Thanks to a pair of dominant, title-defending performances, first place of the Class 4A boys and girls races at the ASAA First National Bank Alaska 2013 Cross Country Running State Championships was never in question.
During his middle school cross country running career, Ty Jordan saved his best performance for the final race of the season at Kincaid Park. That trend has followed him to high school. The Chugiak sophomore shaved more than 20 seconds off his previous best Kincaid time to win the boys race at the Cook Inlet Conference Championships on Saturday, Sept. 28.
Chugiak went 10-2 in pool play to earn a spot in the Gold Bracket at the West Spiketacular volleyball tournament Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28. After pool play, the top seven out of the 21 teams advanced to the Gold Bracket, the next seven advanced to Silver and the remaining seven advanced to Bronze.
There were plenty of tearful hugs for Eagle River head football coach Jason Brewer following the Wolves homecoming game Saturday, Sept. 21. But coming up on the losing end of a 44-28 score to Chugiak wasn’t the reason. Brewer’s National Guard unit was called up earlier in the week and he left for training in Colorado about 12 hours after the Mustangs cruised to their seventh victory in the teams’ eight meetings. (Eagle River’s lone victory over Chugiak came via forfeit two years ago).
Chugiak and Eagle River’s first flag football meeting of the season took every second of the game to determine a winner. With no time left on the clock, Eagle River’s Maddie Corbett pulled Chugiak quarterback Alise Arnold’s flag deep inside Wolves territory to seal an 18-14 homecoming win for Eagle River on Saturday, Sept. 21.
There’s no doubt in Tina McPhetres mind that Chugiak will send a boys team to the state cross country running meet. McPhetres said she’s fortunate to have a deep pool of talent and any five of her top nine boys would secure one of the Cook Inlet Conference’s four automatic team berths. “I could race any of them and we would go to state,” she said.
Chugiak and Eagle River won a combined four relays and six individual events at the Bartlett-Chugiak Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 21. Sammy Burke (100 fly, 500 free) and Emmie Jennings (200 IM, 100 free) earned two individual wins apiece for Chugiak’s girls. Burke and Jennings teamed up with Marissa Headrick and Abby Blackstone to win the 200 free relay.
Neither Chugiak nor Dimond got into much of an offensive rhythm Friday, Aug. 30, but it was the Lynx who were dancing at the end of the night. Dimond used a late fourth-quarter score to edge visiting Chugiak 6-0 and earn its first win of the season. It was the first loss of the year for the Mustangs, who fell to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in Cook Inlet Conference play.
Chugiak’s Ty Jordan and Eagle River’s Nikki Boggs ran away with impressive victories in the first dual of the cross country running season Friday, Aug. 30 at Chugiak’s Beach Lake Trails. Jordan, a sophomore, won the boys 5-kilometer race in 17 minutes, 23 seconds — 34 seconds ahead of teammate David McPhetres in second.