The host Chugiak High boys basketball team got the better of cross-town opponent Eagle River High, winning 47-42, Jan. 27. The Mustangs galloped out to a fast start, hitting six of the team’s first eight shots, to take a lead they never relinquished.
There was a packed house of fans on hand at the Harry J. McDonald Memorial Center for the regular season final between Chugiak and Eagle River High hockey teams Saturday. They did not go home unentertained.
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.
Perhaps in no other varsity program is the parity of classes more apparent than among those playing for the Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey team. With five freshman and four sophomores, it is the underclassmen that rank superior, at least numerically, to the balance of the team’s roster including three juniors and three seniors.
What a difference a night makes. Oh, and a change in opponents helps too. The Eagle River hockey team experienced the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat on successive night last week, as they defeated North Pole, 10-2, Thursday, before falling to Fairbanks powerhouse, West Valley, 6-2, Friday.
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.
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.