Chugiak High senior Marquis Spearman, 18, scored game-winning free throws two nights apart to lift the Mustangs’ basketball team to consecutive, one-point Cook Inlet Conference wins. Spearman scored with 7.7 seconds left in regulation Feb. 16 to help Chugiak defeat rival Eagle River 50-49. On Feb. 18, Spearman drained a free throw with one second left in overtime to give the Mustangs a 46-45 win over South. He is the son of Donna Dutch and Ralph Spearman of Peters Creek.

If Chugiak senior Isaac Lammers was bothered by his runner-up individual Skimeister finish at the Cook Inlet Conference Nordic Ski Championships at Kincaid Park on Saturday, Feb. 18, he sure wasn’t letting on.

“You can’t be disappointed with that,” Lammers said after finishing second to Service’s John Glen in the battle for region supremacy.

Despite finishing about eight seconds off the pace in the combined two-day individual event, Lammers said he’s got bigger fish to fry this weekend — and beyond.

Chugiak’s girls got back on the winning track with a pair of Cook Inlet Conference wins last week.

On Thursday, Feb. 16, the Mustangs downed crosstown rival Eagle River 50-11 and notched a 34-26 win over South two days later to improve to 7-5 in the CIC.

Madison McAleavey paced Chugiak with eight points against South. Jessica Tramp chipped in seven and Alistie Aguilar added five.

“It feels good to get good conference wins,” Aguilar said. “Hopefully, we’ll get more.”

Marquis Spearman doesn’t crack under pressure.

The Chugiak High senior made game-winning free throws two nights apart to help the Mustangs to two consecutive, one-point Cook Inlet Conference wins.

Spearman first lifted his team past rival Eagle River 50-49 with less than 8 seconds left in regulation Feb. 16 at Chugiak. He followed by sinking a free throw with 1 second left in overtime to edge visiting South 46-45 on Feb. 18.

With 4 seconds left in the extra period, Spearman got a steal, rushed the length of the floor and drew a shooting foul.


Marquis Spearman drained a game-winning free throw with 7.7 seconds left in regulation to lift Chugiak’s boys past rival Eagle River 50-49 and claim the “Birchwood Bowl” traveling trophy Thursday, Feb. 16.  

A missed first attempt and deafening noise from Eagle River’s fans weren’t enough to break Spearman’s concentration. Spearman said he didn’t let the pressure get to him after missing his first free throw with the game on the line.

 Eagle River junior basketball player Brandon Parrish hit the go-ahead lay-up with 30 seconds left to lift the Wolves to a  66-62 win over East on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Parrish, 17, is the son of Jermaine and Felicia Parrish of Eagle River.

After a bit of fun, it’s time to get down to business.

Prep Nordic skiers ended their regular season with a bit of Valentine’s whimsy on Saturday, Feb. 10 with the Thunderbird Classic, a co-ed classic relay race in which skiers showed up dressed in get-ups ranging from cute to downright bizarre.

“The kids all had a lot of fun, there’s a lot of team spirit,” said Eagle River coach Liz Turner.

Among the flashiest skiwear on display were superhero capes, a human banana costume and plenty of hot pink tights, underwear and tu-tus.

Eagle River’s Brandon Parrish just scored five points in the Wolves’ 66-62 Cook Inlet Conference overtime win over East on Tuesday, Feb. 14, but he made them count.

Parrish, a junior guard, took a feed from Chris Parker and made a lay-up with 30 seconds left to give his team a 63-61 lead at Eagle River High. Parrish also made the game-tying free throw to make it 61-61.

Parker scored six of his game-high 26 points in overtime to lead the Wolves, who also got 11 from Kelechi Madubuko and 10 from freshman Chaz Jenkins off the bench.

Every Dimond player scored at least six points as the first-place Lynx rolled to a 77-38 win over Chugiak on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at Dimond.

Alistie Aguilar led Chugiak with 13 points, including a 7-for-9 performance from the free throw line. Jessi McMullen added six points and 10 rebounds for Chugiak, which fell to 5-5 in the CIC. Chugiak will face Eagle River tonight at 6 p.m. at Chugiak.


East 64, Eagle River 30

Togafiti Manu scored a game-high 22 points to lead the T-Birds to a 64-30 win Tuesday, Feb. 14 at Eagle River.