Before this year, Eagle River’s softball team hadn’t beaten East in a decade.

They’ve now done it twice in two weeks.

Ashton Stubblefield’s walk-off single Saturday night in the seventh inning lifted the Wolves to a 5-4 come-from-behind win over the T-birds in the championship game of the Gold Bracket at the Blue and Gold Tournament at Albrecht Fields in Anchorage. Eagle River finished the tournament 5-0 and added a second tournament victory to go with a win in Kodiak to start the season.

A fidgeting rainbow of youngsters fanned out across the baseball diamond at Eagle River Lions Park Saturday, a colorful sight that’s been a sure sign of spring here for more than five decades. Clad in sliding pants still (mostly) unmarred by dirt and many wearing mitts still unbroken, the kids stood in formation, their chests proudly emblazoned with the one word that bound them all together.


Wednesday was a tough day on the diamond for Chugiak and Eagle River prep softball teams, who went 0-3 against Cook Inlet Conference foes at Albrecht Fields in Anchorage.

Chugiak fell to 3-5 in the CIC with a pair of losses, dropping a 13-5 decision to South in the early game and falling 9-0 to West in the evening contest. Madison Thompson, Kylie Seagroves, Gigi Montgomery and Gina Kodiak each had one hit and one RBI for the Mustangs against South. Against West, Eagles pitcher Rebecca Syrup limited the Mustangs to just four hits.

Marlon Irias and Cameron Peck scored goals to help the Chugiak boys break into the Cook Inlet Conference win column with a 2-0 defeat of East on Wednesday, May 3 at East. The win lifted the Mustangs to 1-5 in the CIC this season.

The Chugiak boys’ win was the lone local bright spot Wednesday night, as the CHS girls (1-5 CIC) fell 4-1 at East and both Eagle River teams were shut out at Service.The Eagle River girls dropped a 7-0 decision to the Lady Cougars and the boys fell 3-0. Both Eagle River teams fell to 2-6 in the conference.

Wednesday, May 3

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.