Eight Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks made the 2012 Alaska Baseball League All-Star Team.
Those included pitchers Clint Manzo, Caleb Dirks, Mike Jeffreys and Matt Marsh; catcher Adam Humes; infielders Kris Kwak and Tyler Shryock; and outfielder J.J. Turbin.
In the All-Star game, the North Team — made up of players from the Chinooks, Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks and Mat-Su Miners — defeated the South (Anchorage Bucs, Anchorage Glacier Pilots and Peninsula Oilers) 6-4 on Sunday, July 22 at Mulcahy Stadium.
Chugiak Post 33 blew open what had been a close game with nine runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to claim a 14-4 win over Eagle River on Monday, July 16 at Oberg Field in Peters Creek.
Chase Wilson struck out six in six innings of work to get the win for Chugiak, which improved to 11-14 on the season. Wilson also went 3-for-5 at the plate with four RBIs, including a pair of RBI singles in the sixth and a game-tying RBI fielder’s choice in the fourth.
Star The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks need no lessons in keeping their composure.
In the midst of a seven-game Alaska Baseball League losing streak, the Chinooks maintained an upbeat attitude — and it helped them get back to winning, said manager Jon Groth.
“It’s been challenging to stay positive,” Groth said after the Anchorage Glacier Pilots handed the Chinooks their seventh straight loss Friday, July 13 at Loretta French Park. “These guys have been great at doing that.”
Anchorage's Robert Walgren beat fellow Anchorage runner Anthony Tomisch by less than a second to win the 2012 Bear Paw 5K on Saturday, July 14 in downtown Eagle River.
Both men finished in 15:11, with Walgren winning the sprint to the finish. Defending champion Jake Moe, also of Anchorage, was third in 15:17.
Tyler Knox was the top local finisher, finishing sixth in 16:35. Eagle River's Isaac Lammers was 7th. Other top local finishes on the men's side included Eagle River's Joe Alward (9th), Levi Younger (10th), Tim Sorensen (11th) and Chugiak's Greg Schroll (13th).
McKenzie Kish, 17, led the Alaska Volleyball Association (AVA) U17 team to a first-place finish in U17s Commendation Division at the weeklong National Volleyball Festival in Phoenix, Ariz., which ended June 30. Kish was the team's primary setter and led the team with 135 assists during 24 games at the five-day tournament. She will be a senior at Chugiak High School in the fall and is the daughter of Michael and Tonya Kish of Eagle River.