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Frigid cold has forced the cancellation of the Chugiak Stampede high school cross-country ski races scheduled for Saturday morning at the Beach Lake trails in Chugiak.

According to weatherunderground.com, temperatures in the Chugiak-Eagle River area ranged from 5-15 below zero at the time race officials announced the cancellation shortly after 9 a.m. Racing was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

The kingpins of the Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League have struck again.

Defending league champions Eagle River rolled to a pair of lopsided victories over Service Thursday at Center Bowl in Anchorage, with the girls team shutting out the Cougars 35-0 and the boys winning 31-4.

The victories capped perfect 7-0 regular seasons for both teams.

Wasilla had no answer for Chasity Horn Thursday, as the Chugiak senior scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Mustangs to a 57-50 nonconference girls basketball win at Chugiak High.

The star guard went 9-of-10 from the free throw line and had six steals for the Mustangs, who also got 13 points on three 3-pointers from Carol Houser, nine points from Ari Lewis and a team-high nine rebounds from Layla Beam.

Bella Hays scroed 14 points to lead Wasilla.

Chugiak plays Eagle River on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. at Chugiak High.

Chugiak won the Palmer Elks Showdown boys basketball tournament behind award-winning performances from Owen Lewis and Austin Harr at Palmer High.

The Mustangs concluded the tournament with a 73-60 win over Valdez to finish 3-0. Chugiak also defeated Palmer 69-64 on Friday. Harr led all scorers with 20 points in Saturday’s finale, Zach Cole had 15 and Jackson Wall added 14.

Following the tournament, Lewis was named tournament MVP and Harr was named to the all-tournament team.

Perhaps the only player who managed to stay warm Friday night at a bone-chilling Alaska Girls Outdoor Winter Classic was red-hot Chugiak/Eagle River goalie Morgan Richards.

Richards made 52 saves in her team’s 10-0 loss to South/Bartlett, including 26 in the first period alone. Girls hockey periods are 12 minutes long, meaning Richards averaged one save every 42 seconds of play.

Game-time temperatures were around zero at the second-annual event, which also featured a 4-2 Dimond/West win over Service/East.

Chugiak got some bragging rights Thursday after the school’s boys basketball team defeated Eagle River 56-38 in the first round of the Palmer Elks Shootout at Palmer High.

The Mustangs got a game-high 21 points from Owen Lewis, including four 3-pointers. Austin Harr added 12 points for Chugiak, which got seven from Jared Parks and six from Kellen Beam.

Shawn Padilla scored 12 points to lead Eagle River, which got eight from Roland Burley and six from Jack Lerch.

The Chugiak boys basketball team ended the Dimond Prep Shootout boys basketball tournament with a 61-41 win over Kodiak Saturday to claim seventh place.

Chugiak had the lead after the first quarter for the third staight game and this time the lead stood up. The Mustangs were never seriously threatened, leading 33-21 at halftime and pushing their lead to as many as 22 points down the stretch.

Emily Walsh used a dominant freestyle leg to edge teammate Claire Nelson and win the girls title at the A/B Skiathlon cross-country ski races Saturday at a chilly Kincaid Park in Anchorage.

The duo’s 1-2 finish helped lift the Eagle River girls to a girls team victory over second-place West at the annual dual-technique races.

Chugiak will play in the consolation round of the Dimond Prep Shootout boys basketball tournament Friday after dropping a tight decision to Wasilla Thursday afternoon at Dimond High.

The Mustangs led by as many as six points in the first half but cooled off down the stretch to drop a 43-36 decision to the Warriors. They’ll face Juneau-Douglas at 4 p.m. Friday for a chance to play in Saturday’s fourth-place game.

Helen Wilson used a precision performance in Vermont to punch her ticket to Switzerland.

The Eagle River biathlete dominated the U.S. Biathlon Association Junior Trials Dec. 28-31, winning two of her three races to qualify for her fourth IBU Youth & Junior World Biathlon Championships to be held later this month in Switzerland.

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