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.
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.
Chugiak High senior Kenny Pegues was named 2013 Lineman of the Year. Pegues also earned first-team honors at offensive guard and defensive line. Chugiak’s Gabe Mingledorff was a first-team selection at running back and a second-team pick as a kick returner. The Mustangs’ Charley Pappas (center) was also a first-team selection.
The first match of the Cook Inlet Conference volleyball tournament didn’t last long. Fourth-seeded Chugiak made quick work of No. 5 Service with a 3-0 sweep (25-16, 25-22, 25-20) on the Cougars’ home court Tuesday, Nov. 5. That was just the start the Mustangs were looking for, setter Anna Ingraham said.
Chugiak and Eagle River are sending a combined 23 athletes to the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska 2013 Swimming and Diving State Championships on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-9 at Juneau.
Eagle River High’s Kenzie Smith has been one of the top Cook Inlet Conference gymnasts all season. She’ll try to keep that trend going at the CIC meet Saturday, Oct. 26 at Dimond High. South High’s Tena Newhouse and Jojo Mills should provide strong competition for the conference’s top spot, Wolves’ head coach Angie Bayer said.
Sammy Burke (200 IM, 100 free) and Emmie Jennings (100 fly, 100 back) won two individual events apiece and swam a leg of two winning relays in Chugiak’s 112-71 loss to South on Friday, Oct. 18 at Bartlett’s pool.