SPORTS ROUND-UP: Mustangs head into homecoming 5-0
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Homecoming weekend had mixed results for two local high school football coach.
Both Eagle River’s Bob Adkins and Chugiak’s Roger Spackman brought their teams to their own hometowns Sept. 8, with Adkins taking the Wolves to his former stomping grounds in the Interior and Spackman leading the Mustangs south to his childhood home in northern Utah.
Things went great for the Mustangs, who overcame a slow start to post a 40-27 win over Green Canyon High in North Logan, Utah. The win lifted Chugiak to 5-0 heading into its actual homecoming game, which is Friday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. against nonconference Kenai Central at Huffer Stadium.
Chugiak will return to Railbelt Conference play Sept. 22 against Wasilla before wrapping the regular season at home Sept. 29 against undefeated and top-ranked Colony.
As for the Wolves, they stumbled badly in the second half of a 30-14 nonconference loss to West Valley, falling to 2-3 on the season. Eagle River took a 14-6 lead in the third quarter before giving up 24 straight points to spoil the homecoming for Eagle River’s first-year head coach, who grew up in North Pole.
Michael Caywood scored on a 17-yard touchdown for Eagle River, who also got a 7-yard scoring strike from Ryan Adkins to Kam Williams.
Eagle River’s most crucial stretch of the season begins Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Wolves’ Den, when the team plays the first of three straight Northern Lights Conference games to end the season with a 2 p.m. clash against Palmer. The Wolves are currently 0-1 in the NLC and face defending state champion Soldotna on Sept. 23 before concluding the regular season at Kodiak on Sept. 30.
Eagle River flag football coach Dave Richards believes his team is moving in the right direction.
“I feel like we’re playing a lot better right now,” said Richards, whose team fell 20-0 to East on Saturday, Sept. 9.
A first-year coach, Richards said he and the team are learning as they go.
“More than anything it’s just getting experience,” he said.
Mustangs win in OT
Chugiak quarterback Chasity Horn scored on a nine-yard touchdown run in overtime to lift the Mustangs to a 13-7 flag football win over South on Friday, Sept. 8 at South High.
Carson Head also scored for the Mustangs, catching a 16-yard touchdown pass from Horn in the first half.
Chugiak’s Alyssa Saylor and Anna Madsen each won two individual events, with Saylor taking the all-around title as the Mustangs won a three-team high school gymnastics meet on Thursday, Sept. 7 at Chugiak High.
Chugiak won the meet with 194.3 points, followed by Eagle River in second with 139.3 and Service third with 70.35.
Saylor won the floor exercise and balance beam, with Madsen winning her only two events, the vault and uneven bars.
Eagle River’s Anescia Lewis finished second in the all-around for the Wolves.
Chugiak 7, Bartlett 2
Chugiak swept the doubles and girls matches in a 7-2 high school tennis win over Bartlett on Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Alaska Club East in Anchorage.
Emilee Groth and Tyanna Melak won their girls singles matches for the Mustangs, who also got wins from Jared Elison/Ryan Winborg and Tyler Winborg/Nate Soltenberg in boys doubles, Becky LaRue/Bethany Kesler and Megan Anschutz/Madelyn Bistodeau in girls doubles and Sam Hall/Claire Mahoney in mixed doubles.
Service 7, Wolves 2
Eagle River got wins from Chase McGraw in boys singles and Sterling Retzlaff and Will Michener in boys doubles in a 7-2 prep tennis defeat to Service on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at a rainy Begich Middle School in Anchorage.
The Wolves’ girls doubles team of Riley Sanchez and Sina Schmidt lost in the day’s only tiebreaker.
Matches were shortened due to rainy weather at the middle school’s courts.
West 5, Eagle River 4
The Wolves picked up wins from Brendan Miles (boys singles), Jilito Ramos/Raymond Musick (boys doubles), Will Michener/Sterling Retzlaff (boys doubles) and Kali Spencer/Alexia Canado (girls doubles) in a 5-4 high school tennis loss to West High on Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Alaska Club East in Anchorage.
Heaphy breaks record
Eagle River’s John Heaphy broke his own school record during a dual swim meet with West on Friday, Sept. 8 at the Bartlett pool.
Heaphy clocked a winning time of 1 minute, 0.58 seconds to break the ERHS 100 yard breaststroke record. Heaphy also won the 200 individual medley for the Wolves, who also got two wins each from Sam Horning (boys 50 and 100 yard freestyle), Gracie Keen (girls 200 IM and 100 butterfly) and Katherine Horning (50 free, 100 free).
Also picking up individual wins for Eagle River were Michael Farthing in the boys 500 freestyle and Ellie Mercer in the girls 100 backstroke.
Dimond easily handled Chugiak on Friday, Sept. 8 at Dimond High in Anchorage. The Lynx got nine kills from Alissa Pili to take a 3-0 sweep, winning games of 25-21, 25-15 and 25-7.