The Chugiak Lady Mustangs ended the week well, unending visiting South Anchorage, 48-34, Saturday, following their loss to the East T-Birds earlier in the week. Randi McMullen led all scorers with 15 points the Mustangs ran away with the win.
Learning to finish off the easy basket would go a long way toward a victory, hinted Eagle River boys basketball coach Fred Young after the Wolves’ 42-35 loss to Dimond last week. “It was another game that we let slip away,” he said, referencing the shortfall to South Anchorage High of the previous week. “We missed 15 layups — and nine of those were uncontested. We had breakaways; we just needed to learn to finish. We held Dimond to only 42 points. Our defense is doing well.”
Two goals in two minutes proved by the difference between a victory and a draw, as the combined Chugiak-Eagle River girls varsity hockey team had one slip through their grasp, 4-2, against Service-East last week.
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.
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.
Hockey teams from Eagle River High and Chugiak High enjoyed wide-margins of victory Saturday, with the Wolves defeating Homer 5-1 at the McDonald Center and the Mustangs beating Soldotna 4-0 in Soldotna.
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.
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.
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.