Chugiak High is losing more than six decades of coaching experience. Three longtime coaches, Jon Schroeder, Kevin Fullmer and Top Dill, stepped down following the 2012-13 school year.
Chugiak High (5-5) went 1-2 at the Cook Inlet Conference baseball tournament to finish the high school season in third place. Each game offered plenty of excitement. In the opening round, Chugiak used a 12-run, two-out rally in the top of the seventh inning to beat West (5-5) 20-9 on May 22 at Mulcahy Stadium.
To finish as the best high school softball team in the state, pitching is essential. “It always begins and ends in the circle,” Chugiak head coach Jim Huber said. For the Mustangs, who finished third at state last year, that puts the pressure on Carly Metcalf and Katy Bakker.
Chugiak High’s Tyler Rohde won the 200-meter dash and 300 hurdles and took second in the 110 hurdles to lead all local tracksters at the Brian Young Invitational on Friday and Saturday, May 24-25 at Kodiak. The event featured 20 teams from around the state.
Last week, Shaquan Rhoades began one journey and ended another. A day prior to graduating from Eagle River High, Rhoades signed a letter of intent to play basketball for New Mexico Military Institute on May 15.
The battle for bragging rights on the pitch will have to wait until next year. Chugiak and Eagle River High’s boys soccer teams were supposed to end the regular season against one another Saturday, May 18, however, the crosstown rivalry was canceled due to snow.
Chugiak opened the Cook Inlet Conference softball tournament with two wins Tuesday, May 21, ensuring a berth to the large schools state tournament May 31 and June 1 at Cartee Fields in Anchorage.
The weather at the Class 4A ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Track and Field Championships was anything but typical for mid-May in Fairbanks. Instead of seeking shade from the sun’s rays, athletes used Lathrop High as shelter from snow and wind Friday and Saturday, May 17-18.
Chugiak (4-3) ended the high school baseball regular season with a 9-4 loss to West on Monday, May 20 at Mulcahy Stadium. Two days later, the third-ranked Mustangs played No. 2 West (5-2) again in the first round of the Cook Inlet Conference tournament. A score was not available when the Star went to press.
Former Chugiak High boys basketball standout Colby Mitchell will be coming home. Mitchell, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward, recently signed a National Letter of Intent to play hoops at Division II Western Washington University, which makes at least two trips a season to Alaska as part of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.