With the skies yielding the fluffy white stuff, things are certainly looking better for areawide high school cross country skiers, including the number of races, with two last week. Both Chugiak and Eagle River High competed in the Twilight Freestyle Relay, held Tuesday, Jan. 20, and the Freestyle Gerbil Loop race Saturday, Jan. 24. Both events were held at Kincaid Park.
With the regular season closing with victories awarded due to the slimmest of margins, the Chugiak Mustang varsity wrestling team will host and compete in the Region IV Tournament, Friday and Saturday.
Finding their groove on the oiled lanes at Eagle River Bowl was little problem for members of the Chugiak and Eagle River High bowling teams as they swept opponents East and Service, respectively, on Jan. 22.
Neither Chugiak nor Eagle River hockey teams could manage wins in a conference loaded with parity as Chugiak lost in overtime to Dimond, 3-2, and Service beat host Eagle River, 5-3, Saturday at the McDonald Center.
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.”
Looking to peak at the right time of the season is the goal for both coaches and players on the Chugiak-Eagle River girls varsity hockey team, with their upcoming first-round tournament contest Jan. 29.
Local high school bowling teams won three of four matches at Eagle River Bowl, with Eagle River beating both Bartlett squads, and the Chugiak Mustangs sharing the glory with Dimond last Thursday. Despite some strong individual performances by a pair of Golden Bear rollers, the Wolves numbers carried the day, to the tune of 28-7 on the boys side, 31-4 on the girls.
Let’s get ready to Rumbllllle. No, really. The fifth annual Rumble Cup is up for grabs yet again as Eagle River High wrestlers host Chugiak this Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. And while Eagle River won the inaugural event, the Mustangs have dominated the past three years, even though the Wolves were favored on paper to win last year, said Eagle River High coach Chris Ruggles.
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.