Cayle Byers, a 2007 Chugiak grad who wrestles for Oklahoma State University, placed third at the NCAA Division I national tournament on Saturday, March 17, in St. Louis.
Wrestling at 197 pounds, Byers, a senior, won twice on Saturday to claim third. He beat Minnesota's Sonny Yohn, 8-1, to reach the third place match. There, he took out No. 3 seed Matthew Wilps of Pittsburgh, 3-2 on riding time.
Byers' only loss of the tournament came during Friday night's semifinal round, when he fell 6-3 to No. 1 seed Cam Simaz of Cornell.
Chugiak High graduate Cayle Byers has reached the semifinals of the NCAA Division I national wrestling tournament in St. Louis. He'll wrestle No. 1 seed Cam Simaz of Cornell at 3 p.m. today for a berth in the national championship match Saturday.
Byers, a senior 197-pounder seeded No. 1 for Oklahoma State University, scored a 5-4 decision over Nebraska's James Nakashima in the quarterfinals on Friday morning.
Byers won the Big 12 Conference tournament on March 3 to advance to nationals.
Chugiak's Jim Lanier joined the Iditarod's most exclusive club when he passed beneath the burled arch in Nome at 5:58 p.m. Thursday, March 15 to complete his 15th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Lanier, who first ran the race in 1979 and has never scratched has now finished the race in five different decades. Only Rick Swenson and Sonny Lindner, of Two Rivers, have accomplished that feat. Willow's Bob Chlupach can also join the club if he makes it to Nome this year.
Heavy snow caused a roof collapse in Peters Creek on Wednesday, March 14.
According to Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department spokesman Jeff Hartley, the collapse occurred around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at the corner of Tundra Rose Avenue and Four Wheel Drive. Hartley said the house was up for sale and unoccupied at the time.
“The owner had moved out several months ago,” Hartley said.
The entire southern half of the home was destroyed in the collapse.
Five Eagle River Boys & Girls Club members were honored with Youth of the Year awards Friday, March 9 at the Eagle River Ale House. This year, the kids voted for each winner, said branch manager Tracey Hupe.
Most of the winners emerged with the slimmest of margins, Hupe said.
“It was real close with all of the votes,” she said.
Here’s a look at the 2012 Youth of the Year award winners:
Ryan Smith: Boys junior youth of the year
Smith, 11, mentors the younger club members, Hupe said.
How many people does it take to make 150 sandwiches in 45 minutes?
Nine kids and two adults.
Chugiak Elementary Camp Fire USA second-through-fifth-graders feverishly made bologna and cheese sandwiches March 7 to donate to Bean’s Café, which provides food and shelter to Anchorage’s homeless population.
Each student had a job on the assembly line that started with placing two pieces of bread on a plate and ended with sealing and stacking the finished product in a box.
Anyone driving past Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department Station 35 recently may have noticed the red steel building no longer looks much like a working firehouse.
Formerly known as the Bill Lowe station, the facility was officially shuttered by the Municipality on Feb. 8 after an engineering firm’s structural evaluation in late January found the building to be in “poor condition.”
“It was evident the building was no longer safe to occupy due to some damage to the roof and the heavy snow load,” said CVFD Chief Tom Reinbolt.