The Rewind: Chugiak boys and Dimond/West girls hockey finish undefeated seasons with state titles, West dominates conference skiing championship

Welcome to The Rewind, a weekly digest that puts a spotlight on the biggest stories and best performances from Alaska’s world of sports.

On the high school sports scene, both the Chugiak boys and Dimond/West girls hockey teams capped off undefeated seasons by claiming state titles over the weekend and both West cross-country skiing teams claimed conference titles. On the college scene, the University of Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball team is on a three-game winning streak while the women’s team is on a two-game skid.

Headlines and highlights

The Chugiak boys hockey team didn’t just win a sixth state title program history and first since 2017 with their 5-2 victory over Cook Inlet Conference foe West on Saturday night. By doing so, the Mustangs finished the season 23-0-1, becoming the first team since Dimond in 2012 to go an entire season unbeaten. That year the Lynx went 26-0-0 and dispatched Service 6-1 in the state title game. Chugiak tied with 2022 state champion Dimond 2-2 in its second game of the season back on Nov. 4 and rattled off 22 straight victories to win it all including three wins over the Lynx, the third of which came in the opening round of the state tournament 5-2 Thursday.

[‘Committed’ Chugiak hockey team completes unbeaten season with Alaska Division I championship]

While the boys were battling it out in Wasilla at the Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center, the 2022-23 girls hockey state championship took place in town at the Ben Boeke Ice Arena and wrapped Saturday as well. Just as the Chugiak boys tore through their bracket, the Dimond/West girls did the same to claim their second straight title and complete an undefeated season of their own at a perfect 12-0 with no ties or blemishes on their overall record. They outscored their opponents a combined 6-1 in two games after getting a first-round bye.

[Dimond/West claim second straight Alaska girls high school hockey title with shutout of Fairbanks]

The Cook Inlet Conference cross-country skiing championships took place this past weekend at Kincaid Park and featured some impressive performances from some of the usual and unusual suspects. While Service has been the cream of the crop in previous years, winning the last three team state titles, West appears to be the biggest threat to making it four in a row after both the Eagles boys and girls squads came away with CIC titles.


Aaron Power of the Cougars and Marley Ireland of Bettye Davis East received Skimeister titles for their impressive performances. Power came in first in Friday’s classic race and helped power Service to a second-place finish in Saturday’s freestyle relay race while Ireland came in second to Dimond’s Emily Erickson in the girls classic race and was on the Thunderbirds’ A team that took third in the relay.

[West sweeps Region IV skiing team titles; Service’s Power and East’s Ireland earn Skimeister titles]

The two best high school basketball games from the past week took place out in the Mat-Su Valley as both the Colony boys and girls varsity squads narrowly notched road victories over rival Wasilla last Tuesday night. The girls result was especially compelling and significant given it came in thrilling fashion for the Knights over the 2022 4A state runner-up Warriors 57-54 while the Knights boys team won 63-61.

On the same night, the bowling season came to a close and saw the Eagle River boys complete an undefeated season. The Wolves finished the year with a perfect 14-0 record and capped off their dominant run with a 31-4 win over Bettye Davis East. The Dimond girls finished the year with a 13-1 record with their lone loss coming against Eagle River last month, and in their final match, they handily beat Chugiak 31-4.

On the college hoops scene, the UAA men’s team recorded back-to-back wins for the first time since early January to establish its second-longest winning streak of the season at three games after beating Simon Fraser on Thursday and Western Washington on Saturday. The Seawolves’ leading scorer over the past week was junior forward Sawyer Storms with a combined 30 points in the two games, 21 of which came in a nearly perfect performance against the Vikings where the only shot he missed came on one of his 9 free-throw attempts.

The UAA women’s team dropped back-to-back games for the second time this season after falling to Northwest Nazarene in overtime on Thursday despite a career night from senior guard Vishe’ Rabb, who recorded a game-high 35 points. The Seawolves dropped their second straight to Central Washington on Saturday in lopsided fashion by a staggering 31 points, which was their second-largest margin of defeat of the season.

The Anchorage Wolverines ended their five-game road stand with a two-game series with the Wisconsin Windigo over the weekend that they wound up splitting. After getting blown out 9-3 on Friday night, they bounced back with a 2-1 victory via shootout on Saturday. They had three players score a goal over the course of the two games, with Soldotna’s Trent Powell being the leading scorer with a pair of goals in the first game.

The UAA indoor track team had a pair of program records fall on opposite ends of the state of Washington over the weekend as Drew Johnson ran a 4:09.96 in the mile at the Husky Classic and Max Kremser ran a 48.25 in his Seawolves debut at the Whitworth Invitational.

The UAA ski team produced a pair of top five finishes at the Denver University Invite over the weekend with Ainsley Proffit finishing fourth in the slalom on Saturday after posting the fifth-fastest second run to finish fourth overall in 1:31.47. On Sunday, Ella Bromee came in fifth place in the slalom in the final race of the event with a time of 1:33.75 that helped the Seawolves finish fifth out of 10 teams.

Alaska stars shining Outside

Shungnak’s Spencer Woods was the only U.S. wrestler to advance to the medal round of Sunday’s Zagreb Open Greco Roman tournament in Croatia. Woods just missed out on earning a medal after placing fifth in the 180-pound weight class following a 7-2 decision defeat in the bronze medal match against Peter Doemoek of Hungary.

In women’s wrestling news, a trio of Alaskans earned trips to the podium at the McKendree University Bearcat Open last Sunday in Lebanon, Illinois. They were highlighted by Sitka’s Sydnee Kimber of Mt. Edgecumbe fame who recorded four straight victories at the 191-pounds weight class, all of which came via pin as the three-time defending national champion dominated on her way to a first-place finish. Anchorage’s Shelby Ottum of North Central College and Jayleen Sekona of Colorado Mesa each produced fourth-place finishes.

Gambell’s Wallace Ungwiluk came up just shy of his season-high in points scored in a single game with 21 on Senior Night for Multnomah University in a 93-87 loss to Evergreen in Portland, Oregon this past Saturday. The 5-foot-11 grad student didn’t come off the court, playing every minute, knocking down four 3-pointers and recorded 16 points in the first half by going 6-of-8 from the field as the Lions built a 52-43 lead at halftime.

Last week’s results

Prep Basketball



Chugiak 40, Eagle River 27



Service 36, Eagle River 31

West 57, South 27

Dimond 43, Chugiak 32

Colony 57, Wasilla 54

Monroe Catholic 50, North Pole 20


Grace Christian 69, South 48

Wasilla 53, Delta 9



West 59, Bartlett 29

Dimond 60, Lumen Christi 36

Grace Christian 46, Soldotna 37


Grace Christian 48, Monroe Catholic 35



Eagle River 61, Chugiak 53

Sitka 48, Wrangell 42

Houston 70, Redington 28



East 75, Bartlett 37

Dimond 64, Chugiak 22

Service 46, Eagle River 24

West 65, South 39

Colony 63, Wasilla 61

Wrangell 34, Sitka 29


Soldotna 65, Nikiski 55

Monroe 67, North Pole 43


ACS 60, Palmer 39

Monroe Catholic 53, Thunder Mountain 45

Klawock 73, Angoon 43

King Cove 67, Lumen Christi 34

Sand Point 83, Birchwood Christian 27

Hutchison 57, Eielson 51


North Pole 43, Seward 37

Lathrop 60, Thunder Mtn 55

Service 55, Kodiak 49

Mt Edgecumbe 71, Delta 68

Shismaref 80, Savoonga 75

Barrow 58, Cordova 32

Hooper Bay 78, Huslia 35

Kotzebue 67, Homer 61 ot

Valdez 68, Redington 36


Barrow 50, Valdez 47

Edge 65, North Pole 43

Seward 56, Delta 36

Cordova 56, Redington 34

West Valley 73, Thunder Mountain 56

Houston 75, Kotzebue 48

Kokrine 74, Minto 72

Kodiak 63, Palmer 55

West 74, Bartlett 54

Dimond 72, Service 56

Juneau-Douglass 71, Kayhi 64

Bettye Davis East 71, Eagle River 33

Metlakatla 71, Petersburg 50

South 61, Chugiak 48

Shishmaref 68, Gambell 50

Nelson Island 72, Newtok 43

Hooper Bay 60, Tri Valley 35

Bethel 53, Homer 37


Juneau 75, Kayhi 72

Seward 44, Cordova 33

Thunder 67, Lathrop 52

Kotzebue 62, Bethel 52

Bettye Davis East 66, Wasilla 54

Hopper Bay 92, Shaktoolik 69

Scammon Bay 70, Unalakleet 54

Nelson Island 69, Newtok 54

Koyukuk 77, Elim 31

Tanalian 47, Bristol Bay 37

Teller 84, Savoonga 78

Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches Power Rankings

4A Girls

  1. Anchorage Christian
  2. Colony
  3. Wasilla
  4. Juneau Douglas
  5. Dimond/West

4A Boys

  1. Dimond
  2. East
  3. West Valley
  4. Monroe Catholic
  5. Colony

3A Girls

  1. Grace Christian
  2. Monroe Catholic
  3. Mt Edgecumbe
  4. Barrow
  5. Seward

3A Boys

  1. Grace Christian
  2. Nome-Beltz
  3. Mt Edgecumeb
  4. Houston
  5. Valdez/ Barrow

2A Girls

  1. Tikigaq
  2. Glennallen
  3. Haines
  4. Susitna Valley
  5. Craig

2A Boys

  1. Ninilchik
  2. Tikigaq
  3. Metlakatla
  4. Hooper Bay
  5. Petersburg

1A Girls

  1. Lumen Christi
  2. Cook Inlet Academy
  3. Shaktoolik
  4. Newhalen
  5. Shishmaref

1A Boys

  1. Scammon Bay
  2. Nelson Island Toksook Bay
  3. Cook Inlet Academy
  4. Shaktoolik
  5. Minto/ Shishmaref




Dimond 35, Chugiak 0

Eagle River 31, East 4

Service 23, Bartlett 12

West 25, South 10


Dimond 31, Chugiak 4

Eagle River 31, East 4

Service 29, Bartlett 6

West 29, South 6




West 5, Soldotna 4

Colony 5, South 0

Chugiak 5, Dimond 2

West Valley 4, over Wasilla 3 (OT)


Chugiak 3, Colony 1

West 4, West Valley 1

South 4, Dimond 2

Wasilla 5, Soldotna 3


Chugiak 5, West 2



South/Bartlett 1, Kenai Peninsula 0

Valley 4, Service/East 0

Fairbanks 8, Chugiak/Eagle River 0


Dimond/West 3, Valley 1

Fairbanks Arctic Bears 3, South/Bartlett 2

Chugiak/Eagle River 4, Kenai Peninsula 1


Dimond/West 3, Fairbanks Arctic Bears 0


Women’s Basketball


Northwest Nazarene 78, UAA 75 (OT)


Central Washington 87, UAA 56

Men’s Basketball


UAA 58, Simon Fraser 51


UAA 89, Western Washington 79



Wisconsin Windigo 9, Anchorage Wolverines 3


Anchorage Wolverines 2, Wisconsin Windigo 1 (SO)

Fast Forward



Bettye Davis East @ Dimond, Thursday 7:30 p.m.

The top two teams in the AABC’s 4A Classification Power Rankings will face off for the first time this season with the No. 1 spot in next week’s rankings likely on the line. This promises to be the best high school hoops action in town all week with both the Thunderbirds and Lynx currently with 15 wins and undefeated in conference play with perfect 7-0 records against Cook Inlet Conference opponents.



UAA v Western Oregon at Alaska Airlines Center, Saturday 5:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Both the men’s and women’s programs will be playing their last two home games of the 2022-2023 season this week. The Seawolves will start the week’s action on Thursday with a doubleheader against Simon Fraser with the men playing first and the women second. They will do the same Saturday but in reverse order for Senior Night where several players will play on their home court for the last time in their respective collegiate careers.


Anchorage Wolverines v Janesville Jets at Ben Boeke Ice Arena, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

The team will be back in town and on their home ice for the first time since splitting a two-game series with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in January. After a five-game road stand, they will host the Jets for a two-game series. On the season, Anchorage is 2-3 against Janesville with one victory at home and the other on the road, so they’ll have a chance to take a one-game lead in the season series with a sweep.

Josh Reed

Josh Reed is a sports reporter for the Anchorage Daily News. He's a graduate of West High School and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.