A historic run came up one game short Saturday as Eagle River fell 46-14 to Soldotna in the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Division II Football Championship at a rainy Machetanz Field in Palmer.
Eagle River quarterback Ryan Adkins said he was proud of Eagle River’s historic run, which saw the Wolves post their best record in school history, defeat Chugiak for the first time and make their first playoff appearance. But the senior — one of 16 seniors of the team’s roster — admitted he wanted more in his final game in navy and silver.
Parks and recreation board members want to move forward on at least on area dog park by next spring.
At Monday’s meeting of the Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors, the board agreed to tentatively work toward putting a plan in place to create a dedicated off-leash dog park at Peters Creek Park.
Parks director John Rodda said he thinks that if the board decides to go ahead with the plan, work could begin next spring.
Ed Willis, a former Alaska legislator and Anchorage Assembly member who was an early advocate for special education and instrumental in bringing a high school to Chugiak in the 1960s, died Monday in Anchorage. He was 94.
Willis was a longtime Eagle River resident who spent the last decade living at the Veterans and Pioneers Home in Palmer, according to his family.
Two days of dryland racing concluded on a drizzly Sunday at the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association trails in Birchwood with the second day of the 2018 Alaska Dogworks Dryland Derby.
Human racers riding modified bikes and trikes — or on their own two feet — teamed up with their canine companions for the final dryland races of the season at the trails. Saturday’s conditions were dry, but Sunday’s rain meant most competitors finished their 1.8-mile laps around the course covered in a thick layer of mud.
“It is ‘dryland’ racing,” quipped racer Annie Grenier.
Trailing 24-22 with less than two minutes to play in their Division II football semifinal against Lathrop in Palmer Saturday night, Eagle River’s dream season was on the brink as the Wolves faced fourth-and-9 from their own 44-yard-line.
The Wolves needed a miracle at Machetanz Field. They got one.
Quarterback Ryan Adkins lofted a long pass in the direction of Quanard Cox, and the speedy wideout did the rest, catching the pass in stride and racing to the end zone for the biggest touchdown in school history.
During the Oct. 3 Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce meeting, FOCUS Outreach community relations manager Jenna Morales thanked the Chugiak-Eagle River Foundation for its recent $2,000 grant. Morales said the grant will fund four scholarships for children in need.
“Big, big, big thank you to you guys,” Morales said.
With time running out in the Division I girls race at the state cross country meet at Bartlett, Eagle River’s Emily Walsh decided it was time to rise up. Literally.
“I just thought, ‘If I’m going to pass her it has to be now,” she said after sprinting past rival Ava Earl midway up the long, steep feature known as “Separation Hill” to earn a third-place finish Saturday at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Cross Country Running Championships.
Walsh said she knew if she passed her fellow sophomore with a strong move she might be able to hold onto the podium finish.