With practices beginning Oct. 20, coaches from both local high school boys hockey teams were given an idea of what they would have to work with for the 2014-15 season.
The Eagle River Varsity Comp Cheerleader was the final team to perform during the two-day Spirit Coaches Association Dance and Drill Fall Championships held at Chugiak High Friday and Saturday.
The race is on for indoor family entertainment featuring laps of friendly competition at one of Eagle River’s newest businesses. Eagle River Racing, which is located in the old auto mall building at the corner of Artillery Road and Mausel Street, has brought slot car racing back to Alaska after a 12-year hiatus post the closure of Chili Willy’s in the Northway Mall. Shop owners Steve and Nancy Hokanson of Eagle River aim to revive the sport while creating an atmosphere all ages can enjoy.
With hoar frosts melted away, due to recent warm spells, cross country ski coaches at both Chugiak and Eagle River High say they have their troops running and doing weights. Fourth-year head Eagle River High coach Liz Turner, herself a 2004 CHS grad, said she has been very pleased with the team’s work ethic, given the less than optimal conditions for the wintertime sport during this first two weeks.
The Wolves are howling on the ice, thanks to four straight victories including a tournament title in Kenai opening weekend. “It was nice to bring back some hardware,” said returning varsity coach Bill Comer, following wins of 6-0 over host Kenai, 7-2 over Soldotna and 4-2 over Homer.
The importance of a good start cannot be overemphasized, particular in a sport where the competition lasts less than a month. Such is the case with middle school wrestling, with the first meet on Nov. 6 and the championships, Dec. 3-4.
Scoring goals looks like it won’t be a concern for the combined Chugiak-Eagle River High girls hockey team, according to the tallies on score sheets taken from the squad’s first two games last week.
The Mustangs boys hockey team was treated to an early season gut-check, losing 4-0 to South Anchorage at Ben Boeke Arena Nov. 11. Between broken bones, a broken skate blade and a game-disqualification handed down in the first period, Chugiak’s longtime hockey coach Rodney Wild said things couldn’t have gone much worst.
The schedule-makers smiled on the Chugiak Mustang varsity hockey team, allowing the squad to work out some of the wrinkles, said head coach Rodney Wild following the team’s 2-1 start.