The good news for South High freshman Ava Earl is Eagle River’s Emily Walsh continues to eat her dust. The bad news is Walsh is eating a lot more of it.

Walsh hung on the heels of her fellow frosh for all but the final few hundred meters, finishing 13 seconds behind the Wolverines’ star at the Region IV Cross Country Running Championships on a muddy — but not rainy — 5-kilometer layout at the Bartlett High trails.

Flashing brilliance from beginning to end, Chugiak remained undefeated with a dominant 42-6 Railbelt Conference football victory over Wasilla on an explosive night Veterans Memorial Field in Wasilla.

Now the real fireworks begin.

“We need to bring this energy into Colony,” said Chugiak’s Derryk Snell, who scored four touchdowns Saturday night to help spoil Wasilla’s homecoming.

Seconds after the final whistle, teams and fans were treated to an impressive fireworks display that lit up the cloudy skies above the stadium in downtown Wasilla.

Chugiak’s flag footbal team had a homecoming to remember Friday, Sept. 15 at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.

The Mustangs got six touchdown passes from Eva Palmer — three to Chasity Horn — en route to a 51-0 thumping of rival Eagle River.

Palmer opened the scoring with a touchdown pass to Taylor Rukes, then the Mustangs broke things open with a pair of Palmer-to-Horn strikes in the second.

Horn, Taylor Rukes and Jenny Labonte caught touchdown passes in the second half for the Mustangs, who capped the scoring with an interception return for a touchdown by Carson Head.

Mac Center to host Seawolves

The University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves will open their 2017-18 college season in the friendly confines of Eagle River’s Harry J. McDonald Center.

The Seawolves will face Simon Fraser University on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. in an exhibition game at the Mac.

The game is hosted by the Mustang Hockey Association, with $10 general admission tickets available at the McDonald Center, Jitters, Eagle River Gun Cache and Odd Man Rush Brewing.

Beach Lake Jamboree set

Chugiak and Eagle River cross country teams will enter Saturday’s Region IV cross country running meet at Bartlett High with hopes of qualifying for state.

Both Chugiak coach Cody Priest and Eagle River coach Jacob Bera have said they hope to qualify both their boys’ and girls’ teams for the state meet, and this year’s results have shown the Wolves and Mustangs should likely have plenty of runners near the front of the pack.

The Chugiak High cross country running program was well represented at the Equinox Marathon on Saturday, Sept. 16 in Fairbanks.

Former Mustang standout Kenny Brewer, 25, finished the grueling marathon in second place, while current Chugiak head cross country running and skiing coach Cody Priest, a 29-year-old who lives in Anchorage, finished third.

Chugiak earned a pair of swimming/diving wins Tuesday, Sept. 19 over Eagle River at the Chugiak Pool.

The Mustang girls won 107-63, while the Chugiak boys edged the Wolves 90-81.

Izzy Powers won the 50 and 100 yard freestyle for the Chugiak girls, who also got a double win from Addison Morgan in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke. Jeremy Petrie won the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke for the Chugiak boys, while Dam Horning (50 free, 100 free) was a double winner for the Eagle River boys.

Mustangs, Wolves make a big splash

Chugiak finished tied for third at the 20-team West Spiketacular volleyball tournament Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15-16 at West High in Anchorage.

The Mustangs were one of two teams to go 8-0 in pool play to earn the top seed in Saturday’s Gold Bracket tournament. There, the Mustangs defeated West Valley 2-1 in the quarterfinals before falling to eventual champion West 2-0 in the semis.

Eagle River’s loss on the gridiron Saturday afternoon was insignificant compared to the tragic loss the team suffered away from the field.

Just hours before the afternoon game against Palmer, the Wolves learned one of their teammates had died Friday night. Head coach Bob Adkins said he couldn’t give specifics about the teen’s death or name the player due to school district privacy rules, but said his team was grief-stricken by the news.

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Homecoming weekend had mixed results for two local high school football coach.

Both Eagle River’s Bob Adkins and Chugiak’s Roger Spackman brought their teams to their own hometowns Sept. 8, with Adkins taking the Wolves to his former stomping grounds in the Interior and Spackman leading the Mustangs south to his childhood home in northern Utah.