Ryan Stewart’s first Alaska Highland Scottish Games couldn’t have gone much better. The 34-year-old from Draper, Utah, won five of eight events and claimed the overall professional title out of a field of seven Saturday, June 29 at Lions Park in Eagle River.
The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks looked poised to snap a seven-game losing streak, but the visiting Peninsula Oilers had other plans. Trailing by five, the Oilers racked up 13 runs in the final three innings to earn a 15-7 win and hand the Chinooks their eighth consecutive Alaska Baseball League loss Monday, June 24 at Loretta French Park.
Eight professional athletes are coming to Eagle River Saturday to test their strength. This year’s pro category of field events is sure to wow the crowd at the 32nd Annual Alaska Scottish Highland Games, event chair Chris Anderson said.
Chugiak Post 33 crammed 17 games into the first month of its American Legion season to make time to travel to the Lower 48. The Mustangs left Wednesday, June 26 for an 11-day trip where they’ll play tournaments in Paducah, Ky., and Columbia, Tenn.
Eagle River’s Michael Blanchard posted a time of 3 hours, 2 minutes, 22 seconds to place 15th overall and lead all local competitors across the finish line at the 40th Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon Saturday, June 22 in Anchorage.
The asphalt was kicked — thoroughly. About 250 people, mostly locals, turned out for the inaugural “Kickin’ Asphalt in Eagle River” 5-kilometer run on a hot, sunny evening June 13.
It didn’t matter who you rooted for Saturday, June 15 at Loretta French Park — both sides were home teams. The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks played a seven-inning exhibition game against Chugiak Post 33 and Eagle River American Legion all-stars.
High school may be over for David Fuller and Kyle Frost, but their baseball careers aren’t. Fuller and Frost, both recent Eagle River High graduates, are heading to Washington state to further their athletics and academics.
In a sure sign the team’s support is growing, many fans showed up to this year’s Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks home opener already wearing their team’s red, white and blue gear. One of those fans was little 3-year-old Theodore Manolas IV, who toddled into Loretta French Park wearing a proud grin and a blue Chinooks t-shirt.
Chugiak-Eagle River swept a home-and-home series against Mat-Su to start the 2013 Alaska Baseball League season. After earning a 6-4 win in extra innings at Hermon Brothers Field on Sunday, June 9, the Chinooks defeated the Miners 3-1 the following night at Loretta French Park. Pitching keyed the home opening victory, head coach Jon Groth said. The Chinooks five pitchers allowed just four hits and only one walk.