Burton, Viotto earn GNAC honors

Robyn Burton, a sophomore middle blocker on the UAA volleyball team and a 2010 Chugiak High graduate, was named first-team All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference on Monday. Burton was one of four unanimous selections to the first team.

Burton and Nikkie Viotto, an outside hitter and 2009 Eagle River High grad, will travel to San Bernardino, Calif. To play in the NCAA Division II West Regional Volleyball Championships against No. 1 seed Cal State San Bernardino on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Chugiak junior Jake Granado won the 182-pound weight class at the Bob Bailey Memorial Tournament at Chugiak High on Saturday, Nov. 12.

Granado pinned South's Robert Lopez in the second round of their bout. Lopez was the only one of three wrestlers to make it past the first round with Granado, who won his first two matches by fall in a combined 2 minutes, 11 seconds.

Chugiak downed Juneau-Douglas 3-1 (25-20, 25-17, 24-26, 25-20) on Saturday to claim fourth place at the ASAA Alaska Class 4A State Volleyball Tournament at the Menard Sports Center in Wasilla. The win marks the second consecutive year Chugiak has ended the state tournament with a victory.

The Mustangs, who have made four straight state appearances, finished third last year, fifth in 2009 and second in 2008.

Chugiak rallied Friday with a 3-0 win over Wasilla after opening the state class 4A volleyball tournament with a 3-1 loss to Palmer on Thursday. The Mustangs won 25-19, 25-16, 25-16 and will take on Juneau-Douglas in the fourth-place match Saturday at 10:45 a.m. at the Menard Center in Wasilla.

After a close first game, Chugiak took control of the match. The Mustangs jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the second game and led by at least five points the rest of the way.

Chugiak lost 3-1 to Palmer in the opening round of the ASAA Alaska Class 4A state volleyball tournament Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Menard Center in Wasilla.

Chugiak won the opening set 26-24 before losing the next three, 25-14, 25-23 and 25-15.

Kathleen Gill had 20 assists for Chugiak, which also got 28 digs from Kara Haeussler and eight kills and two blocks from Anna Matthews.

The Mustangs will face Wasilla on Friday, Nov. 11 at 10:45 a.m. in the consolation bracket.

There's a new wind blowin' through the Alaska Baseball League.

The name and logo for the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks — formerly known as the AIA Fire — were unveiled at a meeting of the team's new booster club Thursday night at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center.

"I think we're going to go places," said Lee Jordan, who was elected booster club president at the meeting. "Go Chinooks!"

Anyone who doubts the benefit of eating fruit should talk to Kaitlin Friedli.

Fueled by a pregame apple, the Chugiak High junior scored a total 355.05 to win the girls state diving title Saturday, Nov. 5 by more than 10 points over runner-up Sophie Hogen of Kodiak.

With just 14 skaters and two goalies on the roster, Eagle River’s hockey team has no room for selfish play.

“With just two lines, we can’t have people running all over the ice doing their own thing,” said head coach Kirby Senden.

Despite its small roster size, Eagle River posted a respectable 2-2 record in the season’s first week after going 2-1 at the Peninsula Ice Challenge last weekend. The Wolves opened that tourney with a 3-0 loss to Soldotna before rallying to pick up a 2-1 win over Kenai Central and a 6-1 win over North Pole.