Finally! Wolves get to host their first home homecoming


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Happy birthday, Kelechi Madubuko and Danton Evilsizer.

With Evilsizer’s birthday coming up Sept. 17 — the day of Eagle River’s homecoming game against East — and Madubuko’s the day before, activities clerk Colleen Deese joked she would get the game moved from Chugiak’s Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium to the Wolves’ home field as a present for the seniors.

The boys better send a thank-you note.

Mary McKean, the Anchorage School District’s coordinating assistant principal for football, confirmed Monday, Sept. 12 the game will be played at Eagle River on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m.

“To have it switched to Eagle River is cool. To have it as our homecoming is even better,” said Madubuko. “It’s going to be a memorable game.”

McKean said Eagle River had the necessary permits in place and provided enough time for her to make arrangements to get officials and medics at the game, so the change-of-venue request was approved.

This is the second time Eagle River has made plans to play on its home turf this season. The school’s administration announced last month that the team’s Aug. 27 game against Bartlett would be played at Eagle River. However, that announcement was made without district approval, and the schedule change was never authorized.

This time, it’s a go. And principal Marty Lang couldn’t be happier.

“It’s a real pride point to use our facility,” he said. “It allows us to show our support for our programs.”

The game will be the school’s first home Cook Inlet Conference football game. The Wolves hosted a nonconference matchup against Lathrop last season, their only win of the year.

Lang credited booster club president Oscar Hall for attaining 16 sets of bleachers — enough seating for 800, he said.

Madubuko is anticipating filling those seats.

“We’re expecting a lot of people,” he said.

Eight sets of bleachers came from the Eagle River Lions Club and eight from the Mountain View Lions Club, Hall said.

Eagle River Lions donated bleachers for last year’s game against Lathrop. Hall said he contacted Mountain View member Robert Posma about donating the other set of eight.

“He told me to take as many bleachers as I could handle,” Hall said.

Fifteen sets of parents armed with three trailers moved the bleachers to Eagle River’s field Saturday, Sept. 10, he said. Hall and his wife sanded and painted the bleachers the following day.

“It’s a lot of manpower and community support for the team,” Hall said.

Senior student body president Lauren Chun said the move is a no-brainer.

“It makes sense to promote school spirit at home,” she said.

Homecoming kicks off with the junior varsity flag football game at 10:30 a.m. The varsity flaggers follow at noon.

A tailgate party with burgers donated from the booster club and face painting will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. prior to the varsity football game, Chun said.

The ERHS band will perform at halftime, homecoming floats will be unveiled, the cheerleaders will perform and the homecoming royalty will be announced.

The student government has logged several hours in preparation for the event, Chun said.

“We’ve been working since the first day of school,” she said. “Lots of behind-the-scenes work.”

Hosting the event at Eagle River has made the entire process run smoother, Chun said.

“Logistically, it’s easier,” she said.

The event will be the best Eagle River homecoming to date, Chun said.

“It’s our first homecoming at home, so it’s pretty exciting,” she said. “This will be the most exciting homecoming in our school’s history.”

 

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

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