Just call them the road warriors.

Chugiak and Eagle River’s football teams earned crucial victories as visitors over the weekend, with the Mustangs earning a 22-7 Chugach Conference win over Juneau in Juneau and the Wolves crushing Kenai Central 48-14 on the Peninsula.

Runners smiled and slogged through the sunshine Saturday at Kincaid Park, where the final regular-season cross country running race of the high school season gave athletes a chance to test themselves while in the midst of training.

“This race should have been their tiredest,” said Eagle River coach Jacob Bera, whose top athlete, Emily Walsh, finished second in the girls varsity race, two seconds behind South’s Ava Earl.

Service avenged an earlier loss to Chugiak with a 5-4 Cook Inlet Conference tennis victory over the Mustangs on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Jared Elison and Emilee Groth won singles matches for the Mustangs, who also got victories from the girls doubles team of Jordyn Bailey/Bethany Kesler and the mixed doubles team of Riley Fugere/Claire Mahoney.

COUGARS 5, MUSTANGS 4

Boys singles 1: Jared Elison (C) def Kelly Wages (S) 6-4, 6-4

Boys singles 2: Zach Moore (S) def. Eric Rueb (C) 6-4, 2-6, 10-3

A pair of local mountain runners crossed the finish line together atop the North Face of Alyeska in Girdwood on Sunday, Sept. 9.

Michael Connelly, 16, won his second straight Alyeska Climbathon while fellow Eagle River athlete Chris Kirk, 21, claimed his second championship in three years by completing 12 trips up the mountain in 9 hours, 37 minutes and 31 seconds. Both tied the race record of 12 laps up the North Face for a total climb of about 24,000 vertical feet.

Friends and family of a teen overdose victim gathered alongside members of a local church Tuesday evening to dedicate a small bench built to help people remember and recover from the heartbreak of drug addiction.

“The memorial is the combination of two things,” said Father Marc Dunaway of the St. John Orthodox Cathedral in Chugiak.

Employees at Eagle River Polaris Arctic Cat in Eagle River got an unpleasant surprise the morning of Friday, Sept. 7, when they arrived at the Eagle River shop to find three vehicles had disappeared overnight.

“They cut the fence from the highway and then they proceeded to cut the fence in the back of our yard,” said managing member Paul Hughes.

Missing were a green 2018 Polaris ATV, a 2006 Polaris Sportsman and a Polaris Ranger 1000. Two of the vehicles had been dropped off for service, while another was on the lot for sale.

Items in the police briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information department. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Bartlett 3, Chugiak 2 (28-25, 26-28, 25-19, 18-25, 15-13)

Chugiak dropped a back-and-forth high school Cook Inlet Conference volleyball match Wednesday night at Bartlett.

The Golden Bears won the first and third sets, while the Mustangs took the second and fourth to set up the decisive fifth. There, Bartlett eked out a 15-13 win to take the match.

Sophia Lestina led Chugiak with 15 kills and 16 digs, while Mackenzie Edwards added seven kills and four blocks.

Chugiak’s flag football team is getting healthy and starting to roll.

The Mustangs earned their second straight Cook Inlet Conference flag football win Wednesday by racing past rival Eagle River 47-0 at Eagle River High School.

“The more experienced players are stepping up and pulling the players who haven’t played as much up with them,” said Chugiak coach Marilyn Campnell, whose squad improved to 2-7 in the CIC after dropping seven games to start the year.

A 50-year-old woman was arrested for operating under the influence of alcohol Wednesday evening after crashing her car on Eagle River Loop Road.

According to Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Renee Oistad, witnesses told police they saw an eastbound 1999 Toyota Corolla swerving and driving slower than the speed limit just before the crash, which occurred approximately midway between the Briggs Bridge and Hiland Road. Oistad said the Toyota was passed by another vehicle, at which point it swerved into the center median and rolled at least twice.

Cracks, pops and bangs pierced the warm fall air in Birchwood Wednesday beneath a brilliant sun. Ted Smith would have liked the sound. The sunshine? Not so much.

“The worse the weather was the more he liked it,” said Anchorage Police Department Chief Justin Doll during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Ted R. Smith Tactical Training Facility for Law Enforcement. “That was really interesting if you were a student.”

Smith — a former APD officer and instructor from Eagle River who died in a 2013 plane crash at the age of 59 — was passionate about training and safety.

Fans inside Bank of America Stadium rose to their feet as Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton prepared to take the snap. The 2015 NFL MVP shouted the cadence to his team, sending newly signed rookie Korben Senden in motion from his slot receiver position. As Senden neared, Newton took the snap, pivoted and handed the ball to the rookie. Senden did the rest, following his blockers around the end for a 5-yard Panthers touchdown.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks Booster Club will hold its annual meeting Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center (22424 N. Birchwood Loop).

Club members will vote to elect (or re-elect) board members; the terms of current board members Bill Stoltze, Tim Barto and Sarah Dutton are expiring.

The meeting is open to the public and will include a presentation on the recently completed season, reports from officers and an opportunity to give suggestions for the 2019 season.

Chugiak’s Mikayla Monastra led a sweep of the top three all-around spots at a gymnastics tri-meet held Friday, Sept. 7 at Chugiak High.

Monastra’s 28.3 total points edged teammate Kaitlyn Forbush (28.05) in second and Autumn Thomas (27.9) in third. Monastra didn’t win an individual event but she was steady all day, finishing second in the vault, beaem and bars and eighth in the floor exercise.

Chugiak’s Emily Rand won the beam and floor exercise for the Mustangs, who took the team competition with 189.1 points.

I could have been strolling amongst farm exhibits at the Alaska State Fair.

Instead, I was out on the Beach Lake trails, surrounded by skinny people in brightly-colored clothes charging around a four-mile loop so ridiculously hilly that I was ready to call it quits after the first lap.

I was racing the third-annual A Day at the Beach, a timed event offering runners the chance to test their endurance during six-, 12- and 24-hour timed races.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping website. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Students busted for smoking pot

On Aug. 28 at around 10:45 a.m., a school resource officer at Chugiak High School walked through a foot tunnel on the school grounds where police said students “are known to hang out during lunchtime.”

Mustangs sweep Eagles

Chugiak earned a Cook Inlet Conference swimming sweep over West on Friday, Sept. 7 at West.

Addison Morgan (100 IM, 100 butterfly) and Izzy Powers (50 free, 100 free) won two individual events for the Chugiak girls, who claimed a 100-78 victory. Morgan and Powers also swam legs on two winning relays for the Mustangs. Lydia Ekstrom (diving) and Autumn Moore (100 breaststroke) also claimed individual wins for the Mustangs.

Chugiak’s Justice Rushford bolted from the starting line at Saturday’s New Balance XC Classic like he was fired out of a cannon. Or about to fire a Canon, perhaps.

The Mustangs senior sprinted ahead of the field, whipped out his phone at snapped a triumphant selfie with the rest of the junior varsity boys field training behind, then tossed his phone triumphantly to a waiting teammate/co-conspirator.

After the race, Rushford explained the selfie schtick has become an unofficial (and unsanctioned) team tradition during the annual races at Russian Jack Springs Park.

On a spectacularly sunny day at the Wolves’ Den, Eagle River head football coach Bob Adkins preferred to look on the bright side after watching his previously undefeated team get outshined in a 55-19 Northern Lights Conference loss to the Soldotna Stars on Saturday.

“Now we have something to work for,” he said after his team fell to 1-1 in the NLC with a crucial conference clash against Kenai Central coming next week.

Ric Davidge brought his own cameraman to film his Thursday appearance at the South Fork Community Council meeting.

There weren’t a lot of highlights.

The chairman of the Alaska Veterans Foundation got more than an earful during his first appearance before the council in whose backyard he wants to build a facility to house up to 100 homeless veterans.

“This community is completely against your proposal,” council chair Karl von Luhrte told Davidge.

Nobody seemed to disagree.

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