Flying with Eagles

Bruce Hamler was one of the first pioneers of paragliding in Alaska but helping to start a sport in Alaska wasn’t his intention.

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If you have driven along the Turnagain Arm during the bore tide, you have likely seen people surfing the cold water as they ride the waves.

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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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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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Getting back in the saddle

Think back to your youth - your very first ride with no training wheels, the sense of accomplishment, control and balance. As your confidence built, the feeling changed to exhilaration and joy as you tested your limits. Always a little faster and further, the wind in your face. And then the freedom you felt as you got older, meeting friends at the park, the library or the corner store on your own. Your bicycle was your transportation, a good friend, and your entertainment. At some point, the bicycle was replaced with other modes of transportation. It was relegated to the depths of the garage, and the joy you felt while you rode was forgotten. It's time to dig it out, dust it off, and make friends again.

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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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