Eagle River and Chugiak swimming teams saved their best efforts for last with the Wolves sweeping Bartlett and the Mustang girls putting a healthy scare into Dimond, in the regular season finales held Friday.
Home range advantage provided no solace for the host Chugiak Mustangs Saturday, as the visiting Eagle River Wolves swept the meet, 7-0.
In what may have been the season’s shortest tri-meet, Eagle River gymnast Elle Adkins took individual honors, and host Chugiak High, the team distinction, during their meet with Bartlett Saturday.
Saving the best for last, more than one division of the Eagle River Panthers Association Pop Warner football program avenged earlier season losses to claim a state title.
With the regular season moving into its final two weeks, local swimming teams are peaking to end-of-season form, with the Mustangs girls and boys teams claiming first in their meet with Bartlett and East, and the Wolves boys team besting South and Dimond in action Friday.
The Chugiak Mustangs varsity football team rode the injured wagon for the last third of the season, affecting their first-round 24-12 loss to the Lathrop Malemutes in Fairbanks Saturday.
Statewide coaches were looking for possible snow of the course, and chilled air left snow on the higher elevations yet spared the cross-country running trails, alongside Bartlett High Saturday morning for the appointed State Championships.
The injury-depleted Chugiak Mustang varsity football team suffered a 10-2 loss to host West in the final regular season game last Friday on the Eagles’ new football field.
Both local girls high school varsity volleyball teams are undergoing a maturation process, said areawide coaches, with last week’s play adding yet another opportunity for growth.