Saving the best for last, more than one division of the Eagle River Panthers Association Pop Warner football program avenged earlier season losses to claim a state title.
In what may have been the season’s shortest tri-meet, Eagle River gymnast Elle Adkins took individual honors, and host Chugiak High, the team distinction, during their meet with Bartlett Saturday.
With the regular season moving into its final two weeks, local swimming teams are peaking to end-of-season form, with the Mustangs girls and boys teams claiming first in their meet with Bartlett and East, and the Wolves boys team besting South and Dimond in action Friday.
The Chugiak Mustangs varsity football team rode the injured wagon for the last third of the season, affecting their first-round 24-12 loss to the Lathrop Malemutes in Fairbanks Saturday.
Statewide coaches were looking for possible snow of the course, and chilled air left snow on the higher elevations yet spared the cross-country running trails, alongside Bartlett High Saturday morning for the appointed State Championships.
Local middle schools, Mirror Lake and Gruening, were well-represented, both numerically and among top placing finishes during the 2014 City cross-country running championships held Wednesday at Kincaid Park.
The injury-depleted Chugiak Mustang varsity football team suffered a 10-2 loss to host West in the final regular season game last Friday on the Eagles’ new football field.
The Eagle River Wolves rifle squad fired a team tally of 1,130 points to blank Service, 7-0, last Thursday. Eagle River’s Catheryn Papasodora shot the individual high in the meet, of 287 (out of a possible 300), with the Wolves’ A team, also including Tristan Henderson, Clarissa Deleon and Jacob Nall, finishing only two points behind Dimond High’s opening week score of 1,132.
Both local girls high school varsity volleyball teams are undergoing a maturation process, said areawide coaches, with last week’s play adding yet another opportunity for growth.