Matt Tunseth

Jerry Ross won his second Maddy’s Run title Saturday with a little help from his friend.

Ross and Patrick Conway had broken away from the rest of the field in the annual 5-kilometer race when Ross — who was in the lead — got confused by the course layout and veered the wrong way. Conway saw the wayward move and called Ross back to the trail.

“He was a good sport, he could easily have taken off and I would have been demoralized, I don’t think I would have caught up to him,” he said.

Staffing levels are preventing the Anchorage Police Department from keeping four full-time officers on patrol in Chugiak-Eagle River, but according to the officers who walk the beat the department is doing a better job of keeping familiar faces in the area.

Nic Nelson can’t do much running right now, so a couple hundred of his closest friends are going to run for him.

Nelson is an Anchorage 13-year-old currently undergoing treatment for a rare form of cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Before he was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma this spring, Nelson’s main concern was training for triathlons.

“That’s actually how this all started…” recalled his mom, Jane.

Chugiak’s final step Friday night wasn’t a big one. But it was in the right direction.

The Mustangs fell victim to a second-half mauling at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium as the Service Cougars reeled off 28 unanswered second-half points for a runaway 42-7 win in the opening round of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Division I Football Playoffs at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in Chugiak.

“It was just little mistakes,” said Chugiak head coach Ryan Landers.

Landers took his hat off to the Cougars, who held his team to just 132 yards of total offense.

Mirror Lake’s Emily Moore won her second straight ASD Middle School Cross Country Running City Championship Thursday at Kincaid Park, where the Coyotes swept the top three spots in the 8th grade girls races.

Moore outkicked teammate Emersyn Brewer for a one-second victory on the muddy, 3-kilometer course, winning the eighth grade girls race in a time of 11 minutes, 59 seconds. Skyler Belmear finished third for Mirror Lake, which won the 8th grade girls team title.

Moore also won the 6th/7th grade girls race last year.

Backers of a movement to separate Assembly District 2 from the Municipality of Anchorage say they’re still trying to raise money and enlist volunteers to help with a feasibility study they hope will show the economics of a split are sound.

Businesses owners know starting a new venture is a sink-or-swim situation. Sondra Tompkins plans to float.

The owner of Float 49 visited the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce last week to talk about her planned float tub business, which she said was inspired by the way her son responded to floating in the large, saltwater filled tubs.

“He was the inspiration for this business,” Tompkins said during a speech at the chamber’s biweekly lunch forum at the Matanuska Alehouse in Eagle River.

Police say a woman is expected to survive after she was shot by her boyfriend, who then fatally turned the gun on himself during an Oct. 3 incident in Chugiak.

Police were called to Rosebud Row Avenue in Chugiak at around 10:38 p.m. for a report of a suicide, according to Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Renee Oistad.

“An adult male had gotten into an altercation with his girlfriend,” Oistad wrote in a synopsis of the incident. “The male shot his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene.”

Five miles isn’t a long way apart — unless you’re talking trophy cases.

Chugiak made the quick drive south across the Eagle River bridge Saturday and returned to Birchwood Loop with a shiny metal box of redemption after reclaiming the Battle of the Bridge trophy from Eagle River with a 35-8 nonconference football win at the Wolves’ Den.

Coaches for Chugiak and Eagle River’s love their teams’ prospects at the upcoming Region IV Championships — but for very different reasons.

For Chugiak’s Paul McDonough, a senior-laden Mustangs squad featuring several of the region’s top players has the team galloping into the tournament.

“Nine of our 14 players are seniors,” said McDonough, whose team features an undefeated — and top-seeded — player in girls singles star Emilee Groth.