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Dimond ended both the Eagle River girls and Chugiak boys basketball seasons in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference tournament Wednesday, Feb. 29 at West.

The Lynx cruised to an 89-15 victory in the girls’ game and beat Chugiak’s boys 51-34.

Lauren Frost paced Eagle River with eight points.

In the boys’ game, a 3-pointer at the buzzer gave Dimond a six-point lead heading into the final quarter.

 Chugiak High junior Alistie Aguilar leads the third-seeded Mustangs in scoring with 9.3 points per game and assists with 2.2 per game heading into the Cook Inlet Conference tournament, which started Feb. 29 and continues through the weekend at West High. Aguilar, 16, is the daughter of Misty and Alfonso Aguilar of Eagle River.

Chugiak mushers Jim Lanier and Mike Suprenant will be among a field of 66 mushers who hit the trail this weekend for the 2012 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.

This year’s ceremonial race start will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 3 in Anchorage.

The official start of the race will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 4 in Willow.

Lanier, 71, is a retired physician who first ran the Iditarod in 1979. He has never scratched and is a 14-time finisher whose best showing was 18th in 2004.

Eagle River boys basketball opens the Cook Inlet Conference tournament today (Thursday, March 1) against No. 4 seed West at 6 p.m. on the Eagles’ home court.

Head coach Fred Young knows West will be looking for revenge after the fifth-seeded Wolves pounded the Eagles by 22 points just 12 days ago.

“They’re gonna come out pretty hard,” Young said.

While the recent win over West is encouraging, Young said, a trip to state is on the line every game of the conference tournament because only two Class 4A berths are guaranteed from the CIC.

Both Birchwood Christian School (BCS) basketball teams have a chance to make history by becoming the first Warriors team to earn a Class 2A state tournament berth.

The boys enter today’s (Thursday, March 1) Central Interior Conference tournament as the No. 1 seed with a perfect 10-0 conference record and receive a first-round bye.

The team’s hard work has given them success all season and will be key in the Warriors’ quest to earn the Central Interior’s lone state berth, assistant coach Brad Rud said.

Chugiak’s girls will look to avenge their regular season finale loss to Bartlett today (Thursday, March 1) when the two square off in the Cook Inlet Conference tournament opener at 4 p.m. at West High.

The Mustangs’ lackluster performance led to a 37-34 loss to the Golden Bears on Feb. 24, Chugiak head coach Ryan Hales said.

“We just weren’t in the game,” he said. “We kind of went into the game a little overconfident.”

Chugiak-Eagle River wrestlers have established themselves as kings of the middle school mat.

At the Anchroage School District City Championships held Feb. 22-23 at Goldenview Middle School in South Anchorage, Mirror Lake’s Coyotes won the overall team championship, while the Gruening Colts won more individual titles than any other school.

The 700-mile trip from Eagle River to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, site of the 2012 Arctic Winter Games, won’t be foreign to Team Alaska’s speedskaters.

Whitehorse is the closest town with a short track to Eagle River’s McDonald Center, which houses the only short track in the state, according to Team Alaska speedskating head coach Peter Haeussler, of Chugiak. The seven-member team is familiar with Whitehorse’s rink and its competitors, he said.

“A lot of kids are looking forward to going to Whitehorse,” Haeussler said.

Heading into Friday's 10-kilometer mass start classic race on Day 2 of the ASAA Alaska State Nordic Skiing Championships at Kincaid Park, Chugiak senior Isaac Lammers found himself trailing East's Thomas O'Harra by just over six seconds after Thursday's freestyle race. So when he crossed the finish line in first place in the classic race, Lammers knew he still had a few seconds to worry that O'Harra might come charging up behind him.

But when he looked back down the trail, there was nobody there.

"My coach said 'I've got the timer going,'" Lammers recalled.

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