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.
It took four years, but Grace Ogden finally scored her first high school soccer goal. The Chugiak defender put a low shot past Eagle River keeper Tara Fisher on a penalty kick in the second half of her final high school game to help the Mustangs to a 7-0 win over the Wolves on Saturday, May 18 at The Dome in Anchorage.
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.
First-place South (8-0) dealt Eagle River a 9-0 Cook Inlet Conference defeat Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the McDonald Center. The Wolves fell to 3-5 in the CIC.
Chugiak’s boys basketball team has several fresh faces this season. Just three returners are back for the Mustangs — Skyler Fullmer, Payton Fullmer and Roger Jorgensen. And of those three, only the Fullmer cousins saw significant playing time last season.
Chugiak’s girls bowling team remained in first place in the Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League standings after getting a 22-13 win over Dimond on Dec. 6 at Jewel Lake Bowl. Chugiak’s boys team didn’t fare as well against the Lynx, falling from first to third in the standings after a 35-0 loss. Eagle River’s boys dropped one spot in the league to fifth with a 27-8 loss to West, while the Wolves’ girl moved up one notch to fourth with a 27-8 victory.
Nobody joins a Nordic ski team to lift weights or swim. “We’ve been doing a lot of weights, a lot of core, a lot of running,” said Eagle River Wolves head coach Liz Turner during a 5-kilometer freestyle Nordic ski race Saturday, Dec. 8 on Sand Lake.
Sarissa Lammers and Sam Hartke could be seeing a lot of each other this season. The Chugiak duo finished fourth and fifth respectively at the Sand Lake 5-kilometer races held Dec. 8 in Anchorage to lead the Mustang girls to a fourth-place finish.