Sports

Sam Hartke is just fine.

Chugiak High’s swimming and diving team swept West High on Friday, Aug. 25 to kick off the 2011 campaign. The boys notched an 88-66 victory while the girls edged the Eagles 98-84.

Danica Barto was the Wolves’ lone representative at Chugiak for the first gymnastics meet of the season Friday, Aug. 25. But the junior gymnast didn’t compete. Instead, Barto watched the Mustangs defeat East High 181.90 to 130.35 from the stands.

Eagle River erased two winless flag football seasons with a last-second touchdown to give it a 12-6 victory over rival Chugiak High to open the season Aug. 23.

“I’ve never been involved in a game like that,” Wolves head coach Matt Turner said. “It was exciting.”

Chugiak took a 6-0 lead after scoring on its first drive.

“We just held them the rest of the game,” Turner said. “For the girls to not lose their composure was just great.”

With just 15 swimmers, Eagle River’s team might be lacking in numbers, but that’s not dampening the spirits of senior Brenna Wheeler.

“It’s more intimate because it’s so small,” Wheeler said of this year’s squad.

Eagle River has maintained a positive attitude through its first two losses of the season — the same was true in Week 3.

Cook Inlet Conference foe Bartlett defeated the Wolves 48-21 on Saturday, Aug. 27 at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium. But Eagle River’s season is far from over, sophomore quarterback Peter Kott said.

Blood squirted from Travis Craig’s nose like water escaping a pinhole leak in a water balloon.

He got off easy.

Craig’s broken nose forced him out of Saturday’s Cook Inlet Conference bloodbath at Anchorage Football Stadium in the first quarter, leaving him safe from further punishment as Service handed the Mustangs a 42-6 loss that wasn’t nearly as close as the score indicated.

Chugiak and Eagle River each took big losses on Saturday night. The Mustangs fell 42-6 to Service at Anchorage Football Stadium, while the Wolves dropped a 48-21 decision to Bartlett at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in Chugiak.

Chugiak's loss dropped the Mustangs to 2-1 in the Cook Inlet Conference and overall. Eagle River fell to 0-2 in the CIC and 0-3 overall.

Now it’s getting serious.

Cross country runners were all business on Saturday, Aug. 20 when the Bartlett Invitational officially kicked off the season with one of the year’s largest meets.

“We’ve got a lot of freshmen, and for some of them they’ve never run in a race with this many people,” said Eagle River coach Jacob Bera. “For some of them it was an eye-opener.”

Chugiak earned a 3-0 win over Eagle River on Aug. 25, sweeping the Wolves 25-21, 25-15, 25-8 at Chugiak High.

Eagle River opened the first game with a 12-7 run, but Chugiak rallied to take the first game. Eagle River never led again.

Chugiak improved to 2-0 in the Cook Inlet Conference, Eagle River fell to 1-1.

Both teams will play in the Chugiak Invitational tournament, which begins at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 and continues the following day at 9 a.m.

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