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Kenny Ray is stepping down as head coach of Eagle River High’s football program after three seasons.

Ray, 61, said the decision to resign from his coaching post is something he’s mulled over while simultaneously considering retiring from his position as financial data control clerk at ERHS.

“I’m getting ready to retire,” Ray said. “I’ve got a life-changing decision to make.”

Ray said he hasn’t decided whether or not this will be his final year as an ERHS employee.

Ray said serving as football coach is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year job.

Both Chugiak and Eagle River will enter today’s first-round Cook Inlet Conference Tournament matches at Service High coming off convincing victories in their season finales. Chugiak defeated West 3-1 on Oct. 29, while the Wolves took out Bartlett 3-0 that same night.

Eagle River finished 7-7 in the CIC this season, while Chugiak posted a 10-4 conference mark.

Fourth-seeded Eagle River’s tourney begins at 4 p.m. today with a battle against No. 5 East (6-8), a team that swept the Wolves during he regular season.

A total of 16 Chugiak High and two Eagle River High swimmers qualified for state. Chugiak’s Kaitlin Friedli was the lone local diver to qualify for state. With a score of 354.30 in the Cook Inlet Conference meet, Friedli enters state as the top diver.

Bartlett will host the state meet. Swimming preliminaries begin Friday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. Girls diving preliminaries start at 3:30 p.m. followed by boys diving.

Girls diving semifinals start at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 followed by the boys. Swimming and diving finals start at 1 p.m.

Talk about a three-fer.

When Chugiak’s Alex Collins landed awkwardly on a dismount from the uneven parallel bars in practice three days prior to the Cook Inlet Conference gymnastics meet, her coached fear the worst.

Chugiak’s Samantha Burke is the top local swimmer heading into this weekend’s Cook Inlet Conference Swim/Dive meet at Bartlett High, which begins today with diving preliminaries and continues Friday with swimming prelims. Finals for both swimming and diving will be held Saturday, Oct. 29.

Entering the meet, Burke is ranked among the top four swimmers in the CIC in six different events, including the 200 free, 50 free, 100 fly, 100 free, 500 free and 100 back. No other local swimmer has posted a top-4 CIC time this season in more than one event.

 

A banged-up Eagle River squad finished fourth in the 20-team Service-Dimond tournament over the weekend at Dimond and Service High Schools.

“I can’t be disappointed,” said coach Katie Hulse after her team fell 2-0 to East Anchorage in the third-place match Saturday, Oct. 22. Hulse’s team roared into the Gold division bracket with a solid 5-3 record during Friday’s pool play. The Wolves then picked up 2-0 wins over Valdez and Service on Saturday before falling in back-to-back matches against Dimond and East. Dimond went on to win the Gold division title.

Dimond High’s malfunction is Chugiak’s gain.

Thanks to faulty bleachers in the Lynx home gym, Chugiak will host this year’s Cook Inlet Conference gymnastics meet for the first time in school history Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29. Competition begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Glenn Blake, Anchorage School District coordinating principal for gymnastics, confirmed Sept. 9 that Dimond’s bleachers could not open up fully, and that the venue was switched to Chugiak High.

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