Among the 275 athletes participating in last weekend’s Fall Harvest swim meet, 65 competed under the banner of the Chugiak Aquatics Club, the host club for the meet, announced coach Anne Williams.
With practices beginning Oct. 20, coaches from both local high school boys hockey teams were given an idea of what they would have to work with for the 2014-15 season.
The Eagle River Varsity Comp Cheerleader was the final team to perform during the two-day Spirit Coaches Association Dance and Drill Fall Championships held at Chugiak High Friday and Saturday.
With the return of longtime hockey coach Scott Hulse back at the helm, expectations are high for the joint Chugiak-Eagle River High School girls hockey team.
Both Chugiak and Eagle River swimming and dive teams are expected to figure prominently in the results to be tabulated in the Region IV Championships held Thursday through Saturday at Bartlett High School.
The Wolves are howling on the ice, thanks to four straight victories including a tournament title in Kenai opening weekend. “It was nice to bring back some hardware,” said returning varsity coach Bill Comer, following wins of 6-0 over host Kenai, 7-2 over Soldotna and 4-2 over Homer.
The Mustangs boys hockey team was treated to an early season gut-check, losing 4-0 to South Anchorage at Ben Boeke Arena Nov. 11. Between broken bones, a broken skate blade and a game-disqualification handed down in the first period, Chugiak’s longtime hockey coach Rodney Wild said things couldn’t have gone much worst.
Scoring goals looks like it won’t be a concern for the combined Chugiak-Eagle River High girls hockey team, according to the tallies on score sheets taken from the squad’s first two games last week.
The importance of a good start cannot be overemphasized, particular in a sport where the competition lasts less than a month. Such is the case with middle school wrestling, with the first meet on Nov. 6 and the championships, Dec. 3-4.
With a 14-game regular season behind them, volleyball coaches from both Eagle River and Chugiak High had hoped for a little bit of magic to carry their teams into further post-season play.