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Eagle River’s hopes of a first state softball title since 2006 were dashed Friday as Dimond and Wasilla handed the Wolves back-to-back losses at South Davis Park in Fairbanks.

The losses came after the Wolves opened the bracket portion of the tournament with a 10-6 win over West Valley.

Avery Brown gave up four runs on five hits in 5 ⅓ innings for the Wolves, who hammered 20 hits in the game. Leading the way was Serenity Argudin, who went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and a trio of runs scored.

Despite seeing its hopes of a state baseball title crushed by Colony on May 31 in the opening round of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska High School Baseball Tournament, Chugiak rallied for back-to-back victories to close out the season at Mulcahy Stadium June 1-2.

Chugiak knocked off North Pole on Friday to advance to the tournament’s fourth-place game, where they clobbered Palmer 14-4 to claim fourth.

As racers made the transition from the darkness of the Chugiak High swimming pool into the bicycle transition area outside, most squinted as they were hit by a bright blast of sunlight.

The reactions could have been as much surprise as reflex.

“This race can be hit or miss, and this is definitely a hit for sure,” said Anchorage Triathlon Club president Andy Duenow.

Race co-director Missy Roberts said the sunny skies were far from the norm at an event that has a rainy reputation.

Chugiak saw its hopes of a state baseball title crushed by Colony Thursday in the opening round of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska High School Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Chugiak led the entire way, but Colony got a two-run double from Kolten Ketchum in the bottom of the seventh inning off reliever Christian Cambridge to break the Mustangs’ nine-game winning streak and send the team to the loser’s bracket.

With a nine-game winning streak and Cook Inlet Conference championship on their resume, the Chugiak Mustangs will be one of the favorites when the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska High School Baseball Tournament begins Thursday at Mulcahy Stadium.

With its star senior soaring to new heights, Chugiak’s track and field team again showed why it’s one of the state’s elite programs Friday and Saturday at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Division I Track and Field Championships at Machetanz Field in Palmer.

On the opening day of the meet, Chugiak senior Emma Nelson broke the state record in the high jump by more than two inches to pick up the first of three individual wins for the second-place Mustangs, who were going for a third consecutive state title but had to settle for the runner-up trophy behind South.

The most successful sports team in Eagle River High School is back in the state tournament for the first time in more than a decade.

The Wolves softball team knocked off defending state champion South on Thursday in the Cook Inlet Conference Tournament to earn one of the CIC’s four automatic berths at state for the first time since 2007. Senior Alina Cook pitched a complete game in the 2-1 win, which advanced the Wolves into a Saturday semifinal showdown against East. There, the T-birds were the better team, handing the Wolves and starter Avery Brown a 4-2 loss.

Chugiak senior Emma Nelson broke the state record in the high jump by more than two inches Friday on the first day of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Division I Track and Field Championships at Machetanz Field in Palmer.

Nelson cleared the bar at 5-feet, 9-inches on her second attempt to break the record of 5 feet, 6.5 inches set by Wasilla’s Ceil Dunleavy in 2016.

“I’m really excited,” the Oregon State-bound senior said after winning the event.

Eagle River advanced to the state high school softball tournament with a 2-1 win over defending state champion South on Thursday at the Cook Inlet Conference Softball Tournament at the Albrecht Fields in Anchorage.

Alina Cook pitched a complete game for the Wolves, who face East at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the tournament semifinals at Albrecht.

The win kept Eagle River undefeated in the tournament; the Wolves knocked off Chugiak 4-2 in Wednesday’s first-round match-up after the tournament start was delayed a day by rain.

Chugiak galloped into the state baseball tournament in dramatic fashion Saturday.

The Mustangs scored four runs in the 11th inning to knock off top-seeded South and clinch the Cook Inlet Conference title at Mulcahy Stadium.

The Mustangs used two walks and singles from Ian Frizelle, DJ Davis, Braden Shackelford and Jacob Kosinski to break things open in the top of the final inning, and Justin Nevells pitched a scoreless bottom half to secure the win.

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