Chugiak musher Kourosh Partow parlayed a home-course advantage into a dominant win Sunday on the final day of the Eagle River Classic sprint races at Beach Lake Park.
Partow’s team had the fastest run for the second day in a row, crossing the finish line more than a minute faster than Michael Tetzner in the Open Class race. Partow’s two-day time was 91 minutes, 51 seconds — nearly five minutes faster than Tetzner’s.
Gary Markley finished third overall, Bill Kornmuller was fourth, Lance Mackey finished fifth and Matt Paveglio was sixth.
The Fairbanks musher endured one of the more brutal chapters of his storied mushing career Saturday at the Eagle River Classic sprint dog races after a starting line mishap in the Open Class race sent him down the trail face-first as he held onto his handlebars with all the grip his nine gnarled fingers could muster.
“It’s always something,” Mackey said through a pained grin as he crossed the finish line nearly an hour later in front of a handful of fans at the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association Beach Lake Trails.
Chugiak’s high school hockey season ended early Friday night while Eagle River’s is to be continued.
The Mustangs lost 6-1 to West in the fifth place game of the Cook Inlet Conference tournament at Ben Boeke, while the Wolves fell 3-1 to Service in the CIC’s third place contest at the McDonald Center.
A trio of candidates will square off to claim the soon-to-be-vacant Chugiak-Eagle River seat on the Anchorage Assembly.
As of the 5 p.m. Friday deadline, Crystal Kennedy, Oliver Schiess and Clayton Trotter have thrown their hats into the ring for the April 2 election, according to the Municipality of Anchorage.
Gretchen Wehmhoff currently holds Seat A on the Assembly. Wehmhoff vowed not to seek election after she was appointed to finish out the term of Amy Demboski, who left office last year after getting a job as deputy chief of staff for Gov. Mike Dunleavy.
Eagle River came up just short Tuesday, Jan. 29 in a 60-57 CIC boys basketball loss to Bartlett at Bartlett.
Sterling Retzlaff and Javan Walker scored 12 points each to lead Eagle River, which trailed by 10 points entering the fourth quarter. Ryan Adkins and Jordan Ronan had nine points for the Wolves, who fell to 0-4 in the conference.
Also at Bartlett, the Eagle River girls fell to 0-4 with a 66-18 loss to the Golden Bears.
Chugiak will play for its playoff life Friday while Eagle River will look to rebound from a heartbreaking semifinal loss Friday night in the final games of the Cook Inlet Conference hockey tournament for both teams.
The Mustangs will face West at 6:30 p.m. at Ben Boeke Ice Arena for fifth place in the tourney and the CIC’s final berth in the state tournament. The Wolves will play Service for third place at 7:15 p.m. at the McDonald Center, the site of the Wolves 3-2 triple overtime loss to Dimond Thursday night.
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.
The State of Alaska has extended the deadline for people to apply for the state’s Individual Assistance Program for damage caused by the November earthquake. According to an announcement sent Monday, people now have until Feb. 28, 2019 to fill out an application at ready.alaska.gov.
The deadline was originally Jan. 29.
Individuals can also call 1-855-445-7131 for assistance.
Eagle River soared into the Cook Inlet Conference tournament semifinals and onto the state tournament Tuesday, while Chugiak will have to fight to keep its postseason alive.
The No. 3 seed Wolves advanced to the semis with a 2-0 win over No. 6 seed West at the McDonald Center behind 28 saves from Ryan Gray while No. 4 Chugiak fell into the fifth-place game after falling 4-3 to Service in a heartbreaker at Ben Boeke.
An early morning warm-up caused numerous car crashes in the Anchorage area and Glenn Highway corridor Friday and an Anchorage School District already scrambling to make up lost days was forced to cancel classes once again.
Eagle River bowlers have been obliterating their Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League rivals this season, so it was fitting a pair of Wolves blew away the competition league’s Shootout Tournament Thursday at Center Bowl in Anchorage.
Wolves Allison Szewczyk and Cameron Spano swept the individual tournament titles, with Szewczyk posting the day’s best three-game series with a 722 and Spano taking the boys competition with a 677.
Male inmates enrolled in a successful faith-based program intended to reduce recidivism have been moved from Hiland Mountain Correctional Center to the Anchorage Correctional Complex in what state officials say is a plan to increase programs for female inmates at the women’s prison.
Alaska Department of Corrections Commissioner Nancy Dahlstrom confirmed 37 men were transferred from Hiland to the Anchorage jail Saturday.