More than 1,000 people attended opening ceremonies on May 2 for the Knik Little League season at Lion’s Park. First-year League president Caela Nielsen and league board members greeted nearly 400 players and their family members, following announcements of teams and managers. The introductions culminated in a round of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” and the long-anticipated cry of “play ball.”
The varsity baseball teams for Chugiak and Eagle River High Schools battled through three scoreless innings before the Mustangs broke the contest open with four runs in the fourth frame en route to an 8-2 win May 2 at Mulcahy Stadium.
For the first time in a very long time, a school in the Anchorage School District had three athletes sign with Division I athletic programs – that school was Eagle River High. Last Thursday during a lunchtime celebration in the school’s library a large contingent was on hand for the signing by a trio of seniors, namely, Cathryn Papasodora, Lauren Frost and Tara Fisher in riflery, softball and soccer, respectively.
With the first of three days of the Anchorage School District’s Middle School track and field City Championships in the books, things are looking up for both Mirror Lake and Gruening Middle Schools following last Friday’s preliminary races held at Begich Middle School.
The Chugiak Mustangs moved to 2-0 on the yet-early season, besting Dimond 8-7, while the Eagle River Wolves upended the Wasilla Warriors, 7-6. Eagle River won April 24, with Chugiak playing April 25. Cody Curfman pitched five innings in relief, including the extra eighth inning, to pitch up the victory, following the start from Jimmy Lanier.
In what could be a prelude to upcoming Region IV championships, the Lady Wolves reigned supreme over top-flight foe Dimond in a four-team meet held at Eagle River High on April 23. The Wolves compiled 79 points, eight better than the Dimond Lynx. Chugiak was a distant third at 50, and West Anchorage fourth with 45 points.
Chugiak senior Alise Arnold signed a national letter of intent to play softball at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University this fall. Arnold was surrounded by family and friends during the ceremony held in the Chugiak Library after school April 15. Members of her high school and club softball team were also present.
Victories have been hard to come by for Chugiak and Eagle River High boys and girls varsity soccer teams this season, so it was not unexpected that Monday’s girls varsity action at Chugiak should end up as tie. “We should have won it – again,” said Eagle River coach Laura Gardner, referring to the Wolves game against East Saturday, also ending in a tie.
Two teams from the Borealis Bullseye rifle team recently competed in the Civilian Military Program (CMP) three-position Regional Championships held April 9-11 in Sandy, Utah, with four of the ten members hailing from Chugiak and Eagle River High Schools.
The middle school track and field season started off with a bang as two of the better teams in the district, Mirror Lake and Gruening Middle Schools, met up at The Dome last Thursday. The Mirror Lake Coyotes won all four divisions, but not always by much, with only a four-point margin separating the younger-aged boys.