Much of the crowd was still buzzing over the 145-pound Regional championship match between Eagle River’s Marcus Amico and top-seeded Rami Pellumbi, of South Anchorage, even more than an hour after Saturday’s evening’s last title match at Chugiak High.
With the skies yielding the fluffy white stuff, things are certainly looking better for areawide high school cross country skiers, including the number of races, with two last week. Both Chugiak and Eagle River High competed in the Twilight Freestyle Relay, held Tuesday, Jan. 20, and the Freestyle Gerbil Loop race Saturday, Jan. 24. Both events were held at Kincaid Park.
What a difference a night makes. Oh, and a change in opponents helps too. The Eagle River hockey team experienced the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat on successive night last week, as they defeated North Pole, 10-2, Thursday, before falling to Fairbanks powerhouse, West Valley, 6-2, Friday.
With the regular season closing with victories awarded due to the slimmest of margins, the Chugiak Mustang varsity wrestling team will host and compete in the Region IV Tournament, Friday and Saturday.
Perhaps in no other varsity program is the parity of classes more apparent than among those playing for the Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey team. With five freshman and four sophomores, it is the underclassmen that rank superior, at least numerically, to the balance of the team’s roster including three juniors and three seniors.
Finding their groove on the oiled lanes at Eagle River Bowl was little problem for members of the Chugiak and Eagle River High bowling teams as they swept opponents East and Service, respectively, on Jan. 22.
Neither Chugiak nor Eagle River hockey teams could manage wins in a conference loaded with parity as Chugiak lost in overtime to Dimond, 3-2, and Service beat host Eagle River, 5-3, Saturday at the McDonald Center.
Learning to finish off the easy basket would go a long way toward a victory, hinted Eagle River boys basketball coach Fred Young after the Wolves’ 42-35 loss to Dimond last week. “It was another game that we let slip away,” he said, referencing the shortfall to South Anchorage High of the previous week. “We missed 15 layups — and nine of those were uncontested. We had breakaways; we just needed to learn to finish. We held Dimond to only 42 points. Our defense is doing well.”
Let’s get ready to Rumbllllle. No, really. The fifth annual Rumble Cup is up for grabs yet again as Eagle River High wrestlers host Chugiak this Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. And while Eagle River won the inaugural event, the Mustangs have dominated the past three years, even though the Wolves were favored on paper to win last year, said Eagle River High coach Chris Ruggles.
The Chugiak Lady Mustangs ended the week well, unending visiting South Anchorage, 48-34, Saturday, following their loss to the East T-Birds earlier in the week. Randi McMullen led all scorers with 15 points the Mustangs ran away with the win.