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Dozens of local wrestlers were among hundreds of athletes who packed the Menard Center in Wasilla over the weekend for the Lancer Smith Memorial Wrestling Tournament, the state’s largest.

With wrestling on eight mats and tournaments for varsity, junior varsity, middle school and girls’ wrestlers, the tournament attracted teams from as far away as Kiana in Northwest Alaska and Ketchikan in Southeast.

Dimond scored five times in the first period en route to a Cook Inlet Conference rout over Chugiak Tuesday night at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Blake Hausinger opened the game with a natural hat trick for the Lynx, which went up 5-0 in the frame after Sean Carey and Max Hickel added strikes of their own.

The Mustangs — who became the first CIC team to score on the Lynx this season — briefly stopped the bleeding, getting a Danny Casey goal late in the first period and another by Luke Momblow early in the second to cut the lead to 5-2.

One of Alaska’s top jumpers is taking the biggest leap of her athletic career.

Chugiak senior Emma Nelson signed a National Letter of Intent on Tuesday to compete in track and field at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

“It’s kind of unreal,” Nelson said after a signing ceremony in the Chugiak High library attended by dozens of friends, family, coaches and teachers.

A multisport athlete who had to decide both where to attend school and which sport to participate in, Nelson said the signing came as a relief.

Red-hot goaltending and a buzzer-beating finish highlighted a pivotal first period in Chugiak’s 7-3 win over Service on Friday, Nov. 10 at the McDonald Center.

Chugiak goalie Riley Fugere stopped all 22 shots he faced in the period, and Luke Momblow scored with 0.0 seconds on the clock as the Mustangs raced out to a 3-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

Chugiak was never threatened from that point on, going up 4-0 early in the second period on a goal by Danny Casey.

One of the cold realities of high school hockey in Alaska is good things don’t often last long, and such is the case with both Chugiak and Eagle River this season as each team will strive to find new identities after historic success a season ago.

Chugiak’s Alyssa Saylor was fourth in the all-around competition at the Cook Inlet Conference Championships gymnastics meet Saturday, Nov. 4 at Dimond High.

Saylor excelled on the beam, where she placed third behind South’s Molly Scoggin and Olivia Gorder. Saylor was seventh in the floor exercise, fifth on the bars and ninth on the vault.

Gorder won the all-around title and Scoggin was second for the Wolverines, who finished second to Dimond in the team standings. West was third, followed by Chugiak, Eagle River and Service.

Despite not being quite 100 percent, the Chugiak girls swimming and diving team still managed to grab fourth place on Saturday at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Swimming and Diving Championships at Bartlett High.

“We did a good job of working together and helping each other out,” said CHS coach Anne Williams, whose girls team scored 37 points to finish tied with South.

Eagle River teen Nick Carl held off Anchorage marathoner Jerry Ross on Saturday, Nov. 4 in the third annual Maddy’s Run 5-kilometer cross-country running race at Eagle River High.

A junior at Eagle River High, Carl finished in 16 minutes, 46.9 seconds to hold off the 42-year-old Ross by less than two seconds. Hyrum Nelson, a sophomore at Chugiak High, was third in 16:55.2.

Ross is a well-known Alaska runner who was 154th men’s finisher at this year’s Boston Marathon.

Chugiak was knocked out of the Cook Inlet Conference volleyball tournament by the top-seeded Dimond Lynx on Friday, Nov. 3 at Service High.

The Lynx came out hot and stayed that way, winning 25-18, 25-21, 25-15 to secure a spot in the third-place match against South for a spot in the state tournament.

The sixth-seeded Mustangs reached the consolation round semifinals with a four-set win over Service on Thursday, pulling away from the host Cougars 25-18, 23-25, 25-22, 25-13.

Eagle River, Wasilla skate to tie

Wasilla played its second overtime draw in less than a week Friday night, skating to a 2-2 tie with Eagle River at the McDonald Center.

The Warriors also tied Chugiak last Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Mac.

Friday’s contest was a back-and-forth affair, with the Warriors taking the lead on an Alex Engan power play goal with six minutes to play in the period, and the Wolves tying things up on a shorthanded strike from Ty McEnaney on a Tucker Lien assist just before the first intermission.

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