Perhaps the hottest thing second to the weather in Southcentral Alaska this past weekend was the play of the Knik Little League Majors Pirates ball team during the Colony Days tournament held Thursday through Saturday in the Mat-Su Valley.
Although the site was familiar, the name of the ball field was changed prior to the Chinook’s first Alaska Baseball League home opener June 13 against the Mat-Su Miners at the Loretta French Sports Complex.
“Who’s got my back?” “We’ve got your back!” The spontaneous huddle in the Mulcahy Stadium outfield long after the presentation of the team trophies found Mustang assistant coach Mark Bohrer in the midst of the state champion Chugiak baseball team.
Add another mantra to the list of motivational sayings. “Success comes to those who prepare,” this one newly attributed to 2015 Eagle River Triathlon winner Daniel Folmar.
The high school softball season came to a close for the Eagle River Wolves, while the Chugiak Mustangs are headed to Fairbanks this weekend for the state tournament June 4-6.
Good things come to those who wait, and for those waiting until the final event, the 1,600m relay team goals were realized, said Eagle River High head track coach Matt Turner.
The Chugiak High boys and Eagle River High girls varsity track teams placed third during the Region IV Track and Field Championships on May 22 and 23, held at Dimond High. Mustangs junior Ty Jordan placed first in the 800m and 1,600m, second in the 400m, and was part of the Mustangs’ 1,600m relay team. For his accomplishments, he was selected the Male Athlete of the Meet; Dimond’s Chrisalyn Johnson was named Female Athlete of the Meet.
Chugiak and Eagle River High School varsity baseball teams finished out the regular-season tier tournaments with identical 2-1 records for the season’s last week. But due to early season accomplishments, only Chugiak High will advance to state.
The district-wide Frosh-Soph track meet saw clear skies and warm temperatures on Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16 at South Anchorage High. The signature event for freshmen and sophomores foretells future performance for local teams. Based on this year’s results, coaches at Chugiak and Eagle River High Schools should be wearing broad smiles.
Things are beginning to come together for members of the Chugiak Mustangs softball program.