In 2015, Daniel Bausch was an unheralded freshman runner for West High watching from the infield as Chugiak’s Ty Jordan blazed to victory in the state cross country championships at Bartlett High. Three years later, Bausch was the one in blue and black atop the podium for the Mustangs.
“I feel like I’m completing a loop,” Bausch said after completing two of them faster than anyone else Saturday en route to a Division I boys state title at the ASAA/First National Bank Cross Country Running Championships at Bartlett High.
Eagle River and Chugiak each suffered lopsided losses in their final regular-season football games Friday and Saturday, but both teams’ seasons are still alive after both advanced to the state playoffs next weekend.
Despite falling 50-7 to nonconference South, the Wolves wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the Division II Northern Lights Conference thanks to a 72-24 Soldotna win Saturday over Kenai Central.
Chugiak reeled off back-to-back Cook Inlet Conference volleyball wins Sept. 25-26, knocking off crosstown rival Eagle River in four sets Tuesday at Chugiak and doing the same to West Wednesday in Anchorage.
Against the Wolves, Chugiak got 17 kills and 19 digs from Sophia Lestina and 30 digs and five aces from Kaitlyn Eastman to earn a 25-19, 25-15, 20-25, 25-9 win. Claire Schimmack added 27 assists and 14 digs for the Mustangs.
The Seawolves will again open their exhibition hockey season with a game at the Harry J. McDonald Memorial Center in Eagle River at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28.
The game against Simon Fraser is one of two preseason exhibitions on the Seawolves’ schedule, with the other being the team’s annual “Green and Gold” scrimmage set for Sept. 29 at the Wells Fargo Center. The Seawolves also opened their exhibition season at the Mac last season.
Eva Palmer threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Chasity Horn midway through the first quarter of Saturday’s game against Eagle River. It would be a recurring theme.
Horn scored four touchdowns, Palmer had three and the Mustangs rolled to a second straight rout of Eagle River with a 57-0 Cook Inlet Conference flag football win at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium. Chugiak defeated Eagle River 47-0 last week at the Wolves’ Den.
The star Chugiak runner won an individual title Saturday at Bartlett High to help lead the Mustangs to a boys team championship at the Cook Inlet Conference Cross Country Running Championships despite battling a fever.
The Mustangs and Wolves will square off at 2 p.m. Saturday at Chugiak’s Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in the “Battle of the Bridge,” a semiannual clash between the two local high schools last contested in 2015.
Eagle River’s Cam McDonald commits to Division 1 Providence
Cam McDonald is following family footsteps to Division I college hockey.
The former ERHS Wolves defenseman announced his decision to sign with the Providence Flyers Monday on Twitter.
“I’m proud and humbled to announce my commitment to play college hockey at Providence College!” wrote McDonald, who played last season for the Kenai River Brown Bears of the North American Hockey League. “Thank you to my family, coaches, teammates, and mentors that have helped me along the way. #friartown”