The anticipation was almost palpable. With little over a minute on the clock, Chugiak’s Kris Tomazevic was penalized for boarding, and Eagle River traded in their goalie for an extra man on offense. Everyone in the McDonald Center leaned forward.
Chugiak and Eagle River High’s football programs will take the field next season with new head coaches at the helm. Matt Turner is taking over the Wolves’ program while Roger Spacking will be leading the Mustangs.
Nordic skiers started the season off with a sprint skate race on an icy course at the Service Snowball on Saturday, Dec. 7. The 53 Mustangs are split just about evenly between boys and girls, said first-year head coach Cody Priest. “It’s a good mix of kids,” he said. “Not really any gaps.”
Robert Huffer (152 pounds) won three matches for Chugiak, which went 1-2 in a quad meet against Dimond, East and Service at Dimond High on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Richard Burroughs (220 pounds) and Toren Cheely (195) earned two pinfall wins for the Mustangs.
Cat Papasodora held the top spot entering the final round of the Cook Inlet Conference riflery championships Saturday, Dec. 7 at West High. All she had to do was hold off the other nine best marksmen through a final round where each fired 10 additional shots. No problem.
Chugiak and Eagle River’s hockey teams suffered losses prior to the Thanksgiving break. West High scored with under two minutes in regulation to edge Chugiak 2-1 on Monday, Nov. 25 at McDonald Center. Taylor Garner scored for the Mustangs with Adam Groendyke and Kris Tomazevic getting the helpers.
2008 Chugiak High graduate Ramey Weaver will participate in her second Winter World University Games as part of the U.S. women’s national hockey team Dec. 10-21 in Trentino, Italy. Weaver also played in the Games two years ago.
Eagle River’s Xavier Horton and Gavin Arnold finished third to lead all local wrestlers at the Lancer Smith Invitational at Palmer on Saturday, Nov. 23. Horton earned a 6-2 decision over Service’s Emetrius McLeod in the 170-pound, third-place match.
Chugiak and Eagle River cruised to victories in the second week of play in the Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League on Thursday, Nov. 21 at Jewel Lake Bowl. Alex Leibbrand rolled a 231 to help Eagle River’s boys down Service 25-10. Bobby Leibbrand had a high score of 200 for the Wolves.
Chris Ruggles couldn’t have started his first season at the helm of Eagle River High’s wrestling program much better. With just 11 grapplers, the Wolves placed second out of 14 teams at the Bob Bailey Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16 at Bartlett High. East won the team title with 176.5 points and nearly twice as many wrestlers as Eagle River (102 points).