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Cross country coaches always want their runners peaking at the end of the season. Well, Chugiak High head coach Tina McPhetres should be thrilled.

Eagle River’s girls cross country team has made history.

You can’t keep a good team down.

Service continued its unbeaten streak in Cook Inlet Conference play with a 66-36 victory over Eagle River on Friday, Sept. 23 at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.

David McPhetres finished third to lead Chugiak's boys cross country team to a second place overall finish at the Cook Inlet Conference Championships on Saturday at Kincaid Park.

Isaac Lammers was sixth for Chugiak and Brady Sanders was 10th.Tim Sorensen (16th) and Alex Loan (25th) rounded out Chugiak's top five finishers.

Eagle River's Brandon King was 11th to earn his second consecutive state berth as an individual. Freshman Ben Hall finished 18th for the Wolves, while Alex Smith was 24th, Ben Smith finished 40th and Bryce Wolery was 45th.

Eagle River's girls cross country team has made history.

Led by a seventh-place finish by senior Evy Hail, the Wolves finished third as a team at Saturday's Cook Inlet Conference Championships at Kincaid Park to earn the school's first team berth at the state meet.

The top four teams (and any other individuals in the top 15 spots) earn automatic berths to state, which will be held next Saturday at Bartlett.

Chugiak's Samantha Hartke will join the Wolves' girls at state after finishing 12th to earn an automatic state berth.

Eagle River hung with the conference’s best team for much of the first half of a wild 66-36 Service win at Chugiak’s Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium Friday night.
The Wolves (1-6 overall, 1-5 Cook Inlet Conference) trailed the undefeated Cougars just 21-12 after the first quarter thanks to a 50-yard Josh Vanderlooven kickoff return and 55-yard run by Ed Hall.

Chugiak is back in the win column.

Just two days after getting word that their three previous victories would be wiped away due to the use of an ineligible player, the Chugiak Mustangs played their best game of the season in a 34-32 victory over West at Anchorage Football Stadium.

"I've never been prouder of a group of kids," Chugiak coach Duncan Shackelford said after his team improved to 1-6 overall and 1-5 in the Cook Inlet Conference.

 Chugiak football coach Duncan Shackelford said Thursday that the Mustangs varsity team must forfeit all three wins from earlier this season due to the use of an ineligible player.

Shackelford said he told the team about the situation after Wednesday’s practice.

“Toughest 10 minutes of my life,” Shackelford said.

Up until Wednesday, Chugiak was 3-3 overall and 2-3 in the Cook Inlet Conference. The Mustangs are now officially 0-6 overall and 0-5 in the CIC and are no longer in contention for a playoff berth.

Three of nine matches were decided in tiebreakers when Chugiak High tennis battled Eagle River on Friday, Sept. 16. The Mustangs won 6-3.

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