There was a packed house of fans on hand at the Harry J. McDonald Memorial Center for the regular season final between Chugiak and Eagle River High hockey teams Saturday. They did not go home unentertained.
Much of the crowd was still buzzing over the 145-pound Regional championship match between Eagle River’s Marcus Amico and top-seeded Rami Pellumbi, of South Anchorage, even more than an hour after Saturday’s evening’s last title match at Chugiak High.
The host Chugiak High boys basketball team got the better of cross-town opponent Eagle River High, winning 47-42, Jan. 27. The Mustangs galloped out to a fast start, hitting six of the team’s first eight shots, to take a lead they never relinquished.
The Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey team went 1-2 among their three pool games during last week’s season-ending tournament in Anchorage. The local team, combined with girls from the two local high schools, opened the six-team tourney with a 3-1 win over South-Bartlett in the late game Thursday.
With the skies yielding the fluffy white stuff, things are certainly looking better for areawide high school cross country skiers, including the number of races, with two last week. Both Chugiak and Eagle River High competed in the Twilight Freestyle Relay, held Tuesday, Jan. 20, and the Freestyle Gerbil Loop race Saturday, Jan. 24. Both events were held at Kincaid Park.
With the regular season closing with victories awarded due to the slimmest of margins, the Chugiak Mustang varsity wrestling team will host and compete in the Region IV Tournament, Friday and Saturday.
What a difference a night makes. Oh, and a change in opponents helps too. The Eagle River hockey team experienced the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat on successive night last week, as they defeated North Pole, 10-2, Thursday, before falling to Fairbanks powerhouse, West Valley, 6-2, Friday.
Finding their groove on the oiled lanes at Eagle River Bowl was little problem for members of the Chugiak and Eagle River High bowling teams as they swept opponents East and Service, respectively, on Jan. 22.
Perhaps in no other varsity program is the parity of classes more apparent than among those playing for the Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey team. With five freshman and four sophomores, it is the underclassmen that rank superior, at least numerically, to the balance of the team’s roster including three juniors and three seniors.
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.