The Chugiak Mustang softball team faced elimination but overcame, whittling away a 2-0 first-inning deficit, with three runs in the second inning, and three more in the third, en route to upending Bartlett’s hopes with a 8-3 win in the first game of a double-header Thursday at Albrecht Field.
They came from Anchorage and Wasilla, Fairbanks and Valdez, Nome and Bethel and even Minnesota and South Dakota. Close to 400 men and women swam, biked and ran in this year’s Eagle River Triathlon on June 1, a day that saw snow in the upper altitudes.
The kings are running on the Kenai and the Chinooks are arriving in Chugiak-Eagle River. The latter, of course, are the two-legged variety whose habitat in the diamond at Loretta French Park in Chugiak. College players from around the country are arriving this week and will quickly get down to business. Opening day for the Alaska Baseball League team is Sunday when the Chinooks open a four-game series of non-league games with the Mat-Su Miners.
The Eagle River baseball team won two of three games in the top tier round-robin tournaments, including a 4-1 victory over Dimond Friday, and 10-7 win over South last Saturday, to force a one-game play with West, which was held May 27.
The Eagle River Christian Eagles High School track teams garnered first and second place finishes among their boys and girls squads respectively, during the Alaska Christian Schools Athletic Association State Meet held at Wasilla High May 3.
Chugiak and Eagle River High School track and field teams performed well in the season-culminating Alaska Scholastic Athletic Association/First National Bank of Alaska State 4A championships held last Friday and Saturday at Dimond High.
The Eagle River varsity baseball team still has much to prove, with recent victories sending the team into the top tier and guaranteeing the squad a trip to the state tournament.
By the narrowest of margins, the Chugiak High girls track and field team secured the team title in the Cook Inlet Conference Championship, defeating host school Dimond, 107-105.5, Saturday.
The Mirror Lake Coyotes track and field team rode the wave of impressive relay team finishes to place first in the district-wide City Championships concluding May 8. The championships, the first time for athletes from all 11 schools to confront one another, was divided into three portions for running preliminaries, field championships and running finals at three different venues including the field finals, hosted by Mirror Lake.
The Mustang boys team won the annual Frosh-Sop meet, held May 10, at South Anchorage High. The girls placed second. Mustang coach Melissa Hall said the victory was largely due in part to a sweep in the majority of the relays and to first-place performances by John Weaver, in the 400m; Dillon Pratt, the100m; and Roan Hall, the 3200m.