Sports

 Eagle River High’s Comp Cheerleaders competed at the State Cheerleading Competition March 13. The team placed first in the Comp division and was named Grand Champions with the overall highest score. There were 35 teams represented at this year’s competition.

Eagle River High sophomore Sam Coy rebounded from an injury in the first half to score the game-tying goal on an assist from freshman Nikki Boggs in the 77th minute to earn a 1-1 draw with Service in Cook Inlet Conference girls soccer action Saturday, March 24 at The Dome. The tie put the Wolves’ conference record at 0-1-1.

Service took a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 37th minute, Eagle River head coach Lauren Mason said.

Each goal was aided by a bit of luck, she said.

Chugiak High soccer forward Matt McGimsey scored the go-ahead goal in Chugiak’s 4-1 win over Bartlett in the high school soccer season opener on Monday, March 19 at The Dome in Anchorage. McGimsey, a senior, is the son of Deb and Robert McGimsey of Eagle River.

After going through nine head coaches in as many seasons, Jon Schroeder is back at the helm of Chugiak High’s track program.

Schroeder served as head coach two years ago, but an injury prevented him from running the program last season. Now, Schroeder is focused on growing the Mustangs’ track and field team.

Schroeder said he wants to stir up excitement at Chugiak, which he said has a deep pool of talent roaming the halls.

“We’re trying to get them to come out and have some fun,” he said. “Try to build the track program back.”

With about 50 athletes out and another five to 10 expected to join after spring break (which ended March 16), Eagle River High head track and field coach Matt Turner had something to celebrate before the 2012 season even started.

“We’ve got the most numbers out we’ve ever had,” he said. “That’s always a plus to start the year off.”

The 2012 Arctic Winter Games closed with 15 local athletes bringing home ulus. The games, which this year featured nine teams from northern regions participating in a variety of athletic and cultural events, were held this year in Whitehorse, Yukon.

On the turf, all rivalry was set aside as Sue Fleurant of Chugiak High and Jackie Klecka, of Eagle River, teamed up to bring home indoor soccer bronze.

“We can be teammates one week and opponents the next, its really not weird at all,” Fleurant said.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Huskies won the 2012 Valley Comp Basketball Girls 7/8 Elite Championship on Feb. 29 at the AT&T Center in Wasilla. The Huskies won the championship with a 29-26 victory over their longtime rival, the Mountaineers. Pictured are (back row, left to right) Coach Glenn Haasl, Victoria Spring, Kassidy Murfin, Randi McMullin, Nicole Pinckney, Coach Chuck Pinckney and (front row, L-R) Kaylee Carlson, Emmie Jennings, Haley Scott, Miranda Haasl and Hannah Russell.

In their first year as a Competition team, the Eagle River Glacier Hockey Association’s Alaska Glacier Bears won the U16 Tier II state title. Now, the Bears are heading to the national tournament in Green Bay, Wis., on March 28 through April 1 to see how they stack up against the Lower 48.

“They’re very excited,” head coach Scott Hulse said. “It’s an opportunity and experience for the players they’ve never had.”

Hulse said the Bears will open the tournament against a team from Indiana. They’ll also face the best from Virginia and North Carolina.

Though Eagle River High is fielding just one girls soccer team, it has a high caliber of players, second-year head coach Lauren Mason said.

“We had a lot of girls who know how to play soccer come out,” she said. “Low numbers of quality players.”

A majority of the team’s 16 players are returning starters, Mason said.

“I feel pretty confident with this team,” she said. “Technically I think we’ve improved overall as a group from last year.”

First-year head soccer coach Max Solodkii couldn’t ask for a better team to start his career at ERHS.

Eagle River High’s boys team is one of the best groups Solodkii’s had the opportunity to coach, he said.

“It’s a good bunch,” he said. “A very good group of boys.”

Solodkii said the team doesn’t have a single “superstar,” and no one plays with a chip on their shoulder.

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