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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.

Freshman Laila Hansen totaled a team-high seven kills in the University of New Orleans’ season-ending loss to West Georgia on Nov. 5 in New Orleans.

Hansen, a 2011 Chugiak grad, was one of the bright spots for the Privateers, who finished 2-22 overall and 0-14 in the Great South Conference. She was twice named the school’s Athlete of the Week and led the volleyball team in kills. She was also third on the team in digs and fourth in blocks.

Robyn Burton, a sophomore middle blocker on the UAA volleyball team and a 2010 Chugiak High graduate, was named first-team All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference on Monday. Burton was one of four unanimous selections to the first team.

Burton and Nikkie Viotto, an outside hitter and 2009 Eagle River High grad, will travel to San Bernardino, Calif. To play in the NCAA Division II West Regional Volleyball Championships against No. 1 seed Cal State San Bernardino on Thursday, Nov. 17.

 The Eagle River girls bowling team handed Chugiak a 30-0 loss on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Destinie Rainer bowled a 192 to lead the way for the Wolves, while Mariah Schiffer had a 187 to pace the Mustangs.

The Wolves’ boys weren’t quite as dominant, but still earned a decisive win with a 24-6 victory over the ‘Stangs. Danton Evilsizer had the top individual game for Eagle River, while Matthew Remer was Chugiak’s top individual bowler.

Both teams will be in action this afternoon for matches that begin at 3 p.m. at Eagle River Bowl.

Chugiak High hockey will look for revenge against rival Eagle River tonight as the two square off at the McDonald Center at 7:30.

Last season, the Wolves edged the Mustangs by one goal both times the two played. Eagle River notched its first win over Chugiak in school history with a 3-2 victory Dec. 4, 2010, and completed the season sweep with a 2-1 win Jan. 27.

The Mustangs (1-5 overall) are coming off their first win of the season after beating North Pole 5-2 on Nov. 12. Sophomore Kris Tomazevic led Chugiak with a pair of goals.

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