With the two-plus hour practices daily, a mid-December scrimmage with Grace Christian, and intensive practices held during the first week of their holiday break, coach Ryan Hales said the other ingredient needed for the Lady Mustangs to prepare for their upcoming season was provided in the team’s inclusion in the Gator Winter Classic, held Dec. 26-31, in Green Valley, Nevada.
After nearly nine months, happy hockey times are here again — or soon will be at the McDonald Center. Due to a nagging leak in the coolant lines embedded in the concrete floor, the whole floor and subfloor had to be taken out, said rink manager Reid McDonald.
With so much local talent and the host of accomplishments this calendar year, it is impossible to rank the achievements made. So, in a somewhat random array of the following, feel free to assemble according to your own preference this holiday 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.
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 Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey team confirmed their continued improvement of late, tying league-leading Dimond-West in play at Ben Boeke Ice Arena Dec. 15. Head coach Scott Hulse was pleased with the team. After giving up a goal in the first half minute of the contest, the local girls played tough, holding the leaders scoreless through the duration of the contest.
The Eagle River Wolves varsity wrestling team put together their best collective showing yet this season, with members among the highest ranks of the West Anchorage Christmas Classic Friday and Saturday.
Senior RJ Discherl led all scorers with 21 points, helping the Eagle River varsity basketball team to a 58-49 victory over the Palmer Moose in the Wolves Den on Dec. 16. A large crowd was on hand to watch the 2014-15 edition of the Wolves, who put together a pair of strong middle quarters for the near double-digit win.
Gauging improvement by the smallest of increments, first-year Eagle River High girls varsity coach Stewart Allen had a bit to smile about following the Wolves’ 55-39 loss to Service Saturday in the T-Bird Classic tournament.