Before he walked on the football team at the University of Idaho, Ed Hall got sage advice from his high school coach Jason Brewer.

“He told me, ‘You have to outwork everybody. You have to be first in everything. You have to showcase yourself,’” said Hall, a 2014 Eagle River High grad. “It’s tough coming out of Alaska because there’s not too many coaches coming up there to scout players.”

Gymnasts flew into action for first high school meet of the season Aug. 23 at Chugiak High.

Emily Rand led the way for a high-flying Chugiak team with wins in both the balance beam and floor exercise.

“I’m really excited for this season,” said Chugiak head coach Wendy Wiltfong.

Wiltfong said she’s got about 20 athletes in the program, with about 10 of those having previous gymnastics experience.

FAIRBANKS — The players on the West Valley High School football team can stick another feather in their caps after another convincing victory.

The Wolfpack dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and used their strength up front throughout Friday night’s 22-7 victory over the Chugiak Mustangs at West Valley High School.

With the win, West Valley improves to 3-0. The team already has more wins than it did last season, when the Wolfpack finished the year 2-6.

Ryan Adkins threw for 259 yards and six touchdown passes and Eagle River raced to its best start in program history with a 65-15 Northern Lights Conference win over Kodiak Saturday in Eagle River.

“It means a lot,” said Eagle River’s Quanard Cox, who ran for a touchdown and caught another in front of a large Homecoming Day crowd at The Wolves Den. “Now we’ve got to just keep pushing and pushing.”

Eagle River is 3-0 for the first time in the school’s 13 seasons of varsity play. More importantly, the Wolves improved to 1-0 in the four-team Northern Lights Conference.

Chugiak picked up a Cook Inlet Conference volleyball sweep over Eagle River at the Wolves’ Den on Thursday in the conference opener for both local squads.

The Mustangs won 25-20, 25-11, 25-19 behind 13 kills each from Claire Schimmack and Sophia Lestina and six aces by Kaitlyn Eastman.

“She brought us home with her aces,” said Chugiak coach Bobbi Mason.

Shelby Dunn had eight kills for Eagle River (0-1), which got 23 assists from Elizabeth Ruehle and a career-high 32 digs from Kaylee Barch.


Mustangs, Wolves drop CIC home games

Chugiak got an 80-yard touchdown run from Chasity Horn, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 13-0 halftime deficit as East took a 20-7 Cook Inlet Conference flag football win over the Mustangs at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium on Wednesday.

Jessica Titzel had two touchdowns for the T-birds, who scored twice in the final two minutes of the first half. Chugiak’s next game is at South at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The Chugiak Soccer Club claimed a pair of state championships Aug. 2-5 in Fairbanks.

The CSC boys 06 Eagles won for the second straight year, while the CSC 05 Thunder also claimed a crown.

The Eagles were led by Lynn Swanson and the Thunder were coached by Steve Day.

A total of five Chugiack Soccer Club teams entered the state tournament, according to Franklin Lawson of the Soutchcentral Soccer Alliance Alaska.

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Mustangs second at Chugiak Invite

A pair of local runners nabbed podium finishes Saturday on a big day for Chugiak-Eagle River atheltes at the Tsalteshi Invitational cross-country meet in Soldotna.

Chugiak’s Daniel Bausch and Eagle River’s Emily Walsh came up just short of victory, with Walsh eight seconds behind South’s Ava Earl and Bausch losing a sprint to Dimond’s Santiago Prosser.

Chugiak’s Izzy Powers made a splash in her 2018 high school swimming debut, winning a pair of individual races at the season-opening CIC Big 8 meet at Bartlett High on Saturday.

Powers won the girls’ 50- and 200-yard freestyle races to lead the Chugiak girls, who also got a victory by Addison Morgan in the 100-yard breaststroke.

The meet included all eight schools from the Cook Inlet Conference. No team scores were kept, but Dimond won nine of the 18 individual races and five of the six relay races.

Some lessons are harder to learn than others.

Chugiak’s football team suffered a crushing 39-36 overtime loss Saturday to Service in a game first-year head coach Ryan Landers said was encouraging despite its heartbreaking ending.

“We did a lot of good things tonight,” said Landers, who fell to 0-2 in his first season leading his alma mater.