Chugiak’s volleyball team has opened the season on a roll. Now the Mustangs will find out how they stack up against the nation’s best in Sin City.
The Mustangs left in the early-morning hours of Sept. 14 for Las Vegas, where they’ll be participating in the 48-team Durango Fall Classic Sept. 16-17. Chugiak coach Kelly Kavanaugh said the tournament brings together some of the top volleyball teams in the country.
“It’s one of the premier early season high school tournaments in the country,” Kavanaugh said via e-mail on Sept. 12.
Kelly Cobb continues to amaze those who are getting their first look at the precocious 19-year-old Duke University freshman soccer player.
Cobb, a 2011 Chugiak High graduate from Peters Creek, earned national Player of the Week honors from both TopDrawerSoccer.com and Soccer America magazine after posting two more eye-popping games in a pair of victories for the No. 4-ranked Blue Devils (7-1-0).
Once the dust literally settled following the Palmer Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 10, David McPhetres was all smiles. The Chugiak High sophomore finished 10th overall in a time of 16 minutes, 39 seconds, reaching one of his goals of cracking the top 10 this season.
Chugiak snapped a two-game losing streak with a 35-7 Homecoming win over Colony Saturday, Sept. 10 in a non-conference football game at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium. “This is really a confidence booster for us,” said Chugiak lineman Kody Trombley. Justin Schneider ran for two touchdowns and Jacob Wenzl, Dylan Timberlake and Wayde Snell had one each for the Mustangs, who built a 35-0 lead early in the third quarter and cruised past the 0-5 Knights. Chugiak (2-2 CIC, 3-2 overall) scored twice in the first quarter, getting touchdown runs from Timberlake and Wenzl.
Chugiak's homecoming festivities get underway at 1 p.m. today with a girls flag football game against South. A homecoming float parade will immediately follow the flag football game, followed by a non conference football game between Chugiak and Colony. Chugiak enters the game with a 2-2 record, while the Knights are 0-4. Check www.alaskastar.com after the game to find out who won.
Chugiak earned a sweep over Eagle River at Chugiak on Friday, Sept. 9. The Mustang boys won 106-35, while the girls pulled out a 109-53 win. Chugiak’s girls swept every event, while the boys won every event but one. Double winners for the Chugiak girls included Samantha Burke (200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke) and Amanda Vikdal (50 free, 100 back). Double individual winners on the boys side included Grant Ensign (200 free, 100 back), Andrew Espe (200 IM, 100 fly) and Ethan Espe (50 free, 100 breast.