I could have been strolling amongst farm exhibits at the Alaska State Fair.
Instead, I was out on the Beach Lake trails, surrounded by skinny people in brightly-colored clothes charging around a four-mile loop so ridiculously hilly that I was ready to call it quits after the first lap.
I was racing the third-annual A Day at the Beach, a timed event offering runners the chance to test their endurance during six-, 12- and 24-hour timed races.
Chugiak earned a Cook Inlet Conference swimming sweep over West on Friday, Sept. 7 at West.
Addison Morgan (100 IM, 100 butterfly) and Izzy Powers (50 free, 100 free) won two individual events for the Chugiak girls, who claimed a 100-78 victory. Morgan and Powers also swam legs on two winning relays for the Mustangs. Lydia Ekstrom (diving) and Autumn Moore (100 breaststroke) also claimed individual wins for the Mustangs.
Chugiak’s Justice Rushford bolted from the starting line at Saturday’s New Balance XC Classic like he was fired out of a cannon. Or about to fire a Canon, perhaps.
The Mustangs senior sprinted ahead of the field, whipped out his phone at snapped a triumphant selfie with the rest of the junior varsity boys field training behind, then tossed his phone triumphantly to a waiting teammate/co-conspirator.
After the race, Rushford explained the selfie schtick has become an unofficial (and unsanctioned) team tradition during the annual races at Russian Jack Springs Park.
On a spectacularly sunny day at the Wolves’ Den, Eagle River head football coach Bob Adkins preferred to look on the bright side after watching his previously undefeated team get outshined in a 55-19 Northern Lights Conference loss to the Soldotna Stars on Saturday.
“Now we have something to work for,” he said after his team fell to 1-1 in the NLC with a crucial conference clash against Kenai Central coming next week.
Chugiak football lost twice this week — once on the field, and once off.
On Wednesday, the Mustangs learned they’d have to forfeit what had been a 42-6 Chugach Conference win over Wasilla on Aug. 31 due to the use of an ineligible player. On Friday night, the Mustangs got more bad news when Bartlett steamrolled its way to a 73-13 Chugach win at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.
“It’s on me,” said first-year Chugiak head coach Ryan Landers of the Wasilla snafu, which resulted from the Mustangs using a kicker in too many quarters in one week.
A highly anticipated showdown between unbeaten Cook Inlet Conference volleyball powers ended in disappointment for the large crowd that packed the Chugiak High gym to watch Dimond roll to a 3-0 win over the host Mustangs.
Eagle River’s Kamryn Perry threw touchdown passes to Grace Harder and Nicole Bedwell Thursday, but it wasn’t quite enough as the Wolves fell 18-13 to Bartlett in a Cook Inlet Conference flag football game at Bartlett High.
Briana McChesney had one interception for the Wolves’ defense.
Eagle River fell to 0-4 in the CIC. The Wolves also dropped a 32-0 CIC game at South on Aug. 28.
The Wolves face East on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at East.
West 20, Chugiak 0
Chugiak fell to 0-4 with a 20-0 CIC flag football loss on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at West.
Chugiak bounced back from a tough loss to South earlier in the week with a dramatic 6-3 prep tennis win over Dimond on Thursday at Dimond High.
Five of the day’s nine matches went to third-set tiebreakers, and all five were won by the Mustangs. The mixed doubles team of Jared Elison and Claire Mahoney pulled out a come-from-behind win, falling 2-6 in the opening set to Roman Narroquin and Mauri Butzke before storming back for a 6-2 win in the second and holding on 10-8 in the tiebreaker.
Before he walked on the football team at the University of Idaho, Ed Hall got sage advice from his high school coach Jason Brewer.
“He told me, ‘You have to outwork everybody. You have to be first in everything. You have to showcase yourself,’” said Hall, a 2014 Eagle River High grad. “It’s tough coming out of Alaska because there’s not too many coaches coming up there to scout players.”