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 Chugiak’s Jim Lanier, 71, earned the halfway prize of $3,000 in gold nuggets courtey of GCI for being the first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race musher to arrive in the Cripple checkpoint on Thursday, March 8. Lanier, who first ran the race in 1979, is vying to complete the race in his fifth decade of competition. As of Wednesday, March 14, Lanier was 123 miles from Nome in the Koyuk checkpoint in 31st place.

After stellar regular season and postseason play, the Mustang Hockey Association’s Blue Devils PeeWee AA hockey team is heading to the national tournament.

The Blue Devils’ quest for a national title begins Wednesday, March 28 in Reston, Va. But they need a little help getting there.

Chugiak’s Jim Lanier has cashed in.

Lanier, 71, was the first Iditarod musher to reach the Cripple checkpoint on Thursday, March 8, claiming the GCI Dorothy Page Award and $3,000 in gold nuggets courtesy of the telecommunications company.

He arrived in the checkpoint with 13 dogs after making a 14 hour, 30 minute run from Ophir.

 

Noorvik defeated Birchwood Christian School 58-38 in the boys Class 2A state basketball semifinals Tuesday at Sullivan Arena. The Warriors will take on Yakutat at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday in the third-place game.

Mike Rud paced BCS with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Dylan Keiffer, who scored eight points, was named player of the game for the Warriors.

Isaac Foreman added seven points, Chase Patterson chipped in three and Caleb Duplessis scored two for Birchwood.

Danny Wells led the Bears with 26 points, including four 3-pointers.

Birchwood Christian School’s boys pulled ahead in the final 20 seconds to take a dramatic 34-33 win over Bristol Bay in the opening round of the Class 2A state basketball tournament Monday at Sullivan Arena. The Warriors will take on Noorvik on Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. with a championship berth on the line.

Dylan Keiffer gave Birchwood its first lead of the game when he hit the eventual game-winning jumper with 19.5 seconds left in regulation.

The Angels nearly won as Bristol Bay’s Brandon Rush had a shot rim out as the buzzer sounded.

Chugiak's Jim Lanier has cashed in.

Lanier, 71, was the first Iditarod musher to reach the Cripple checkpoint on Thursday, March 8, claiming $3,000 in gold nuggets courtesy of GCI.

He arrived in the checkpoint after making a 14 hour, 30 minute run from Ophir. Although Lanier was the first musher to reach the halfway mark, his lead didn't last for long. Lanier still had to declare his 24-hour layover, and he did so in Cripple. By Friday morning, 29 mushers had passed Lanier as he and his team of 13 dogs waited out their mandatory rest period.

 Birchwood Christian School junior Mike Rud, 16, scored 32 points to lead the Warriors 57-56 past Effie Kokrine in the Central Interior Conference championship March 3. Birchwood’s boys are the first team in school history to earn a Class 2A state tournament berth. Rud was also named to the all-tournament team. He is the son of Brad and Laura Rud of Peters Creek.

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