SPORTS ROUNDUP: Soccer clubs win state titles, prep sports seasons in full swing

Friday, August 31, 2018 - 09:43
  • The Chugiak 05 Thunder girls soccer team won an Alaska state championship Aug. 5 in Fairbanks. (Photo courtesy Chugiak Soccer Club)
  • The Chugiak Soccer Club 06 Eagles won their second straight state championship at the Alaska state tournament Aug. 2-5 in Fairbanks. (Photo courtesy Chugiak Soccer Club)
  • Eagle River’s Aurora Bennett puts pressure on Bartlett quarterback Marilynn Nashalook during a flag football game on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at Bartlett High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River’s Caroline Corbett corrals Bartlett’s Sunny Bowlin-Stacy during a flag football game on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at Bartlett High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River quarterback Kamryn Perry runs with the ball while running back Spring Harris follows during the Wolves’ flag football game against Bartlett on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at Bartlett High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River’s Spring Harris runs the ball during a flag football game against Bartlett on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at Bartlett High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak and South players collide while going for the ball during the teams’ flag football game on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at Chugiak High School. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak’s Chasity Horn makes a catch in front of the South defense during a flag football game on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at Chugiak High School. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak’s Eva Palmer runs the ball against South during a flag football game on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at Chugiak High School. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • The Chugiak Invitational Volleyball tournament was held Aug. 18, 2018 at Chugiak High. Chugiak placed second in the 13-team field. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Griffin Marson of Eagle River High, returns the ball against Jack Perkins of South during a high school tennis match Thursday at Begich Middle School. Perkins defeated Marson 10-7 in a tiebreaker. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

The Chugiak Soccer Club claimed a pair of state championships Aug. 2-5 in Fairbanks.

The CSC boys 06 Eagles won for the second straight year, while the CSC 05 Thunder also claimed a crown.

The Eagles were led by Lynn Swanson and the Thunder were coached by Steve Day.

A total of five Chugiack Soccer Club teams entered the state tournament, according to Franklin Lawson of the Soutchcentral Soccer Alliance Alaska.

For more, visit ssaak.com.

Mustangs second at Chugiak Invite

Chugiak took second place at its annual Chugiak Invitational Volleyball Tournament Friday and Saturday at Chugiak High.

The 13-team tournament included teams from across southcentral Alaska.

Local teams open Cook Inlet Conference play this week, with Chugiak and Eagle River facing off at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23. Other upcoming matches include East at Chugiak and Eagle River at South on Aug. 28; and South at Chugiak on Aug. 29. Matches start at 7 p.m. following JV and C-team matches.

Gymnasts open season Aug. 23

Chugiak and Eagle River will open their high school gymnastics seasons Thursday, Aug. 23 at Chugiak High. The Mustangs and Wolves will take part in a three-team match with Service starting at 4:30 p.m.

Fired up for riflery

The Region IV riflery season begins Tuesday, Aug. 28 with both local teams on the road.

Chugiak and Eagle River held a practice match Aug. 21, but scores weren’t available when the Star went to press. On Aug. 28 at 3 p.m., Chugiak will travel to Service and Eagle River will visit West in the first matches of the regular season.

Flag football teams have tough openers

Chugiak and Eagle River opened their 2018 Cook Inlet Conference campaigns 0-2. Chugiak dropped its season opener to Service 34-0 on Aug. 16, then fell to South 13-0 on Aug. 18. The Wolves lost their opener 53-0 at Dimond and dropped a 44-0 decision to Bartlett at Bartlett. Chugiak hosted East and Eagle River hosted Service Aug. 23, but scores weren’t available when the Star went to press.

Eagle River will host Dimond for homecoming on Saturday at noon. Other upcoming games include South at Eagle River on Aug. 28 at 6:30 p.m. and Chugiak at West Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Chugiak tennis team bounces Service

Chugiak picked up a 5-4 prep tennis win on Aug. 16 at Service. The Mustangs got wins from Riley Fugere in boys singles, Francis Wanek/Ben Nisonger in boys doubles, Hanah DeKay in girls singles, Jordyn Bailey/Bethany Kesler in girls doubles and Jared Elison/Clair Mahoney in Mixed doubles.

Chugiak fell to West the next day, with Fugere and Bailey/Kesler posting wins along with Emilee Groth in girls singles.

Eagle River’s tennis team forfeited six of nine matches in a 9-0 loss to South on Aug. 16, although boys singles player Griffin Marson went to a tiebreaker against Jack Perkins, falling 10-7 in the tiebreaker after winning the opening set 7-5 and dropping the second 6-2.

Eagle River is at Chugiak on Thursday, Aug. 23 at 3 p.m.

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