Sports

It’s easy to see why the FOCUS 5K is gaining a reputation as one of the happiest footraces around. Just look for the smiles.

“It’s a great event, great atmosphere — they even brought the sun out,” said Eagle River runner Ryan Bish after the third annual race in downtown Eagle River.

Chugiak and Eagle River will get their kicks Saturday, April 27, in a pair of Railbelt Conference soccer matches at Ed Blahous Field in Chugiak.

The girls match will be at 3 p.m., with the boys to follow.

In addition to the matches, the event will include music, free T-shirts at halftime and more.

“This is a great chance for the community to come together and watch our young talented athletes from both schools compete,” wrote Chugiak assistant Chris Dimmick in an email about the event.

The Chugiak boys track and field team raced to a lopsided win Thursday at a four-team meet at West High.

The Mustangs won eight of 13 individual events to rack up 212.5 team points and easily outdistance the host Eagles, who finished second with 132. Earning individual wins were Jeremiah Wilson (100 meters), Logan Mathieu (110 hurdles), Kenny Huffer (discus), Dray Etienne (high jump), Jared Parks (triple jump), Wyatt Rohde (300 hurdles), Jacob Lestina (400) and Daniel Bausch (1600). The Mustangs also won the 4X100 relay.

The 3rd Annual FOCUS Family 5K race will be held Saturday, April 27, at 10 a.m. in the Eklutna lot across from Fred Meyer in Eagle River.

The 5-kilometer walk/run fundraiser for the Eagle River nonprofit costs $35 to enter and includes a race T-shirt. There will be a DJ, food trucks, water stations and activities for kids. Age-group winners will be presented medals made by artists in the FOCUS after-school program and its adult meet-up groups.

A little snow — ok, a lot of snow — couldn’t slow down local track and field athletes Wednesday at the first outdoor meet of the season.

Chugiak and Eagle River joined Dimond and West for the afternoon quad meet at Dimond Alumni Field. When the snow finally settled, several locals had first-places finishes to show for their chilly efforts.

No team traveled more miles to get to this year’s Chipotle-USA Hockey Youth Tier II 16U National Championships in Plano, Texas than the Anchorage North Stars. They didn’t go all that way to lose.

Anchorage’s Hayden Fox slapped the puck into a wide-open net with just 51 seconds left to ice the team’s 4-3 win Monday over the McKinney (Texas) North Stars. The play was set up by Eagle River’s Tucker Lien, who took a breakout pass in the neutral zone and skated along the left side deep into the offensive end before slipping a pass to Fox just as the defense closed in.

Chugiak’s Brooklynn Gould showed her all-around prowess by winning the Alaska Airlines Pentathlon Saturday at the Big C Relays at The Dome in Anchorage.

The junior finished first in four of the five individual events in the pentathlon, which includes a 100 meter sprint, 800 meter run, 300 meter hurdles, shut put and high jump. Gould won the 100, 800 and hurdles outright and tied for first in the shot put. Her only stumble came in the shot, where she was last out of six competitors.

Arctic Valley’s annual spring fling is set for Saturday, March 30 starting at 11 a.m.

The 15th annual Merry Marmot Festival is a daylong event that features everything from fat tire bike races to a downhill dummy launch.

An Eagle River woman is the first female champion in the history of the Home Winter King Salmon Tournament.

Shayna Perry claimed first place in the 26th annual derby March 23 in Kachemak Bay when she caught a 26.7-pound king while fishing aboard the Stella Maris 2 with skipper Krzysztof Balaban. For winning the derby, Perry received a $28,040 cash prize. She also won the “AJ’s Oldtown Steakhouse” prize for the largest “white” king caught in the derby.

The annual derby attracted 1,402 anglers and 426 boats who between them caught 180 kings.

Chugiak junior guard Chasity Selden-Horn is starting to pile up the awards.

Already a first-team All-Cook Inlet Conference performer, Selden-Horn was named to the Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches All-State team released before the start of the state tournament.

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