Heading into Friday's 10-kilometer mass start classic race on Day 2 of the ASAA Alaska State Nordic Skiing Championships at Kincaid Park, Chugiak senior Isaac Lammers found himself trailing East's Thomas O'Harra by just over six seconds after Thursday's freestyle race. So when he crossed the finish line in first place in the classic race, Lammers knew he still had a few seconds to worry that O'Harra might come charging up behind him.
But when he looked back down the trail, there was nobody there.
"My coach said 'I've got the timer going,'" Lammers recalled.
Chugiak’s girls basketball moved into third place in the Cook Inlet Conference with a 53-46 win over East on Wednesday, Feb. 22. With the victory, the Mustangs improved to 8-5 in the conference heading into their final regular season game Friday, Feb. 24 at Bartlett at 6 p.m.
Erinn Scotland paced the Mustangs with 16 points and nine steals. Jessi McMullen (13 points) and Jessica Tramp (11 points) also reached double digits for Chugiak.
Chugiak High senior Marquis Spearman, 18, scored game-winning free throws two nights apart to lift the Mustangs’ basketball team to consecutive, one-point Cook Inlet Conference wins. Spearman scored with 7.7 seconds left in regulation Feb. 16 to help Chugiak defeat rival Eagle River 50-49. On Feb. 18, Spearman drained a free throw with one second left in overtime to give the Mustangs a 46-45 win over South. He is the son of Donna Dutch and Ralph Spearman of Peters Creek.
If Chugiak senior Isaac Lammers was bothered by his runner-up individual Skimeister finish at the Cook Inlet Conference Nordic Ski Championships at Kincaid Park on Saturday, Feb. 18, he sure wasn’t letting on.
“You can’t be disappointed with that,” Lammers said after finishing second to Service’s John Glen in the battle for region supremacy.
Despite finishing about eight seconds off the pace in the combined two-day individual event, Lammers said he’s got bigger fish to fry this weekend — and beyond.
The Chugiak High senior made game-winning free throws two nights apart to help the Mustangs to two consecutive, one-point Cook Inlet Conference wins.
Spearman first lifted his team past rival Eagle River 50-49 with less than 8 seconds left in regulation Feb. 16 at Chugiak. He followed by sinking a free throw with 1 second left in overtime to edge visiting South 46-45 on Feb. 18.
With 4 seconds left in the extra period, Spearman got a steal, rushed the length of the floor and drew a shooting foul.
Marquis Spearman drained a game-winning free throw with 7.7 seconds left in regulation to lift Chugiak’s boys past rival Eagle River 50-49 and claim the “Birchwood Bowl” traveling trophy Thursday, Feb. 16.
A missed first attempt and deafening noise from Eagle River’s fans weren’t enough to break Spearman’s concentration. Spearman said he didn’t let the pressure get to him after missing his first free throw with the game on the line.
Eagle River junior basketball player Brandon Parrish hit the go-ahead lay-up with 30 seconds left to lift the Wolves to a 66-62 win over East on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Parrish, 17, is the son of Jermaine and Felicia Parrish of Eagle River.
After a bit of fun, it’s time to get down to business.
Prep Nordic skiers ended their regular season with a bit of Valentine’s whimsy on Saturday, Feb. 10 with the Thunderbird Classic, a co-ed classic relay race in which skiers showed up dressed in get-ups ranging from cute to downright bizarre.
“The kids all had a lot of fun, there’s a lot of team spirit,” said Eagle River coach Liz Turner.
Among the flashiest skiwear on display were superhero capes, a human banana costume and plenty of hot pink tights, underwear and tu-tus.