Aside from playing catch with his dad, recent Eagle River High graduate Greg Long had never played baseball until his freshman year.

Next spring, he’ll be playing at the collegiate level.

Prior to running the 110-meter hurdles, Tyler Rohde experienced an unusual emotion — fear.

Rohde, who entered the state meet as Alaska’s top hurdler, doesn’t need a surge of adrenaline and typically listens to calming music before a race. But soothing tunes couldn’t settle his nerves Saturday, May 19 at Lathrop High.

“It was really, really stressful,” Rohde said.

Turns out, Rohde thrives under pressure.

Chugiak High junior Malia McVee won a Region IV title in the discus with a throw of 99 feet, 11 inches on Friday, May 11 at Bartlett High. McVee's throw earned her an automatic bid in the state championship, which begin Friday, May 18 in Fairbanks. McVee, 17, is the daughter of Sammie Malzac of Chugiak.

Chugiak's top track and field athlete showed he's the best in the state over the weekend.

Mustangs junior Tyler Rohde won both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles and ran a leg of Chugiak's winning 4X400 relay team to help the Mustangs to a third-place finish at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Class 4A Boys State Track and Field Championships at Lathrop High in Fairbanks on Saturday, May 19. He was also a member of Chugiak's second-place 4X200 relay team.

Corey Cogdell is shooting off to London.

Cogdell, of Eagle River, earned the lone U.S. women's berth in trapshooting at this summer's Olympic Games with a victory Sunday, May 20, at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Tucson, Ariz.

Cogdell, 25, hit 460 out of 500 targets during the three-day competition to claim victory. 

It will be Cogdell's second Olympics. She also qualified in 2008, winning a bronze medal in Beijing.

Second-seeded South High defeated No. 6 Eagle River 3-0 on Friday, May 18 in the semifinals of the girls Cook Inlet Conference soccer tournament at Eagle River.

The Wolves will play the loser of the Dimond-Service semifinal in the third-place game Saturday, May 19 at 11:30 a.m. on their home turf. The winner will advance to the state tournament. 

The Chugiak and Eagle River boys soccer teams each found themselves on the wrong end of lopsided shutouts in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference boys soccer tournament at South High on Thursday, May 17.

The seventh-seeded Mustangs fell 5-0 to No. 2 South, while No. 6 Eagle River dropped a 7-0 decision to No. 3 West.

South got a pair of goals from Nathan Chartier to led the Wolverines' win. West got goals from seven different players in its triumph.

Senior Jackie Klecka scored two second-half goals to lead sixth-seeded Eagle River past No. 3 Chugiak 3-1 in the opening round of the girls Cook Inlet Conference soccer tournament Thursday, May 17 at Eagle River.

The Wolves play No. 2 South on Friday, May 18, on their home turf at 2 p.m. with a championship berth on the line.

The Mustangs swept the regular season series with their crosstown rival, however, Eagle River was more prepared the third time around, Klecka said.

“We came out in the beginning more willing to win,” she said.

Crosstown rivals Chugiak (8-5-1) and Eagle River (3-7-4) will meet for a third time this season in the opening round of the girls Cook Inlet Conference soccer tournament.

The No. 3 seed Mustangs play at sixth-seeded Eagle River today (Thursday, May 17) at 8 p.m. Chugiak swept the regular season series, winning 1-0 on March 31 and 2-1 on May 1.

Chugiak ended its regular season with a 3-1 win over West on May 9 before losing 6-0 to Dimond on May 12. Susan Fleurant, Jessi Beverlin and Tori Fishburn scored for the Mustangs against West.

Despite dropping a 5-4 game to previous winless East on Monday, May14, Chugiak (4-3) earned the fourth seed in the Cook Inlet Conference baseball playoffs. The Mustangs play either Service or South on Friday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Mulcahy Stadium.