Chugiak’s boys basketball team fell back to earth after a soaring start at the Cougar Tipoff basketball tournament, falling to 70-36 to East in Friday’s semifinal and losing 56-53 to host Service Saturday in the third-place game.

On Friday, Jared Parks led Chugiak with seven points and Marques Andrews had a team-best six rebounds.

Chugiak advanced to the semifinals with a lopsided win over Tikigaq Thursday.

Friends will meet at the Mac Saturday night for the first edition of this winter’s annual crosstown high school hockey series between two of the friendliest heated rivals in Alaska sports.

Newly crowned Cook Inlet Conference top dogs Eagle River will face off against crosstown rival Chugiak in a 7:15 p.m. match-up of two of the CIC’s hottest teams.

Alayna Breivogel was unshaekable in front of a rockin’ crowd Saturday night at the McDonald Center in Eagle River, stonewalling rival Eagle River with 28 saves to lead Chugiak to a 2-0 Cook Inlet Conference hockey win.

Chants of “Alayna! Alayna!” echoed throughout the barn as the junior saved her best for last, posting 11 saves during a frenetic and feisty final frame.

Breivogel has been one of the CIC’s stingiest netminders in the first half of the season, allowing just one goal in three starts while posting a 3-0 record with two shutouts and a .983 save percentage.

Jackson Wall led all scorers with 15 points as a young Chugiak squad ran away from Tikigaq Thursday night in the first round of the season-opening Cougar Tipoff Basketball Tournament at Service High.

“This will be a whole new team for me,” said Chugiak head coach Jocquis Sconiers, who noted many of the Mustangs were playing their first varsity game Thursday.

Sconiers said this year’s team features just four upperclassmen — two seniors and two juniors — along with eight sophomores.

“We’re very young,” he said.

Eagle River world traveler Helen Wilson is sticking close to home for college.

The globetrotting biathlon star has signed on to ski with the University of Alaska Anchorage Noric ski team starting in the 2019-20 season.

“Helen is one of the strongest in her Alaska class, and we are looking forward to working with her towards her athletic goals,” UAA coach Andrew Kastning said in a press release announcing Wilson’s signing.

Former Eagle River resident Corey Cogdell-Unrein has been selected to join the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.

Cogdell-Unrein is a two-time Olympic bronze medalist in trap shooting. The 32-year-old grew up in Eagle River and participated in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.

“She is the definition of clutch,” wrote the Hall in an email announcing the selection, which noted she won bronze twice at the Olympics on her final target.

After an earthquake break, Chugiak and Eagle River are back on solid ice.

The Wolves came out snarling Tuesday against Service, with Skylar Johnson and Logan Dudinsky racking two goals each in an 8-1 Cook Inlet Conference win at Ben Boeke.

Nick Silance, Brooks Christian, Ty McEnaney, and Tay Kurpius also scored for the high-scoring Wolves, who improved to 4-2 in the CIC. Eagle River is averaging seven goals in six CIC games this season, with McEnaney tied the league lead with 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) and Dudinsky third with 15.

Daniel Niebles didn’t mess around during Saturday’s Cook Inlet Conference Wrestling Tournament.

The Chugiak junior pinned all three of his opponents en route to a CIC title at 189 pounds, finishing the tournament in style with a third-round flattening of South’s Dorian Mellon.

Chugiak finished fifth in the team standings and Eagle River was sixth. The Mustangs qualified eight wrestlers to the state tournament, while the Wolves will send seven (or eight if a spot opens for alternate Kameron Potter at 103 pounds).

Chugiak and Eagle River rolled to a pair of Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League sweeps on Thursday, Nov. 29 at Center Bowl in Anchorage.

Eagle River’s girls took a 33-2 win over East, while the ERHS boys won 31-4 over the T-birds. Allison Szewczyk rolled a 218 to lead the Eagle River girls and Cameron Spano had a 216 to pace the Eagle River boys.

Chugiak’s Jadyn Moore fired a 181 to lead the Chugiak girls to a 27-8 win over Service, with Kolton Reeves leading the boys to a 20-15 win over the Cougars with a 163.

Chugiak’s Daniel Bausch knows how to bounce back.

The Chugiak High senior finished in eighth place at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championship West Regionals on Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California.

The finish earned Bausch an invite to the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Finals next Saturday at Morley Field in San Diego.

The result was a redemption story of sorts for Bausch, who last month withdrew midway through the Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Region race after running with the leaders in the early going.