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Recent Chugiak High graduate Tracie Haken, 18, helped lead the Mustangs to a third place finish at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Large Schools State Tournament June 1-2 at Cartee Fields in Anchorage. Haken was Chugiak's most versatile player this season, said head coach Jim Huber. Haken, who will be a freshman at UAA in the fall, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Chugiak this spring. She is the daughter of Ray and Barb Haken of Eagle River.

Shannon Donley is back on top of the Eagle River Triathlon.

Donley, whose string of nine consecutive race wins was broken last year by Amber Stull, beat Stull to the finish line by 57 seconds at Chugiak High by about a minute to win the women’s division in the Sunday, June 3 race.

After a winter’s worth of waiting, the Chinooks have returned to Chugiak-Eagle River.

The newest Alaska Baseball League team begins its official tenure at the cozy confines of Loretta French Park in Chugiak on June 12, when the Chinooks host the Anchorage Bucs at 7 p.m. in the collegiate summer league’s season-opener.

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Manager Bill Lierman is happy to have Cameron Fritz back on Chugiak Post 33.

Fritz, a 2011 Chugiak High graduate, won last year’s “Big Stick” award during the high school season. He also led the American Legion team with a .387 batting average, 18 RBIs and finished second in the state with 15 stolen bases.

But Fritz — who also pitches — brings a lot more than offense to the team, Lierman said.

“A lot of kids look up to him,” he said. “He’s a great kid.”

Gregg Frost couldn’t ask for a better bunch of ball players.

“It’s the best group of kids I’ve ever coached attitude wise,” he said of this year’s Eagle River American Legion baseball team.

“A lot have played together for a long time,” Frost said. “And the ones that have not are just great kids. Great attitudes.”

Having a team that gets along is important, Frost said, because players are together nearly every day of the summer. And no one is closer than Eagle River, he said.

Chugiak was just three innings away from playing for a state title, but fell short in the semifinals and finished third at the Large Schools ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Softball State Championships at Cartee Fields in Anchorage on June 2.

Chugiak was just three innings away from playing for a state title, but fell short in the semifinals and finished third at the Large Schools ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Softball State Championships at Cartee Fields in Anchorage on June 2.

“They wore the Mustangs [uniform] very proudly and represented the school very well this weekend,” head coach Jim Huber said after West eliminated Chugiak with a 7-2 come-from-behind win.

Chugiak will look to advance to the semifinals of the Large Schools ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Softball State Championships on Saturday when the Mustangs take on Juneau-Douglas at 9:30 a.m. at Cartee Fields in Anchorage. 

Chugiak went 2-1 in its first day of the tournament.

The Mustangs defeated West Valley 2-0 in the opening round. All the scoring came in the fourth inning, and all of it came from recent Chugiak graduates. 

The one thing Chugiak softball doesn’t have to worry about heading into the state tournament is perhaps the most important part of the game — pitching.

“We have the deepest pitching of anybody in the state,” head coach Jim Huber said. “That’s to our advantage.”

Seniors Darion Gobert and Jessica Tramp, junior Carly Metcalf and sophomore Katy Bakker have provided Chugiak with a deep rotation all season. And it’s a unique advantage.

“To have four is really unusual — and four that are quality girls,” Huber said. “You just don’t see that very often.”

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.

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