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.
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.
The Eagle River Wolves rifle squad fired a team tally of 1,130 points to blank Service, 7-0, last Thursday. Eagle River’s Catheryn Papasodora shot the individual high in the meet, of 287 (out of a possible 300), with the Wolves’ A team, also including Tristan Henderson, Clarissa Deleon and Jacob Nall, finishing only two points behind Dimond High’s opening week score of 1,132.
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.
Local middle schools, Mirror Lake and Gruening, were well-represented, both numerically and among top placing finishes during the 2014 City cross-country running championships held Wednesday at Kincaid Park.
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.
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.
With hardware and a berth to the state tournament on the line, the Chugiak varsity football team provided a 50-13 victory over the Eagle River Wolves last Friday at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.
Congratulations and broad smiles were cast far and wide for local athletes competing in the Region Cross-Country Running Championships, held at Bartlett Saturday, as Eagle River and Chugiak teams fared well in the regular season finale.