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 Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey player Hannah Blizzard has racked up some impressive offensive numbers since the start of the New Year. Through the first five games of 2012, Blizzard had eight points, including six goals and two assists. She’s a sophomore at Chugiak High and the daughter of Pam and Alan Blizzard of Eagle River.

 

Eagle River High pulled away in the final minutes to earn a 55-44 Cook Inlet Conference win over rival Chugiak on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

With the win, Eagle River improves to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the CIC. The loss drops Chugiak to 2-8 overall and 0-4 in the conference. 

Leading by three, the Wolves went on a 9-2 run in the final four minutes to gain a 10-point advantage — one the Mustangs couldn’t recover from.

Freshly cut classic ski tracks glistened in the just-rising sun the morning of Saturday, Jan. 14, practically begging to be raced on. But instead of getting tested by some of the state’s top Nordic skiers, the tracks at the Beach Lake Trails and in the stadium at Chugiak High School were left mostly unmolested thanks to some harsh winter weather.

Officials canceled the planned interval-start classic high school races after it was determined race-time temperatures were too cold for racing.

“I think everybody is disappointed,” said Chugiak ski coach Mikey Evans.

OLYMPIC TRIALS

Cherry 29th in Houston

Jesse Cherry, who graduated in 2005 from Chugiak High School, finished 29th out of 85 competitors at the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in Houston, Texas on Jan. 14.

Meb Keflezighi won the race in a time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and eight second. Cherry graduated from High Point University and now runs professionally for ZAP Fitness Reebok. He finished in 2:16:31.

Cherry won two individual state cross country running titles at Chugiak, and also helped the Mustang boys to a team title in 2002.

Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey held the Mat-Su Ravens to just 12 total shots en route to a 3-0 win Jan. 14 at the McDonald Center. Arika Mercer earned the shutout in net.

Defenseman Morgan Elledge said skating to a 2-2 tie with the Ravens eight days earlier gave CER extra motivation.

“We really wanted to beat them today,” she said.

With Hannah Blizzard screening Ravens’ goaltender Lydia Phillips, Kiera Byman slipped a wrister in from the point in the second period after a scoreless first.

The 2011 Chugiak High football team will go down in history.

The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame selected the Mustangs for the first-ever Trajan Langdon Award for “displaying sportsmanship and integrity” after their season was cut short due to use of an ineligible player that forced the team to forfeit three wins and miss the state playoffs.

Jesse Cherry, who graduated in 2005 from Chugiak High School, finished 29th on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in Houston, Texas.

Meb Keflezighi won the race in a time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and eight seconds. Cherry, who now runs professionally for ZAP Fitness Reebok, finished in 2:16:31.

The top three men's and women's finishers in the marathon qualify for the U.S. team that will compete in London this summer.

Officials on Saturday canceled the Nordic ski classic style races scheduled to be held at Chugiak High School due to frigid temperatures.

Temperatures at CHS around race time hovered near minus-10 Fahrenheit. The cut-off temperature for races in the Anchorage School District is -4.

The races, which were to include 7.5-kilometer girls classic interval and 10-kilometer boys classic interval, will not be rescheduled.

High school racers are off next weekend, although some competitive skiers will travel to Homer for Besh Cup races on Saturday, Jan. 21.

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