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When Lee Jordan arrived at the ballfield that bears his name Monday night, he had an inkling the game would make headlines.

“I just felt good about it,” he said.

If anyone knows about making headlines, it’s Jordan.

Eagle River’s Tucker Lien finished second Saturday at the annual Running Free 4-Miler footrace in Eagle River.

Lien completed course from Eagle River High School to Hiland Mountain Correctional Center and back in 25 minutes, 42 seconds, more than a minute behind winner Todd Jackson of Anchorage. Jackson finished in 24:16, with Anchorage’s Gavin Kentch third in 25:53.

Racers made one loop around the women’s prison, where participants in the HMCC Running Free Alaska program cheered them on.

Chugiak and Eagle River opened Alaska American Legion Baseball postseason play with victories Friday.

The Mustangs advanced to the second round of the Alaska State Tournament with a 3-2 win over Service Friday morning at Mulcahy Stadium. With the score tied 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth, the Mustangs scored the winning run on an error by Service shortstop Cobey Cupp that allowed Billy Smith to score from third base.

Chugiak and Eagle River’s American Legion Baseball teams are heading for the postseason, but they’ll be playing in different tournaments.

The Post 33 Mustangs will participate in the state tournament at Mulcahy Stadium, while the Wolves will play in the consolation Matson Invitational at Bartlett High. Both tournaments will be held July 27-31.

Chugiak-Eagle River pulled even in the win column Thursday with the Anchorage Glacier Pilots with an 8-4 Alaska Baseball League win at Lee Jordan Field in Chugiak.

The Chinooks improved to 15-22 in the league, while the Pilots fell to 15-18. Only the top four teams in the five-team league make the playoffs, which begin July 31.

Entering Saturday night’s 6 p.m. game against the Mat-Su Miners at Lee Jordan, the Chinooks have seven league games remaining.

First-place Chugiak stormed through the Interior undefeated over the weekend in Alaska American Legion Baseball play.

The Post 33 Mustangs opened their road trip with a 5-3 league win over North Pole on July 13, followed by back-to-back wins over Fairbanks on July 14. Chugiak completed its perfect road trip with a 7-4 nonleague win over North Pole.

Jake Moe’s run of Bear Paw dominance has reached double figures.

The Anchorage runner claimed his 10th Bear Paw 5K title on Saturday, beating Eagle River teen Hyrum Nelson by 11 seconds to claim the Saturday morning championship.

Moe completed the course through Eagle River in 15 minutes, 30 seconds to trim nine seconds off his winning time from last year. Nelson finished in 15:41, with Matt Morse third in 15:47.

When Chyna Finley moved to Eagle River in 2016, she needed a fresh start. As a teen from Chicago with a tough past, she feared she would fulfill others’ predictions and become just another statistic of a troubled youth whose life was cut short. She certainly didn’t expect to play college basketball, but she’ll do just that after signing to play for NAIA school Central Methodist University at a ceremony held last month on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Chugiak won the battle of the Bradens Wednesday at Oberg Field.

Post 33’s Braden Shackelford outdueled fellow southpaw Brayden Olmstead in rainy Peters Creek, striking out six batters in 5 1/3 innings to key the Mustangs’ 3-0 Alaska American Legion Baseball victory over Eagle River.

Shackelford gave up three hits before giving way to reliever Sam Hall, who didn’t allow a baserunner and needed just 12 pitches to close out the final 1 2/3 innings.

July has seen a disastrous run for the Chinooks of Chugiak-Eagle River, who went 2-8 to open the month as they slid to last place in the five-team Alaska Baseball League.

After winning four straight games near the end of June, the collegiate summer league team dropped 11 of 14 games to fall to 12-20 overall.

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