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Eagle River rocked on opening night of the 2018-19 Cook Inlet Conference hockey season with a 2-1 win Friday night over defending state champion Dimond at Ben Boeke.

The Wolves got a short-handed goal from Tucker Lien to open the scoring in the first period and extended the lead to 2-0 on a power play tally from Logan Dudinsky in the second. Dudinsky assisted on Lien’s goal and Ty McEnaney had a helper on Dudinsky’s.

Dimond got a third-period goal from Teague Porter, but it wasn’t enough as Wolves goalie Ryan Gray made 32 saves on 33 shots to backstop the win.

The newest — and smallest — Seawolf is bringing plenty of energy to the UAA basketball team. After signing with the squad at a Wednesday ceremony, Eagle River’s James Ludwig was asked if he’s looking forward to being a part of the UAA men’s basketball program.

“Yeah,” he said before grabbing the microphone and mugging for a crowd of reporters and UAA players.

“I think that’s an excited yes,” chimed in Seawolves head coach Rusty Osborne.

Riders at the Mirror Lake Singletrack Trails are seeing double after a summerlong trail-building project added more than twice the distance to the existing trail system.

“Folks are welcome to go enjoy the trails,” said Will Taygan, a volunteer with the Chugach Mountain Bike Riders (CMBR). “They are ready.”

The new sections of the trail — all 2.75 miles worth — officially opened Monday to bring the total distance up to five miles. Taygan said the trails include everything from beginner routes to black diamond sections for expert riders.

Chugiak and Eagle River dropped Cook Inlet Conference volleyball matches Tuesday, with Chugiak falling 3-2 (25-13, 19-24, 20-25, 25-22, 8-15) to West and Eagle River getting swept by first-place Dimond.

The Mustangs got 18 kills from Isabelle Kaltschnee and 12 from Sophia Lestina in their loss at Chugiak. Claire Schimmack had 20 assists for the Mustangs, who wrap up their CIC season at 7 p.m. Thursday at home against Bartlett.

Chugiak won all eight of its sets during pool play to advance to the Gold Bracket at the Service/Dimond Volleyball Tournament at Service and Dimond High Schools over the weekend.

The Mustangs went 8-0 in a pool that included Wasilla, Eagle River, Nikiski and Lathrop to advance to the top bracket. There, the Mustangs fell to Bartlett before knocking off Service and losing to South to place fifth in the 20-team tournament’s top bracket.

Sophia Lestina, Claire Schimmack and Reyna Moore were named to the all-tournament team for the Mustangs.

Mark Eagles and Emily Walsh won their first Maddy’s Run 5K race championships Saturday at the fourth annual event at Eagle River High School.

Eagles won in 18 minutes, 16.2 seconds, with Andy Baalerud (18:34) second and Michael Olson (19:28.9) finishing third.

Eagle River High School students swept the top spots in the women’s race, with ERHS sophomore Emily Walsh winning in 21:02.2 over Helen Wilson (21:37.3) and Claire Nelson (21:54.2).

Wolverines nip Mustangs

Three South shooters fired match-high 289’s Friday to lead the Wolverines to a 4-3 win over Chugiak in a Cook Inlet Conference riflery meet at Chugiak.

Braden Shackleford shot a 286 to lead Chugiak, which got a 279 from Michael Sorensen.

Lynx edge Wolves

Dimond won a narrow Cook Inlet Conference riflery match over Eagle River Friday at Dimond.

The Lynx won the A team competition by just six points, and the B and C team competitions by nine points each to claim a 7-0 win.

Chugiak schooled West Valley on the court Wednesday night, but it was the Mustangs’ teachers who were in the spotlight.

Before the match (a 3-0 Chugiak win), each of the team’s 11 players presented a candy lei to a teacher who had inspired them through the years. Head coach Bobbi Mason said the event was something she did in college and wanted to bring to Chugiak.

“We’re really trying to give something back,” Mason said.

Eagle River’s Tara Fisher is having a standout season for the stellar Boise State women’s soccer team.

The senior goalie was named the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week for Sept. 24 after notching her fifth shutout of the season.

Through Oct. 15, Boise State was 13-2-1 overall and 7-0-1 in the conference, with Fisher starting all 16 games and posting nine shutouts.

Fisher is a 2015 graduate of Eagle River High School, where she was a three-time All-Cook Inlet Conference goalie and standout for the Wolves’ flag football and riflery teams.

A historic run came up one game short Saturday as Eagle River fell 46-14 to Soldotna in the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Division II Football Championship at a rainy Machetanz Field in Palmer.

Eagle River quarterback Ryan Adkins said he was proud of Eagle River’s historic run, which saw the Wolves post their best record in school history, defeat Chugiak for the first time and make their first playoff appearance. But the senior — one of 16 seniors of the team’s roster — admitted he wanted more in his final game in navy and silver.

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