The Chugiak Mustangs varsity wrestling team recorded a sweep of their two matches Friday during the two-day John Tobin Invitational in Fairbanks last weekend. Several Mustangs posted dual wins in the team’s 52-24 win over West Valley and 50-21 nod over Anchorage’s Bartlett Bears, including Leif Thurmond (132 pounds), Jared Reed (138), Dustin Holta (145), Max Ditzler (152), Brandon Lowe (160), Colt Jury (170), Joseph Waller (182), and Jesse Nelson (195).
The Chugiak High girls varsity basketball team posted the first win of 2015, beating Bartlett, 74-35, Jan. 6 on the Mustangs’ home court. The Lady ‘Stangs provided balanced scoring with all but one of the 10-person roster figuring into the scoring.
Seventeen-year-old Chugiak High senior Rachel Gregg signed a NAIA National Letter of Intent with Lewis-Clark State College last Thursday. The six-foot outside hitter selected to play for the Warriors in Lewiston, Idaho, largely due to an engaging coach who saw Gregg play at the All-American camp in Alaska last July.
Chugiak High played the host, although not on the Beach Lake Trail System, for the first high school cross country meet of the calendar year Saturday. With the Anchorage Bowl in contention for the least amount of recorded snowfall, the little snowfall at the popular West Anchorage location was reworked yet again to pose a useable course, preventing a possible cancellation.
After nearly nine months, happy hockey times are here again. The reopening of the Harry J. McDonald Center was made official with a ribbon-cutting and everything including free skate rental and ice, along with cookies, hotdogs and door prizes.
No rest for the weary – nor for the ambitious. At least not during Christmas Break. Members of the Eagle River boys varsity basketball team are trying to make ground on the rest of the league by practicing at every opportunity during the two-week holiday break.
With the two-plus hour practices daily, a mid-December scrimmage with Grace Christian, and intensive practices held during the first week of their holiday break, coach Ryan Hales said the other ingredient needed for the Lady Mustangs to prepare for their upcoming season was provided in the team’s inclusion in the Gator Winter Classic, held Dec. 26-31, in Green Valley, Nevada.
After nearly nine months, happy hockey times are here again — or soon will be at the McDonald Center. Due to a nagging leak in the coolant lines embedded in the concrete floor, the whole floor and subfloor had to be taken out, said rink manager Reid McDonald.
With so much local talent and the host of accomplishments this calendar year, it is impossible to rank the achievements made. So, in a somewhat random array of the following, feel free to assemble according to your own preference this holiday season.