Chugiak rolled undefeated through the Railbelt Conference, so it’s no surprise the Mustangs came out with plenty of postseason football honors.
Leading the way for the Mustangs — who went 9-1 and lost in the state Division I semifinals earlier this month — was senior Derryk Snell, who earned his second consecutive RBC Offensive Player of the Year award. Snell was named a first-team running back and linebacker for the Mustangs, who earned eight spots on the first team.
Izzy Powers and Cheyenne Burke won twice for the Chugiak girls, while Dalton Lodzins was a double winner for the Mustang boys as Chugiak swept West in a Cook Inlet Conference swimming and diving meet Friday, Oct. 13 at West High.
Powers won the 200 yard freestyle and 100 backstroke and Burke won the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly for the Chugiak girls, which earned a 106-70 win over the Eagles. Other individual winners included Lydia Ekstrom in diving and Shelby Thompson in the 500 free.
An anti-bullying program last week at Birchwood ABC Elementary was a slam-dunk.
Much to the delight of the hundreds of screaming children packed inside the school’s gymnasium, Harlem Globetrotter Julian “Zeus” McClurkin provided the high-flying lesson as part of the world-famous basketball team’s community outreach program.
At one point during a frantic Friday night at Anchorage Football Stadium, steam rising from the turf at Anchorage Football hung over the players like a fog.
Even the field was breathing heavy.
In a First National Bowl Division I semifinal thriller, Bartlett used an unstoppable running game to outlast Chugiak 75-62 and reach the state title game — ending the Mustangs’ dream of a perfect season in the process.
Eagle River’s John Heaphy won two individual events for the Eagle River boys, while Izzy Powers and Cheyenne Burke led a solid day for the Chugiak girls at the Chugiak/Bartlett Invitational Swimming and Diving Meet at Chugiak and Bartlett High.
Heaphy won the 200 yard individual medley and 100 breaststroke for the Wolves, who also got a second-place finish from Sam Horning in the 100 freestyle. Horning and Heaphy also joined Daniel Min and Kevin Fast to win the 200 freestyle relay.
The Eagle River High School riflery team recently received a grant for $3,586.62 from the Friends of the NRA Foundation. The grant money will be used for maintenance and repair of the team’s 0.177-caliber precision air rifles, targets, shooting backstop materials and replacement air cylinders.
The ERHS team consists of 18 athletes. High school riflery is a co-ed sport in which boys and girls compete alongside one another.
Chugiak began its Cook Inlet Conference championship defense with an emphatic statement Tuesday, racing past Service 27-0 to advance to Thursday’s semifinals against Dimond.
The Mustangs got three rushing touchdowns from senior quarterback Eva Palmer and another from sophomore Chasity Horn. Thursday’s game time had not been announced as of Tuesday night, but will likley be either 5 or 5:30 p.m. at Dimond.