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Story Last modified at 9:09 p.m. on Wednesday, January 12, 2011

SPORTS BRIEFS

Berkowitz claims Copper Basin 300

Chugiak's Jake Berkowitz mushed his way onto the Alaska racing scene in a big way on Monday.

Berkowitz, a 24-year-old who grew up in St. Paul, Minn., held off reigning Iditarod champion Lance Mackey to win the Copper Basin 300, claiming the winner's share of the race's $15,000 purse.

Berkowitz arrived at the finish line in Paxon at 11:49 a.m. on Monday, beating Mackey to the final checkpoint by a little more than an hour. The Chugiak musher covered the 32-mile leg from Merier's Lake in one hour, 49 minutes – six minutes faster than Mackey, who left Meier's Lake at 11:05 a.m. Monday.

Berkowitz is a two-time Iditarod finisher who placed 31st in the 2009 race from Willow to Nome.

Cantor wins sled dog race at Tozier

Chugiak's Tilly Cantor bested the field at Tozier Track on Jan. 8, beating Dalton Baines by 47 seconds in the 7-dog class to claim the Alaska Sled Dog & Racing Association's second junior points race of the season.

Cantor, who attends Chugiak High School and also plays hockey for the Chugiak/Eagle River girls' hockey team, completed the eight-mile course in 25 minutes, 58 seconds.

Businessperson's race is Saturday

It's going to be a busy weekend at the Beach Lake mushing trails, where the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association plans to host a pack or races on Jan. 15 and 16.

The club's annual businessperson's race is set to kick things off at Noon on Saturday the 15th. The race pits local business leaders in a fun, competitive two-mile sprint race with three-dog teams.

Following the race, Heat 1 of the annual Eagle River Classic will commence.

On Sunday, the trails will play host to both Heat 2 of the Classic as well as the annual six-dog, eight-mile race, which begins at Noon.

Visit www.chugiakdogmushers.com for more information.

Bulawa, Cobb on winning side in Florida soccer tournament

Chugiak High seniors Kendra Bulawa and Kelly Cobb brought home more than just suntans from their recent trip to Florida. The pair also nabbed some gold.

Bulawa and Cobb were part of the Cook Inlet Soccer Club's Velocity 93 team that won the women's U18 Predator Division at the Disney Showcase tournament in Kissimmee, Fla.

Cobb scored the team's game-winning goal in its 1-0 win in the championship finals against FC Power (Cherry Hill, N.J.) on Jan. 3. Cobb led the team in scoring, while Bulawa was part of a defense that allowed just one goal in four games at the tournament, which bills itself as the premier college showcase tournament in the nation.



This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, January 12, 2011.