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.

Brett Wood had a hat trick and three assists to lead Eagle River to a 7-5 win over Bartlett on Thursday, Jan. 26 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Carter Jesiel added two goals and an assist for the Wolves, who also got goals from Bryan Grant and Quinn Hulse.

The victory clinched the No. 6 seed in the upcoming CIC tournament for Eagle River. The Wolves will play No. 3 South on Tuesday, Jan. 31 — time and rink TBA.

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.

Eagle River’s girls basketball team has insisted all season that they’re an improving bunch. On Saturday, Jan. 21, the Wolves proved it with a 45-30 non conference win over Skyview in Soldotna.

The Wolves improved to 1-7 overall after picking up the program’s first victory since beating Service on Feb. 11, 2009.

The Wolves clamped down on Skyview from the outset, allowing just two first-half points and leading 27-13 at the half. Eagle River knocked down six 3-pointers in the game, including three by Dana Panfil, two from Lauren Frost and one by Mikayla Douglas.

South 61, Chugiak 44

Chugiak (3-10, 0-5) remained winless in the CIC with a 61-44 loss at South on Jan. 25.

Skyler Fullmer scored a game-high 19 points for the Mustangs, which also got 14 from Marquis Spearman.


Eagle River vs West

Eagle River fell to 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the CIC with a 66-58 loss to West on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at West.

Kendal Brown went for 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Eagles, who had four players in double figures.

Chris Parker led all scorers with 21 points for Eagle River.


Editor's note: For up-to-date brackets and scoring, visit the CIC tournament page at

If you’ve made it this far, wresting finally gets (a little) easier.

Head coaches at both area high schools said they were going a bit easier on their athletes in the final week leading up to this weekend’s Cook Inlet Conference tournament, which starts at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 at Chugiak and continues at 9 a.m. the following day.

(UPDATE: Chugiak clinched the No. 5 seed in the CIC tournament with a 6-1 win over West on Jan. 25)

The two-and-a-half month wait is over.

After skating to a 1-1 tie Nov. 17, 2011, Chugiak and Eagle River finally have a chance to show which program owns the ice when they face off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at the McDonald Center.

Both sides were disappointed with the previous game’s outcome.

The Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey team will end the regular season just as it started — against familiar foe Dimond-West.

CER will honor its seniors prior to the 5:45 p.m. puck drop Saturday, Jan. 28 at the McDonald Center.

The game will serve as a preview to the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference tournament when Dimond-West, the No. 2 seed, will take on third-seeded CER on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 6:45 p.m. at Ben Boeke Ice Arena.