Don’t look for a lot of upperclassmen among the four teams representing the Chugiak and Eagle River High boys and girls basketball teams this winter. You won’t find them. Among the Mustang boys varsity 12-person roster, six are freshmen, reported first-year head coach Jocquis Sconiers.
Both individual and team depth were displayed this week with victories on different planes by local high school bowling teams during last Thursday’s match at Jewel Lake Bowl. The Eagle River boys and girls bowling squads delivered decisions of 33-3 and a 27-8 over West Anchorage in the season’s fourth week, allowing both to climb the league’s ladder.
Eagle River’s 113-pounder William Salter posted a team-best third place showing at the annual North/South Tournament, hosted by Wasilla High last weekend. Salter scored a third-period pin over West Anchorage’s Rafael Rivera en route to climbing into the championship bracket, where he pinned Bartlett’s Oscar Garcia to nab third-place, contributing 15 points towards the Wolves’ tournament talley of 27.
Glad to hold a race of any kind, members of the Chugiak and Eagle River High cross-country ski teams were all smiles, competing in the season-opening Snowball Skate race held Saturday at Service High.
The Eagle River Lanes earned the distinction of “Home, Sweet Home” for members of the Chugiak and Eagle River High bowling squads, with the schools winning three of four matches last Thursday.
The Eagle River Wolves hockey team displayed some little Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde tendencies last week, losing to Service and then defeating Lathrop within a 24-hour span. The Wolves lost to the Cougars, 4-0, Wednesday, then bested the Malemutes, 4-1, Thursday.
The Wolves are howling, and with good reason, as the boys hockey team is setting records. Recently the team defeated South Anchorage, 3-1, the first time in the school’s 10-year history. This week, Eagle River looks to defeat the Service Cougars. If so, that would be another record.
For the second straight year, the Mirror Lake varsity girls volleyball team finished second to Mears in the season-ending district-wide Jamboree. Mirror Lake assistant coach Mitch Tarter said the team played well, advancing out of pool play with Mears, Wendler, Hanshew and Clark to move into the title semifinals.
The Eagle River Wolves rifle team continued their stellar season, besting East 7-0 in recent rifle team action, while Chugiak came up a bit short, losing to host Bartlett 4-3 on Nov. 21.
The Eagle River bowling squad scored a big victory, striking out often and sparing not to give their best effort in last week’s thunderous win over Chugiak in second-week regular season action at Center Bowl.