Matt Tunseth

At one point during a frantic Friday night at Anchorage Football Stadium, steam rising from the turf at Anchorage Football hung over the players like a fog.

Even the field was breathing heavy.

In a First National Bowl Division I semifinal thriller, Bartlett used an unstoppable running game to outlast Chugiak 75-62 and reach the state title game — ending the Mustangs’ dream of a perfect season in the process.

The family of a 41-year-old Chugiak man shot and killed during a traffic stop in Seward is speaking out about an investigation they say has shed little light on what happened to Micah McComas in a Safeway parking lot in the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 1.

“Right now we are just searching for the truth,” said Krista Smith, who appeared at a press conference with her husband, Scott Smith, on Thursday morning in Anchorage.

Numerous complaints about a property off Hiland Road resulted in a bust police believe could be linked to numerous vehicle and other thefts.

Tony Izzo is charged up about electricity.

The Matanuska Electric Association general manager gave an up-beat presentation on the state of the local electrical cooperative, which serves a 10,000 square mile area covering Chugiak-Eagle River and the Mat-Su Valley.

“We’ve made a bunch of member services improvements over the years,” he told the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce during its bi-weekly luncheon Oct. 4 at the Eagle River Ale House.

Not this time.

Chugiak avenged a first-round upset to Service in last year’s playoffs with a dominant 63-27 win over the Cougars Friday night at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.

“Our team is a family,” said Chugiak defensive lineman Matt Davis. “We’re one.”

After a wild first half that saw Chugiak give up a number of big plays while taking a 42-27 lead, Davis said the defense came together at halftime.

Nick Carl has been chasing Jacob Walsh his entire high school career. In the final race of the season, he finally caught him.

Carl broke the 2016 Eagle River grad’s two-year-old school record by two seconds Saturday, posting a time of 16 minutes, 24 seconds over five sun-splashed kilometers to place seventh in the Division I boys race at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Cross Country Running Championships at Bartlett High.

“It’s awesome,” said Wolves head coach Jacob Bera. “He’s had his eye on that all season.”

An estimated 700 kids showed up Thursday for the Beach Lake Jamboree, an annual cross country running event that’s often the first race a child in Anchorage ever runs.

“Getting kids active and just bring the whole community together is the purpose,” said organizer Caela Nielsen of Ravenwood Elementary.

Chugiak turned a highly anticipated showdown into just another romp as the No. 1 ranked Mustangs galloped to a 44-25 win over No. 2 Colony to win the Railbelt Conference and complete an undefeated regular season.

“This feels amazing, especially on our home field,” said Chugiak’s Ramal Maad, who ran for 59 yards and two touchdowns as the Mustangs secured the top seed in the Division I state playoffs, which start a week from Friday.

Chugiak overcame a big early deficit to run away with a lopsided Cook Inlet Conference volleyball win over Eagle River on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at Eagle River High.

The Mustangs trailed 10-4 in the first set before rallying to win 26-24, 25-15, 25-12 in front of a large, boisterous crowd at the Wolves’ Den.

Chugiak coach said she was happy with how her team settled into a rhythm after the early Wolves’ onslaught.

“They just started to slow down and follow the game plan,” Mason said.

The good news for South High freshman Ava Earl is Eagle River’s Emily Walsh continues to eat her dust. The bad news is Walsh is eating a lot more of it.

Walsh hung on the heels of her fellow frosh for all but the final few hundred meters, finishing 13 seconds behind the Wolverines’ star at the Region IV Cross Country Running Championships on a muddy — but not rainy — 5-kilometer layout at the Bartlett High trails.

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