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Homecoming can’t come at a better time for the Chugiak Mustangs, who dropped their second straight game at Anchorage Football Stadium with a 35-13 Cook Inlet Conference loss to Bartlett on Saturday, Sept. 3.

“I can hardly wait to get home,” said Chugiak football coach Duncan Shackelford after watching his team fall to 2-2 overall and in the CIC.

Any team that kicks to Kelechi Madubuko clearly isn’t paying attention.

With a pair of kick returns in a 41-23 loss to Dimond on Friday, Sept. 2 at Dimond Alumni Field, the Eagle River senior has six returns for touchdowns in the past 12 games.

“I just find a way to the end zone,” Madubuko said.

Madubuko’s brilliance in the Wolves’ four straight losses — he has scored seven of the their 10 touchdowns this season — is all for the good of the team, he said.

“I try to keep my guys up,” Madubuko said. “I do it for them.”

Eagle River’s girls dominated to lead the Wolves to a narrow 5-4 win over Chugiak at Chugiak High on Aug. 29.

Kelly Cobb seems to be adjusting nicely to college life.

The Duke University freshman has exploded onto the scene for the Blue Devils, racking up a pair of game-winning goals, including a left-footed rocket that lifted Duke to a 2-1 lead in their eventual 3-1 win over No. 1 Notre Dame on Aug. 28.

“It feels amazing. I cannot even explain it.” Cobb said in a Duke press release sent after the match in Chapel Hill, N.C.

An Alaska Baseball League team has a new home — now it just needs a new name.

Athletes in Action, which was an Alaska Baseball League team without a town this summer, will call Peters Creek’s Loretta French Park home for the 2012 season.

Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce president Pete Mulcahy made the announcement at the group’s luncheon on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at the Bear Mountain Grill in Eagle River.

“Athletes in Action are relocating to our hometown,” Mulcahy said.

Sam Hartke is just fine.

Chugiak High’s swimming and diving team swept West High on Friday, Aug. 25 to kick off the 2011 campaign. The boys notched an 88-66 victory while the girls edged the Eagles 98-84.

Danica Barto was the Wolves’ lone representative at Chugiak for the first gymnastics meet of the season Friday, Aug. 25. But the junior gymnast didn’t compete. Instead, Barto watched the Mustangs defeat East High 181.90 to 130.35 from the stands.

Eagle River erased two winless flag football seasons with a last-second touchdown to give it a 12-6 victory over rival Chugiak High to open the season Aug. 23.

“I’ve never been involved in a game like that,” Wolves head coach Matt Turner said. “It was exciting.”

Chugiak took a 6-0 lead after scoring on its first drive.

“We just held them the rest of the game,” Turner said. “For the girls to not lose their composure was just great.”

With just 15 swimmers, Eagle River’s team might be lacking in numbers, but that’s not dampening the spirits of senior Brenna Wheeler.

“It’s more intimate because it’s so small,” Wheeler said of this year’s squad.

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