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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.

Last week, Eagle River snapped a 10-game losing streak. With the American Legion AA State Tournament starting Friday, July 27, the timing couldn’t have been better.

“We needed some momentum,” Wolves’ first baseman Greg Long said after Eagle River beat East 6-5 on July 20 at Loretta French Park. “This should get us going.”

Eighth-seeded Eagle River (7-13) opens state Friday against the ninth-seeded T-Birds (5-15) at 9 a.m. at Mulcahy Stadium. The Wolves went 2-1 against East this year.

What does it take for a team to have success at the American Legion AA State Tournament?

Chugiak Post 33 manager Bill Lierman’s answer consisted of two words — “throw strikes.”

And that’s precisely what the Chugiak pitching staff was doing in the final weeks of the regular season, said Mustangs’ pitcher/catcher Chase Wilson.

“They’re just hitting their spots,” he said.

Wilson said consistent pitching will be key if Chugiak wants to perform well at state, which begins Friday, July 27 at Mulcahy Stadium.

As an avid golfer, Terri McAngus was less than thrilled about moving to Alaska from the St. Louis area.

But after just two years, the Eagle River woman’s opinion has drastically changed.

“I came kicking and screaming,” McAngus said. “Now, I have to say I prefer golfing in these temperatures.”

Despite Alaska’s relatively cool temperatures, McAngus has been setting the state’s courses on fire as of late.

On Sunday, July 22, the 50-year-old won her second straight women’s Alaska State Amateur Championship at Knik’s Settlers Bay Golf Course.

A pair of Anchorage runners were separated by less than a second at the 2012 Bear Paw 5K on Saturday, July 14 in downtown Eagle River.

Robert Walgren won the sprint to the finish line over Anthony Tomisch. Both men finished in 15 minutes, 11 seconds.

Defending champion Jake Moe, of Anchorage, took third in 15:17.

Tyler Knox’s sixth-place finish was the best among local runners. Recent Chugiak High graduate Isaac Lammers took seventh.

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).

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks ended a seven-game Alaska Baseball League losing streak with a 7-4 win over the Anchorage Glacier Pilots on Saturday, July 14.

The win improved the team to 11-14 overall. The Chinooks are back in action tonight (Sunday, July 15) at 5 p.m. against the Mat-Su Miners at Loretta French Park in Chugiak.

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.

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