From beginning to end, top to bottom, Knik All-Star manager Roger Nevells said the recent trip to San Bernardino for the Little League World Series NW Regionals was wonderful.
The Chugiak Mustangs played the role of the dominant guest while the Eagle River Wolves were relegated to the role of accommodating host, albeit not on their home field, in the season-opener for both varsity squads.
With some of the best registration numbers of any of the fall sports, coaches at Eagle River and Chugiak High schools had some tough decisions in naming their varsity and junior varsity volleyball team rosters last week.
With 10 years of varsity football coaching experience at East Anchorage High, one can’t call Roger Spackman a first-year coach – just a first-year varsity coach at Chugiak.
After six years as mild-mannered math teacher at Chugiak High, returning teacher Megan Williams is embarking on a new role – that of sponsor/coach for the Mustangs football cheer squad.
After a whirlwind of coaches last season, the Eagle River Wolves varsity football team will have some stability at the head coach slot in Matt Turner. A 1998 Chugiak High graduate, Turner has been a longtime teacher at Eagle River, having recently completed eight seasons as the girls flag football coach.
With more than 75 members on the football roster following practices started last week, the gridiron team may rule the day in regards to fall participants. But third-year volleyball coach Bobbi Mason thinks the girls program may give the beefy guys a run for their money.
There is a difference between running a cheer squad from a school of 4,300 students to one of a projected 815 students. But English teacher Deborah Pierce is certainly ready and excited to give it a try, starting her 21st year in education, and her first at Eagle River High.
Eagle River cross-country coach Jacob Bera is in an enviable position. That’s because he has 47 athletes currently on the docket. “Last year we topped out with 61, so I’m still hoping for some more,” said the sixth-year coach Sunday evening.
For those living in Eagle Pointe, perhaps you can hear the heavy equipment moving upon the Eagle River High grounds – perhaps not. But the evidence of such work is becoming readily apparent with the laying in of the substructure and now, metal supports for the new home field bleachers on the West side, facing the high school.