Chugiak’s hot start to the high school baseball season continued with a 27-2 Cook Inlet Conference thrashing of Service on Saturday at Mulcahy Stadium.

Chugiak scored 13 runs in the first inning and nine in the third, piling up 19 hits and taking advantage of seven Service errors. Ian Frizelle went 6 for 6 with four RBIs for Chugiak, which got three hits each from Jacob Kosinski, Gus Lewis and Billy Smith. Frizelle also earned the win as a pitcher, giving up three hits and two earned runs in 4 ⅔ innings of the five-inning game.

Chugiak’s boys track and field team continued to show why they’re the team to beat this season with another impressive victory Saturday at the Anchorage Invitational meet at Dimond High.

The Mustangs racked up 129 points to outdistance second-place West Valley by 22.5 points.

A local cross-country ski star will coach one of the top junior nordic ski programs in the country — and it’s a team she’s already very familiar with.

2014 Chugiak High grad Sarissa Lammers has been named head coach for her hometown Alaska Nordic Racing, the Eagle River-based program announced in a press release sent by ANR program director Ja Dorris.

Lammers is a 2018 UAF grad who was an NCAA All-American for the Nanooks after a high school and club career that saw her named the 2014 Cook Inlet Conference and the Alaska State Skimeister.

The Knik Little League season got underway last week, with the first games played Friday and the league’s opening ceremonies held Saturday, May 4, at the league’s fields at Lions Park in Eagle River.

This year’s teams will wear patches honoring the late Lee Jordan, who helped found the league along with Dell Spellman and Tom Slanker in 1963. Jordan died this winter at the age of 88. Jordan’s sons, Steve and Ole, were on hand for Saturday’s ceremony and Steve Jordan threw out the league’s ceremonial first pitch.

Eagle River 17-year-old Michael Connelly won the 4-mile Turnagain Arm Trail Run Thursday for the second straight year in record time.

Connelly, a Chugiak High junior, clocked a time of 30 minutes and 45 seconds on the southbound course, which runs from the McHugh parking lot to the Rainbow trailhead. He finished nearly six minutes faster than Tony Slatonbarker (37:21) and 14-year-old Zachary Cheyette (39:27) and broke Brad Precosky’s 2009 record of 31:52 by more than a minute.

It’s easy to see why the FOCUS 5K is gaining a reputation as one of the happiest footraces around. Just look for the smiles.

“It’s a great event, great atmosphere — they even brought the sun out,” said Eagle River runner Ryan Bish after the third annual race in downtown Eagle River.

Chugiak and Eagle River will get their kicks Saturday, April 27, in a pair of Railbelt Conference soccer matches at Ed Blahous Field in Chugiak.

The girls match will be at 3 p.m., with the boys to follow.

In addition to the matches, the event will include music, free T-shirts at halftime and more.

“This is a great chance for the community to come together and watch our young talented athletes from both schools compete,” wrote Chugiak assistant Chris Dimmick in an email about the event.

The Chugiak boys track and field team raced to a lopsided win Thursday at a four-team meet at West High.

The Mustangs won eight of 13 individual events to rack up 212.5 team points and easily outdistance the host Eagles, who finished second with 132. Earning individual wins were Jeremiah Wilson (100 meters), Logan Mathieu (110 hurdles), Kenny Huffer (discus), Dray Etienne (high jump), Jared Parks (triple jump), Wyatt Rohde (300 hurdles), Jacob Lestina (400) and Daniel Bausch (1600). The Mustangs also won the 4X100 relay.

The 3rd Annual FOCUS Family 5K race will be held Saturday, April 27, at 10 a.m. in the Eklutna lot across from Fred Meyer in Eagle River.

The 5-kilometer walk/run fundraiser for the Eagle River nonprofit costs $35 to enter and includes a race T-shirt. There will be a DJ, food trucks, water stations and activities for kids. Age-group winners will be presented medals made by artists in the FOCUS after-school program and its adult meet-up groups.

A little snow — ok, a lot of snow — couldn’t slow down local track and field athletes Wednesday at the first outdoor meet of the season.

Chugiak and Eagle River joined Dimond and West for the afternoon quad meet at Dimond Alumni Field. When the snow finally settled, several locals had first-places finishes to show for their chilly efforts.