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Chugiak High School head boys basketball coach Jocquis Sconiers was fired Thursday, one day after a news story broke detailing a recruiting violation and subsequent cover-up attempt.

“Chugiak High School has released their basketball coach today and will be appointing an interim coach for the rest of the season,” ASD spokeswoman Catherine Esary said Thursday afternoon.

The head boys basketball coach at Chugiak High School appears to have broken Alaska School Activities Association recruiting rules and then lied to school administrators and state activities officials in an attempt to cover up the violation.

A former coach and colleague said Wednesday that Chugiak High coach Jocquis Sconiers admitted to the recruiting violation and asked him to lie if asked about the situation.

“He suckered me into this story,” said Jules Ferguson, who formerly worked as a coach in the AAU summer league basketball program run by Sconiers.

Who are the hottest shots in town? Shoot, it’s Eagle River.

The Wolves outshot mighty Dimond to claim their first Region IV riflery championship on Thursday behind a first-place overall finish from Emma MacKenzie and a team effort that included five of the top 10 individual performances at the meet.

“They all performed well, and all on the same day,” said Wolves coach Mark Burch.

Eagle River’s Alyssa Andrews was the top placewinner at the ASAA/First National Bank State Wrestling Tournament Saturday at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.

Andrews pinned Wasilla’s Heidi Warner for the second time in the tournament to claim third at 119 pounds. Her sister, Ashley, also won her final match of the tournament by fall, pinning Dimond’s Eva Sherman-Dawe to claim fifth place at 112 pounds. The sisters’ performance helped the Eagle River girls finish 11th out of more than 50 girls teams in the tournament.

Chugiak’s boys basketball team fell back to earth after a soaring start at the Cougar Tipoff basketball tournament, falling to 70-36 to East in Friday’s semifinal and losing 56-53 to host Service Saturday in the third-place game.

On Friday, Jared Parks led Chugiak with seven points and Marques Andrews had a team-best six rebounds.

Chugiak advanced to the semifinals with a lopsided win over Tikigaq Thursday.

Friends will meet at the Mac Saturday night for the first edition of this winter’s annual crosstown high school hockey series between two of the friendliest heated rivals in Alaska sports.

Newly crowned Cook Inlet Conference top dogs Eagle River will face off against crosstown rival Chugiak in a 7:15 p.m. match-up of two of the CIC’s hottest teams.

Alayna Breivogel was unshaekable in front of a rockin’ crowd Saturday night at the McDonald Center in Eagle River, stonewalling rival Eagle River with 28 saves to lead Chugiak to a 2-0 Cook Inlet Conference hockey win.

Chants of “Alayna! Alayna!” echoed throughout the barn as the junior saved her best for last, posting 11 saves during a frenetic and feisty final frame.

Breivogel has been one of the CIC’s stingiest netminders in the first half of the season, allowing just one goal in three starts while posting a 3-0 record with two shutouts and a .983 save percentage.

Jackson Wall led all scorers with 15 points as a young Chugiak squad ran away from Tikigaq Thursday night in the first round of the season-opening Cougar Tipoff Basketball Tournament at Service High.

“This will be a whole new team for me,” said Chugiak head coach Jocquis Sconiers, who noted many of the Mustangs were playing their first varsity game Thursday.

Sconiers said this year’s team features just four upperclassmen — two seniors and two juniors — along with eight sophomores.

“We’re very young,” he said.

Eagle River world traveler Helen Wilson is sticking close to home for college.

The globetrotting biathlon star has signed on to ski with the University of Alaska Anchorage Noric ski team starting in the 2019-20 season.

“Helen is one of the strongest in her Alaska class, and we are looking forward to working with her towards her athletic goals,” UAA coach Andrew Kastning said in a press release announcing Wilson’s signing.

Former Eagle River resident Corey Cogdell-Unrein has been selected to join the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.

Cogdell-Unrein is a two-time Olympic bronze medalist in trap shooting. The 32-year-old grew up in Eagle River and participated in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.

“She is the definition of clutch,” wrote the Hall in an email announcing the selection, which noted she won bronze twice at the Olympics on her final target.

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