Alaska American Legion baseball players have been camping this week.

Instead of taking to the woods, teams are taking the field at Mulcahy Stadium for the league’s annual College Coaches Camp, a showcase for players to show their stuff in front of eight college coaches. The four-day camp culminates in an all-star game Thursday, June 22 against the Alaska Baseball League’s Anchorage Bucs. This year’s camp includes instruction by coaches from the College of Idaho, Pierce Community College, Dixie State, Montana State, West Virginia and Northern Colorado.

Just as the official start of summer rolls around, the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks are heating up.

(Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part story about hiking on Mount Baldy. This week’s story talks about basics of hiking the 3,218-foot mountain near Eagle River, while next week’s will deal with access and maintenance issues facing the popular hiking area.)

Hiking Mount Baldy is a rite of passage for Chugiak-Eagle River residents. Peeking protectively over the town, the 3,218-foot mountain is everything from afternoon workout spot to weekend getaway for locals, who flock to its slopes in summer.

A standing-room-only crowd packed the Eagle River Nature Center June 4 for crash course in one of Southcentral Alaska’s most popular backcountry routes: The Crow Pass Trail.

A big crowd turned out Thursday as the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks made their annual return to Lee Jordan Field in Chugiak.

The local Alaska Baseball League team lost 4-1 to the Mat-Su Miners, but the outcome didn’t seem to dampen spirits at the park, where hot dogs, hamburgers and split-the-pot tickets were in high demand all evening.

A heavy rain fell Monday morning, but the clouds lifted by early afternoon and a friendly summer sun appeared.

With it came summer.

Opening Day of the Alaska Baseball League season is as much a sign of summer as chinooks returning to Ship Creek, and this year’s arrived at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage on a breeze smelling of hope and grilled hot dogs as Chugiak-Eagle River’s own “Fighting Fish” began their 2017 run with a 5-2 exhibition loss to the Anchorage Bucs.

What do you call a 500-yard swim, followed by a 20-kilometer bike ride capped by a 5-kilometer run?

If you answered fun, congratulations: You’re insane.

“The most important thing is finding that balance between work and life and training,” said Eagle River Triathlon participant Alyssa Sweet Sunday after completing the race, which is held each year at and around the Chugiak High School campus.

You’d think Eagle River baseball coach Gregg Frost played in a band or something the way he bounced around college towns all over the West Coast for the last three months.

He was actually following his daughter and the Stanford University softball team.

Lauren Frost is a sophomore right fielder for the Pac-12 team and one of only a handful of Alaskans playing at the NCAA D1 level this year.

Gregg coached Lauren through Little League and high school, and he wasn’t about to miss out on watching his kid compete in one of the country’s premier conferences.

At this rate, the Chugiak track and field team may soon have to start paying royalties to Alicia Keys. Why?

These girls are on fire.

The Mustangs won their second straight Alaska girls Class 4A state track and field championship Saturday at Palmer’s Machetanz Field, outpacing West Valley behind a Most Outstanding Athlete performance from senior Ariana Davis and individual wins by junior Emma Nelson in the long jump and freshman Brooklynn Gould in the 300 hurdles.

High school softball came to a waterlogged end for Chugiak and Eagle River, who both were eliminated from the Cook Inlet Conference tournament on Thursday at a rainy Albrecht Fields in Anchorage.

Both teams were scheduled to play loser’s bracket games on Wednesday, but Mother Nature had other ideas, forcing Eagle River’s game against West and Chugiak’s against Bartlett to be pushed to Thursday.

The Wolves were the first local team eliminated Thursday, falling 8-7 to West despite getting a six-strikeout performance by pitcher Avery Brown.


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