Star staff report

UPDATE (Jan. 19, 10:56 p.m.): The council met on Jan. 19 and held its yearly election. Re-elected to serve on the council were Steve Connelly, Randy McCain and Burke Wonnell. Blake Merrifield and Darryl Parks were elected to fill the expiring seats of Erin Davichin and Deborah Jones, both of whom decided to not seek re-election. McCain was elected president, Jake Horazdovsky was elected vice president, Parks was elected secretary and Wonnell was elected treasurer. Davichin volunteered to fill an expiring alternate seat and was selected. All the votes were unanimous.

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Chugiak improved to 2-0 in the Cook Inlet Conference with a dominant 78-12 girls basketball win over Service on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Chasity Selden led the way with 16 points for Chugiak, which also got 14 from Eva Palmer, 11 from Layla Beam and 10 each from Randi McMullen and Courtney Kuhlman.

The Mustangs return to action Saturday, Jan. 21 for a 3 p.m. showdown at Chugiak against perennial power Wasilla of the Northern Lights Conference.

Eagle River took over sole possession of fourth place in the Cook Inlet Conference hockey standings with a 3-1 win over second-place Service on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

The Wolves took the lead early and never let up in front of their home crowd. Ty McEnaney opened the scoring with a power-play goal less than four minutes into the contest. Brooks Christian's goal with 5:11 left in the period made it 2-0 heading into the first intermission.

Winter returned with a vengeance last week – and it’s not going anywhere, either.

Between one and two feet of light, fluffy snow fell across the Eagle River area over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend and was still falling Monday evening. The largest totals were reported in the mountains and into the Eagle River Valley.

Winter recreation fans are getting a second gift over the holiday weekend.

Brandon Lajoie had a hat trick and two assists and Logan Dudinsky scored two goals as Eagle River cruised to an 8-0 non conference win over Juneau-Douglas on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.
Logan Rachow, Josh Linn and Nick Silance also scored for Eagle River, which got 12 saves from Ryan Gray. The Wolves outshot the Crimson Bears 43-12.

Chugiak emerged from the toughest schedule of the Alaska Airlines Classic basketball tournament with some hard-earned hardware.

The Mustangs knocked off a pair of Outside opponents in three days to claim the tournament's third-place title.

Both the Chugiak boys and girls basketball teams got game-winning, come-from-behind 3-pointers in thrilling wins Thursday night.

Terrance Coates was the big hero for the Chugiak boys, knocking down his bomb at the buzzer from to ice a 57-55 win over British Columbia Christian Academy in the first round of the Alaska Airlines Classic at West High in Anchorage. Coates finished with 31 points for the Mustangs, who trailed 55-54 with 4.6 seconds left.

Eagle River ran into a wall named Keel Simon on Thursday night. The Wolves peppered the West Valley goalie with 50 shots, but could only manage a single goal in their 1-1 nonconference draw with the Wolfpack at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. West Valley’s Dylan Savereide and Eagle River’s Sutton McDonald had the game’s only goals, both coming in the second period. Logan Dudinsky assisted on McDonald's score. The Wolves outshot West Valley 51-20, including an 8-1 edge in the overtime period. Brendan Whetsell turned back 19 shots for Eagle River.