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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
It’s a good thing Samantha Brown lives in Anchorage. The Eagle River High senior went home — thinking her day at the Cook Inlet Conference Track and Field Championships was over — when she received a call from head coach Matt Turner.