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Chugiak’s girls Nordic ski team showed it can go ski-to-ski with the state’s best during an entertaining, back-and-forth freestyle relay race at the Region IV meet at Kincaid Park on Saturday.

The Mustangs had the crowd abuzz by taking the lead on the second leg and only relinquishing it to a powerful charge by West anchor Maggie York.

“We wanted to race hard today,” said the Mustangs’ Heidi Booher after helping her team to a second-place finish in both the relay and overall girls team standings.

Heidi Booher led four Chugiak skiers in the top nine spots on Day 1 of the Region IV Nordic ski championship meet at Kincaid Park on Friday.

Booher completed the girls’ 7.5-kilometer classic technique course in 27 minutes, 59.9 seconds to finish 1:47.2 behind winner Molly Gellert of West and 1:32.8 behind Gellert’s teammate Magdalen York. Chugiak’s Emma Nelson finished sixth, followed closely by teammates Emma Sees in eighth and Adrianna Proffitt in ninth. Myah Smith finished 42nd overall for sixth-place Eagle River.

The top-ranked Chugiak girls moved to 8-2 in the Cook Inlet Conference with a 61-26 CIC rout of South on Saturday, Feb. 18 at South High.

The Mustangs have four conference games left this season, including home games against the only CIC teams to hand the Mustangs losses this year — East and Dimond. Chugiak hosts the T-Birds at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22 and Dimond comes to Birchwood Loop for a Monday, Feb. 27.

The Chugiak girls basketball team wasn’t tested in its first game as the state’s top-ranked Class 4A girls team, clobbering Service 64-22 in a Cook Inlet Conference contest at Chugiak Thursday, Feb. 16.

Plenty of local faces will be hidden beneath helmets and duct tape this weekend for the annual running of the Iron Dog snowmachine race, which begins Feb. 19 on Big Lake.

Six Chugiak-Eagle River riders are in this year’s event, including a pair of former champions.

The East T-Bird Classic Nordic ski race was actually held at East High for the first time in three years on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.

The last two years it was scheduled, low snowfall totals kept skiers off the trails at nearby Russian Jack Park where the annual relay races are typically held. The race is notorious for its ski jump, which as usual sent dozens of teenagers tumbling Saturday. It’s also famous for the zany cosumes worn by participants, and Saturday’s event was no different, with athletes dressed as superheros, super villains and even an avacado.

It’s going to be hard for Chugiak to top its spectacular sports Saturday.

On the same day the school’s hockey team won the state title, the Chugiak girls basketball team capped a stellar Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout by defeating the host squad in the tournament championship Saturday, Feb. 11 at Dimond High.

Just call them ch- ch- champions.

The Chugiak Mustangs won their fifth state hockey title Saturday, defeating South 3-0 in the championship game of the ASAA/First National Cup Alaska Class 4A state high school hockey tournament at the Menard Center in Wasilla.

“It’s almost like it’s a dream,” said Chugiak senior Zach Krajnik as he celebrated with his teammates on the ice after the game.

Chugiak will play in the final game of the high school hockey season for the second year in a row while Eagle River will have to wait another year for a shot at the title.

The Mustangs defeated Colony 5-1 on Friday in the semifinals of the ASAA/First National Cup Alaska Class 4A state hockey tournament behind a hat trick from Andrew Beckett to advance to Saturday’s 5 p.m. championship game against South. The Wolverines ralled from an early deficit to defeat Eagle River 3-1 in the night’s other semifinal at the Menard Center in Wasilla.

Eagle River and Chugiak stormed into the semifinals of the ASAA/First National Cup Alaska Class 4A state hockey tournament with big wins on Thursday at the Menard Center in Wasilla.

The Wolves defeated Wasilla 6-2, and Chugiak defeated Juneau-Douglas 7-2. 

Eagle River got goals from Josh Linn, Sutton McDonald, Ty McEnaney, Aiden Burton, Ben Rinckey and Logan Dudinsky to advance to the state semifinals for the second straight year.

Wolves head coach Bill Comer said his team came out with plenty of energy against the runners-up from the North Star Conference.

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