The Alaska School Activities Association Appeals Board has denied the appeal of a former Chugiak High basketball coach suspended in December one year for a recruiting violation.

Last to start, first to finish.

The team of Mike Morgan and Chris Olds won the Iron Dog on Saturday morning, becoming the race’s first back-to-back winners since 2013.

Morgan and Olds arrived at the Fairbanks finish line at 10:49 a.m. aboard their Polaris Indy XC 600 snowmachines.

They completed the 1,977-mile race from Deshka Landing to Nome to Fairbanks in 34 hours, 27 minutes, 31 seconds.

About 20 minutes later the Wasilla team of veteran Brad George and rookie Adam Drinkhouse finished in second place.

Eagle River musher Matt Paveglio was the final musher out of the starting chute Friday on the opening day of the 2019 Fur Rondy Open World Championship Sled Dog Race in Anchorage.

Paveglio is the lone local musher in this year’s field.

The annual races are the kick-off to Anchorage’s Fur Rendezvous celebration, which runs through March 3.

Racers in the sled dog race run a 25-mile course through the streets and trails of Anchorage, starting on 4th Avenue downtown. Racing continues at noon on Saturday and Sunday.

Chris Olds is halfway home while Tyson Johnson has some catching up to do.

The Eagle River snowmachine riders were both among the top five teams into Nome in the 2019 Iron Dog snowmachine race Tuesday, with Olds arriving in first place and Johnson less than an hour back in fifth.

Olds and partner Mike Morgan of Anchorage arrived in Nome at 2:49 p.m. Tuesday, almost five minutes ahead of Anchorage’s Casy Boylan and Bryan Leslie in second.

Kelsey Griffin’s legend continues to grow Down Under.

The 2005 Chugiak High grad and former NCAA All-American capped her best season as a professional basketball player Monday by winning the Australian Women’s National Basketball League’s MVP award during a ceremony in Melbourne.

Griffin recently capped her first season in Canberra, where she led the Capitals to a league title on Feb. 16 at the AIS Arena in Canberra.

Six local skaters landed on the Alaska Division I All-State Hockey Team announced last week by the Alaska High School Hockey Coaches Association.

Named to the 25-member squad from the Wolves were forwards Ty McEnaney and Tucker Lien alongside defenseman Logan Dudinsky. Making the team for the Mustangs were defenseman Tyler Huffer and forwards Luke Momblow and Grant Epple.

Gatorade has confirmed what everyone in Alaska aleady knew: Daniel Bausch is the best boys distance runner in the state.

The sports drink company named the Chugiak High senior its Alaska Boys Cross Country Athlete of the Year in a press release issued Monday.

“He’s overcome a lot in his life and has really been able to flourish this year,” Chugiak coach Melissa Hall said in the release.

The Eagle River bowling team is on quite a roll.

The Wolves swept the Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League titles Thursday, with the ERHS girls winning their third straight league title (and fifth since 2014), while the boys claimed their second championship in the last three seasons.

The girls team completed a perfect season during placement round matches at Jewel Lake Bowl in Anchorage, knocking off Dimond 26-9 to remain undefeated. Alexia Jennings had a match-high 188 for the Wolves, who also won back-to-back league titles in 2014-15.

Eagle River will have to overcome a tough draw at the ASAA/First National Cup Division I Alaska State Hockey Tournament, which begins Thursday at the Menard Center in Wasilla.

The fourth-seeded Wolves will face tourney host Wasilla at 7:30 p.m. in the final game of the evening. The No. 5 seed Warriors won the Mid Alaska Conference and are one of three Mat-Su teams in the tournament.

Chugiak advanced to the “Gold” bracket at the Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout girls basketball tournament Wednesday night at Dimond High with a 41-38 overtime win over Lathrop.

Caitlin Wachmann scored four of her eight points in overtime and Eva Palmer was 3-of-4 from the free throw line in the extra period. Cheyenne Young led Chugiak with 11 points, Chasity Horn and Ari Lewis had seven each and Palmer scored five.

Olivia Kraska scored a game-high 14 points for the Malemutes.

The Mustangs will play West at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Dimond.