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.
There is little rest for the weary in the waning days before the two-week Christmas Break next week, as displayed by members of the Eagle River and Chugiak High wrestling teams. Action could be had nearly every day with the heat of competition nearly matched by that transpiring in the practice room at both schools.
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 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.
The Chugiak Mustangs wrestling team is looking to make a bit of noise on the mats this season, coming off a successful start at the two large meets to start the 2014-2015 season.
Given measurable snowfall late last week, and hopes for more accumulation throughout this week, hopes are high that the season-opening cross-country ski race will indeed take place as planned this Saturday at Service High.