Eagle River’s hockey season is off to a howling good start.
The Wolves improved to 3-0 in the Cook Inlet Conference with a 13-0 thrashing of the East Thunderbirds Tuesday at Ben Boeke.
Logan Dudinsky had a hat trick for Eagle River, which got two goals each from Marshall Yeargan, Talyn Meyer and Tay Kurpius and outshot East 78-5. Nick Silance, Ty McEnaney, Brayden Rachow and Tucker Lien also scored for the Wolves.
East goalie Jesse Oja made 65 saves, while Eagle River’s Brenden Whetsell all five shots he faced to earn the shutout.
Last year’s state high school swim meet proved to be a pool of despair for Eagle River’s John Heaphy and Chugiak’s Izzy Powers.
The duo entered the meet as two of the state’s most dominant swimmers, yet neither left with an individual title — Heaphy got nipped at the line in the 100-yard breaststroke by Thunder Mountain’s Bergen Davis, while an injured Powers failed to defend the 50- and 100-yard freestyle titles she won as a sophomore.
Eagle River’s Bob Adkins was rewarded for leading the Wolves to their best season in program history by being named the Alaska Division II Coach of the Year following All-State voting by the state’s football coaches.
Adkins wasn’t the only member of his family honored — son Ryan was named a first-team All-State defensive back and second-team quarterback after leading the Wolves to a program-best 6-3 record and a loss in the state championship game. Adkins was joined on the first team by senior wideout Mason Piper, who also made the second-team as a defensive back.
Chugiak-Eagle River runners were frighteningly fast Saturday on the streets of downtown Anchorage.
Chugiak’s Daniel Bausch, 17, won the men’s Frightening 4K race by seven seconds over Palmer 23-year-old Chris Osiensky, crossing the finish line in 11 minutes, 30 seconds. A senior at Chugiak High School, Bausch also won the Division I cross country championship last month at Bartlett High.
Eagle River used superior depth to earn a 5-2 high school riflery win Friday over South.
The Wolves lost the A team shoot 1,138-1,130, but claimed victory in both the B and C matches to earn the overall win.
Lindsey Foschee shot a 280 and Rylee Prince had a 279 to lead the B shooters, with Abigail Foger shooting a 270 to lead the C team for the Wolves, who had nine shooters shoot 270 or higher. Ava Perkins and Emma Mackenzie shot 283 to lead the A shooters.
Eagle River rocked on opening night of the 2018-19 Cook Inlet Conference hockey season with a 2-1 win Friday night over defending state champion Dimond at Ben Boeke.
The Wolves got a short-handed goal from Tucker Lien to open the scoring in the first period and extended the lead to 2-0 on a power play tally from Logan Dudinsky in the second. Dudinsky assisted on Lien’s goal and Ty McEnaney had a helper on Dudinsky’s.
Dimond got a third-period goal from Teague Porter, but it wasn’t enough as Wolves goalie Ryan Gray made 32 saves on 33 shots to backstop the win.