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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). 

The Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey team rebounded after being outscored 18-4 in three straight losses to Fairbanks with a 6-4 win over Mat-Su on Thursday, Nov. 17 at the McDonald Center.

Rachel Russell and Holly Linder scored two goals apiece for CER.

After falling behind 2-0, CER tickled the twine three times in less than a minute to hold a one-goal lead after the first period.

The flurry of offensive gave CER a boost of energy, Linder said.

“It got our team going,” she said.

Eagle River’s Andrew K. Tooyak III and Ryan Lavey recently won first-place medals at the ISKF USA National Karate Touranment in Denver Colo. on Nov. 5-6.

Tooyak won the Collegiate Men’s championship in Black Belt Kata (forms), while Lavey won the Boys 16-17 Black Belt Kumite (sparring) title.

The duo traveled to Colorado as part of the 12-member Alaska Region ISKF team under the guidance of head coach Charles Holness and overseer Anthony Nakazawa.

In today’s ultra-competitive society, many parents push their children into sports with dreams of college scholarships and pro careers dancing in their heads.

Not Joe and Mary Lammers, who got their kids into skiing as a way to get them out of the house.

“It’s something we picked up to stay busy as a family,” said Joe Lammers.

What began as a fun way to enjoy winter in Alaska paid off handsomely last week, when Isaac, a senior at Chugiak High, signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Nordic ski team at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Eagle River has a new head coach, lots of new faces and plenty of optimism heading into the 2011-12 wrestling campaign.

“It’s not about quantity, it’s quality,” said senior standout Dominic Taus.

First-year coach Daren Williams took over the head job after Lance Bodeen stepped aside to spend more time with his family. Williams, a longtime Eagle River assistant, said he’s enjoying the role — most of it, at least.

“There’s a lot of paperwork,” he joked.

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