Former Chugiak High boys basketball standout Colby Mitchell will be coming home. Mitchell, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward, recently signed a National Letter of Intent to play hoops at Division II Western Washington University, which makes at least two trips a season to Alaska as part of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
After winning only two games in the 2010-11 season, Eagle River’s boys basketball team finished 6-8 in Cook Inlet Conference play and was just two points shy of reaching the semifinals of the CIC tourney.
Chugiak’s girls bowling team remained in first place in the Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League standings after getting a 22-13 win over Dimond on Dec. 6 at Jewel Lake Bowl. Chugiak’s boys team didn’t fare as well against the Lynx, falling from first to third in the standings after a 35-0 loss. Eagle River’s boys dropped one spot in the league to fifth with a 27-8 loss to West, while the Wolves’ girl moved up one notch to fourth with a 27-8 victory.
First-place South (8-0) dealt Eagle River a 9-0 Cook Inlet Conference defeat Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the McDonald Center. The Wolves fell to 3-5 in the CIC.
Visiting West High handed Eagle River a 62-18 loss in Cook Inlet Conference wrestling action Dec. 5.
Nobody joins a Nordic ski team to lift weights or swim. “We’ve been doing a lot of weights, a lot of core, a lot of running,” said Eagle River Wolves head coach Liz Turner during a 5-kilometer freestyle Nordic ski race Saturday, Dec. 8 on Sand Lake.
Chugiak’s boys basketball team has several fresh faces this season. Just three returners are back for the Mustangs — Skyler Fullmer, Payton Fullmer and Roger Jorgensen. And of those three, only the Fullmer cousins saw significant playing time last season.
Sarissa Lammers and Sam Hartke could be seeing a lot of each other this season. The Chugiak duo finished fourth and fifth respectively at the Sand Lake 5-kilometer races held Dec. 8 in Anchorage to lead the Mustang girls to a fourth-place finish.
Eagle River High’s girls basketball program has managed only one win over the past three seasons. And that’s just where the Wolves are keeping that record — in the past.
Believe it or not, graduating six seniors and losing its point guard has benefited Chugiak’s girls basketball team, said third-year head coach Ryan Hales.