ANCHORAGE – Dawson Budke’s long road to redemption ended Saturday night with a triumphant victory in his final high school match.
The Chugiak senior claimed the only state championship Saturday night for Chugiak-Eagle River wrestlers at the Alaska Class 4A State Wrestling Tournament with a methodical 7-2 win over upstart Chad Edwards of Lathrop in the finals at 170 pounds.
If Friday’s primetime showdown between Chugiak and Eagle River at the McDonald Center were a boxing match, it likely would have ended early.
The Mustangs turned a highly anticipated bragging rights battle between crosstown prep hockey heavyweights into a TKO with a pair of shorthanded goals 29 seconds apart late in the second period to key a 7-1 Cook Inlet Conference win at the teams’ shared home ice in Eagle River.
An Eagle River man arrested in mid-April for allegedly assaulting a 6-year-old girl has been formally indicted on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.
If convicted, 37-year-old Lance Hagedon faces up to 99 years in prison.
An Anchorage grand jury handed down the charges Thursday, Dec. 15. Hagedon was arraigned on the charges Monday, Dec. 19, in Anchorage Superior Court.
Swimmers from Chugiak and Eagle River turned the Bartlett High natatorium into their own private water park on Saturday evening, filling the steamy pool with smiles, whoops and cheers during a festive Cook Inlet Conference Swimming and Diving Championships.
“This team was awesome this year,” said Mustangs sophomore Izzy Powers, who claimed victory in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events to become the meet’s lone double individual champion. “The vibe was just really good.”
Near the conclusion of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Cross Country Running Championships Saturday, a ray of sunshine broke through the clouds hovering over Bartlett High School, setting the sky aglow.
It was a silver linings kind of day.
Chugiak’s vaunted girls team fell far short of its goal, finishing fourth in the team standings after starting the day as one of the prerace favorites.