The future of the prep hockey season comes down to single game tonight for Chugiak and Eagle River.
The No. 5 Mustangs open their Cook Inlet Conference tournament with a 7:15 p.m. battle with No. 4 East at the McDonald Center, while the no. 6 Wolves will face No. 3 South at 6:30 p.m. at Ben Boeke.
The stakes are high in the opening round in the tourney — and simple. Win, and a team is guaranteed a berth in the semifinals and one of the CIC's four berths in next week's state tournament. Lose, and the only guarantee is an end early-morning practices.
Chugiak’s Garrett Morrison and Eagle River’s Dominic Taus each earned their second consecutive Cook Inlet Conference wrestling titles on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Chugiak High. The two seniors were joined at the top of the podium by Chugiak sophomore Richard Burroughs, who claimed a narrow 8-7 finals win over Service’s Derek Zorea at 220 pounds for his first CIC title.
Chugiak finished fourth in the team standings. Eagle River was sixth.
Chugiak clinched the No. 5 seed in the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs with a 6-1 win over West on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Ben Boeke Arena in Anchorage.
Five different players scored in the win. Hunter Hanson led the way with a pair of goals, while Josh Smith had a goal and three assists. Kris Tomazevic, Chad Peterson and Adam Groendyke also scored for Chugiak, which got 15 saves from Joey Lindquist.
The Chugiak win means Eagle River can finish no higher than sixth. The Wolves can clinch that spot with a victory on Thursday, Jan. 26 over 0-13 Bartlett.
Eagle River junior basketball player Dana Panfil scored a game-high 15 points Saturday, Jan. 21 to lead the Wolves to a 45-30 win over Skyview in Soldotna. The victory was the first since 2009 for the Wolves. Panfil, 17, is the daughter of Sue and Mike Panfil of Eagle River.
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.”
Those craving meat have to look no further than Peters Creek.
That’s the focus of new restaurant Gatling’s Steakhouse, located in the same building as American Legion Post 33 on the Old Glenn Highway. Owner Rod Van Buren said he wants the eatery, which opened Dec. 8, 2011, to be famous for its steaks and hamburgers.
The restaurant is the brainchild of Van Buren’s business partner and executive chef Shilo Thorp.
“He’s the one that’s created this,” Van Buren said. “I think Shilo and I are a really good match.”
Anchorage resident George Wesley West, 73, died at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage on Jan. 19, 2012 from complications of a heart condition.
A viewing will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, preceding a funeral service to be held at noon at the Anchorage Baptist Temple, 6401 E. Northern Lights Blvd. in Anchorage. After the service, George will be buried at the Ft. Richardson Cemetery with military honors scheduled for 2 p.m.
For further information about services, call Charlene at (907) 441-0632.
On Jan. 4, Gov. Sean Parnell reappointed Eagle River’s Suellyn Wright Novak to the Alaska Veterans Advisory Council. Parnell also appointed James Hastings and Hank Bartos to the council, and reappointed Terrance Pardee. The council advises the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and through the governor, other departments and agencies of the state on matters concerning state veterans, their dependents, and their survivors.
Kastle’s Kreations, an Eagle River cupcake bakery owned by Kastle Sorensen, was honored on Dec. 9, 2011 with a Best of Eagle River award in the Bakeries category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA). Each year, the USCA identifies companies it believes have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. Sorensen, a Chugiak High grad, started her business in March, 2011. She recently was invited to send an audition tape to the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” television program.
Chugiak’s Tommy Frazier, 17, earned his Eagle Scout award on Oct. 13, 2011. Frazier, a senior at Chugiak High, has been in scouting since the first grade, and is a member if Boy Scout Troop 28. He is the son of Thomas and Carmen Frazier of Chugiak.
Frazier’s Eagle Project consisted of painting a building at his church.
He has spent many days and nights in the outdoors while scouting, but his favorite was when he spent seven days on a deserted island if the Florida Keys.
For the last three years, Frazier has worked as a counselor at Boy Scout Camp Gorsuch.
A recent string of house fires in the area — three in 19 days — means this is as good a time as any to remind folks that fire safety is a very big deal this time of year.
Because of people’s increased reliance wood stoves and alternative heating sources, the wintertime (especially when it’s this chilly) is notorious for spawning the kinds of fires that damaged two Eagle River homes and destroyed another in Peters Creek.
January ski and snowshoe trips to Eagle Lake in South Fork valley reminded me of an essay on snow and tracks by Alaska poet John Haines, who died this past March in Fairbanks. In a letter to me several years ago, Haines granted permission to use excerpts of his material in my various writings as well as a weekly radio program that I produced for five years. If he were alive I’m sure he wouldn’t object to my quoting him in this space.