With the first of three days of the Anchorage School District’s Middle School track and field City Championships in the books, things are looking up for both Mirror Lake and Gruening Middle Schools following last Friday’s preliminary races held at Begich Middle School.
For the first time in a very long time, a school in the Anchorage School District had three athletes sign with Division I athletic programs – that school was Eagle River High. Last Thursday during a lunchtime celebration in the school’s library a large contingent was on hand for the signing by a trio of seniors, namely, Cathryn Papasodora, Lauren Frost and Tara Fisher in riflery, softball and soccer, respectively.
The Chugiak boys soccer team went 0-1-1 against non-conference opponents, losing 4-2 to host Wasilla Thursday, before tying northern powerhouse West Valley, 1-1, Saturday at Chugiak. Senior left back Sam Lierbersbach reported that the Mustangs trailed the host Warriors, 2-1, at halftime thanks to a goal from junior Tanner Chandler.
The Chugiak Mustangs moved to 2-0 on the yet-early season, besting Dimond 8-7, while the Eagle River Wolves upended the Wasilla Warriors, 7-6. Eagle River won April 24, with Chugiak playing April 25. Cody Curfman pitched five innings in relief, including the extra eighth inning, to pitch up the victory, following the start from Jimmy Lanier.
In what could be a prelude to upcoming Region IV championships, the Lady Wolves reigned supreme over top-flight foe Dimond in a four-team meet held at Eagle River High on April 23. The Wolves compiled 79 points, eight better than the Dimond Lynx. Chugiak was a distant third at 50, and West Anchorage fourth with 45 points.
With an incomplete lineup and a fit of back luck, the Mustangs yielded four runs on three errors in a woeful fourth inning, lamented head coach Jim Huber, referencing Chugiak’s 5-2 shortfall to West Friday at Albrecht Field.
Mirror Lake girls sprinters Brooklyn Gould and Sophia Lestina continued their winning ways, with Gould, a seventh grader, capturing the 200m, triple jump and 800m relay, and Lestina, eighth grade, securing the 100m, 200m and triple jump to highlight performances as the Coyotes played host in their victory over Wendler and Begich at The Dome April 18.
The Gruening Colts won both boys divisions, with host Mears claiming both girls divisions in a tightly-contested Middle School Track and Field meet April 14. Deven Wesolowski won three races at the seventh-grade level, and Chase Perry won two eighth-grade events as the Colts showed superiority in the sprint events.
Chugiak senior Alise Arnold signed a national letter of intent to play softball at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University this fall. Arnold was surrounded by family and friends during the ceremony held in the Chugiak Library after school April 15. Members of her high school and club softball team were also present.
Victories have been hard to come by for Chugiak and Eagle River High boys and girls varsity soccer teams this season, so it was not unexpected that Monday’s girls varsity action at Chugiak should end up as tie. “We should have won it – again,” said Eagle River coach Laura Gardner, referring to the Wolves game against East Saturday, also ending in a tie.