No, the Eagle River resident didn’t attend the best New Year’s party of her life or celebrate a special anniversary. That was the day Gray received perhaps the most frightening news an expectant mother can get: doctors had detected a defect — heart disease — in her unborn baby.
Gray said she and her husband, David, were stunned.
“We were in a shocked state of mind,” Gray said. “You’re numb.”
Doctors performed open-heart surgery just 10 days after her baby boy was born. Today, young Qunilan is a normal 2-year-old.
Day after day, year after year, some things are guaranteed to never change — the sun will always rise, the people in our lives will come and go, and every April 15 the tax man will be knocking at the door. Though there are things in life that we cannot control, there are many more that we can. As we reflect on our lives, many will think of the people who raised them: influential teachers, a neighbor, a scout leader who made an impact in their lives. The years will inevitably pass, and we will lose touch with friends and family members.
Chugiak snapped a two-game losing streak with a 35-7 Homecoming win over Colony Saturday, Sept. 10 in a non-conference football game at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium. “This is really a confidence booster for us,” said Chugiak lineman Kody Trombley. Justin Schneider ran for two touchdowns and Jacob Wenzl, Dylan Timberlake and Wayde Snell had one each for the Mustangs, who built a 35-0 lead early in the third quarter and cruised past the 0-5 Knights. Chugiak (2-2 CIC, 3-2 overall) scored twice in the first quarter, getting touchdown runs from Timberlake and Wenzl.
Chugiak's homecoming festivities get underway at 1 p.m. today with a girls flag football game against South. A homecoming float parade will immediately follow the flag football game, followed by a non conference football game between Chugiak and Colony. Chugiak enters the game with a 2-2 record, while the Knights are 0-4. Check www.alaskastar.com after the game to find out who won.
Chugiak earned a sweep over Eagle River at Chugiak on Friday, Sept. 9. The Mustang boys won 106-35, while the girls pulled out a 109-53 win. Chugiak’s girls swept every event, while the boys won every event but one. Double winners for the Chugiak girls included Samantha Burke (200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke) and Amanda Vikdal (50 free, 100 back). Double individual winners on the boys side included Grant Ensign (200 free, 100 back), Andrew Espe (200 IM, 100 fly) and Ethan Espe (50 free, 100 breast.
West handed Eagle River its 12th consecutive defeat with a 39-13 Cook Inlet Conference rout at Anchorage Football Stadium on Friday, Sept. 9. The Eagles used two touchdowns in the final 3:40 of the first half to take control of what had been a close game.
Chugiak picked up a key Cook Inlet Conference win with a five-set (16-25, 27-25, 25-21, 11-25, 16-14) win over defending state champion Dimond on Sept. 2 at Chugiak. The Mustangs improved to 3-0 in the CIC with the win.
Anna Matthews led the charge for the Mustangs with 12 kills, 18 digs and two blocks, while Karlee Kavanaugh added seven kills, four blocks and 23 digs for the Mustangs.
Palmer 3, Eagle River 0
Palmer was a rude visitor to Eagle River High on Sept. 1, handing the host Wolves a 25-15, 25-21, 25-13 loss.
After watching members his team laugh after committing a backbreaking penalty late in their 20-7 loss to Dimond on Sept. 2 at Dimond Alumni Field, Eagle River flag football coach Matt Turner screamed at his players from the sidelines.