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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.

The Chugiak High gymnastics team is seeking anyone who has been affected by breast cancer for a group photo to be taken on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the school’s auxiliary gym. Coach Wendy Wiltfong is asking everyone to show up wearing pink for the photo, which will also include members of the Chugiak gymnastics team. Wiltfong is taking the picture to help promote this year’s annual “Think Pink” meet, which will be held Oct. 14 to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research.

Eagle River avenged an overtime loss to East earlier this season with an 18-6 victory over the Thunderbirds on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Wolves’ den.

The homecoming victory put Eagle River at 4-4 this season.

With several games being decided late in the fourth quarter or overtime this year, the two-touchdown victory was a welcomed change for head coach Matt Turner.

“It was nice getting a win like that,” he said.

Gabrielle Mordini sealed the victory for Eagle River with a 10-yard scamper on third-and-goal with under four minutes to play.

Eagle River coach Jacob Bera issued a warning to his rising girls varsity cross country team following the Wolves lone home meet of the season Sept. 16.

Chugiak High isn’t changing a thing in preparation for Saturday’s Cook Inlet Conference meet at Kincaid Park.

Eagle River’s first true home homecoming varsity football game Saturday, Sept. 17 did not disappoint.

Chugiak’s playoff hopes took a major hit Saturday, Sept. 17 after Dimond rallied from a 14-0 deficit to pull out a 21-14 Cook Inlet Conference win at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.

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