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).
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).
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.
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.
Eagle River’s Bob Adkins was rewarded for leading the Wolves to their best season in program history by being named the Alaska Division II Coach of the Year following All-State voting by the state’s football coaches.
Adkins wasn’t the only member of his family honored — son Ryan was named a first-team All-State defensive back and second-team quarterback after leading the Wolves to a program-best 6-3 record and a loss in the state championship game. Adkins was joined on the first team by senior wideout Mason Piper, who also made the second-team as a defensive back.