Summer activities bring schedule-juggling woes

We all welcome summertime and the chance to get outdoors. At the same time, the variety of activities being offered bring with it the stress of fitting everything into our busy schedules. Salmon are running, the wilderness bids us to venture out and explore, the backyard hammock beckons on a sunny evening, and summer sports are in full sway.

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Basketball Teams Rebound: Players from Eagle River and Chugiak hit the court

Eagle River’s basketball teams are gearing up for another season as they build a legacy of excellence in the face of stiff competition from larger schools in the Anchorage School District and impart life lessons to athletes. Coach Sconiers of Chugiak High School (CHS) says, “I think basketball is a tremendous instrument for life,” saying that it teaches teamwork and other life skills they will need later. “Teaching and coaching go hand-in-hand,” Coach Landers of Gruening Middle School says, continuing by saying that coaching is the reason he pursued teaching. He loves seeing the smiles on athletes’ faces when they accomplish something they have never done before. For him, basketball also fills a void that some students might have in their lives.

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Local Teams: From Underdogs to State Champs

The Chugiak High School Mustangs came close to making it to the football state championship finals this season, being edged in the semi-finals by Bartlett in a high-scoring contest. They did win back-to-back championships in the Railbelt Conference where they were recently placed in an apparent effort to balance competition.

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Local Athletes Bring Wrestling to the Top

Community and fierce competition define Eagle River’s wrestling teams. While the schools in Eagle River boast programs with state champions and titles, the sense of family from participating in such a challenging sport provides the primary draw for athletes and coaches. Austin Kraft, a senior at Eagle River High School (ERHS), says the thing he likes most about wrestling is that the wrestling community feels like a family. He explains, “I feel like it’s not just my school caring for me but the entire wrestling community caring for each other.”

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Maddy’s Run Participants Share in Joy as Fundraiser Continues to Help Alaska’s Kids

Brisk air and frosty trails greeted runners on Saturday, November 4th as they gathered for the 3rd annual Maddy’s Run at Eagle River High School. Athletes chose either a timed 5k run or 2.5k untimed run/walk in honor of Maddy “Strong” Brandl, an Eagle River fifth grader who lost her fight with cancer in April 2016.

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Mustangs Lose A Heartbreaker in Semi-Final 62-75

The much anticipated National Bowl showdown between the Railbelt Conference champs, the Chugiak Mustangs and the Cook Inlet runner-ups, the Bartlett Golden Bears lived up to expectations. With game time 7:00pm the sun setting and the brisk temperatures at the Anchorage Football Stadium, you could see the players breath and a layer of fog hung over the field almost like a blanket. The first half action felt like the fans were watching a heavyweight prize fight with each team standing toe to toe trading punches.

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Service Cougars Routed by Mustangs

Chugiak Mustangs scored early and often against the Service Cougars at the quarter-final game on Friday night with a final score of 63-27 The Mustangs hosted the Service Cougars on

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Eagle River Girls Loss at Bartlett Still a Victory

You can’t always see a victory on the scoreboard. This spirit and attitude was exemplified when the Eagle River Wolves played the Bartlett Golden Bears in girls flag football on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Bartlett. After the game, team captain Corey Frazier, who scored both of the Wolves touchdowns said, “Our goal for this game was to score a touchdown, and we got two! It’s really a big thing.” A victory.

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Chugiak Girls Win A Close Game At East

The few Chugiak fans that made the trip to East High School football stadium to watch the girls flag football game were treated to a real nail biter. It appeared as though “Murphy” was pacing on the Chugiak sideline for almost the entire game as whatever could go wrong, did go wrong for the Mustangs much of the game. In fact, it began before the game even started. During warm-up drills, Mariah Perish stepped on a teammates foot which rolled her ankle. She was attended to by medics and she watched the game in a soft cast and a bag of ice.

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Football Fields Rose from Gravel Patches to Lighted Stadia

Local high school football play begins this week, with the first game for Chugiak’s Mustangs tomorrow (Friday) at East while Eagle River’s Wolves host Ketchikan Saturday afternoon. Both schools have their own artificial turf fields with lights.That has not always been the case.When Chugiak High School opened in the fall of 1964, the building was designed for 400 students. Built by the state, it was turned over to the Anchorage School District due to the creation of the Greater Anchorage Area Borough that year. Until passage by the Legislature of the Mandatory Borough Act in 1963, Chugiak-Eagle River had been an unincorporated area halfway between Anchorage and Palmer. Its population numbered fewer than 3,000 people. There were two schools for grades 1-8, the original one in Chugiak and a newer building in Eagle River. High school students were bussed to Anchorage, a situation that ended with opening of the new secondary school.

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