Five local players were named to the 2019-20 All-Cook Inlet Conference hockey team announced following the conclusion of the CIC tournament at Ben Boeke Ice Arena Saturday night.

For Chugiak, defenseman Tyler Huffer was named to the team alongside forwards Luke Momblow and Jarett Beckett. Both forwards scored 20 goals this season; Momblow was fourth in the CIC with 43 total points and Beckett was fifth with 40. Huffer was third among CIC defensemen with 20 points this season, including six goals and 14 assists in conference play.

Chugiak finished fifth in the Gold bracket at the 2020 Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout girls basketball tournament Saturday at Dimond High.

The Mustangs fell 72-56 to Lathrop in the third-place game to finish 2-2 at the four-day tourney.

Chasity Selden-Horn scored a team-high 13 points for the Mustangs but was held scoreless in the second half.

Carol Houser added 13, Ari Lewis scored nine, Layla Beam added seven and Cadence Wood scored six for Chugiak, which was outscored 46-21 in the second half and lost a halftime lead for the second straight game.

Adrianna Proffitt went full beast mode Saturday at Kincaid Park.

The Mustangs senior cross country skier erased a first-day deficit to ski away with her second straight Cook Inlet Conference girls Skimeister title Saturday at Kincaid Park.

Proffitt had the day’s fastest classic technique leg during Saturday’s relay races, completing her 3.3-kilometer leg in 10 minutes, 2.1 seconds to win the overall two-day title by three seconds over West’s Ivy Eski. Day 1 leader Meredith Schwartz faded to third overall after skiing the day’s eighth-fastest time Saturday.

Eagle River finished right where they were seeded in the Cook Inlet Conference hockey tournament, claiming fourth place after a 2-1 loss to South Friday in the tournament’s third-place game at Ben Boeke Ice Arena in Anchorage.

The Wolves advanced to the ASAA/First National Cup Division I state tournament, which begins Feb. 13 at the Menard Center in Wasilla. The tournament bracket will be announced Sunday on the ASAA website.

Championships are right up their alley.

The Eagle River High bowling teams swept the Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League team titles for the second straight season Thursday at the Eagle River Bowl. The victory was the girls team’s fourth consecutive championship — and sixth in the last seven years — while the boys won their second title in a row and third in the last four years.

Anchorage school and health officials are working to allay concerns from parents in Chugiak about the new coronavirus after a student at Mirror Lake Middle School returned to class following a visit to mainland China.

In a letter sent to parents Wednesday, Mirror Lake assistant principal Suzanne Brown said there is no cause for alarm.

“The collective medical and epidemiological assessment that there is no current concern for possible novel coronavirus at our school,” she wrote.

Three people were rescued after a plane apparently crashed near the Knik Glacier on Thursday.

According to the Alaska State Troopers, an emergency signal was received at around 12:30 p.m. from a pilot who reported “a downed plane” near the glacier. The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center responded and transported two of the three passengers to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, while another passenger was picked up by a Good Samaritan and taken to the Birchwood Airport in Chugiak.

Troopers said none of the three people were injured.

UPDATE: The Old Glenn has been reopened, according to an update from APD sent out at 12:10 p.m. Thursday.


A two-vehicle crash on the Old Glenn Highway sent three people to the hospital and closed the road for several hours on Thursday.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy believes a cooperative spirit and new resource development can help usher in a new era of prosperity.

“I believe we’re going to grow this state,” Dunleavy said during a Wednesday meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce.

(Editor’s note: Following publication of this story, candidate Roger Branson announced he will be asking voters to pick either of the other two candidates. Read more here.)

Three locals have filed to run for the Anchorage Assembly, including one who waited until the next-to-last minute to throw her hat into the ring.

Brooks Christian’s overtime goal lifted Eagle River to a 3-2 win over Service and into the state hockey tournament Tuesday night at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Christian scored off a Tay Kurpius assist with 6:27 left in overtime of the second-round game of the Cook Inlet Conference tournament. In addition to securing one of the CIC’s five guaranteed state tournament slots, the win also advanced the Wolves into the conference tournament semifinals Thursday, when they’ll face No. 1 seed West at 6:30 p.m. at Ben Boeke Ice Arena.

A proposed Anchorage School District budget that calls for cuts to health education, a popular program for gifted students and a reduction in security staff at several schools drew criticism at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Anchorage School Board.

“We would be robbing Peter to pay Paul,” said parent Jeff Mayfield, one of several people who testified against restructuring the district’s IGNITE program for gifted students by eliminating about 22 teaching positions and absorbing the program into regular classroom time.

A candidate for the Anchorage Assembly has launched a “please do not vote for me” campaign, saying he wants to use the April election to advance a discussion on mental health issues and would prefer voters pick either of his opponents.

“My campaign will not seek to elect me but rather advance the cause for those who struggle with perceived mental health issues and are caught up in homelessness, corrections, or the judicial system,” Eagle River’s Roger Branson wrote in a statement sent to local media outlets Wednesday evening.

Chugiak-Eagle River/Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson has the highest percentage of active duty and veterans in Alaska and the area garnered more of its share of service academy nominations from the state’s congressional delegation.

Chugiak opened the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs with a full head of steam, knocking off No. 7 seed East Monday night at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

The win advanced the Mustangs to the second round, where they will face No. 3 seed Dimond at 6:30 p.m. at Ben Boeke Ice Arena in Anchorage. Also Tuesday, No. 4 seed Eagle River will open postseason tournament play against Service at 7:15 p.m. at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Chugiak’s basketball teams opened February just like they closed out January: On fire.

The Mustangs earned a second straight Cook Inlet Conference home sweep Monday night with a pair of three-point victories over West at CHS.

In the opener, Chasity Selden-Horn scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Mustangs, including a perfect 7-for-7 from the free-throw line. The senior scored nine of Chugiak’s final 13 points to help ward off an Eagles comeback.

Chugiak/Eagle River’s girls high school hockey season came to an end with a 5-1 loss to No. 2 seed Dimond/West on Friday at the Dempsey Anderson Ice Arena in Anchorage.

Morgan Richards made 31 saves for CER, which wa soutshot 36-10. CER’s lone goal came from Rian Runyan, who scored with 9:16 left in the third period off assists from Haley Olds and Kailey Harbottle.

McKenna Piekarski had a hat trick for Dimond/West, which got nine saves from Amelia Davis.

The Chugiak girls continued to roll in Cook Inlet Conference basketball play with a 56-49 win Friday night over Dimond.

Four players were in double figures for Chugiak, which improved to 3-2 in the CIC with their third straight victory. Sophia Fuller led Chugiak with 15 points on five 3-pointers, Chasity Horn had 12, Carol Houser scored 11 and Layla Beam added 10.

Chugiak also knocked off Eagle River on Tuesday by a score of 67-27 at Chugiak High.

Eagle River’s Elizabeth Ruehle finished sixth in the girls 5K race to lead local finishers Saturday at a reduced-field Eagle River Ramble cross country ski races at Kincaid Park.

Ruehle finished 17.3 seconds behind winner Ava Earl of South at the races, which were held the same day as Besh Cup races. The Besh Cup races drew many of the top local skers, and several high school teams fielded incomplete teams.

Kali Smedley finished 14th to lead Chugiak girls in the race.

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