Let’s get ready to Rumbllllle. No, really. The fifth annual Rumble Cup is up for grabs yet again as Eagle River High wrestlers host Chugiak this Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. And while Eagle River won the inaugural event, the Mustangs have dominated the past three years, even though the Wolves were favored on paper to win last year, said Eagle River High coach Chris Ruggles.
Neither Chugiak nor Eagle River hockey teams could manage wins in a conference loaded with parity as Chugiak lost in overtime to Dimond, 3-2, and Service beat host Eagle River, 5-3, Saturday at the McDonald Center.
Local high school bowling teams won three of four matches at Eagle River Bowl, with Eagle River beating both Bartlett squads, and the Chugiak Mustangs sharing the glory with Dimond last Thursday. Despite some strong individual performances by a pair of Golden Bear rollers, the Wolves numbers carried the day, to the tune of 28-7 on the boys side, 31-4 on the girls.
Looking to peak at the right time of the season is the goal for both coaches and players on the Chugiak-Eagle River girls varsity hockey team, with their upcoming first-round tournament contest Jan. 29.
The Chugiak Lady Mustangs ended the week well, unending visiting South Anchorage, 48-34, Saturday, following their loss to the East T-Birds earlier in the week. Randi McMullen led all scorers with 15 points the Mustangs ran away with the win.
Learning to finish off the easy basket would go a long way toward a victory, hinted Eagle River boys basketball coach Fred Young after the Wolves’ 42-35 loss to Dimond last week. “It was another game that we let slip away,” he said, referencing the shortfall to South Anchorage High of the previous week. “We missed 15 layups — and nine of those were uncontested. We had breakaways; we just needed to learn to finish. We held Dimond to only 42 points. Our defense is doing well.”
Seventeen-year-old Chugiak High senior Rachel Gregg signed a NAIA National Letter of Intent with Lewis-Clark State College last Thursday. The six-foot outside hitter selected to play for the Warriors in Lewiston, Idaho, largely due to an engaging coach who saw Gregg play at the All-American camp in Alaska last July.
Chugiak High played the host, although not on the Beach Lake Trail System, for the first high school cross country meet of the calendar year Saturday. With the Anchorage Bowl in contention for the least amount of recorded snowfall, the little snowfall at the popular West Anchorage location was reworked yet again to pose a useable course, preventing a possible cancellation.
Hockey teams from Eagle River High and Chugiak High enjoyed wide-margins of victory Saturday, with the Wolves defeating Homer 5-1 at the McDonald Center and the Mustangs beating Soldotna 4-0 in Soldotna.
The Chugiak Mustangs varsity wrestling team recorded a sweep of their two matches Friday during the two-day John Tobin Invitational in Fairbanks last weekend. Several Mustangs posted dual wins in the team’s 52-24 win over West Valley and 50-21 nod over Anchorage’s Bartlett Bears, including Leif Thurmond (132 pounds), Jared Reed (138), Dustin Holta (145), Max Ditzler (152), Brandon Lowe (160), Colt Jury (170), Joseph Waller (182), and Jesse Nelson (195).