Natalie Stark, Rachel Topf and Kirsten Veech might have been honored during Chugiak volleyball’s senior night in the regular season, but the girls knew it wouldn’t be the final match they’d play in front of a home crowd.
Chris Ruggles couldn’t have started his first season at the helm of Eagle River High’s wrestling program much better. With just 11 grapplers, the Wolves placed second out of 14 teams at the Bob Bailey Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16 at Bartlett High. East won the team title with 176.5 points and nearly twice as many wrestlers as Eagle River (102 points).
Female Chugiak and Eagle River High students won’t have the chance to represent their schools on the ice this season. Chugiak-Eagle River decided to forgo the 2013-14 hockey season after the league went from four to two teams. The Scotty Gomez Foundation is operating the outsourced girls hockey program this year after the Anchorage School District cut it due to dwindling numbers.
2005 Chugiak High graduate Jesse Cherry was recently named to the cross country running Big South Conference’s 2000s All-Decade Team. Cherry ran for High Point (N.C.) University’s NCAA Division I program from 2005-2010.
Chugiak’s Samantha Burke and Emmie Jennings had a pair of second-place finishes to lead all locals at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska 2013 Swimming and Diving State Championships held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-9 in Juneau.
At the start of the season, Chugiak volleyball set a goal of making it to state. After going 2-1 through the first four days of the Cook Inlet Conference tournament, the Mustangs needed one more win to achieve that objective. No problem.
Chugiak High senior Kenny Pegues was named 2013 Lineman of the Year. Pegues also earned first-team honors at offensive guard and defensive line. Chugiak’s Gabe Mingledorff was a first-team selection at running back and a second-team pick as a kick returner. The Mustangs’ Charley Pappas (center) was also a first-team selection.
The first match of the Cook Inlet Conference volleyball tournament didn’t last long. Fourth-seeded Chugiak made quick work of No. 5 Service with a 3-0 sweep (25-16, 25-22, 25-20) on the Cougars’ home court Tuesday, Nov. 5. That was just the start the Mustangs were looking for, setter Anna Ingraham said.
The podium was full of local athletes at the Cook Inlet Conference swimming and diving championships Saturday, Nov. 2 at Bartlett. Chugiak and Eagle River took first in one-third of the 24 events. Each school won four events.