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Chris Olds is halfway home while Tyson Johnson has some catching up to do.

The Eagle River snowmachine riders were both among the top five teams into Nome in the 2019 Iron Dog snowmachine race Tuesday, with Olds arriving in first place and Johnson less than an hour back in fifth.

Olds and partner Mike Morgan of Anchorage arrived in Nome at 2:49 p.m. Tuesday, almost five minutes ahead of Anchorage’s Casy Boylan and Bryan Leslie in second.

Kelsey Griffin’s legend continues to grow Down Under.

The 2005 Chugiak High grad and former NCAA All-American capped her best season as a professional basketball player Monday by winning the Australian Women’s National Basketball League’s MVP award during a ceremony in Melbourne.

Griffin recently capped her first season in Canberra, where she led the Capitals to a league title on Feb. 16 at the AIS Arena in Canberra.

Six local skaters landed on the Alaska Division I All-State Hockey Team announced last week by the Alaska High School Hockey Coaches Association.

Named to the 25-member squad from the Wolves were forwards Ty McEnaney and Tucker Lien alongside defenseman Logan Dudinsky. Making the team for the Mustangs were defenseman Tyler Huffer and forwards Luke Momblow and Grant Epple.

Gatorade has confirmed what everyone in Alaska aleady knew: Daniel Bausch is the best boys distance runner in the state.

The sports drink company named the Chugiak High senior its Alaska Boys Cross Country Athlete of the Year in a press release issued Monday.

“He’s overcome a lot in his life and has really been able to flourish this year,” Chugiak coach Melissa Hall said in the release.

The Eagle River bowling team is on quite a roll.

The Wolves swept the Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League titles Thursday, with the ERHS girls winning their third straight league title (and fifth since 2014), while the boys claimed their second championship in the last three seasons.

The girls team completed a perfect season during placement round matches at Jewel Lake Bowl in Anchorage, knocking off Dimond 26-9 to remain undefeated. Alexia Jennings had a match-high 188 for the Wolves, who also won back-to-back league titles in 2014-15.

Eagle River will have to overcome a tough draw at the ASAA/First National Cup Division I Alaska State Hockey Tournament, which begins Thursday at the Menard Center in Wasilla.

The fourth-seeded Wolves will face tourney host Wasilla at 7:30 p.m. in the final game of the evening. The No. 5 seed Warriors won the Mid Alaska Conference and are one of three Mat-Su teams in the tournament.

Chugiak advanced to the “Gold” bracket at the Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout girls basketball tournament Wednesday night at Dimond High with a 41-38 overtime win over Lathrop.

Caitlin Wachmann scored four of her eight points in overtime and Eva Palmer was 3-of-4 from the free throw line in the extra period. Cheyenne Young led Chugiak with 11 points, Chasity Horn and Ari Lewis had seven each and Palmer scored five.

Olivia Kraska scored a game-high 14 points for the Malemutes.

The Mustangs will play West at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Dimond.

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.

Lance Mackey will never let go of the dogsled.

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.

What happens when Chugiak and Eagle River get together on a chilly winter night? Everybody wins.

The Mustangs and Wolves split a spirited doubleheader at the Wolves’ Den Friday, with the CHS girls rolling over their crosstown rivals 55-17 and the Eagle River boys taking a 47-45 thriller.

“You always look forward to this game,” said Eagle River’s Ryan Adkins, who scored a team-high 14 points to lead the Wolves. “To come out on top is a really good feeling.”

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