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.
Both Chugiak and Eagle River swimming and dive teams are expected to figure prominently in the results to be tabulated in the Region IV Championships held Thursday through Saturday at Bartlett High School.
With practices beginning Oct. 20, coaches from both local high school boys hockey teams were given an idea of what they would have to work with for the 2014-15 season.
Among the 275 athletes participating in last weekend’s Fall Harvest swim meet, 65 competed under the banner of the Chugiak Aquatics Club, the host club for the meet, announced coach Anne Williams.
The Eagle River Varsity Comp Cheerleader was the final team to perform during the two-day Spirit Coaches Association Dance and Drill Fall Championships held at Chugiak High Friday and Saturday.
With the return of longtime hockey coach Scott Hulse back at the helm, expectations are high for the joint Chugiak-Eagle River High School girls hockey team.
Senior RJ Discherl led all scorers with 21 points, helping the Eagle River varsity basketball team to a 58-49 victory over the Palmer Moose in the Wolves Den on Dec. 16. A large crowd was on hand to watch the 2014-15 edition of the Wolves, who put together a pair of strong middle quarters for the near double-digit win.
The Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey team confirmed their continued improvement of late, tying league-leading Dimond-West in play at Ben Boeke Ice Arena Dec. 15. Head coach Scott Hulse was pleased with the team. After giving up a goal in the first half minute of the contest, the local girls played tough, holding the leaders scoreless through the duration of the contest.
Chugiak High senior goalie Jack Straub helped to keep the Mustangs in contention prior to a 4-3 overtime loss to South Anchorage last Thursday. Straub faced 36 shots, while Chugiak amassed only 17, in the extended session ending the calendar year for both clubs.
Gauging improvement by the smallest of increments, first-year Eagle River High girls varsity coach Stewart Allen had a bit to smile about following the Wolves’ 55-39 loss to Service Saturday in the T-Bird Classic tournament.