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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The Chugiak Mustangs varsity wrestling team recorded a sweep of their two matches Friday during the two-day John Tobin Invitational in Fairbanks last weekend. Several Mustangs posted dual wins in the team’s 52-24 win over West Valley and 50-21 nod over Anchorage’s Bartlett Bears, including Leif Thurmond (132 pounds), Jared Reed (138), Dustin Holta (145), Max Ditzler (152), Brandon Lowe (160), Colt Jury (170), Joseph Waller (182), and Jesse Nelson (195).
Seventeen-year-old Chugiak High senior Rachel Gregg signed a NAIA National Letter of Intent with Lewis-Clark State College last Thursday. The six-foot outside hitter selected to play for the Warriors in Lewiston, Idaho, largely due to an engaging coach who saw Gregg play at the All-American camp in Alaska last July.