The Chugiak Mustangs moved to 2-0 on the yet-early season, besting Dimond 8-7, while the Eagle River Wolves upended the Wasilla Warriors, 7-6. Eagle River won April 24, with Chugiak playing April 25. Cody Curfman pitched five innings in relief, including the extra eighth inning, to pitch up the victory, following the start from Jimmy Lanier.
Chugiak senior Alise Arnold signed a national letter of intent to play softball at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University this fall. Arnold was surrounded by family and friends during the ceremony held in the Chugiak Library after school April 15. Members of her high school and club softball team were also present.
Victories have been hard to come by for Chugiak and Eagle River High boys and girls varsity soccer teams this season, so it was not unexpected that Monday’s girls varsity action at Chugiak should end up as tie. “We should have won it – again,” said Eagle River coach Laura Gardner, referring to the Wolves game against East Saturday, also ending in a tie.
The Gruening Colts won both boys divisions, with host Mears claiming both girls divisions in a tightly-contested Middle School Track and Field meet April 14. Deven Wesolowski won three races at the seventh-grade level, and Chase Perry won two eighth-grade events as the Colts showed superiority in the sprint events.
Mirror Lake girls sprinters Brooklyn Gould and Sophia Lestina continued their winning ways, with Gould, a seventh grader, capturing the 200m, triple jump and 800m relay, and Lestina, eighth grade, securing the 100m, 200m and triple jump to highlight performances as the Coyotes played host in their victory over Wendler and Begich at The Dome April 18.
Two teams from the Borealis Bullseye rifle team recently competed in the Civilian Military Program (CMP) three-position Regional Championships held April 9-11 in Sandy, Utah, with four of the ten members hailing from Chugiak and Eagle River High Schools.
The Wolves girls track corps nearly pulled it off with a tremendous second day of action under The Dome for the Prosser/Whitmore Invite April 17 and 18, finishing third among 12 teams gathered for the annual event.
Members of the Chugiak High track and field team had the opportunity to compete in one of the most famed stadiums in the United States, Hayward Field at the University of Oregon, last weekend. Head coach Melissa Hall made the annual pilgrimage, bringing 18 athletes with her to the premier race in the country. In addition to the countless college and club teams, 66 high school teams took part. Chugiak placed 51st.
Eagle River and Chugiak High track and field teams had the opportunity to showcase their individual and collective talents during the two-day Big C Relays held at The Dome April 10-11. The Eagle River girls 1,600-meter relay team defended their state title from last year, nipping the better part of a second off last year’s championship time. The event, the meet’s last, found the Wolves in the lead from start to finish through the four relay legs, with second-place West nearly ten seconds behind. The winning foursome according to their rotation in the race was Nikole Boggs, Dreanna Owens, Emma Tvelia and Jordyn Bruce. Jordyn Bruce had been the team’s anchor last year, but she opted to compete in other events this meet.
The middle school track and field season started off with a bang as two of the better teams in the district, Mirror Lake and Gruening Middle Schools, met up at The Dome last Thursday. The Mirror Lake Coyotes won all four divisions, but not always by much, with only a four-point margin separating the younger-aged boys.