Eagle River’s Helen Wilson finished second to West’s Molly Gellert in the season-opening Service Snowball Sprint high school Nordic ski races Saturday at Kincaid Park.

Wilson was the third-fastest girls’ skier in qualifying before moving up a spot in the finals. C0lony’s Annika Hanestad was third.

Chugiak’s Adrianna Proffitt finished sixth, Heidi Booher was eighth and Emma Nelson finished 13th. Eagle River’s only other finalist, Emily Walsh, finished 26th.

With the Cook Inlet Conference wrestling tournament just a week away, the Eagle River Wolves are ready to rumble.

The Wolves won their second straight “Rumble Cup,” Friday by knocking off rival Chugiak 52-24 in a dual meet held on Senior Night at Eagle River High.

Following presentations to Eagle River senior wrestlers and managers, the opened with an exhibition match that proved to be perhaps the most entertaining of the event as Chugiak’s Daniel Brooks took a grueling 14-13 decision from Eagle River’s Ian George.

Eagle River didn’t back down from one of Alaska’s hockey heavyweights Thursday night, losing a hard-fought 3-2 decision to undefeated Dimond in a Cook Inlet Conference bout at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Nat Nielsen and Ty McEnaney scored for Eagle River, which fell behind 3-1 after two periods before halving the deficit on McEnaney’s goal early in the third.

The Wolves fell to 2-4-0 in the conference, while the first-place Lynx improved to 6-0-0.

Chugiak posted its second straight lopsided Cook Inlet Conference win Tuesday, Nov. 28, routing East 11-1 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

The Mustangs improved to 3-2-0 in the CIC and have outscored their last two opponents by a combined 21-2 after thrashing winless Bartlett before the Thanksgiving break.

Engineering success

A pair of college students who once walked the same halls at Gruening Middle and Eagle River High are currently among the nation’s top scholar athletes. Eagle River’s Andrew Shortridge and Chugiak’s Ed Hall are both mechanical engineering majors who are building impressive resumes in their respective fields, with both in the midst of award-winning seasons in athletics and academics.

Chugiak got scoring contributions from 10 different players in a 10-1 Cook Inlet Conference hockey win over Bartlett on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Danny Casey led the was with four goals for the Mustangs, who also got two goals and three asssists from Luke Momblow. Also getting their numbers in the scoring columns were Josh Boneta (two assists), Grant Epple (goal, three asissts), Jacob Kosinski (goal, assist), Peter Symmes (goal, assist), Noah Denny (assist), George Kerr (two assists), Riley Lindberg (goal) and goalie Tanner Holta (assist).

For the second straight Cook Inlet Conference hockey game, Eagle River pulled off a third-period comeback Monday night at the McDonald Center — only this time, the opposition had an answer.

The Wolves tied the game at 1-1 with 9:13 left in the third period on a power play goal by Ty McEnaney off an Ian Newman assist.

Dozens of local wrestlers were among hundreds of athletes who packed the Menard Center in Wasilla over the weekend for the Lancer Smith Memorial Wrestling Tournament, the state’s largest.

With wrestling on eight mats and tournaments for varsity, junior varsity, middle school and girls’ wrestlers, the tournament attracted teams from as far away as Kiana in Northwest Alaska and Ketchikan in Southeast.

Dimond scored five times in the first period en route to a Cook Inlet Conference rout over Chugiak Tuesday night at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Blake Hausinger opened the game with a natural hat trick for the Lynx, which went up 5-0 in the frame after Sean Carey and Max Hickel added strikes of their own.

The Mustangs — who became the first CIC team to score on the Lynx this season — briefly stopped the bleeding, getting a Danny Casey goal late in the first period and another by Luke Momblow early in the second to cut the lead to 5-2.

One of Alaska’s top jumpers is taking the biggest leap of her athletic career.

Chugiak senior Emma Nelson signed a National Letter of Intent on Tuesday to compete in track and field at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

“It’s kind of unreal,” Nelson said after a signing ceremony in the Chugiak High library attended by dozens of friends, family, coaches and teachers.

A multisport athlete who had to decide both where to attend school and which sport to participate in, Nelson said the signing came as a relief.