Two locals — one a shifty open-field specialist, the other a hulking lineman — came home with two of the Cook Inlet Conference's top four awards in voting by the league's coaches.
Eagle River's Kelechi Madubuko, a senior wide receiver/return specialist who scored 10 touchdowns this season — four on returns — was named the CIC's Utility Player of the Year and also to the first team All-CIC team as a wideout and return man.
Eagle River never could get anything going Saturday, falling 42-0 to South in their Cook Inlet Conference football season finale.
"We just came out flat," said senior running back Malcolm Bell.
South scored 23 points in the first quarter to quickly quash any hopes of a season-ending upset.
The Wolves will lose 13 seniors from this season's team, which finished 1-7 overall and 1-6 in the CIC. Eagle River's lone win this season came when Chugiak had to forfeit its victory (a 35-14 win on Aug. 19) due to the use of an ineligible player.
Eagle River's Hannah Stevens used a late surge to pass Dimond’s Sarah Friestone just before the finish line to claim ninth place at the 2011 ASAA/Alaska state cross country running championships at Bartlett High School.
Stevens finished the 5-kilometer course in 19 minutes, 24 seconds to help the Wolves to a fifth place team finish in their first appearance at the state meet.
Evy Hail was 15th for the Wolves, Nikki Boggs was 26th, Sierra Richardson finished 49th and Chris Bottini was 64th.
Chugiak’s Sam Hartke, the lone entrant for the Mustangs, finished 30th.
Chugiak senior Isaac Lammers finished the 5-kilometer course at Bartlett High in 16 minutes, 47 seconds to place 11th and lead all local finishers at the 2011 ASAA/Alaska Class 4A state cross country running championships on Saturday, Oct. 1.
Chugiak finished seventh out of 11 4A teams in the event.
West Valley’s Kuba Grzeda won in 16:01, beating Service’s Max Romey by three seconds. Romey earned some consolation by leading the Cougars to the overall team title.
Sophomore David McPhetres finished 13th for Chugiak in 16:55.
UPDATE (10/6/2011): Chugiak's appeal of its three forfeitures was upheld by the Alaska School Activities Association board of directors on Monday. The Mustangs will not go to the playoffs, and the team's final 2011 record is 2-6 overall and 2-5 in the Cook Inlet Conference.
Chugiak's football season ended with a 24-7 Cook Inlet Conference win over East on Saturday at Anchorage Football Stadium.
Chugiak’s bid for a tournament championship fell just short over the weekend, as the Mustangs finished runner-up to South at the West
Spiketacular Sept. 23 and 24 at West High.
The Mustangs went 8-0 during Friday’s pool play, then ran off a 5-1 record in Saturday’s pool playoffs to earn a berth in the Gold championship bracket. There, they beat Colony in two sets to advance to the finals, where they fell 2-0 to the Wolverines.
Anna Matthews and Karlee Kavanaugh were named to the all-tournament team for Chugiak.