Sports

Alaska’s latest world champion is a hot shot from Chugiak.

20-year-old marksman Matt Toth helped Team U.S.A. to a dramatic win July 6-9 at the Federation Internationale de Tirs aux Armes Sportives de Chasse (FITASC) Sporting Clays Junior World Championships at the Galgamasca Shooting Ground near Budapest, Hungary. Toth is a Chugiak High grad who frequently hones his skills at the Birchwood Recreation and Shooting Park.

Toth joined teammates Braxton Oliver and Dominic Gross in defeating second-place Great Britain by a single point.

Chugiak used a late-season surge to storm its way into the Alaska American Legion State Baseball Tournament, which begins Tuesday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

After closing the season with seven straight league wins, the Post 33 Mustangs finished 11-7 in league play, good enough to clinch one of the National Division’s three automatic playoff spots. Chugiak — which won the state title in 2015 — didn’t lose a league game in the month of July, outscoring its opponents by a combined 46 runs during its final seven league games.

Update: the Knik 11-12 majors All-Star team defeated Dimond-West on Wednesday, July 19, to advance to the title game. On Thursday, July 20, Knik lost 3-2 to Abbott-O-Rabbit in the final.

Knik finishing strong

The Knik Little League All-Star teams have wrapped up a record-setting season.

Eagle River’s Alev Kelter continues to be a key member of the United States women’s rugby team.

Kelter, a 28-year-old who graduated from Chugiak in 2009, was recenttly named to the U.S. Women’s Eagles team that will compete at the Women’s Rugby World cup August 9-26 in Belfast, Ireland.

Jake Moe and Allison VanPelt beat the heat — and the field — Saturday to claim victory in the Bear Paw 5K race through Eagle River.

Moe’s victory in 15 minutes, 39 seconds was his third straight and ninth overall.

“This is always my favorite race of the whole year,” said Moe, a 32-year-old from Anchorage.

Moe first won the race when he was just a teenager. Now he’s a father of three trying to hold off the field in the race he’s dominated like nobody else.

“Now I’m the one holding off the younger guys,” he said.

Mirror Lake Park is shifting gears: Besides the usual summer boaters, beachgoers and picnickers, the popular local green space now lures a steady trickle of mountain bikers, too.

Chugiak’s first dedicated mountain bike course, the Mirror Lake singletrack is making a name for itself among cyclists from surrounding neighborhoods and beyond.

The home cooking in Chugiak has been mighty fine this summer.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks continued their solid play at Lee Jordan Field Sunday, taking a pair of games from the Peninsula Oilers to improve to .500 at their home field at the Loretta French Sports Complex off the Old Glenn Highway. Eight of the team’s 12 wins this season have come at home, including a pair of one-run victories on a sunny Sunday evening.

A trio of triathletes have signed up for what promises to be one of the most extreme endurace races of the summer.

Eagle River’s Britta Anderson, Tyler Boyd and Sara Kennedy are among 234 entrants in the inaugural Alaskaman Extreme Triathlon, a monster of a race that will send competitors on a 2.67-mile swim from Miller’s Landing to Waterfront Park in chilly Resurrection Bay, followed by a 113.5-mile bicycle ride from Seward to Bird Creek, and topped with a 27.5-mile run that includes two trips up Mt. Alyeska and 6,000 feet of elevation gain.

(Updated Thursday, July 13)

Chugiak and Eagle River’s “A” teams will be among five squads participating in this year’s annual Chugiak Wood Bat Tournament July 13-16.

“It’s down a little bit but still fun,” said Chugiak Post 33 manager Mark Bohrer.

Now in its ninth year, the tournament has had as many as 10 teams. But Bohrer said lower participation numbers overall and more teams statewide have helped thin out the ranks at the “A” level of play, which is roughly the equivalent of junior varsity in the high school-age summer baseball league.

If they haven’t started already, locals will soon be strapping long-handled nets to the top of pickup trucks and the backs of motorhomes and heading south en masse.

The Kenai River personal use dipnet fishery — by far the state’s largest and most popular — opens July 10, a date many Alaskans keep in their heads like Christmas.

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