“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.
With State High School tournaments in softball up in Fairbanks, the state baseball tournament in Anchorage, and all-star track meet in Kodiak, it might have been easy to overlook the meet that measured the true measure of a champion – the Special Olympics.
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 Mustangs American Legion Post 33 baseball team picked up its summer schedule where the high school season ended, starting off with a substantial win, 23-0, over Service on May 30 at Mulcahy Stadium.
The Chugiak Mustangs are coming into the end of conference tournament on a roll winning three in row, with victories over South, Dimond and West, reported coach Jim Huber. “We had wanted to finish out our schedule strong, to catapult us into the Cook Inlet Conference (CIC) tournament,” he said.
The varsity soccer season ended for Chugiak and Eagle River high schools, with all four teams limited to regular season play this year. Eagle River girls varsity coach Laura Gardner said the season ended with the Wolves facing steep competition in East, Service and South in the final week, giving up 11 goals total.
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.
Chugiak and Eagle River high school girls soccer teams finished in a tie on Tuesday, May 12. Both teams experienced losses last week as well. The Wolves suffered two shortfalls after the game against the Mustangs, yielding 1-0 to West and 3-0 to Dimond. Meanwhile the ‘Stangs lost 2-0 to West during Senior Night on May 16.