After six years as mild-mannered math teacher at Chugiak High, returning teacher Megan Williams is embarking on a new role – that of sponsor/coach for the Mustangs football cheer squad.
For those living in Eagle Pointe, perhaps you can hear the heavy equipment moving upon the Eagle River High grounds – perhaps not. But the evidence of such work is becoming readily apparent with the laying in of the substructure and now, metal supports for the new home field bleachers on the West side, facing the high school.
After a whirlwind of coaches last season, the Eagle River Wolves varsity football team will have some stability at the head coach slot in Matt Turner. A 1998 Chugiak High graduate, Turner has been a longtime teacher at Eagle River, having recently completed eight seasons as the girls flag football coach.
With 10 years of varsity football coaching experience at East Anchorage High, one can’t call Roger Spackman a first-year coach – just a first-year varsity coach at Chugiak.
There is a difference between running a cheer squad from a school of 4,300 students to one of a projected 815 students. But English teacher Deborah Pierce is certainly ready and excited to give it a try, starting her 21st year in education, and her first at Eagle River High.
With more than 75 members on the football roster following practices started last week, the gridiron team may rule the day in regards to fall participants. But third-year volleyball coach Bobbi Mason thinks the girls program may give the beefy guys a run for their money.
Eagle River cross-country coach Jacob Bera is in an enviable position. That’s because he has 47 athletes currently on the docket. “Last year we topped out with 61, so I’m still hoping for some more,” said the sixth-year coach Sunday evening.
First-year Eagle River High varsity football coach Matt Turner says that he can notice the benefits of a summer-long conditioning and weight training program run by former player Ben Kozak.
The Knik Majors Little League All-Star team secured a first-round round robin victory, defeating Idaho, 6-4, Saturday in San Bernardino, Calif. The game started at 10 a.m., with a field temperature of 90 degrees.
Incoming first-year Chugiak varsity football coach Roger Spackman got a good look at his charges, with 47 athletes coming out for the team camp hosted at Colony High last week.