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Kelly Cobb still has something to shoot for.

After putting together a record-breaking season as a freshman for the Duke University women’s soccer team, Cobb came up one game short of her ultimate goal when the Blue Devils fell 1-0 to Stanford in the NCAA Division I national title game on Sunday, Dec. 4 in Kennesaw, Ga. Stanford finished the season undefeated. It was the first national title for the Cardinal women's soccer program.

Chugiak High graduates Alison Oien and Kendra Bulawa helped the Colorado School of Mines girls soccer team to one of its most successful seasons in school history as the Orediggers reached the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, losing there in a shootout to top-ranked Grand Valley State.

The team finished 17-3-3 on the season and claimed its first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship with a 2-0 win over Colorado Mesa on Nov. 6. Oien supplied the game-winner in that one, picking up her first goal of the season with a strike 20 minutes into the match.

Chugiak-Eagle River’s love of hockey has created a problem — the community doesn’t have enough ice support any additional teams.

“We are pretty much at the saturation level,” Mustangs Hockey Association office manager Molly Gray said.

If MHA’s numbers remain constant — as they have the past five years — another rink will be needed to alleviate the demand on the McDonald Center, Gray said.

“If we’re going to continue to develop our players, we’re going to need more ice,” she said.

It’s time to see who’s the hottest shot in the CIC.

The battle for the Cook Inlet Conference riflery championship gets underway at West High on Friday, Dec. 2 and concludes Saturday, Dec. 3.

On Friday, “B” and “C” teams will shoot at 2:30 p.m. The next day, “A” teams begin their region championship shoot at 9 a.m.

Spectators are welcome to attend, although they must remain in the upstairs viewing area.

Dimond High won the regular season championship by going undefeated in the conference.

Dominic Taus and Logan Sheets each won individual titles at the Robin Hervey tournament in Kodiak on Nov. 18-19.

Taus, a senior ranked sixth in Class 4A at 145 pounds by Akmat.org, wrestled up and won the 152-pound championship.

Sheets, Class 4A’s fourth-ranked 170-pounder, won at 170 pounds, while teammte Nate Gorski placed fourth in the division.

The Wolves were particularly deep at 220-pound class, where Kevin Gilliland was second, Nick Greener third and John Brassell finished fourth.

Chugiak 5, Bartlett 2

Josiah Steff, Kris Tomazevic, Hunter Hanson, Josh Smith and Connor Hetzel each notched goals in Chugiak’s 5-2 CIC win over Bartlett on Nov. 29 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. Matt Bennett made 14 saves to earn the win.

 

Chugiak 2, West 0

Joey Lindquist posted a 23-save shutout while Ted Walters and Kris Tomazevic scored goals to give Chugiak a 2-0 win over West on Nov. 22 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

The 2011-12 high school Nordic ski season gets underway on Saturday, Dec. 3 with the annual Service Snowball races, the traditional annual kick-off to the season.

According to the Anchorage Nordic Ski Association, trails around the Anchroage bowl are in great shape thanks to persistent early-season snowfall.

This year’s Snowball races will be freestyle sprints. Racing action begins at 11 a.m., with each skier making a 1.8-kilometer qualifying run to determine who moves on to the quarterfinals.

Kelly Cobb is making another big run.

The Duke University freshman striker and 2011 Chugiak High graduate helped her team earn a spot in the women's soccer national semifinals — also known as the College Cup — with a 2-0 win over Long Beach State on Friday, Nov. 25.

Cobb didn't score in the match, though she did lead the team in shots — including one that bounced off the crossbar.

So far this year, Cobb leads her team in goals (11), points (30), shots (89), shots on goal (40) and game-winning goals (6). 

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