It’s rivalry time.

The Mustangs and Wolves will square off at 2 p.m. Saturday at Chugiak’s Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in the “Battle of the Bridge,” a semiannual clash between the two local high schools last contested in 2015.

State attorneys issued a statement Friday expaining a plea deal that allowed a man who strangled and sexually attacked a woman last year in Anchorage to walk free without serving jail time.

UPDATE: On Friday, the state issued a response to concerns from citizens about the percieved light sentence Schneider received as a result of his plea agreement. Prosecutors said Schneider was sentenced in accordance with existing state law and explained some elements of his alleged crimes — specifically the most serious charge of kidnapping — couldn’t have been proven.

Read the letter here.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime m apping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information department. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

On Sept. 15 at around 4:22 p.m., police received a call from a driver who said a white Ford bus was swerving between all three lanes of the Glenn Highway. While the caller was on the phone, they additionally reported seeing the bus drive onto the shoulder and strike a guardrail.

Wolves, South split

Eagle River and South split a prep swimming and diving meet on Tuesday, with the Eagle River boys earning a 114-61 win and the South girls edging the Wolves 91-85.

Eagle River’s Cam McDonald commits to Division 1 Providence

Cam McDonald is following family footsteps to Division I college hockey.

The former ERHS Wolves defenseman announced his decision to sign with the Providence Flyers Monday on Twitter.

“I’m proud and humbled to announce my commitment to play college hockey at Providence College!” wrote McDonald, who played last season for the Kenai River Brown Bears of the North American Hockey League. “Thank you to my family, coaches, teammates, and mentors that have helped me along the way. #friartown”

An Eagle River woman has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for stealing from an Eagle River youth hockey association while serving as treasurer.

Jennifer Suchan, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess to 14 months in prison at a Tuesday hearing in Anchorage. Suchan previously pleaded guilty to three counts of wire fraud. As part of her plea deal, Suchan agreed to pay $170,353 in restitution.

Nominations are open for positions on the Birchwood Community Council.

The council will hold its annual elections at its October meeting. Up for election are the group’s chair, vice chair and a representative at large. Nominations are open between now and the next meeting, which will take place at 7 p.m. at the Beach Lake Lodge. BCC meetings are normally held at the Beach Lake Chalet, but the October meeting has been moved due to a scheduling conflict.

A lone athlete walked the cross country running course at Russian Jack Springs Park in Anchorage, the remainder of the 3-kilometer course stretched out like an endless ordeal in front of her. It would have been easy for the girl to quit if it weren’t for the lone coach walking alongside her yelling encouragement.

“Ok, let’s get up this next hill,” shouted Eagle River head coach Jacob Bera to the girl, a member of a rival team.

Just call them the road warriors.

Chugiak and Eagle River’s football teams earned crucial victories as visitors over the weekend, with the Mustangs earning a 22-7 Chugach Conference win over Juneau in Juneau and the Wolves crushing Kenai Central 48-14 on the Peninsula.

Runners smiled and slogged through the sunshine Saturday at Kincaid Park, where the final regular-season cross country running race of the high school season gave athletes a chance to test themselves while in the midst of training.

“This race should have been their tiredest,” said Eagle River coach Jacob Bera, whose top athlete, Emily Walsh, finished second in the girls varsity race, two seconds behind South’s Ava Earl.

Service avenged an earlier loss to Chugiak with a 5-4 Cook Inlet Conference tennis victory over the Mustangs on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Jared Elison and Emilee Groth won singles matches for the Mustangs, who also got victories from the girls doubles team of Jordyn Bailey/Bethany Kesler and the mixed doubles team of Riley Fugere/Claire Mahoney.

COUGARS 5, MUSTANGS 4

Boys singles 1: Jared Elison (C) def Kelly Wages (S) 6-4, 6-4

Boys singles 2: Zach Moore (S) def. Eric Rueb (C) 6-4, 2-6, 10-3

A pair of local mountain runners crossed the finish line together atop the North Face of Alyeska in Girdwood on Sunday, Sept. 9.

Michael Connelly, 16, won his second straight Alyeska Climbathon while fellow Eagle River athlete Chris Kirk, 21, claimed his second championship in three years by completing 12 trips up the mountain in 9 hours, 37 minutes and 31 seconds. Both tied the race record of 12 laps up the North Face for a total climb of about 24,000 vertical feet.

Friends and family of a teen overdose victim gathered alongside members of a local church Tuesday evening to dedicate a small bench built to help people remember and recover from the heartbreak of drug addiction.

“The memorial is the combination of two things,” said Father Marc Dunaway of the St. John Orthodox Cathedral in Chugiak.

Employees at Eagle River Polaris Arctic Cat in Eagle River got an unpleasant surprise the morning of Friday, Sept. 7, when they arrived at the Eagle River shop to find three vehicles had disappeared overnight.

“They cut the fence from the highway and then they proceeded to cut the fence in the back of our yard,” said managing member Paul Hughes.

Missing were a green 2018 Polaris ATV, a 2006 Polaris Sportsman and a Polaris Ranger 1000. Two of the vehicles had been dropped off for service, while another was on the lot for sale.

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 department. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Bartlett 3, Chugiak 2 (28-25, 26-28, 25-19, 18-25, 15-13)

Chugiak dropped a back-and-forth high school Cook Inlet Conference volleyball match Wednesday night at Bartlett.

The Golden Bears won the first and third sets, while the Mustangs took the second and fourth to set up the decisive fifth. There, Bartlett eked out a 15-13 win to take the match.

Sophia Lestina led Chugiak with 15 kills and 16 digs, while Mackenzie Edwards added seven kills and four blocks.

Chugiak’s flag football team is getting healthy and starting to roll.

The Mustangs earned their second straight Cook Inlet Conference flag football win Wednesday by racing past rival Eagle River 47-0 at Eagle River High School.

“The more experienced players are stepping up and pulling the players who haven’t played as much up with them,” said Chugiak coach Marilyn Campnell, whose squad improved to 2-7 in the CIC after dropping seven games to start the year.

A 50-year-old woman was arrested for operating under the influence of alcohol Wednesday evening after crashing her car on Eagle River Loop Road.

According to Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Renee Oistad, witnesses told police they saw an eastbound 1999 Toyota Corolla swerving and driving slower than the speed limit just before the crash, which occurred approximately midway between the Briggs Bridge and Hiland Road. Oistad said the Toyota was passed by another vehicle, at which point it swerved into the center median and rolled at least twice.

Cracks, pops and bangs pierced the warm fall air in Birchwood Wednesday beneath a brilliant sun. Ted Smith would have liked the sound. The sunshine? Not so much.

“The worse the weather was the more he liked it,” said Anchorage Police Department Chief Justin Doll during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Ted R. Smith Tactical Training Facility for Law Enforcement. “That was really interesting if you were a student.”

Smith — a former APD officer and instructor from Eagle River who died in a 2013 plane crash at the age of 59 — was passionate about training and safety.

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