Star staff report

Chugiak reached the semifinals of the Cook Inlet Conference hockey tournament on Tuesday, Jan. 31, with a 7-1 win over East in a first-round clash at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

The second-seeded Mustangs got a hat trick from John Hammer as well as goals by Andrew Beckett, Zach Plucinski, Zach Krajnik and Kyle Benson in the win, which also clinched a berth in the state tournament for Chugiak.

Live fire exercises will be conducted on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson beginning at the end of January and continuing through February.

The U.S. Army Alaska recently announced its artillery and explosive training schedule, which includes artillery firing on the Eagle River Flats impact area and blasts from underground high explosives.

In a press release, the Army said artillery rounds will be fired periodically between Jan. 31 and Feb. 3 between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.

U.S. Sens. Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski, along with Rep. Don Young have announced their military service academy nominations for the class of 2021, a group that includes numerous students from hailing from Eagle River and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Chugiak's girls won the team title on Saturday at the Skiathlon Nordic ski meet at Kincaid Park.

Booher finished second and Nelson was third in the race, which combined classic and freestyle skiing by having athletes ski a 6-kilometer classic leg followed by a 4.8-kilometer freestyle sprint to the finish.

Chugiak's top four skiers had a combined time of 2 hours, 42 minutes, 13.7 seconds, more than two and a half minutes ahead of second-place West.

Eagle River made up for lost time on Friday night, ripping Bartlett 8-0 in a Cook Inlet Conference game delayed by a day due to icy weather Thursday.

The Wolves spread the puck around, getting goals from seven different players, including two from Brandon Lajoie. Also finding the net were Sutton and Cam McDonald, Nat Nielsen, Brayden Rachow, Brooks Christian and Ben Rinckey.

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The Anchorage School District has canceled all after-school activities for Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017.

The district made the decision due to icy roads areawide caused by a recent warm-up that sent temperatures well above freezing and caused some roads to become extremely slick. 

Nine different players got in the scoring column as Eagle River ran away from Kenai Central on Saturday in a nonconference high school hockey game at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Ben Rinckey and Logan Dudinsky scored two goals each for the Wolves, who scored four times in the first period en route to a 7-0 win over the Kardinals.

Brayden Rachow, Elias Christian and Sutton McDonald also scored goals for the Wolves, who got three assists from Brandon Lajoie, two each from Sutton and Cam McDonald and one from both Brooks Christian and Joshua Linn.

Eagle River’s boys basketball team will be returning from its trip to the Kenai Peninsula with a nice souvenir.

The Wolves earned the tournament trophy after defeating Kodiak 61-38 in the final game of the Nikiski Tip-Off tournament at Nikiski High. The Wolves went 3-0 in the tourney, defeating the host Bulldogs 63-43 on Thursday and defeating the West JV team 67-28 on Friday.

In Saturday’s finale, Daniel Toribo led the Wolves with 16 points, Savon Wilson had 14, Bryson Rollman had 13 and Aaron Davis added 11 as the Wolves used a 22-8 third quarter to pull away.

Josh Linn scored twice and Brooks Christian added another to help Eagle River to a 3-0 non conference hockey win over Soldotna on Thursday night at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Brendan Whetsell stopped all 10 shots he faced to earn the shutout for the Wolves, who outshot the Stars 31-10.

Ty McEnaney and Aidan Burton picked up assists for Eagle River.