Eagle River’s Bob Adkins was rewarded for leading the Wolves to their best season in program history by being named the Alaska Division II Coach of the Year following All-State voting by the state’s football coaches.
Adkins wasn’t the only member of his family honored — son Ryan was named a first-team All-State defensive back and second-team quarterback after leading the Wolves to a program-best 6-3 record and a loss in the state championship game. Adkins was joined on the first team by senior wideout Mason Piper, who also made the second-team as a defensive back.
Chugiak-Eagle River runners were frighteningly fast Saturday on the streets of downtown Anchorage.
Chugiak’s Daniel Bausch, 17, won the men’s Frightening 4K race by seven seconds over Palmer 23-year-old Chris Osiensky, crossing the finish line in 11 minutes, 30 seconds. A senior at Chugiak High School, Bausch also won the Division I cross country championship last month at Bartlett High.
Eagle River used superior depth to earn a 5-2 high school riflery win Friday over South.
The Wolves lost the A team shoot 1,138-1,130, but claimed victory in both the B and C matches to earn the overall win.
Lindsey Foschee shot a 280 and Rylee Prince had a 279 to lead the B shooters, with Abigail Foger shooting a 270 to lead the C team for the Wolves, who had nine shooters shoot 270 or higher. Ava Perkins and Emma Mackenzie shot 283 to lead the A shooters.
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.