Eagle River’s girls basketball team has insisted all season that they’re an improving bunch. On Saturday, Jan. 21, the Wolves proved it with a 45-30 non conference win over Skyview in Soldotna.

The Wolves improved to 1-7 overall after picking up the program’s first victory since beating Service on Feb. 11, 2009.

The Wolves clamped down on Skyview from the outset, allowing just two first-half points and leading 27-13 at the half. Eagle River knocked down six 3-pointers in the game, including three by Dana Panfil, two from Lauren Frost and one by Mikayla Douglas.

South 61, Chugiak 44

Chugiak (3-10, 0-5) remained winless in the CIC with a 61-44 loss at South on Jan. 25.

Skyler Fullmer scored a game-high 19 points for the Mustangs, which also got 14 from Marquis Spearman.


Eagle River vs West

Eagle River fell to 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the CIC with a 66-58 loss to West on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at West.

Kendal Brown went for 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Eagles, who had four players in double figures.

Chris Parker led all scorers with 21 points for Eagle River.


Editor's note: For up-to-date brackets and scoring, visit the CIC tournament page at www.trackwrestling.com

If you’ve made it this far, wresting finally gets (a little) easier.

Head coaches at both area high schools said they were going a bit easier on their athletes in the final week leading up to this weekend’s Cook Inlet Conference tournament, which starts at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 at Chugiak and continues at 9 a.m. the following day.

(UPDATE: Chugiak clinched the No. 5 seed in the CIC tournament with a 6-1 win over West on Jan. 25)

The two-and-a-half month wait is over.

After skating to a 1-1 tie Nov. 17, 2011, Chugiak and Eagle River finally have a chance to show which program owns the ice when they face off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at the McDonald Center.

Both sides were disappointed with the previous game’s outcome.

The Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey team will end the regular season just as it started — against familiar foe Dimond-West.

CER will honor its seniors prior to the 5:45 p.m. puck drop Saturday, Jan. 28 at the McDonald Center.

The game will serve as a preview to the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference tournament when Dimond-West, the No. 2 seed, will take on third-seeded CER on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 6:45 p.m. at Ben Boeke Ice Arena.

A hundred bucks will buy a lot of ice cream.

Eagle River High senior Evy Hail, 17, learned that lesson the sweet way when she took home first place at a school talent show held Jan. 20 at Gruening Middle School.

“I guess so. Darn, so many people came!” Hail said as a crowd of her friends prepared to head to a local ice cream shop to spend some of the senior’s hard-earned winnings. “Just kidding.”

Reporter uncovers unfortunate dog tale

Chugiak-Eagle River Star reporter Don Alexander stumbled onto a grisly story in January 1992, according to a front-page story in the Jan. 23 edition that year.

3 lbs. ground beef (or game)
2 cups cracker crumbs
Onion salt to taste
2 eggs
3 tablespoons salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 large cans Hunts tomato sauce
1 cup water
6 tablespoons vinegar
6 tablespoons brown sugar
4 tablespoons prepared mustard
4 tablespoons Worchestershire sauce

Mix first six ingredients plus 1 cup of the tomato sauce. Press into a pan. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over meat loaf. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours.

Although the Chugiak Coffee Shop continued to be a common meeting place for the town’s civic organizations, the shop’s owners, Cloyce and Justine Parks, soon saw the need for a grocery and service station. The Palmer Highway (now the Old Glenn) was the only connecting road between Anchorage, Palmer and all points north. So they added a small grocery, a candy store and a service station to their complex that became known locally as Parksville.

The Hoppers never miss the Anchorage Folk Festival.

It’s something the Chugiak family of four has been involved with since 23-year-old Caiti Hopper can remember.

“I’ve grown up with the festival,” she said. “It’s a huge highlight.”

Caiti, a music education major at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, flew back from the Golden Heart City two days after the start of a new semester so she wouldn’t miss playing the 23rd annual event with her family band.

“It’s something I look forward to all year,” she said.

Tex Daniels, 22, of Chugiak, was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 24 on two counts of first degree assault, DWI and failure to render aid for an incident that occurred early New Year’s Day in downtown Anchorage.

According to Anchorage Police, Daniels lost control of his pickup truck near the corner of West 15th Avenue and I Street after passing another vehicle. Police say he struck a rock pile and snow bank, along with pedestrians Ashley Brotherton and Clayton Wilbanks of Anchorage.

CER Star January 26, 2012 Issue XLI Volume 4

A home at 22222 Elkhorn Drive in Eagle River caught fire Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Resident Bob Dean said he was inside the home when he heard a strange noise coming from the roof.

"I heard a crackling up there," Dean said.

Dean said he quickly realized his home was on fire after checking on the source of the noise.

"I said, 'That ain't good. I can see fire,'" he recalled.

Anchorage Fire Department Capt. Ben Demboski said 21 units responded to the blaze, which was reported by a passing neighbor at around 4:30 p.m.

Six Chugiak-Eagle River students were among 37 Alaska high school seniors nominated to U.S. service academies on Monday, Jan. 23 by Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

“This year’s nominees are stellar candidates who embody the leadership capabilities and strong characters we expect from our men and women in uniform,” Murkowski said in a press release. “It is a privilege to nominate such accomplished Alaskans for admission to our service academies.”

 Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey player Hannah Blizzard has racked up some impressive offensive numbers since the start of the New Year. Through the first five games of 2012, Blizzard had eight points, including six goals and two assists. She’s a sophomore at Chugiak High and the daughter of Pam and Alan Blizzard of Eagle River.


Eagle River High pulled away in the final minutes to earn a 55-44 Cook Inlet Conference win over rival Chugiak on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

With the win, Eagle River improves to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the CIC. The loss drops Chugiak to 2-8 overall and 0-4 in the conference. 

Leading by three, the Wolves went on a 9-2 run in the final four minutes to gain a 10-point advantage — one the Mustangs couldn’t recover from.

Freshly cut classic ski tracks glistened in the just-rising sun the morning of Saturday, Jan. 14, practically begging to be raced on. But instead of getting tested by some of the state’s top Nordic skiers, the tracks at the Beach Lake Trails and in the stadium at Chugiak High School were left mostly unmolested thanks to some harsh winter weather.

Officials canceled the planned interval-start classic high school races after it was determined race-time temperatures were too cold for racing.

“I think everybody is disappointed,” said Chugiak ski coach Mikey Evans.


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