Izzy Powers, 10, won six events and racked up 137 points en route to a girls 10 and under individual title at the Alaska Swimming Junior Olympic Championships at Bartlett High on April 26-29. Powers helped the Chugiak Aquatics Club to a ninth-place finish with a combined junior team score of 401.5 points. The Knik Swim Club was sixth with 789.5 points.


In the senior standings, Knik was fifth with a combined score of 713 points and CAC was 10th with 154 points.

Brady Sanders scored in the fifth minute to lift Chugiak to a 1-0 win over Eagle River and salvage a season split between the two local sides on Tuesday, May 1 at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.

With the win, Chugiak improved to 3-8 in the Cook Inlet Conference while Eagle River fell to 3-8 overall and 3-7 in the CIC.

The quick strike is a good example of how one play can determine the outcome of a game, Mustangs’ head coach Mikey Evans said.

“That’s they way this game goes,” he said. “One defensive letdown and it haunts you for 76 minutes.”

Chugiak scored two first-half goals to down rival Eagle River 2-1 to keep bragging rights on South Birchwood for another year Tuesday, May 1 at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.

With the win, Chugiak improved to 7-3-1 in the Cook Inlet Conference.

Eagle River fell to 3-5-4 overall and 3-5-3 in the CIC.

Susan Fleurant and Catherine Jorgensen scored first half goals to give the Mustangs a 2-0 lead at the midway point. Eagle River’s Shayna Wolery cut the lead in half with a goal in the second half.

With five individual first-place finishes, Chugiak had a strong showing in the junior/senior meet held simultaneously with the freshmen/sophomore championships April 27-28 at Bartlett.

Malia McVee won the discus with a throw of 103 feet, 11 inches. Fellow Chugiak junior Roger Jorgensen won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 7 ½ inches. Senior Marquis Spearman took third.

Junior Tyler Rohde won the 300-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash.

The future of Chugiak and Eagle River High’s track and field programs are in good hands — and legs.

The local schools racked up a combined eight individual first-place finishes in the freshmen/sophomore championships Friday and Saturday, April 27-28 at a still-snowy Bartlett High.

Chugiak’s girls finished second as a team behind West and the boys were seventh. Eagle River’s boys finished fourth and the girls were sixth.

Chugiak High senior Beka Zellers, 17, recorded her sixth shutout in eight games to lead the Mustangs to a 5-0 win over Bartlett on April 20. She is the daughter of Frank and Michelle Zellers of Chugiak.

Thanks to back-to-back shutouts from senior keeper Beka Zellers, Chugiak girls soccer improved to 5-2-1 in the Cook Inlet Conference. 

Chugiak won seven individual events en route to a sweep of the Anchorage School District Spring Meet on April 19-21. 

Chugiak’s Loretta French Park is still buried beneath a foot of snow, but that hasn’t put a blanket on the enthusiasm for the historic baseball season set to play out there this summer. 

Melissa Apodaca, a 2008 Chugiak High graduate who was seeking to become a member of the U.S. Olympic team, lost twice at the U.S. Olympic Trials tournament on Sunday, April 22 in Iowa City, Iowa. 

Apodaca lost to Ashley Hudson in the first round by consecutive 5-1 and 3-1 decisions in the best-of-three format match. In the consolation round, Apodaca lost to Othello Feroleto, 3-0 and 7-1.

A former Alaska Girls state champion, Apodaca trains at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.