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Chugiak wrapped its Cook Inlet Conference flag football season with a dramatic victory on Thursday, getting a 60-yard touchdown pass from Eva Palmer to Chasity Horn with less than a minute to play to take a 20-18 win over East at East High.

Chugiak led 14-0 at halftime, but the T-birds rallied for a pair of second-half touchdowns to take an 18-14 lead with just 50 seconds to play. But Horn’s second score of the game proved decisive as the Mustangs locked (6-8) up their sixth win in seven games to close the season.

Wolves beat Golden Bears

Shelby Dunn had a team-high 14 kills to go along with 12 digs and five aces as Eagle River rolled to a 3-1 (25-12, 25-16, 17-25, 25-19) CIC volleyball win Tuesday over Bartlett at the Wolves’ Den in Eagle River.

Elizabeth Rheule had 38 assists and 13 digs for the Wolves, who got nine kills and five blocks from Kyla Trout.

Mustangs corral Cougars

With time running out in the Division I girls race at the state cross country meet at Bartlett, Eagle River’s Emily Walsh decided it was time to rise up. Literally.

“I just thought, ‘If I’m going to pass her it has to be now,” she said after sprinting past rival Ava Earl midway up the long, steep feature known as “Separation Hill” to earn a third-place finish Saturday at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Cross Country Running Championships.

Walsh said she knew if she passed her fellow sophomore with a strong move she might be able to hold onto the podium finish.

In 2015, Daniel Bausch was an unheralded freshman runner for West High watching from the infield as Chugiak’s Ty Jordan blazed to victory in the state cross country championships at Bartlett High. Three years later, Bausch was the one in blue and black atop the podium for the Mustangs.

“I feel like I’m completing a loop,” Bausch said after completing two of them faster than anyone else Saturday en route to a Division I boys state title at the ASAA/First National Bank Cross Country Running Championships at Bartlett High.

Eagle River and Chugiak each suffered lopsided losses in their final regular-season football games Friday and Saturday, but both teams’ seasons are still alive after both advanced to the state playoffs next weekend.

Despite falling 50-7 to nonconference South, the Wolves wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the Division II Northern Lights Conference thanks to a 72-24 Soldotna win Saturday over Kenai Central.

Chugiak reeled off back-to-back Cook Inlet Conference volleyball wins Sept. 25-26, knocking off crosstown rival Eagle River in four sets Tuesday at Chugiak and doing the same to West Wednesday in Anchorage.

Against the Wolves, Chugiak got 17 kills and 19 digs from Sophia Lestina and 30 digs and five aces from Kaitlyn Eastman to earn a 25-19, 25-15, 20-25, 25-9 win. Claire Schimmack added 27 assists and 14 digs for the Mustangs.

The UAA hockey team is back at the Mac.

The Seawolves will again open their exhibition hockey season with a game at the Harry J. McDonald Memorial Center in Eagle River at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28.

The game against Simon Fraser is one of two preseason exhibitions on the Seawolves’ schedule, with the other being the team’s annual “Green and Gold” scrimmage set for Sept. 29 at the Wells Fargo Center. The Seawolves also opened their exhibition season at the Mac last season.

Eva Palmer threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Chasity Horn midway through the first quarter of Saturday’s game against Eagle River. It would be a recurring theme.

Horn scored four touchdowns, Palmer had three and the Mustangs rolled to a second straight rout of Eagle River with a 57-0 Cook Inlet Conference flag football win at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium. Chugiak defeated Eagle River 47-0 last week at the Wolves’ Den.

Daniel Bausch is totally sick.

The star Chugiak runner won an individual title Saturday at Bartlett High to help lead the Mustangs to a boys team championship at the Cook Inlet Conference Cross Country Running Championships despite battling a fever.

“I’m sick right now,” Bausch told the Anchorage Daily News after completing the 5-kilometer course in 15 minutes, 40 seconds.

Just five miles separate Hiland Road and Birchwood Loop, but for more than a decade the gulf between the high school football teams that call those highway exits home has been much greater.

Consider the gap bridged.

Eagle River won its first “Battle of the Bridge” trophy Saturday with a dominant 34-21 nonconference win over Chugiak in front of a huge homecoming crowd at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in Chugiak.

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