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Update: the Knik 11-12 majors All-Star team defeated Dimond-West on Wednesday, July 19, to advance to the title game. On Thursday, July 20, Knik lost 3-2 to Abbott-O-Rabbit in the final.

Knik finishing strong

The Knik Little League All-Star teams have wrapped up a record-setting season.

Eagle River’s Alev Kelter continues to be a key member of the United States women’s rugby team.

Kelter, a 28-year-old who graduated from Chugiak in 2009, was recenttly named to the U.S. Women’s Eagles team that will compete at the Women’s Rugby World cup August 9-26 in Belfast, Ireland.

Jake Moe and Allison VanPelt beat the heat — and the field — Saturday to claim victory in the Bear Paw 5K race through Eagle River.

Moe’s victory in 15 minutes, 39 seconds was his third straight and ninth overall.

“This is always my favorite race of the whole year,” said Moe, a 32-year-old from Anchorage.

Moe first won the race when he was just a teenager. Now he’s a father of three trying to hold off the field in the race he’s dominated like nobody else.

“Now I’m the one holding off the younger guys,” he said.

Mirror Lake Park is shifting gears: Besides the usual summer boaters, beachgoers and picnickers, the popular local green space now lures a steady trickle of mountain bikers, too.

Chugiak’s first dedicated mountain bike course, the Mirror Lake singletrack is making a name for itself among cyclists from surrounding neighborhoods and beyond.

The home cooking in Chugiak has been mighty fine this summer.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks continued their solid play at Lee Jordan Field Sunday, taking a pair of games from the Peninsula Oilers to improve to .500 at their home field at the Loretta French Sports Complex off the Old Glenn Highway. Eight of the team’s 12 wins this season have come at home, including a pair of one-run victories on a sunny Sunday evening.

A trio of triathletes have signed up for what promises to be one of the most extreme endurace races of the summer.

Eagle River’s Britta Anderson, Tyler Boyd and Sara Kennedy are among 234 entrants in the inaugural Alaskaman Extreme Triathlon, a monster of a race that will send competitors on a 2.67-mile swim from Miller’s Landing to Waterfront Park in chilly Resurrection Bay, followed by a 113.5-mile bicycle ride from Seward to Bird Creek, and topped with a 27.5-mile run that includes two trips up Mt. Alyeska and 6,000 feet of elevation gain.

(Updated Thursday, July 13)

Chugiak and Eagle River’s “A” teams will be among five squads participating in this year’s annual Chugiak Wood Bat Tournament July 13-16.

“It’s down a little bit but still fun,” said Chugiak Post 33 manager Mark Bohrer.

Now in its ninth year, the tournament has had as many as 10 teams. But Bohrer said lower participation numbers overall and more teams statewide have helped thin out the ranks at the “A” level of play, which is roughly the equivalent of junior varsity in the high school-age summer baseball league.

If they haven’t started already, locals will soon be strapping long-handled nets to the top of pickup trucks and the backs of motorhomes and heading south en masse.

The Kenai River personal use dipnet fishery — by far the state’s largest and most popular — opens July 10, a date many Alaskans keep in their heads like Christmas.

Chugiak went 1-2 and Eagle River finished 0-3 through the pool play portion of the BP Invitational American Legion Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Chugiak fell 11-1 to Dimond on Thursday, then walloped South 15-4 on Saturday before falling 11-1 to Napoleon, Ohio, Saturday evening.

Sam Hall went 2-for-3 with three RBI in Chugiak’s win over South. Ian Frizelle and Braden Shackelford also had two hits each for the Mustangs. Frizelle struck out four Wolverines in 4 1/3 innings to earn the win.

Alaska’s latest long-distance endurance race kicked off July 7 in Chugiak, with teams heading south along a 175-mile course to Seward.

The inaugural Alaska Relay race began in waves at Mirror Lake Park, where Friday morning rainclouds had given way to sunny skies. Runners gathered near the water’s edge, chatting and stretching and adjusting bibs and watches and ipod armbands.

“It’s a little intimidating, but I think it’s going to be fun,” said June Gardner, captain of the team Alaska Run Wild.

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