Eagle River High is hoping to accomplish something this year no other varsity football team has in seven seasons — make the playoffs. Oh, and beat Chugiak. Fulfilling the latter will help achieve the former, especially this season. Thanks to North Pole and Juneau-Douglas dropping to the Medium Schools division, five of the eight Cook Inlet Conference teams will make state. That means just three conference wins will likely secure the fifth seed — or at the least put a team in a tiebreaker situation.
Since the state football playoffs were expanded to eight teams in 1993, Chugiak has never missed postseason play in three consecutive seasons. To avoid earning that dubious distinction this year, the Mustangs know they need to improve in all areas of the game.
A winning season isn’t always defined by standings, but by spirit. That’s the message Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks coaches and players delivered following the last-place Alaska Baseball League team’s final game of the season.
Alex Hess imagined a storybook ending for the Chugiak Mustangs, then went out and authored a fairytale finish in the championship game of the 2013 Alaska American Legion Baseball Tournament Thursday, Aug. 1 at Mulcahy Stadium.
Eagle River’s baseball family just got a lot smaller — and younger. The tight-knit Wolves team is losing five starters including 2012 ERHS graduates Ricky Ayala and Greg Long and 2013 grads Kyle Frost, David Fuller and Colby LeBlanc. The group started playing together nearly a decade ago as Knik Little Leaguers.
The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks finished the Alaska Baseball League regular season by winning two of three games over the Anchorage Bucs all at Loretta French Park.
Despite this year’s poor king salmon run, one Outsider recently landed a 190-pound Chinook. Chugiak-Eagle River ace Mike Jeffreys signed a professional contract with the Kansas City Royals organization last week. Jeffreys left Chugiak the morning of Friday, July 26 to ink his deal at the Royals’ spring training camp in Surprise, Ariz., and was not available for comment.
Anchorage’s Scott Patterson and Kiersten Lippmann repeated as winners in the 30th Annual Crow Pass Crossing Saturday, July 27. Patterson’s time of 3 hours, 44 seconds was almost eight minutes faster than second-place Andrew Arnold. Matias Saari was third.