Chugiak rebounded from an opening round loss with a vengeance Friday morning, routing Ketchikan 57-43 in the consolation bracket of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Class 4A State Basketball Tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.

The Mustangs will play Lathrop for fourth place on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Wells Fargo Center. The Malemutes defeated Juneau-Douglas 58-43 on Friday.

Friday’s 8 a.m. tip-off didn’t seem to bother the Mustangs, who raced out to a 14-6 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.

Chugiak’s quest for a state girls basketball championship ended Thursday night at the hands of a familiar foe.

The Mustangs fell 57-41 to Cook Inlet Conference rival East in the opening round of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Class 4A State Basketball Tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center, the team’s third loss in four tries against the T-birds.

“East is a good team and they had something to prove,” said Chugiak coach Ryan Hales.

Though she’s one of the best female rugby players in the world, Alev Kelter always comes home to Eagle River.

“I try to not stay away more than three or four months,” she said by phone Sunday, heading back to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport after a whirlwind weekend spent filming in her hometown with World Rugby TV.

With spring in full swing, things are heating up on the sled dog trails at Beach Lake.

On Saturday, the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association held a pair of races under sunny skies at the trail system off Birchwood Loop in Chugiak. Sprint mushers opened the day with the 10-dog, 10-mile Eagle River Championship, followed by the club’s first “Friends of CDMA” race since 2014.

It’s now or never.

A roller-coaster season for the Chugiak girls basketball team will come to an end one way or another this week at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, where the Mustangs begin the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Class 4A state basketball tournament Thursday at 5 p.m. against Cook Inlet Conference rival East.

“It’s going to be a battle,” said Chugiak coach Ryan Hales, whose team finished second in the CIC tournament earlier this month thanks to a win over the T-birds in the semifinals.

Rod Perry needs to come up with nearly a quarter of a million dollars in less than a month.

He’s faced longer odds.

“If not me, who?” asked Perry, one of 22 men who ran the first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 1973.

Larry Daugherty has finished his second Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Now comes the hard part.

Daugherty, a 41-year-old oncologist from Eagle River, finished the 988-mile race from Fairbanks to Nome in 44th place at 6:29 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. He had 11 dogs in harness and completed the race in 10 days, 18 hours, 29 minutes and 10 seconds — more than a full day faster than his 63rd place finish as a rookie in 2016.

Trio helps North Stars win state hockey title

Three players from Eagle River helped the Anchorage North Stars to a 14U Tier II state championship last week in Fairbanks.

On Monday, March 6, Jarett Beckett, Tucker Lien and Karsten Senden helped the North Stars to a 6-5 win over Hockey Club Fairbanks in the tournament championship. The team went 5-0 in the tournament, including a 4-3 win over the Alaska All Stars in the semifinals.

The North Stars finished the season 38-7-4 and qualified for the USA Hockey National Tournament in Miami April 6-10.

With the prep basketball undercard now complete, Dimond girls coach Jim Young is ready for the main event.

“I tell my team there’s three seasons — the regular season and regions are the first two seasons,” said Dimond coach Jim Young after his team’s 72-51 runaway win over Chugiak Saturday in the finals of the Cook Inlet Conference tournament at West High. “Season three is state.”

Local skiers wrapped up a week of national competition Saturday with relay races at the 2017 USSA Cross Country Junior National Championships in Lake Placid, New York.