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The pickings are slim, but there are options for Nordic skiers in the Anchorage area this weekend.

According to the Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage, trails at Beach Lake Park in Chugiak were groomed Wednesday — though skiers should proceed with care.

“More rocks are surfacing so ski with caution,” reads the NSAA grooming report for the trails.

Beach Lake got about five inches of snow Oct. 30, which allowed groomers to begin building a base.

Cam McDonald is going places.

In the past two years, the former Eagle River Wolves defenseman has gone from Yosemite Drive to the Kenai Peninsula to Muskegon, Michigan. Now, he’s heading to Rhode Island, where he’ll play Division I college hockey at the University of Providence.

A number of locals are in contention for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame, which is currently soliciting votes for this year’s class.

Among the nominees this year are Eagle River’s Bobby Hill, a Special Olympics powerlifter; Corey Cogdell, a two-time Olympic bronze medalist in trapshooting; Pam Dreyer, who won a bronze medal in women’s hockey as a goalie for Team USA at the 2006 Winter Olympics; and the late Stan Brown, who helped start the state’s Pop Warner Association (and for whom the Stan Brown Memorial Field at Lions Park is named after).

A pair of 189-pounders led Chugiak and Eagle River Saturday at the North/South Wrestling Tournament at Wasilla High School.

The Mustangs’ Daniel Niebles reached the finals to post the top performance by a local wrestler at the 13-team tournament, while Eagle River’s Andrew Hamilton finished fourth to lead the Wolves.

Niebles lost to Palmer’s Levi Farris 11-2 in the finals. He reached the championship match by pinning Kodiak’s Dylan Parker in the quarterfinals and beating Colony’s Jamar Toston in the semis.

Service/East got a hat trick from Molly Millar and two goals each from Alena Glover and Elli Koloski to key a 10-2 high school girls hockey win over Chugiak/Eagle River Friday at the Dempsey-Anderson Ice Arena in Anchorage. Sydney Leonard, Hanna Godenzl and Emily Vandergon added goals for Service/East, which got nine saves from Lenaya Braniff and improved to 1-1.

McKinley Gray made 35 saves and Briana Paxson had a pair of unassisted goals for Chugiak/Eagle River (0-2).

Eagle River got a match-high 290 from Kayla Reifel to key a 7-0 high school riflery win over Bartlett Friday, Nov. 9 at Eagle River.

Emma Mackenzie had a 284, Maddie Bidinger had a 283 and Ava Perkins added a 281 for the Wolves’ A team, while Sierra Wanca had a 280 to lead the B shooters and Rylee Price shot a 285 for the C team.

Mustangs lose tight match at East

East took two of three matches to earn a 4-3 prep riflery win over Chugiak Friday at East.

Tyler Huffer scored the game-winning goal and Alayna Breivogel made it stand up Wednesday at Chugiak improved to 2-0 in the Cook Inlet Conference with a 1-0 high school hockey win over West at Ben Boeke Ice Arena.

Huffer’s unassisted tally came with 6:36 left in the third period and Breivogel made 26 saves to earn the shutout for Chugiak, which is 5-0 overall this season.

Will Simpson made 21 saves for West, which outshot the Mustangs 26-22.

Chugiak’s next game is a CIC clash with South on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Ben Boeke.

Eagle River’s hockey season is off to a howling good start.

The Wolves improved to 3-0 in the Cook Inlet Conference with a 13-0 thrashing of the East Thunderbirds Tuesday at Ben Boeke.

Logan Dudinsky had a hat trick for Eagle River, which got two goals each from Marshall Yeargan, Talyn Meyer and Tay Kurpius and outshot East 78-5. Nick Silance, Ty McEnaney, Brayden Rachow and Tucker Lien also scored for the Wolves.

East goalie Jesse Oja made 65 saves, while Eagle River’s Brenden Whetsell all five shots he faced to earn the shutout.

Claire Schimmack and Sophia Lestina made the first-team All Cook Inlet Conference team announced following the CIC tournament.

The senior duo led Chugiak to a third-place finish during the CIC regular season. Lestina was limited in the CIC tournament due to a broken finger.

The awards rolled in for Chugiak Saturday at Service, where the team was also presented with the CIC’s Academic Award. The Mustangs posted a combined 3.7 GPA this season.

Last year’s state high school swim meet proved to be a pool of despair for Eagle River’s John Heaphy and Chugiak’s Izzy Powers.

The duo entered the meet as two of the state’s most dominant swimmers, yet neither left with an individual title — Heaphy got nipped at the line in the 100-yard breaststroke by Thunder Mountain’s Bergen Davis, while an injured Powers failed to defend the 50- and 100-yard freestyle titles she won as a sophomore.

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