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Chugiak rallied Friday with a 3-0 win over Wasilla after opening the state class 4A volleyball tournament with a 3-1 loss to Palmer on Thursday. The Mustangs won 25-19, 25-16, 25-16 and will take on Juneau-Douglas in the fourth-place match Saturday at 10:45 a.m. at the Menard Center in Wasilla.

After a close first game, Chugiak took control of the match. The Mustangs jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the second game and led by at least five points the rest of the way.

Chugiak lost 3-1 to Palmer in the opening round of the ASAA Alaska Class 4A state volleyball tournament Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Menard Center in Wasilla.

Chugiak won the opening set 26-24 before losing the next three, 25-14, 25-23 and 25-15.

Kathleen Gill had 20 assists for Chugiak, which also got 28 digs from Kara Haeussler and eight kills and two blocks from Anna Matthews.

The Mustangs will face Wasilla on Friday, Nov. 11 at 10:45 a.m. in the consolation bracket.

There's a new wind blowin' through the Alaska Baseball League.

The name and logo for the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks — formerly known as the AIA Fire — were unveiled at a meeting of the team's new booster club Thursday night at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center.

"I think we're going to go places," said Lee Jordan, who was elected booster club president at the meeting. "Go Chinooks!"

Anyone who doubts the benefit of eating fruit should talk to Kaitlin Friedli.

Fueled by a pregame apple, the Chugiak High junior scored a total 355.05 to win the girls state diving title Saturday, Nov. 5 by more than 10 points over runner-up Sophie Hogen of Kodiak.

With just 14 skaters and two goalies on the roster, Eagle River’s hockey team has no room for selfish play.

“With just two lines, we can’t have people running all over the ice doing their own thing,” said head coach Kirby Senden.

Despite its small roster size, Eagle River posted a respectable 2-2 record in the season’s first week after going 2-1 at the Peninsula Ice Challenge last weekend. The Wolves opened that tourney with a 3-0 loss to Soldotna before rallying to pick up a 2-1 win over Kenai Central and a 6-1 win over North Pole.

 Chugiak High School will be the scene of the first Class 4A wrestling tournament of the season this Friday and Saturday Nov. 11 and 12. Wrestling in the annual Bob Bailey tournament begins at 9 a.m. each day.

There will be a lot of well-dressed Chugiak High hockey fans this season.

Because the Mustangs aren’t fielding a junior varsity team for the first time in school history, several of the varsity squad’s 26 players will be donning suits and ties rather than pads during games. But at least they get to practice.

Not wanting to cut the nine would-be JV players, 12th year head coach Rod Wild decided to place them on the varsity roster and develop their skills during practice.

Things are looking up for Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey, said first-year coach Randall Sperry.

With six returners from last year, a few players that took time off and have rejoined the team and a new addition between the pipes, Chugiak-Eagle River is looking to have its best season, Sperry said following a 2-0 season-opening loss to Dimond-West on Nov. 1. With a 4-2 win over Service-East on Nov. 4, the team improved to 1-1. Starting today, they travel north for a three-game series against Fairbanks.

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