Chugiak hoops under new leadership

Senior-laden squad full of depth


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Jake Brownlee passes the ball against Kodiak in the Cougar Tip Off at Service on Dec. 20, 2013. Brownlee is the lone returning starter for the Mustangs.

MIKE NESPER

For 15 seasons, Kevin Fullmer ran the boys basketball program at Chugiak. He stepped down following last season.

“Those are some big shoes to fill,” said Kevin Spink, the man chosen to do just that.

A former Chugiak JV coach, Spink said it’s an honor to take over for Fullmer.

“I’m honored that I was asked to step in,” he said.

With Payton Fullmer transferring to Bartlett for his senior season, that leaves Jake Brownlee as the only returning starter from last year. But, the Mustangs have plenty of players with varsity minutes.

Alex Hess and Zion Burgess are returning players. Back from two seasons ago are Matt Oldenkamp, who was sidelined last year with an injury, and Kenny Pegues.

“He’s look real strong for us,” Spink said of the football standout.

Interest in Chugiak basketball spiked this year, with nearly 60 trying out.

“The numbers are back up,” Spink said.

More than 40 percent that tried out were ninth-graders, he said.

“We have a real strong freshmen class,” Spink said.

A retired Mirror Lake Middle School teacher, Spink said his nine seniors want to end their high school careers with a successful season. And their attitude couldn’t be better.

“I’m excited about how coachable they are. How hardworking they are,” he said. “These guys are everything you want as a coach.”

 

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com.

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