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Eagle River jumped on East for a 16-point halftime lead and held on for a 66-56 win last Thursday before falling at West over the weekend.

Ryan Adkins exploded for 25 points along with 6 rebounds and Bryson Rollman chipped in 10 for the Wolves against East. Aaron Davis led Eagle River in rebounds with 12 in the win.

For the opening four minutes of last Saturday’s basketball game at West, the Eagle River Wolves couldn’t find the bottom of the net and found themselves in an 8-0 deficit.

The Chugiak boys and girls cross country ski teams recovered from a disappointing first day at regional competition at Kincaid Park to each finish second on the day in the classic relay event.

In the overall Cook Inlet Conference totals, the Mustangs finished third for the boys and fourth for the girls, while Eagle River’s teams placed sixth and fifth respectively.

Anchorage West swept the team and individual titles over both days.

One of the more entertaining battles in the enduring Chugiak-Eagle River rivalry took place Saturday night as the Wolves hosted the Mustangs for an evening of boys basketball.

The teams left it all on the floor as every loose ball was contested, every inch of floor space battled for, charges and blocks were commonplace and few shots were left uncontested.

A beautiful if frosty morning with a temperature of -10 degrees greeted nearly 100 fat bike enthusiasts as they wound their way through Saturday’s Icy River Rampage, a 10-mile loop at the Eagle River Nature Center this past Saturday.

Shadows and sun played across the course as the surrounding peaks blocked the late morning’s warmth from reaching Eagle River’s frozen surface during most of the race, an annual fund raiser for the center.

The Chugiak varsity basketball teams doubled down on impressive wins Saturday night as the home squads played aggressive defense against their Bartlett visitors.

In the opening game, the girls stifled their Golden Bear opponents early, coasting to a 35-9 first-half margin then withstanding a second half rally to end their game with a comfortable 56-37 win.

Eagle River uses big third quarter to pull away from Soldotna

The Wolves outscored the Stars 21-4 in the third quarter to pull away for a nonconference basketball victory last Thursday night in Eagle River.

Although SoHi connected on 10 3-pointers, Eagle River held the Stars to just one made field goal in the third quarter, while getting 9 points from Jacob Thompson. Thompson finished with 21 points, while teammate Ryan Adkins hit five three-pointers to also score 21.

Chugiak center Daniel Casey won the opening faceoff and without taking a stride fired the puck at the Service net for the first shot game Monday night.

The puck bounced off Cougar goalie Kevin Taunton and skittered harmlessly away. That was as about good as it got for the Mustangs in the opening period of their first round of the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs.

Aaron Davis and Jacob Thompson led the Eagle River Wolves to a third-place finish at the Dean Cummings Tournament in Delta Junction last week.

Before losing to eventual tournament champion Valdez 55-48 in the semifinals on Friday, the Wolves blew out Galena 66-48 and then handled Nome 67-52 after a huge third quarter in the consolation game.

Thompson averaged 16.6 points per game over the three-day tourney, with 21 against Galena and 17 in the third-place game versus Nome.

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The Chugiak Mustangs toppled conference rival and powerhouse Anchorage East High 58-46 on Monday night in front of an electrified home crowd.

It was the first time in four years for the Mustangs to defeat East, which has a student population double the size of Chugiak’s. The Mustangs now sit at 9-3 overall and 2-1 for the Cook Inlet Conference.

Despite playing 10 games in the last 12 days, the Mustangs drove the pace throughout the night and challenged East’s defense with stellar passing and teamwork.

With a full slate of preseason tournaments now complete, local prep basketball teams are settling in for the regular season. Cook Inlet Conference play began the week after teams returned from holiday break, with each team set to play 14 conference games (two against each of the CIC’s other seven teams) between now and the end of February.

Here’s a rundown of each of the four Class 4A varsity teams from Chugiak-Eagle River

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