The Alaska School Activities Association board of directors voted Monday to uphold an earlier decision by executive director Gary Matthews to make Chugiak’s football team forfeit three victories this season — with a catch.
The board said that even though the original ruling that Chugiak must forfeit games in which an ineligible player was used should stand, ultimately it’s up to Region IV (which encompasses the Anchorage School District) to decide which teams it sends to the state playoffs.
In three decades in the bail bond industry in New Mexico, Sheila Baker saw the same faces again and again. A lack of resources for those incarcerated left inmates without a lot of options to find employment once released, she said.
“I watched that revolving door spin out of control,” Baker said.
Chugiak football coach Duncan Shackelford had to inform his team last week that the Mustangs varsity would have to forfeit all three of its wins from earlier this season due to the use of an ineligible player.
Coach Shack said he told the team about the situation before practice on Wednesday, Sept. 21.
“Toughest 10 minutes of my life,” Shackelford said.
Counting Saturday’s win over West, the Mustangs are now officially 1-6 overall and 1-5 in the Cook Inlet Conference and are no longer in the playoff race.
Both Eagle River and Chugiak continued their midseason surges last week as both improved to 6-4 with a pair of wins.
It took just one drive for Eagle River to put enough points on the board to defeat Service 7-0 in Cook Inlet Conference flag football play Friday, Sept. 23 at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.
Eagle River had almost an identical victory against South Anchorage on Sept. 20. The Wolves, who won 6-0, scored on their first drive when Skylar Metzel took a long reception in for a score. Neither team reached the end zone for the rest of the game.
A relatively mild construction season is coming to a close in Eagle River, with crews wrapping up final punch lists on a handful of projects around town.
One of the largest projects, updating drainage systems in the Breckenridge Drive and Farm Avenue areas, is about 95 percent finished, Eagle River Street Maintenance general foreman Mark Littlefield said.
The project is part of an ongoing effort to address drainage issues in the northeast section of town that have gotten worse as Eagle River has developed.
Any given day of the week, passersby of the Eagle River Boys and Girls Club can hear the screams of Alex McCoy rising above a background of hardcore music. Though some might describe the sound of Anchors Alive as just noise, what’s going on inside the teen center is harmonious.
The five-member band has been practicing in the teen room since March — and hasn’t accepted a penny in return for three shows put on at the venue. At $5 a head, all the money raised from the concerts is put back into the teen room, said Eagle River branch manager Tracey Hupe.