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An anti-bullying program last week at Birchwood ABC Elementary was a slam-dunk.

Literally.

Much to the delight of the hundreds of screaming children packed inside the school’s gymnasium, Harlem Globetrotter Julian “Zeus” McClurkin provided the high-flying lesson as part of the world-famous basketball team’s community outreach program.

Local swimmers make a splash

Eagle River’s John Heaphy won two individual events for the Eagle River boys, while Izzy Powers and Cheyenne Burke led a solid day for the Chugiak girls at the Chugiak/Bartlett Invitational Swimming and Diving Meet at Chugiak and Bartlett High.

Heaphy won the 200 yard individual medley and 100 breaststroke for the Wolves, who also got a second-place finish from Sam Horning in the 100 freestyle. Horning and Heaphy also joined Daniel Min and Kevin Fast to win the 200 freestyle relay.

Chugiak began its Cook Inlet Conference championship defense with an emphatic statement Tuesday, racing past Service 27-0 to advance to Thursday’s semifinals against Dimond.

The Mustangs got three rushing touchdowns from senior quarterback Eva Palmer and another from sophomore Chasity Horn. Thursday’s game time had not been announced as of Tuesday night, but will likley be either 5 or 5:30 p.m. at Dimond.

Chugiak turned a highly anticipated showdown into just another romp as the No. 1 ranked Mustangs galloped to a 44-25 win over No. 2 Colony to win the Railbelt Conference and complete an undefeated regular season.

“This feels amazing, especially on our home field,” said Chugiak’s Ramal Maad, who ran for 59 yards and two touchdowns as the Mustangs secured the top seed in the Division I state playoffs, which start a week from Friday.

Chugiak and Eagle River dropped Cook Inlet Conference flag football games on Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Service knocked off Eagle River 26-20 at the Wolves’ Den, while the Mustangs fell 25-6 at Dimond.

Eagle River hosts South on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. Chugiak’s next game is Friday, Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m. against East at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.

Three Eagle River had a successful Kenai Peninsula road trip over the weekend.

Eagle River’s Sara Kennedy finished second in the women’s division of the Kenai River Marathon, a 26.2-mile race that makes a loop encompassing the Twin Cities of Kenai and Soldotna.

Joining Kennedy atop the leader boards Saturday were Eagle River’s Victoria Oxentenko, who was third in the half marathon, and Morgan Ekemo, who won the 5-kilometer race.

The good news for South High freshman Ava Earl is Eagle River’s Emily Walsh continues to eat her dust. The bad news is Walsh is eating a lot more of it.

Walsh hung on the heels of her fellow frosh for all but the final few hundred meters, finishing 13 seconds behind the Wolverines’ star at the Region IV Cross Country Running Championships on a muddy — but not rainy — 5-kilometer layout at the Bartlett High trails.

Flashing brilliance from beginning to end, Chugiak remained undefeated with a dominant 42-6 Railbelt Conference football victory over Wasilla on an explosive night Veterans Memorial Field in Wasilla.

Now the real fireworks begin.

“We need to bring this energy into Colony,” said Chugiak’s Derryk Snell, who scored four touchdowns Saturday night to help spoil Wasilla’s homecoming.

Seconds after the final whistle, teams and fans were treated to an impressive fireworks display that lit up the cloudy skies above the stadium in downtown Wasilla.

Chugiak’s flag footbal team had a homecoming to remember Friday, Sept. 15 at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.

The Mustangs got six touchdown passes from Eva Palmer — three to Chasity Horn — en route to a 51-0 thumping of rival Eagle River.

Palmer opened the scoring with a touchdown pass to Taylor Rukes, then the Mustangs broke things open with a pair of Palmer-to-Horn strikes in the second.

Horn, Taylor Rukes and Jenny Labonte caught touchdown passes in the second half for the Mustangs, who capped the scoring with an interception return for a touchdown by Carson Head.

Mac Center to host Seawolves

The University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves will open their 2017-18 college season in the friendly confines of Eagle River’s Harry J. McDonald Center.

The Seawolves will face Simon Fraser University on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. in an exhibition game at the Mac.

The game is hosted by the Mustang Hockey Association, with $10 general admission tickets available at the McDonald Center, Jitters, Eagle River Gun Cache and Odd Man Rush Brewing.

Beach Lake Jamboree set

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