In little more than a blink of the eye, Eagle River High School turns 10 years old this year, with Saturday’s Homecoming events covering three sports teams, followed up by a school-wide dance.
The Chugiak varsity volleyball team rallied from two games, winning the final three, to stage an exciting 3-2 victory over visiting Service Sept. 10.
With two remaining weeks, Eagle River tennis coach Stanley Thornton said the Wolves are now sporting a complete roster. “We have 15 now,” said the coach Sunday, with two regular season matches remaining.
Jami Stone stands at the edge of the Bartlett High School diving board, her back turned away from the water, her arms raised out to the sides. She stands motionless, her entire body still.
On a night better suited for fishing for silvers or hunting ducks from under a blind, the Chugiak Mustangs proved the capable predator, stalking the Dimond Lynx methodically, en route to a 41-7 victory Friday at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.
Chugiak High freshman Brynn Kruchoski led the girls field in Friday afternoon’s dual 3K cross-country running meet held at the Beach Lake Ski Trails. Kruchoski’s time of 12 minutes, 31 seconds beat runner-up Sara Hartke, a Chugiak junior, by 5 seconds. Third place went to Chugiak’s Hannah Booher, also a junior.
Mustangs coach Roger Spackman said he was proud of the way his undersized team battled against a big Bartlett squad that features 18 players listed at 220 pounds or more.
Both local high school swimming and diving teams took part in three-way meets this past week with Chugiak squads besting both West and host Service, while Eagle River finished second at Dimond on Aug. 29.
The Alaska Mountain Runners recently held their end-of-the-season banquet, and six local runners received age group awards. Two also earned the much coveted “The Gamut” status.