Chugiak’s bid to reach the finals of the BP Invitational American Legion Baseball tournament came up agonizingly short against the eventual tournament champions Saturday, June 29 at a smoky Mulcahy Stadium.

The Post 33 Mustangs lost 1-0 on a walk-off RBI single by Dakota Benner of the Napoleon (Ohio) River Bandits, who blasted Auburn (Rhode Island) 12-1 in the championship game Saturday to win their third tournament title.

James Howery won the inaugural Mid Summer Masher mountain bike race at the Chugach Mountain Bike Riders trails at Mirror Lake on Sunday.

Howery claimed victory in the Expert Men class race, turning the fastest laps on three of the race’s four laps. Each lap around the course covered four miles and included 571 feet of climbing and 575 feet of descent. Howery completed his four laps in 1 hour, 25 minutes, 20.8 seconds to beat James Stull by more than three minutes. Brad Manderfeld was third.

Lee Jordan Field wasn’t particularly friendly to the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks, which went just 2-6 during an eight-game homestand that ended with four straight losses June 25-30.

Chugiak-Eagle River fell to the Anchorage Glacier Pilots 9-0 on June 25, then dropped three in a row to the Anchorage Bucs on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday in Chugiak.

The Chinooks pounded 12 hits in their 17-12 loss to the Bucs Thursday, with Joe Brazil collecting three base hits and Mason Corbett, Dylan Gardner, Jess Davis and Ethan English picking up two each.

Jim Lanier is just getting warmed up.

The 78-year-old Chugiak musher will attempt to complete the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in his sixth different decade after entering the 2020 running of “The Last Great Race” on the first day of sign-ups Saturday in Wasilla.

A total of 40 mushers signed up in time for the annual summertime barbecue at race headquarters off Knik-Goose Bay Road. Among those joining Lanier in the race on Day 1 were reigning champion Peter Kaiser and past champions Martin Buser, Lance Mackey and Joar Leifseth Ulsom.

Eagle River trapshooter Madeline Taylor may be following in the gunsights of Eagle River Olympian Corey Cogdell in the not-too-distant future.

Taylor won a national championship in International Trap Shooting at the 2019 Shotgun National Junior Olympic Championships June 10-13 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Taylor claimed first place in the J2 girls division (ages 15-17) by earning 109 points to edge Texan Ryann Phillips by one point. Taylor had the third-highest overall women’s score behind women’s champion Carey Garrison and runner-up Heather Broski.

A weeklong road trip to the Kenai Peninsula netted mixed results for the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks, who went 3-3 against the Peninsula Oilers during their only trip to Coral Seymour Memorial Park this summer.

The Chinooks opened the trip with three straight wins before dropping a doubleheader Saturday and falling in the finale Sunday. The road trip left Chugiak-Eagle River (4-7) one game behind the Oilers in the Alaska Baseball League standings.

I’ve been hiking and climbing in southcentral Alaska for quite some time, and I’ve often found that one of the most difficult journeys is from the couch to the door, and from the door to the car. Most people would agree that getting into the outdoors, even for short hikes, is a good prescription for improving and maintaining health. Besides, many of us spend too much time indoors during the long, dark winters. So here are some relatively easy hikes that are close by and don’t require the exceptional fitness of champion runner Ali Ostrander.

Even with a record crowd on hand there was still more than enough baseball to go around Thursday night at Lee Jordan Field.

Unfortunately for Fish fans, Malcom Tipler’s 2-run single in the top of the 14th inning put a damper on an otherwise dreamlike night at the ballpark as the Anchorage Glacier Pilots took a 3-1 win in the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks’ home opener.

Average doesn’t cut it at the Alaska state high school track and field meet, where each year the state’s most gifted young athletes run, jump and throw against each other and sometimes history to see who can be the best of the best.

Some people would give anything to be average.

Standout kid

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.