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.
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.
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.
The rain might have held off until the end of the night, but there was plenty of slop on the field when Eagle River and West met Saturday, Aug. 31 at Anchorage Football Stadium. The Eagles earned a 35-29 win in a contest that featured 10 fumbles, seven turnovers and 190 penalty yards.
Chugiak tennis used three forfeits to edge rival Eagle River 5-4 on Aug. 28. Jacob Shercliffe (boys No. 2 singles) and Tasha Boyer (girls No. 1 singles) earned wins on the court for the Mustangs.
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.
Anyone who pays attention to Chugiak High football knows Jake Brownlee and Kenny Pegues are two of the team’s leaders. On Friday, Aug. 23, they showed why. The seniors anticipated West’s final play of the game, which ended 14-7 in favor of Chugiak after Brownlee’s one-handed sack of Eagles quarterback Tyrone Davis on fourth down in overtime at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.
Jon Schroeder might not be running the Mustangs flag football program anymore, but the team is still benefitting from the groundwork laid by the longtime Chugiak coach. Of the 17 on varsity, 11 are seniors, including all eight returners. New coach Marilyn Campnell said the team’s experience makes her job a little easier.