With high numbers, volleyball coaches at Gruening and Mirror Lake Middle Schools are being creative in making practice time available to the masses given the short season ahead.
The Chugiak Mustang girls swim team got the most of their numbers, placing second, as did the Eagle River boys team, finishing third, at the Cook Inlet Conference swimming and diving championship held Thursday through Saturday at the Bartlett High 50-meter pool.
Eagle River and Chugiak swimming teams saved their best efforts for last with the Wolves sweeping Bartlett and the Mustang girls putting a healthy scare into Dimond, in the regular season finales held Friday.
Home range advantage provided no solace for the host Chugiak Mustangs Saturday, as the visiting Eagle River Wolves swept the meet, 7-0.
First-year Eagle River High competitive cheerleading coach Deborah Pierce reported the Wolves 15-member squad placed second among Anchorage High Schools taking part in the Fall Regionals held at South High Saturday.
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.
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.
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.
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.