The trailhead at the Eagle River Nature Center opens the pathway to spring. As you set out down the trail, the sweet scent of fresh green pines baking in the sun is strong. It’s a unique alpine announcement that spring is in the air.

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Daniel Bausch stellar Chugiak distance runner

Daniel Bausch finished around last place in his very first run in the seventh grade. Now the junior runner at Chugiak High School is closing in on two very strong school records and winning races on one of the most famous tracks in America.   On April 13, Bausch recently made the distance runner’s pilgrimage to the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field, where the Eugene city limits welcome you to “Track Town USA.”  

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Chugiak’s Liam Baez-Terry signs letter of intent to run cross country for Montana State University-Northern

Chugiak High School distance runner Liam Baez-Terry had his college signing day April 26th where he signed his letter of intent to run for the Montana State University-Northern men’s cross country team next fall.   Joined by his parents Laura and Michael, coaches and teammates honored Baez-Terry for his four years of consistent hard work and dedication on the Mustang cross country and track teams.  Located in Havre, Montana, the MSU-Northern Cross Country team competes in the NAIA Frontier Conference with member schools from Montana, Idaho and Oregon.

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Eagle River Hockey League: Coming into their own

Looking back at the 2017-18 season, the Eagle River Hockey League definitely came into its own. Preseason assertions that the ERHL would be nothing more than "just another beer league" fell by the wayside as week by week the dedication of players, coaches, sponsors, and those in the stands became apparent.I am an outsider to the hockey world. I have to admit, my assumption of a small town adult hockey league was that it would be something akin to adult pick-up basketball games at the YMCA; lots of ace bandages and ill-fitting tank tops. What I came to discover after covering about 25 games over the space of a week, was that the ERHL is highly organized, locally supported, masterfully publicized, stylistically merchandised, and serious hockey league.

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11th Annual Coach Mac Cup

The action-packed weekend tournament was non-top, high-speed hockey where the indoor rink setting could barely contain the pond-style fun. Three games ran simultaneously cross-ice where teams of 3-on-3, plus a goalie, faced off for 20 minutes, meaning- pucks were definitely flying in all directions at an average rate of about 100 goals per hour of play.  A fifth player watched by the half boards, always ready for the royal rumble tag in. The high-score honors went to the Ale Star vs Prestige Worldwide game whose stick swinging accounted for a combined 23 goals.

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Obstacles or opportunities for Sno-X kids

Dane Ferguson has always made the most of obstacles in his path, turning what many would consider day-ending crashes into golden opportunities. His career of high-flying flips on snowmachines is legendary. He has an X Games gold medal to his name and is known throughout the freestyle ranks as a pioneer of the backcountry freestyle big air movement.Things changed when Ferguson and his wife Katie started a family. Raising their kids in the sport became a new passion.

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Eagle River Hockey League: AA Championship Game

ER Alehouse are your 2018 AA ERHL champions, having defeated PIAS 3-1 in the playoff finale. Ryan Weaver filled his scrapbook with 10 total points these playoffs, with two coming off his two-goal final game performance for Alehouse.

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Eagle River Hockey League: AA Semi-Finals: Game 12

In the AA consolation game, Cubs brought home victory, defeating OMR 3-2 in a friendly faceoff which eventually snowballed into an over-time thriller. As the Cubbies and OMR faced-off for the opening puck drop, respective goalies Patrick Zmuda and Jon Maroney attempted their luck at center ice.

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Eagle River Hockey League: AA Semi-Finals: Game 11

ER Alehouse and Stellar Designs faced off in AA division semi-final action to see who would make it to the big dance. Alehouse was the last band standing, as they outplayed Stellar 2-0 into the AA finals.  Always wheeling Chad Lammers, provided Alhouse’s two goals in his unassisted scoring performance.

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Eagle River Hockey League: AA Semi-Finals: Game 10

3-31-18- Saturday at the Mac, it was the semi-final game 10 of the ERHL AA playoffs where PIAS saved the best for last in their third period 2-1 upset thriller over the top ranked Shines.   PIAS rose to the occasion as they found themselves in the improbable position of punching their ticket into AA final.

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