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Teams of racers began what some called “the worst game of tag ever” Friday on the shores of Mirror Lake, where runners embarked on a 175-mile trek expected to end sometime Saturday at Waterfront Park in Seward.

The second-annual Alaska Relay features teams of as many as 12 runners alternating legs along the route. The race winds south through Chugiak-Eagle River, Anchorage, Girdwood and onto the Kenai Peninsula. Racers travel in vans, leapfrogging each other as runners alternate running and resting over the course of the grueling event.

The American Legion baseball season is heating up, with teams now well into the 16-team league schedule.

Chugiak improved to 2-2 in the league and 3-4 overall with a split June 9 against Juneau in Juneau. In the opener, the Post 33 Mustangs fell 7-4 before rallying for a 5-1 win in the second game of the doubleheader. The teams also played a nonleague game Sunday, with Juneau taking the series finale 3-2.

Logan White celebrated his 20th birthday with a couple dozen of his new best friends.

“We’re all gelling really well,” said White, who ate birthday cake behind the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks clubhouse, courtesy of his host family, Ed and Becca Banfield.

Chugiak High senior-to-be Daniel Bausch won a 1,600 meter showdown with Galena’s Jacob Moos at the Brian Young Invitational over the weekend in Kodiak.

The race was one of the marquee events of the post-season meet, which attracted athletes from across the state. In the team competition, the Cook Inlet Conference All-Stars won behind wins by Bausch and Emily Walsh, who recently completed her freshman season at Eagle River High.

Eagle River’s hopes of a first state softball title since 2006 were dashed Friday as Dimond and Wasilla handed the Wolves back-to-back losses at South Davis Park in Fairbanks.

The losses came after the Wolves opened the bracket portion of the tournament with a 10-6 win over West Valley.

Avery Brown gave up four runs on five hits in 5 ⅓ innings for the Wolves, who hammered 20 hits in the game. Leading the way was Serenity Argudin, who went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and a trio of runs scored.

Despite seeing its hopes of a state baseball title crushed by Colony on May 31 in the opening round of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska High School Baseball Tournament, Chugiak rallied for back-to-back victories to close out the season at Mulcahy Stadium June 1-2.

Chugiak knocked off North Pole on Friday to advance to the tournament’s fourth-place game, where they clobbered Palmer 14-4 to claim fourth.

Chugiak saw its hopes of a state baseball title crushed by Colony Thursday in the opening round of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska High School Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Chugiak led the entire way, but Colony got a two-run double from Kolten Ketchum in the bottom of the seventh inning off reliever Christian Cambridge to break the Mustangs’ nine-game winning streak and send the team to the loser’s bracket.

With a nine-game winning streak and Cook Inlet Conference championship on their resume, the Chugiak Mustangs will be one of the favorites when the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska High School Baseball Tournament begins Thursday at Mulcahy Stadium.

With its star senior soaring to new heights, Chugiak’s track and field team again showed why it’s one of the state’s elite programs Friday and Saturday at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Division I Track and Field Championships at Machetanz Field in Palmer.

On the opening day of the meet, Chugiak senior Emma Nelson broke the state record in the high jump by more than two inches to pick up the first of three individual wins for the second-place Mustangs, who were going for a third consecutive state title but had to settle for the runner-up trophy behind South.

The most successful sports team in Eagle River High School is back in the state tournament for the first time in more than a decade.

The Wolves softball team knocked off defending state champion South on Thursday in the Cook Inlet Conference Tournament to earn one of the CIC’s four automatic berths at state for the first time since 2007. Senior Alina Cook pitched a complete game in the 2-1 win, which advanced the Wolves into a Saturday semifinal showdown against East. There, the T-birds were the better team, handing the Wolves and starter Avery Brown a 4-2 loss.

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