tuesday, Oct. 31 at South High and runs through Nov. 4; check the Anchorage School District’s website for a complete tournament schedule.

Wolves wrestlers sixth

The Eagle River wrestling team finished sixth out of nine teams at the Battle in the Interior wrestling tournament Oct. 20-21 at Lathrop High in Fairbanks. Eagle River went 3-5 in the round-robin tournament, defeating the Lathrop JV (39-36), West Valley (62-6) and Hutchison (48-15) while losing to South (74-6), North Pole (48-24), Palmer (60-18), Lathrop (61-18) and Bethel (59-15). The Wolves were led by 113-pounder Josh Robles, who went 5-1 with a team-high four pins.

Prep hockey underway

The defending Alaska Division I state high school hockey champions will begin their title defense Saturday, Oct. 28 on their home ice.

The Chugiak Mustangs — who won both the Cook Inlet Conference and state tournaments in 2017 — will host nonconference Wasilla at 7:15 p.m. at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. That same night, last year’s CIC runners-up, the Eagle River Wolves, will face Dimond at 6:30 p.m. at Ben Boeke in Anchorage. Both games will be preceded by junior varsity contests.

Practice for girls hockey began Monday, Oct. 23, although as of Tuesday a schedule had yet to be released. Check for more information.

CIC swim meet this weekend

The Cook Inlet Conference Swimming and Diving Championships will be held Oct. 26-28 at the Bartlett High Natatorium. Hosted by KNIK Aquatics, the three-day meet begins with diving preliminaries on Thursday, followed by swimming prelims on Friday.

The winning individual swimmers and relay teams in each event automatically qualify for the state meet, as do the top two boys’ and girls’ divers. Swimmers and divers reaching the CIC finals can still reach state, but their times or scores must rank high enough when compared to region meets from across Alaska.

Saturday’s final round events will begin at 3 p.m. Adult admission is $5 per session or $8 for a three-day meet pass; students are $4 per session or $5 for a meet pass.

Maddy’s Run set for Nov. 4

Plans are well underway for the third annual “Maddy’s Run,” a fundraising race held in honor of Maddy “Strong” Brandl, an 11-year-old Eagle River girl who died of cancer in 2016.

The event — which includes a 0.7-kilometer race for small kids, a 2.5-kilometer untimed fun run and a timed 5-kilometer race — will be held Saturday, November 4 on the Eagle River High School trails. Funds raised will go to benefit two Alaska children currently undergoing treatment for childhood cancers.

The event began in 2015 while Brandl, a student at Homestead Elementary, was struggling with her ongoing illness. At the time, the “Run for Maddy” was used to help the family with its medical expenses. According to an online event description, Brandl wanted the run to continue in her honor even after she was gone.

“Before Maddy passed away in April, 2016, her mother Jenny recalled a particularly difficult stretch of days in which Maddy’s infectious smile was noticeably absent,” reads the account. “One afternoon during that tough week, Jenny told her daughter about plans for the run to continue on every year to help other children and their families. Maddy’s face lit up with a smile for the first time in days. That was her wish!”

This year’s run will benefit Zakk Peryea, a 4-year-old from Fairbanks suffering from leukemia, and Jazee’ Holloway, a 7-year-old from Anchorage diagnosed in August with pineoblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. According to race organizer Dana Johnson, Peryea has undergone two years of chemotherapy since being diagnosed in 2015. Holloway and her family, meanwhile, have been forced to relocate to Seattle while she receives treatment.

The event gets started at 11 a.m. with the 2.5K and 0.7K fun runs, with the full 5K set for Noon. Cost is $10 for the 0.7K, $15 for the 2.5K and $25 for the 5K. There’s also a “virtual race” option where people can pay $20 to support the race online.

Anchorage’s Jerry Ross won the men’s 5K title and Chugiak’s Adrianna Proffitt won the women’s race at last year’s event, which raised more than $17,000 for three local children and their families.

This year’s race sponsors include Healthy Futures, Military Movers, the Bicycle Shop, the Moose’s Tooth, Team One, Odd Man Rush, Healthwise, Johnson Construction, Lesley’s Cakes, BP, Coffman Engineers and House of Bread.

Race-day registration is available, as is online sign-up at

Upcoming prep sports schedule:

Thursday, Oct. 26


CIC Championships, Diving prelims, Bartlett High, 4:30 p.m.


Lathrop at Chugiak, 6 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 27


CIC Championships, Swim prelims, Bartlett High, 3 p.m.


Halloween Monster Bash Duals, South High

Saturday, Oct. 28


CIC Championships, Finals, Bartlett High, 3 p.m.


Halloween Monster Bash Duals, South High


Eagle River at Dimond, Ben Boeke, 6:30 p.m.

Wasilla at Chugiak, McDonald Center, 7:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 31


Cook Inlet Conference tournament, South High, TBA

Wednesday, Nov. 1


Service at Chugiak, 6 p.m.


Cook Inlet Conference tournament, South High, TBA

Thursday, Nov. 2


Cook Inlet Conference tournament, South High, TBA


Eagle River at East, Ben Boeke, 6:45 p.m.

Chugiak at West Valley, Paddy Center, 6:45 p.m.

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