With time running out in the Division I girls race at the state cross country meet at Bartlett, Eagle River’s Emily Walsh decided it was time to rise up. Literally.

“I just thought, ‘If I’m going to pass her it has to be now,” she said after sprinting past rival Ava Earl midway up the long, steep feature known as “Separation Hill” to earn a third-place finish Saturday at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Cross Country Running Championships.

Walsh said she knew if she passed her fellow sophomore with a strong move she might be able to hold onto the podium finish.

In 2015, Daniel Bausch was an unheralded freshman runner for West High watching from the infield as Chugiak’s Ty Jordan blazed to victory in the state cross country championships at Bartlett High. Three years later, Bausch was the one in blue and black atop the podium for the Mustangs.

“I feel like I’m completing a loop,” Bausch said after completing two of them faster than anyone else Saturday en route to a Division I boys state title at the ASAA/First National Bank Cross Country Running Championships at Bartlett High.

Eagle River and Chugiak each suffered lopsided losses in their final regular-season football games Friday and Saturday, but both teams’ seasons are still alive after both advanced to the state playoffs next weekend.

Despite falling 50-7 to nonconference South, the Wolves wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the Division II Northern Lights Conference thanks to a 72-24 Soldotna win Saturday over Kenai Central.

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

A high-ranking executive for an Alaska oil giant believes recent discoveries more than 800 miles from downtown Eagle River could mean good news for the local business community.

“It’s a pretty exciting time for the company,” said ConocoPhillips vice president for North Slope operations and development Lisa Bruner during the Sept. 19 meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce at the Eagle River Ale House.

Bruner gave an update of the company’s North Slope operations, which she said have experienced a dramatic turnaround over the past five years.

Chugiak reeled off back-to-back Cook Inlet Conference volleyball wins Sept. 25-26, knocking off crosstown rival Eagle River in four sets Tuesday at Chugiak and doing the same to West Wednesday in Anchorage.

Against the Wolves, Chugiak got 17 kills and 19 digs from Sophia Lestina and 30 digs and five aces from Kaitlyn Eastman to earn a 25-19, 25-15, 20-25, 25-9 win. Claire Schimmack added 27 assists and 14 digs for the Mustangs.

An always heartwarming event will be a little less chilly and a lot more spicy this fall.

The annual Maddy’s Run 5-kilometer run and fun run event has been moved up a month (from November to October 20), which organizer Dana Johnson thinks could benefit athletes and spectators.

“I think it will be a little more comfortable for the people out there,” Johnson said of the race, which was first run in 2015 and featured some participants running in snow boots and parkas.

They’re still looking for a place to live, but a family of three believes they’ve found a community in Eagle River after receiving an outpouring of support from locals in the aftermath of a dispiriting campsite robbery.

“It’s made it home,” said Sarah Marble Wednesday outside her temporary home at Beach Lake Park, where she and her two sons are staying in a dry cabin owned by the local Parks and Recreation department.

The UAA hockey team is back at the Mac.

The Seawolves will again open their exhibition hockey season with a game at the Harry J. McDonald Memorial Center in Eagle River at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28.

The game against Simon Fraser is one of two preseason exhibitions on the Seawolves’ schedule, with the other being the team’s annual “Green and Gold” scrimmage set for Sept. 29 at the Wells Fargo Center. The Seawolves also opened their exhibition season at the Mac last season.

Don’t fear the setbacks.

It’s a little more complicated than that, but Municipality of Anchorage watershed hydrologist (and Peters Creek resident) Jeff Urbanus told the Chugiak Community Council be believes the ongoing effort to increase stream setbacks and clarify municipal wetland code is being done for the right reasons.

“The biggest reason is there is benefit to the community,” Urbanus told the council during a presentation at its Sept. 20 meeting at the Elsie Oberg Center in Chugiak.

A 30-year-old Anchorage man was arrested for drunk driving after his vehicle was stopped by a pair of fellow motorists in Eagle River.

According to Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Renee Oistad, a patrol officer pulled over on the Old Glenn Highway at around 4:22 p.m. on Sept. 15 to check on three vehicles stopped by the side of the road.

Eva Palmer threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Chasity Horn midway through the first quarter of Saturday’s game against Eagle River. It would be a recurring theme.

Horn scored four touchdowns, Palmer had three and the Mustangs rolled to a second straight rout of Eagle River with a 57-0 Cook Inlet Conference flag football win at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium. Chugiak defeated Eagle River 47-0 last week at the Wolves’ Den.

Daniel Bausch is totally sick.

The star Chugiak runner won an individual title Saturday at Bartlett High to help lead the Mustangs to a boys team championship at the Cook Inlet Conference Cross Country Running Championships despite battling a fever.

“I’m sick right now,” Bausch told the Anchorage Daily News after completing the 5-kilometer course in 15 minutes, 40 seconds.

Just five miles separate Hiland Road and Birchwood Loop, but for more than a decade the gulf between the high school football teams that call those highway exits home has been much greater.

Consider the gap bridged.

Eagle River won its first “Battle of the Bridge” trophy Saturday with a dominant 34-21 nonconference win over Chugiak in front of a huge homecoming crowd at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in Chugiak.

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”

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