The mantle at the Snell household might need some reinforcements.

Chugiak High senior Derryk Snell added another piece of hardware to his collection Monday when he was named the Gatorade Alaska Boys Football Player of the Year.

Snell is the second Chugiak High football player to win the award, joining running back Edward Booker, who was honored for the 1991-92 season.

Josh Robles was going to have to wait another year for his shot at a conference championship. With less than a minute left in his finals match Saturday at the Cook Inlet Conference tournament, the Eagle River 113-pounder trailed East’s Octavius McCleskey by eight points and was running out of gas.

“I was tired, I was like, ‘I don’t know if I can do it,’” he said.

But Robles wasn’t about to quit, either, and when McCleskey made a small mistake, Robles pounced.

“I just saw an opportunity and I took it,” he said.

For the second straight week, Eagle River’s Helen Wilson was the top local Nordic skier at Kincaid Park as she raced to a fourth-place finish Saturday at the Lynx Loppet, the largest high school ski race of the season.

Wilson held her position in Saturday’s pursuit race, a 5.4-kilometer freestyle race in which racers were sent onto the course in the order of their finish in Friday’s 5-kilometer interval start classic technique race. Wilson held off Chugiak’s Heidi Booher, who finished 15 seconds back in fifth.

Local teams won three of four prep bowling matches Thursday, Nov. 30 at the Eagle River Bowl.

The girls swept, with Chugiak rolling past Service 31-4 behind a 159 from Haley Scott and the Wolves posting a 29-6 victory over Dimond thanks in part to a match-high 205 by Hanna Graves.

Also rolling a 205 Thursday was Chugiak’s Kolton Reves, who led the Mustang boys to a 28-7 win over Service.

The Eagle River boys were the only local team to fall, dropping a 24-11 decision to Dimond. Brendan Iaulaulo led the Wolves with a team-high 203.

Led by a fourth-place finish by Ashtin Bennett, Eagle River shot its way to a third-place team finish at the Region IV Riflery Championships Saturday, Dec. 2 at West High.

Bennett fired a 282-14 to lead the Wolves, narrowly beating out Chugiak’s top performer, Hannah Fitzgerald, who had a 282-12. The Mustangs finished sixth overall.

Region IV Riflery Championships

Team Scores: 1) Dimond 3,287; 2) South 3,216; 3) Eagle River 3,176; 4) Service 3,174; 5) West 3,161; 6) Chugiak 2,990; 7) Bartlett 2,863; 8) East 2823.

Alev Kelter continues to fly high for the U.S.A. Eagles women’s rugby sevens team.

Kelter, a 2009 Chugiak High graduate, helped the national team to a second-place finish at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai. The 27-year-old from Eagle River played a key role in the team’s quarterfinal victory over favored New Zealand, kicking the winning two-point conversion in the team’s 14-12 Friday, Dec. 1 win.

Eagle River’s Lauren Murphy improved her pro MMA record to 10-3 Friday, Dec. 1 with a victory at the Ultimate Fighter 26 season finale in Las Vegas.

The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame blog reported Murphy’s victory, a narrow three-round decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) over Barb Honchak. The 34-year-old Chugiak High grad known as “Lucky” was making her flyweight debut in the bout.

Eagle River’s Helen Wilson finished second to West’s Molly Gellert in the season-opening Service Snowball Sprint high school Nordic ski races Saturday at Kincaid Park.

Wilson was the third-fastest girls’ skier in qualifying before moving up a spot in the finals. C0lony’s Annika Hanestad was third.

Chugiak’s Adrianna Proffitt finished sixth, Heidi Booher was eighth and Emma Nelson finished 13th. Eagle River’s only other finalist, Emily Walsh, finished 26th.

With the Cook Inlet Conference wrestling tournament just a week away, the Eagle River Wolves are ready to rumble.

The Wolves won their second straight “Rumble Cup,” Friday by knocking off rival Chugiak 52-24 in a dual meet held on Senior Night at Eagle River High.

Following presentations to Eagle River senior wrestlers and managers, the opened with an exhibition match that proved to be perhaps the most entertaining of the event as Chugiak’s Daniel Brooks took a grueling 14-13 decision from Eagle River’s Ian George.

Eagle River didn’t back down from one of Alaska’s hockey heavyweights Thursday night, losing a hard-fought 3-2 decision to undefeated Dimond in a Cook Inlet Conference bout at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Nat Nielsen and Ty McEnaney scored for Eagle River, which fell behind 3-1 after two periods before halving the deficit on McEnaney’s goal early in the third.

The Wolves fell to 2-4-0 in the conference, while the first-place Lynx improved to 6-0-0.