Nic Nelson can’t do much running right now, so a couple hundred of his closest friends are going to run for him.
Nelson is an Anchorage 13-year-old currently undergoing treatment for a rare form of cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Before he was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma this spring, Nelson’s main concern was training for triathlons.
“That’s actually how this all started…” recalled his mom, Jane.
The Malemutes defeated Eagle River 54-10 Saturday in the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Division II State Football Semifinals — the team’s second win over the Wolves since losing to Eagle River in last year’s D-II semis.
LaDavien Simon had an 80-yard kickoff return for Eagle River’s lone touchdown. Andrew Hamilton had a field goal for the Wolves, who got 97 total yards from Tim Pennington (62 receiving, 35 rushing) and 72 from Justin Davis (51 rushing, 21 receiving).
McKenzie Fazio picked up three first places and a second as Eagle River took third in the overall team standings at the 24-team Bartlett/Chugiak Invitational Saturday at Bartlett High.
Fazio won the 200 and 500 yard freestyle for the Eagle River girls and swam a leg on the team’s winning 200 yard medley relay. Fazio joined Ellie Mercer, Hannah Shaw and Kiara Borchardt in winning the relay and taking second in the 200 yard freestyle relay.
Emilee Groth completed an undefeated season with more perfection.
The Chugiak senior knocked off West Valley’s Klara Kondrak in straight sets Saturday to win a state championship in girls singles at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Tennis Championships at the Alaska Club East in Anchorage.
The win was Chugiak’s first state tennis title since the tournament began in 2007.
Groth won 6-1, 6-0 in her first meeting with the unseeded Kondrak, who knocked off the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds before falling to Groth, who finished fifth at last year’s state tourney.
Chugiak’s final step Friday night wasn’t a big one. But it was in the right direction.
The Mustangs fell victim to a second-half mauling at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium as the Service Cougars reeled off 28 unanswered second-half points for a runaway 42-7 win in the opening round of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Division I Football Playoffs at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in Chugiak.
“It was just little mistakes,” said Chugiak head coach Ryan Landers.
Landers took his hat off to the Cougars, who held his team to just 132 yards of total offense.
Chugiak and Eagle River will face do-or-die prep football games this weekend when the Mustangs host a Division I playoff game Friday night at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium and the Wolves go to Fairbanks for a Division II semifinal Saturday afternoon against Lathrop.
The Mustangs (6-2) finished with the No. 2 seed from the Chugach Conference and will face Service (6-2), the No. 3 team from the Cook Inlet Conference. The teams have not met this season. Game time is 7 p.m.
Mirror Lake’s Emily Moore won her second straight ASD Middle School Cross Country Running City Championship Thursday at Kincaid Park, where the Coyotes swept the top three spots in the 8th grade girls races.
Moore outkicked teammate Emersyn Brewer for a one-second victory on the muddy, 3-kilometer course, winning the eighth grade girls race in a time of 11 minutes, 59 seconds. Skyler Belmear finished third for Mirror Lake, which won the 8th grade girls team title.
Moore also won the 6th/7th grade girls race last year.
There’s been a spike in community service lately thanks to the efforts of local volleyball players.
On Tuesday, the Chugiak High team hosted a “Military and First Responder Appreciation Night,” featuring free admission to active duty, reserve and retired military — along with first responders — as well as free refreshments and a moment of silence for those missing or killed in service.
Chugiak will travel to Service and Eagle River will visit No. 1 West when the Cook Inlet Conference flag football tournament gets underway next week.
The Mustangs (6-8) finished fifth in the regular season and will face the No. 4 seeded Cougars (8-6) at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15. That same night, the winless Wolves will visit West at 6:30 p.m. The Eagles claimed the CIC’s top seed with a 13-1 record during the regular season.
Chugiak won a tiebreaker with Bartlett for the fifth seed.