Duncan Shackelford has served as a high school head football coach the past two decades. His career came to an end Saturday, Oct. 12 on the same field where it began — Dimond Alumni Field.
Thanks to a pair of dominant, title-defending performances, first place of the Class 4A boys and girls races at the ASAA First National Bank Alaska 2013 Cross Country Running State Championships was never in question.
Diego Velez-Gonzalez (boys singles) earned two double-bagel victories to help Chugiak finish sixth in team standings at the Cook Inlet Conference tennis tournament Oct. 3-5 at Alaska Club North.
Service has several weapons, but none more potent than C.J. Toomer. The Cougars senior quarterback leads the Cook Inlet Conference with more than 2,000 passing yards and 24 touchdown passes. Containing Toomer is essential if Chugiak wants a repeat of Week 4 when the Mustangs edged Service 27-26.
Chugiak went 10-2 in pool play to earn a spot in the Gold Bracket at the West Spiketacular volleyball tournament Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28. After pool play, the top seven out of the 21 teams advanced to the Gold Bracket, the next seven advanced to Silver and the remaining seven advanced to Bronze.
During his middle school cross country running career, Ty Jordan saved his best performance for the final race of the season at Kincaid Park. That trend has followed him to high school. The Chugiak sophomore shaved more than 20 seconds off his previous best Kincaid time to win the boys race at the Cook Inlet Conference Championships on Saturday, Sept. 28.
Chugiak and Eagle River won a combined four relays and six individual events at the Bartlett-Chugiak Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 21. Sammy Burke (100 fly, 500 free) and Emmie Jennings (200 IM, 100 free) earned two individual wins apiece for Chugiak’s girls. Burke and Jennings teamed up with Marissa Headrick and Abby Blackstone to win the 200 free relay.
There’s no doubt in Tina McPhetres mind that Chugiak will send a boys team to the state cross country running meet. McPhetres said she’s fortunate to have a deep pool of talent and any five of her top nine boys would secure one of the Cook Inlet Conference’s four automatic team berths. “I could race any of them and we would go to state,” she said.
Chugiak and Eagle River’s first flag football meeting of the season took every second of the game to determine a winner. With no time left on the clock, Eagle River’s Maddie Corbett pulled Chugiak quarterback Alise Arnold’s flag deep inside Wolves territory to seal an 18-14 homecoming win for Eagle River on Saturday, Sept. 21.