The fighting Fish have returned.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks will play their 2019 Alaska Baseball League home opener Thursday, June 6 against the Anchorage Glacier Pilots at 7 p.m. at Lee Jordan Field in Chugiak.

The team will honor Jordan during a special ceremony at the game. The longtime area resident — who was a huge supporter of local baseball and instrumental in bringing the team to town — died last year at the age of 88.

Chugiak lost its second straight loss in blowout fashion Saturday to exit the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Baseball Tournament in fifth place.

The Mustangs fell 10-0 to West in five innings, the second game in a row called early due to the mercy rule.

Justin Nevells went 2-for-3 and Christian Cambridge was 1-for-2 for the Mustangs, who finished the season 16-4.

Even though one of my favorite flowers, Pelargonium, is a zone 9-10, does not mean I am not going to grow them. Since we are a zone 2, 3 or 4 (depending on your location and elevation in the Eagle River-Chugiak area), you can grow them in pots or transplant them in the garden and dig them up and bring them in the garage over the winter until next season. A friend of mine, Verna Pratt, got me started on these beauties with a single cutting encouraging me that it would grow.

The 2019 Eagle River Triathlon will bring hundreds of athletes to Chugiak Sunday for the 21st running of the event.

The triathlon will feature individual, team and kids’ competitions. The “sprint” triathlon includes a 500-yard swim, a 12.4-mile bike ride and a 3.1-mile run. The swimming portion of the event will be held in the Chugiak High pool, with the bike ride taking place on South Birchwood Loop/Terrace Lane and the out-and-back 5-kilometer run utilizing the bike trail alongside the Glenn Highway.

Municipal officials are hoping to receive federal assistance repairing Eagle River’s Town Square Park.

“We discovered after the earthquake we’ve got some uneven conditions there, so what we’re trying to do is we’re working with FEMA to see if we can get that area repaired,” said Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation director John Rodda.

The park’s small skating rink and pavilion area have been closed to the public due to the uneven nature of the brick pavers that cover the ground. Rodda said the area is now a liability for the department.

Chugiak was knocked out of the ASAA/First National Bank Division I Softball Tournament Friday by a powerful East team that blasted a pair of home runs in its 10-2 win.

Laila Tosi and Khiana Smith each had fourth-inning blasts for the Thunderbirds, who also got four hits from Laura Aunoa.

Kylie Seagroves had two hits for Chugiak, which scored twice in the fifth inning on singles from Isabelle Hjelden, Olivia Gunnip and Seagroves.

Several local athletes are competing in the Brian Young Track and Field Invitational Friday and Saturday at West High.

The two-day event features some of the best high school athletes in the state and will feature numerous athletes who won state championships last week in Palmer.

The Costanios brothers just keep one-upping each other.

Chugiak catcher Trystan Costanios hit a grand slam and an inside-the-park home run in back-to-back at bats Thursday to lead the Mustangs to a 13-3 romp over North Pole in the first round of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium. Costanios went 2-for-2 with 6 RBIs in the rout, which came in Chugiak’s first game after Costanios’ younger brother, Camden, threw a no-hitter in the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs.

Chugiak’s hopes of a state baseball title disintegrated during a disastrous Friday night at Mulcahy Stadium in the semifinals of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Baseball Tournament.

The Cook Inlet Conference champions gave up six runs in the first inning and seven in the fourth as Wasilla cruised into Saturday’s title game against Ketchikan, which defeated West 7-6 in Friday’s other semifinal. The title game will be the first not to feature at least one Anchorage team since Juneau defeated Ketchikan in 2012.

Chugiak will open the 2019 ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Softball Tournament with a pair of games Thursday at Cartee Fields in Anchorage.

The Mustangs will face Dimond at 12:15 p.m. and West Valley at 5 p.m. in round-robin pool play.

The Mustangs advanced to the state tournament with a pair of wins last week at the Cook Inlet Conference tournament.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Anchorage police arrested a 30-year-old man May 20 after he allegedly threw change at the cashier and tried to help himself to cigarettes behind the counter.

Angie Fraize is in the spotlight after a U.S. Senator sang her praises in a glowing speech earlier this month.

“The Senate floor, how cool is that?” said the Anchorage Police Department officer from Eagle River.

The Chugach Mountain Bike Riders (CMBR) trails at Mirror Lake are now open.

The trails officially opened for summertime traffic May 16. Located between Mirror and Edmonds lakes, the five-mile trail system first opened in 2017, with a second phase completed last year. The main access point is at the northeast end of the Mirror Lake Park parking lot.

The CMBR has been hosting volunteer work parties to help get the trails into summertime shape. The next event is scheduled for May 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Hudson Taylor is a human Swiss Army knife: he can do just about anything.

Taylor recently graduated as valedictorian of the Alaska Middle College School, is an accomplished trumpet player and even carried a 170 average for Eagle River High’s conference champion bowling team. And this summer he’s heading to Dallas, where he’ll take part in a summer research program in biomedical engineering.

“I’ll be sort of getting a head start on the whole college experience,” he said.

After leading her team to its first state tournament appearance in school history, Eagle River girls head soccer coach Lynn Swanson was honored as the Railbelt Conference’s girls Coach of the Year in voting announced last week.

Swanson’s Wolves went 3-5-2 in the Railbelt, including a win and a tie against rival Chugiak. The squad played its best when it mattered, going undefeated in its final three conference games to earn a state tournament berth.

Chugiak’s Camden Costanios was unhittable, Trystan Costnios was uncatchable and the Chugiak Mustangs are the champions of the Cook Inlet Conference.

The younger Costanios — junior-to-be Camden — threw a seven-inning no-hitter May 23 to help Chugiak defeat West 7-0 in the final game of the CIC playoffs, secure a conference title and earn the No. 1 seed in the upcoming state baseball tournament. The elder Costanios — recent CHS grad Trystan — blasted a 3-run homer in the third inning to lead the Chugiak offense.

While we are out there working hard to grow a beautiful garden in just a few short months, the creepy crawlers are munching away at our bounty. It can be so frustrating to find holes and sticky slime all over your pristine vegetables and flowers. Instead of spraying bug killers all over a garden we plan to ingest, consider creating a garden that is full of all sorts of bugs that can help us in this endeavor. Some of the bugs are pests that destroy our plants while others east the plant-eating bugs. I can go for that!

Tour de Cure is more than just a cycling event. It’s a life-changing event. A day full of fun and excitement where riders of all levels join forces in the fight to stop diabetes and raise critical funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

On May 16 at around 10:13 p.m. police received a report that a man was hitting a woman while parked in a blue Buick in the Fred Meyer parking lot.

PALMER — Through rain and shine, Chugiak’s track and field team kept piling up the points — and the records — Saturday at the state track and field championships at Machetanz Field.

The Mustangs won the Division I boys team title with depth and determination while the girls team broke two state relay records despite rapidly changing weather that featured bright sunshine in the morning followed by wind and rain in the afternoon.


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