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Three local high school baseball players were named First Team All-Cook Inlet Conference in a vote of league coaches following the conclusion of the season. Chugiak catcher Chase Wilson and Mustangs outfielder Justin Schneider joined Eagle River’s Chris Parker on the first team.

Wilson, a junior, hit .429 with 14 RBI, 7 runs scored and a .528 on base percentage in 10 games for Chugiak, which finished the season 4-6.

Kelsey Reeves’ goalkeeper training didn’t end when Eagle River High was eliminated from the girls Cook Inlet Conference soccer tournament. It’s only just begun.

Reeves, a recent Eagle River graduate, is spending her summer preparing for the next level. Reeves is playing next season for The College of St. Scholastica, an NCAA Division III program in Duluth, Minn.

“I’m really excited about it,” Reeves said. “It’s a great program.”

The Mustangs’ timing couldn’t be better.

Chugiak made adjustments during the Cook Inlet Conference softball tournament, and the girls are peaking as they head into state, head coach Jim Huber said.

“I truly think we are coming together just at the right time,” he said. “I’ve been really, really pleased with the girls.”

Recent Chugiak High graduate Darion Gobert, 18, pitched a complete game two-hitter and struck out seven to help the Mustangs to an 8-0 win over Dimond in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference softball tournament Monday, May 21 at Albrecht Fields in Anchorage. She is the daughter of Ralph Gobert of Anchorage.

To say Corey Cogdell has trained her entire life to become one of the world’s best shooters would be a lie. In fact, she had to wait all the way until her second birthday before she could even hold a gun.

“When she was a year and a half, Corey was going, ‘Daddy, I want to shoot,’” recalled her father, Dick, during an interview on Monday, May 21 — one day after his daughter, 25, qualified for her second Summer Olympics in trap shooting.

Chugiak’s girls soccer season ended with a 3-1 loss to rival Eagle River in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference tournament Thursday, May 17 at the Wolves’ den.

Jackie Klecka led sixth-seeded Eagle River in the upset over No. 3 Chugiak with two goals.

After Chris Bottini gave the Wolves a 1-0 lead at halftime, Klecka notched two quick strikes in the second half to give Eagle River its first win over Chugiak this season. The Mustangs swept the regular season series with two, one-goal victories.

After going kick-for-kick with West in a 3-2 loss earlier this season, Eagle River’s boys soccer team entered the Cook Inlet Conference tournament with hopes of shocking the No. 3 Eagles. Not so fast.

West scored three goals in the first 20 minutes of the game, then added four more in the second half to hand the Wolves a 7-0 loss at South High on May 17.

“We started a little slow,” said Wolves head coach Max Solodkii following the match.

Seven different players scored for West, which used a relentless attacking style to keep Wolves on their heels all game.

Scoreboards never lie — but they don’t always tell the whole story, either.

Following his team’s 5-0 loss to No. 2 South in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference boys soccer tournament at South High on May 17, Chugiak head coach Mikey Evans said his seventh-seeded squad put together its best match of the season.

Eagle River’s season came to a close with a 1-0 loss to Service in the third-place game of the girls Cook Inlet Conference soccer tournament Saturday, May 19 at Eagle River.

The Cougars scored in the 71st minute to earn a trip to the state tournament.

Illness and injuries hampered Eagle River throughout the tournament, Wolves’ head coach Lauren Mason said. The Wolves, who only have 15 varsity players, were down to one substitute against Service and their backup keeper, Tara Fisher, was playing forward.

Eagle River ended the high school baseball season 5-5 with a 14-4 win over West on Monday, May 21 at Chad Bax Field.

Ricky Ayala led the Wolves with five RBIs, including an inside-the-park grand slam.

Colby LeBlanc had three hits and David Fuller had two RBIs for Eagle River.

Many of the same prep players will make up local American Legion teams this summer. Eagle River American Legion opens its season against Bartlett on Saturday, May 26 at 7 p.m. at Mulcahy Stadium.

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