Wins for Wolves, Mustangs

Eagle River and Chugiak defended their home turf over the holiday weekend.

The Wolves improved their record to 6-5 in the Alaska American Legion Baseball league with an 11-6 win over Kenai’s Post 20 Twins on Saturday, July 1 at the Loretta French Sports Complex. Chase McGraw and Christian Frederick had two hits each for Eagle River, which got three RBI from Aaron Davis. The win was the third straight for the Wolves, which also knocked off Chugiak on Friday.

Local Alaska American Legion Baseball teams have struggled to keep pace with the blistering tempo set by the bullies of the league’s National Division.

Through June 26, Juneau Post 25 and Service Post 28 had yet to be beaten in league play, with Juneau posting a 10-0 record and Service racing out to 8-0.

After racking up five straight wins to nose their way into the Alaska Baseball League standings, the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks have been mostly swimming in place.

The 2017 Crow Pass Crossing wilderness race has been canceled due to concerns about safety along the 24-mile mountain race from the Crow Pass trailhead near Girdwood to the Eagle River Nature Center.

Officials with the University of Alaska Anchorage — which organizes the event — are calling the decision “a pause” rather than a permanent shut-down of the 33-year-old race.

Three Chugiak mushers signed up for the 2018 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, June 24, the first day for entries into the annual race to Nome.

Among the 52 entrants who signed up on the first day to enter were veteran mushers Jim Lanier and Mike Suprenant, along with rookie Tom Schonberger.

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.