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Josh Robles was going to have to wait another year for his shot at a conference championship. With less than a minute left in his finals match Saturday at the Cook Inlet Conference tournament, the Eagle River 113-pounder trailed East’s Octavius McCleskey by eight points and was running out of gas.

“I was tired, I was like, ‘I don’t know if I can do it,’” he said.

But Robles wasn’t about to quit, either, and when McCleskey made a small mistake, Robles pounced.

“I just saw an opportunity and I took it,” he said.

For the second straight week, Eagle River’s Helen Wilson was the top local Nordic skier at Kincaid Park as she raced to a fourth-place finish Saturday at the Lynx Loppet, the largest high school ski race of the season.

Wilson held her position in Saturday’s pursuit race, a 5.4-kilometer freestyle race in which racers were sent onto the course in the order of their finish in Friday’s 5-kilometer interval start classic technique race. Wilson held off Chugiak’s Heidi Booher, who finished 15 seconds back in fifth.

Local teams won three of four prep bowling matches Thursday, Nov. 30 at the Eagle River Bowl.

The girls swept, with Chugiak rolling past Service 31-4 behind a 159 from Haley Scott and the Wolves posting a 29-6 victory over Dimond thanks in part to a match-high 205 by Hanna Graves.

Also rolling a 205 Thursday was Chugiak’s Kolton Reves, who led the Mustang boys to a 28-7 win over Service.

The Eagle River boys were the only local team to fall, dropping a 24-11 decision to Dimond. Brendan Iaulaulo led the Wolves with a team-high 203.

Led by a fourth-place finish by Ashtin Bennett, Eagle River shot its way to a third-place team finish at the Region IV Riflery Championships Saturday, Dec. 2 at West High.

Bennett fired a 282-14 to lead the Wolves, narrowly beating out Chugiak’s top performer, Hannah Fitzgerald, who had a 282-12. The Mustangs finished sixth overall.

Region IV Riflery Championships

Team Scores: 1) Dimond 3,287; 2) South 3,216; 3) Eagle River 3,176; 4) Service 3,174; 5) West 3,161; 6) Chugiak 2,990; 7) Bartlett 2,863; 8) East 2823.

Alev Kelter continues to fly high for the U.S.A. Eagles women’s rugby sevens team.

Kelter, a 2009 Chugiak High graduate, helped the national team to a second-place finish at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai. The 27-year-old from Eagle River played a key role in the team’s quarterfinal victory over favored New Zealand, kicking the winning two-point conversion in the team’s 14-12 Friday, Dec. 1 win.

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.

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.

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