Natalie Stark, Rachel Topf and Kirsten Veech might have been honored during Chugiak volleyball’s senior night in the regular season, but the girls knew it wouldn’t be the final match they’d play in front of a home crowd.
Chris Ruggles couldn’t have started his first season at the helm of Eagle River High’s wrestling program much better. With just 11 grapplers, the Wolves placed second out of 14 teams at the Bob Bailey Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16 at Bartlett High. East won the team title with 176.5 points and nearly twice as many wrestlers as Eagle River (102 points).
Blake Rinckey, Kyle Johnson and Schuyler Davis each scored hat tricks in Eagle River’s 11-3 win over Bartlett on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Ben Boeke. Blake Halfpenny scored two goals for the Wolves.
Wednesday, Nov. 13 was a long school day for Kyla Meadows. “I’ve been counting down the hours and minutes today,” she said moments after signing a letter of intent to play volleyball for Dickinson State University at Jitters.
At the start of the season, Chugiak volleyball set a goal of making it to state. After going 2-1 through the first four days of the Cook Inlet Conference tournament, the Mustangs needed one more win to achieve that objective. No problem.
Chugiak’s Samantha Burke and Emmie Jennings had a pair of second-place finishes to lead all locals at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska 2013 Swimming and Diving State Championships held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-9 in Juneau.
Female Chugiak and Eagle River High students won’t have the chance to represent their schools on the ice this season. Chugiak-Eagle River decided to forgo the 2013-14 hockey season after the league went from four to two teams. The Scotty Gomez Foundation is operating the outsourced girls hockey program this year after the Anchorage School District cut it due to dwindling numbers.
2005 Chugiak High graduate Jesse Cherry was recently named to the cross country running Big South Conference’s 2000s All-Decade Team. Cherry ran for High Point (N.C.) University’s NCAA Division I program from 2005-2010.
The podium was full of local athletes at the Cook Inlet Conference swimming and diving championships Saturday, Nov. 2 at Bartlett. Chugiak and Eagle River took first in one-third of the 24 events. Each school won four events.