Sports

 After winning three events (the 800-meter run, 1,600 and 3,200) at The Scramble two weeks ago, Eagle River High sophomore Kate Mondl, 15, finished second in the 3,200 and fifth in the 1,600 at “The Mini” — the first official meet of the track season — on March 23-24 at The Dome. She is the daughter of Marge Mondl and Dave Maker.

Chugiak’s Tim Sorensen won the boys’ 3,200-meter run in 10 minutes, 30 seconds at “The Mini” — the season’s first official meet — March 23-24 at The Dome. Sorensen also placed second in the 1,600, finishing just 0.16 seconds behind Max Romey of Service.

Chugiak’s Chris Kveseth won the 800 in 2:07, and Jacob Brownlee placed sixth in the discus.

Eagle River’s boys 4x400 relay of Richard Ayala, Kit Hoog, Ben Hall and Brandon King placed third.

The Mustang Hockey Association’s PeeWee C team won the state championship with a convincing 7-1 victory over the tournament host South Anchorage Mighty Moose on March 18 at the Subway Sports Centre in Anchorage.

There was no better way to finish the season than beating the Mighty Moose on their home ice, Mustangs head coach Kenny Hood said.

“It was really awesome,” he said. “It certainly was a great way to end it.”

The Mustangs — who held a 2-1 edge after two periods — exploded for five goals in the third to capture the state title, Hood said.

 Eagle River High’s Comp Cheerleaders competed at the State Cheerleading Competition March 13. The team placed first in the Comp division and was named Grand Champions with the overall highest score. There were 35 teams represented at this year’s competition.

Eagle River High sophomore Sam Coy rebounded from an injury in the first half to score the game-tying goal on an assist from freshman Nikki Boggs in the 77th minute to earn a 1-1 draw with Service in Cook Inlet Conference girls soccer action Saturday, March 24 at The Dome. The tie put the Wolves’ conference record at 0-1-1.

Service took a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 37th minute, Eagle River head coach Lauren Mason said.

Each goal was aided by a bit of luck, she said.

Chugiak High soccer forward Matt McGimsey scored the go-ahead goal in Chugiak’s 4-1 win over Bartlett in the high school soccer season opener on Monday, March 19 at The Dome in Anchorage. McGimsey, a senior, is the son of Deb and Robert McGimsey of Eagle River.

After going through nine head coaches in as many seasons, Jon Schroeder is back at the helm of Chugiak High’s track program.

Schroeder served as head coach two years ago, but an injury prevented him from running the program last season. Now, Schroeder is focused on growing the Mustangs’ track and field team.

Schroeder said he wants to stir up excitement at Chugiak, which he said has a deep pool of talent roaming the halls.

“We’re trying to get them to come out and have some fun,” he said. “Try to build the track program back.”

With about 50 athletes out and another five to 10 expected to join after spring break (which ended March 16), Eagle River High head track and field coach Matt Turner had something to celebrate before the 2012 season even started.

“We’ve got the most numbers out we’ve ever had,” he said. “That’s always a plus to start the year off.”

The 2012 Arctic Winter Games closed with 15 local athletes bringing home ulus. The games, which this year featured nine teams from northern regions participating in a variety of athletic and cultural events, were held this year in Whitehorse, Yukon.

On the turf, all rivalry was set aside as Sue Fleurant of Chugiak High and Jackie Klecka, of Eagle River, teamed up to bring home indoor soccer bronze.

“We can be teammates one week and opponents the next, its really not weird at all,” Fleurant said.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Huskies won the 2012 Valley Comp Basketball Girls 7/8 Elite Championship on Feb. 29 at the AT&T Center in Wasilla. The Huskies won the championship with a 29-26 victory over their longtime rival, the Mountaineers. Pictured are (back row, left to right) Coach Glenn Haasl, Victoria Spring, Kassidy Murfin, Randi McMullin, Nicole Pinckney, Coach Chuck Pinckney and (front row, L-R) Kaylee Carlson, Emmie Jennings, Haley Scott, Miranda Haasl and Hannah Russell.

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