The Chugiak Mustangs toppled conference rival and powerhouse Anchorage East High 58-46 on Monday night in front of an electrified home crowd.
It was the first time in four years for the Mustangs to defeat East, which has a student population double the size of Chugiak’s. The Mustangs now sit at 9-3 overall and 2-1 for the Cook Inlet Conference.
Despite playing 10 games in the last 12 days, the Mustangs drove the pace throughout the night and challenged East’s defense with stellar passing and teamwork.
With a full slate of preseason tournaments now complete, local prep basketball teams are settling in for the regular season. Cook Inlet Conference play began the week after teams returned from holiday break, with each team set to play 14 conference games (two against each of the CIC’s other seven teams) between now and the end of February.
Here’s a rundown of each of the four Class 4A varsity teams from Chugiak-Eagle River
Chugiak’s Miles Dennis and Max Beiergrohslein went 1-2 Saturday to lead the Mustang boys to victory at the Chugiak Stampede Nordic ski races at the Bartlett High trails.
Dennis finished the 10-kilometer classic style course in 27 minutes, 2.7 seconds to beat his teammate by nearly eight seconds. Service’s Alexander Maurer was third. Michael Earnhart was seventh, Brian Wing finished ninth and Michael Connelly was 12th for the Mustangs, who beat second-place Dimond by more than two minutes.
Eagle River’s Nick Carl finished 18th to lead the Wolves.
Helen Wilson and Grace Gilliland are going back to Europe.
The local biathlon stars will represent the United States at the World Biathlon Championships in Otepaa, Estonia in February after stellar performances at the U.S. Youth/Junion Team Trials Dec. 28-29 in Coleraine, Minnesota.
Roger Spackman is stepping down, but he isn’t going anywhere.
After four years as the Chugiak High head football coach, Spackman resigned earlier this month — ironically, so he could focus more on coaching.
“Mostly it’s that I want to coach but not be a head coach,” said Spackman, who compiled a 25-14 record (.641 winning percentage) during his four seasons leading the blue and black — including back-to-back Railbelt Conference titles the past two seasons.
It’s no secret attendance at high school hockey games isn’t what it used to be.
Unless we’re talking Chugiak-Eagle River.
“It’s night and day, isn’t it?” said Chugiak head coach Rodney Wild after his hockey team pulled out a 3-2 Cook Inlet Conference nailbiter over its biggest rival in front of a spirited crowd inside the McDonald Center Thursday night.