What makes standout Chugiak High athletes? Their fathers, apparently. A four-year varsity soccer player, 1985 graduate Ed Blahous Jr. was inducted into the Alaska High School Hall of Fame on Aug. 4, joining his father, Ed Blahous Sr., who was inducted as a soccer coach last year.
Chugiak Post 33 dropped its only two games at the American Legion Northwest Region Tournament in Oregon. On Aug. 8, the Mustangs dropped an 8-1 decision to tournament hoset Eugene, Ore. Chugiak’s Deven Ferriss scored the team’s lone run when he walked, stole second and third and was singled home by Zach Brueggemann.
Alex Hess imagined a storybook ending for the Chugiak Mustangs, then went out and authored a fairytale finish in the championship game of the 2013 Alaska American Legion Baseball Tournament Thursday, Aug. 1 at Mulcahy Stadium.
A winning season isn’t always defined by standings, but by spirit. That’s the message Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks coaches and players delivered following the last-place Alaska Baseball League team’s final game of the season.
Chugiak is back on the championship Chase. Starting pitcher Chase Wilson went 8 and 1/3 innings for his second win of the tournament and Chugiak got a 5-run fifth inning to key a 9-3 victory over Juneau Post 25 Tuesday, July 30 in the Alaska American Legion baseball tourney at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage. The winner’s bracket triumph advanced Post 33 to the championship for the second consecutive season.
Eagle River’s baseball family just got a lot smaller — and younger. The tight-knit Wolves team is losing five starters including 2012 ERHS graduates Ricky Ayala and Greg Long and 2013 grads Kyle Frost, David Fuller and Colby LeBlanc. The group started playing together nearly a decade ago as Knik Little Leaguers.
The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks finished the Alaska Baseball League regular season by winning two of three games over the Anchorage Bucs all at Loretta French Park.
Despite this year’s poor king salmon run, one Outsider recently landed a 190-pound Chinook. Chugiak-Eagle River ace Mike Jeffreys signed a professional contract with the Kansas City Royals organization last week. Jeffreys left Chugiak the morning of Friday, July 26 to ink his deal at the Royals’ spring training camp in Surprise, Ariz., and was not available for comment.