Athletes from the eight Anchorage high schools gathered for the Winter Regional cheerleading competition held at Dimond High Feb. 18. The state title will be held at South Anchorage High, March 17. The Chugiak Mustangs, coached by Breanna Lowe, had two squads in the competition – a competition co-ed and varsity basketball squad, as did Eagle River, taking part in the varsity basketball and competition divisions.
This year’s Nordic season ended Saturday with a steady downpour of rain on the rapidly-declining snowpack of West Anchorage’s Kincaid Park. The girls race began at noon, and the boys events at 1:30 p.m. Conditions deteriorated as the day progressed.
Snow conditions, while not ideal, have been adequate for skiing, said second-year Chugiak High ski coach Cody Priest. “Every since it’s snowed, we’ve been able to ski everyday,” said Priest, who was tabbed Co-Coach of the Year by his Region IV peers.
Victories have been tough to come by for the Eagle River Wolves boys varsity basketball team this season, with four of their six league losses made by five points or less, said varsity coach Fred Young.
Chugiak High School hosted the 2015 ASAA 4A Alaska State Wrestling Championships Feb. 6 and 7. The Chugiak Mustangs placed sixth overall, thanks to three points by 190-pound champion senior Jesse Nelson. His win provided separation from East Anchorage in team scoring during the two-day championships.
The Eagle River High girls squad finished first in the season-ending Position Round held at Anchorage’s Center Bowl Feb. 5. The Wolves bested Dimond handily, winning 27-8 on the way to the league title. The Chugiak girls lost to South 22-13, but had amassed enough points to retain their third-place ranking.
Held the week of Valentine’s Day, the East T-Bird Classic mixed relay has historically been a race given over to the artistic rather than the skillful, with garish costumes bringing style points to teams.
With 16 of the state’s top teams gathered for Dimond Lady Lynx Tournaments, Chugiak girls head coach Ryan Hales’ first goal was for the team to compete in the Gold Bracket, rather than the Maroon, in the top-flight of the tourney.
Much of the crowd was still buzzing over the 145-pound Regional championship match between Eagle River’s Marcus Amico and top-seeded Rami Pellumbi, of South Anchorage, even more than an hour after Saturday’s evening’s last title match at Chugiak High.
The host Chugiak High boys basketball team got the better of cross-town opponent Eagle River High, winning 47-42, Jan. 27. The Mustangs galloped out to a fast start, hitting six of the team’s first eight shots, to take a lead they never relinquished.