Sports

Rivalry day on the diamonds was a split decision Thursday.

Eagle River’s softball team jumped out to a big lead and never looked back for an opening-round win over Chugiak in the Blue and Gold Tournament at Albrecht Fields, while the Mustangs’ baseball team used a big inning to pull away from the Wolves in a Cook Inlet Conference contest at Mulcahy Stadium.

Chugach Eagles Wrestling Club wrestler Grant Jones had a perfect weekend April 28-30, sweeping the state titles in the folkstyle, Greco Roman and freestyle techniques at the Alaska USA State Wrestling Championships at the Menard Center in Wasilla.

Two words of advice for Alaska high school baseball fans: Don’t blink.

The seven-game, 16-day Cook Inlet Conference regular season that began Monday is the shortest in high school sports. With each CIC team playing just one game against each team before the conference tournament, there isn’t a lot of room for error.

Eagle River High sophomore defenseman Cameron McDonald was the first Alaskan taken and the 49th pick overall Monday in Phase I the United States Hockey League draft.

McDonald, a 16-year-old who helped Eagle River to a program-best fifth place finish at the 2017 Alaska Class 4A state tournament, was selected as the first pick of the fourth round by the Muskegon (Michigan) Lumberjacks.

Chugiak bounced back from a lopsided Monday afternoon loss with a big evening win.

The Mustangs fell 17-0 to South in the first of two Cook Inlet Conference softball games at Albrecht Fields. Gwen Jones notched the only hit for Chugiak in the four-inning game.

The Eagle River girls got individual victories from five different athletes Friday en route to a second-place finish at a four-team track and field meet at South High.

There was plenty of soccer symmetry on Saturday.

West handed Eagle River identical 4-0 Cook Inlet Conference soccer losses at a sun-drenched Eagle River High School, with both Eagle River teams falling to 2-4 in the CIC.

Also Saturday, Chugiak took a pair of lopsided losses at Service, with the boys falling 5-0 and the girls losing 6-0. Both Chugiak teams fell to 0-4 in the conference.

Eagle River hosts South Monday at the Wolves’ Den, while Chugiak is at Bartlett.

COOK INLET CONFERENCE SOCCER

Saturday, April 29

It’s probably fitting that a race named FOCUS came down to a photo finish.

Eagle River’s Sara Kennedy won a duel against fellow local Kat Roch to win the women’s division in the inaugural running of the race, outkicking Roch to win by a fraction of a second. Both women’s times were 23 minutes, 14 seconds, but Kennedy won at the line. Evy Hail finished third in 24:53.

Kennedy led the whole way, but said she knew Roch was lurking just behind.

“Yeah, it was definitely on my mind,” she said shortly after crossing the finish line beneath a bright spring sun.

Four of Eagle River’s finest finalized their college plans Friday during a ceremony in school’s library.

Seniors Mallory Garbe, Jade Pandres, Jessie Scott and Peyton Young drew high praise from administrators, parents and coaches during the ceremony, during which each signed a National Letter of Intent to play college sports at their respective universities.

“This is one of the highlights of my job,” said ERHS athletic director Tom Klaameyer, who introduced each of the four to a large crowd gathered in the library.

Juneau picked up a nonconference soccer sweep Thursday at Chugiak’s Ed Blahous Field.

The Crimson Bears’ boys team won 5-1 in the opening game, with the girls finishing things off with a 2-0 shutout in the nightcap.

At Service, the Cougars took a pair of Cook Inlet Conference matches from Eagle River, with the boys posting a 2-0 win over the Wolves and the girls notching a 3-0 win.

Thursday, April 27

GIRLS

Juneau 2, Chugiak 0

Service 3, Eagle River 0

BOYS

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