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The “Birchwood Bowl” games have been put on hold.

Chugiak was scheduled to host crosstown rival Eagle River on Saturday, April 21, but the varsity boys’ and girls’ soccer games have been postponed until Tuesday, May 1.

The boys’ game will be played at Chugiak at 5 p.m. and the girls will follow at 7 p.m.

Eagle River’s girls lost 2-0 to Dimond on Tuesday, April 17. The Wolves (2-3-1) will play East today (Wednesday, April 18) at The Dome at 6:30 p.m.

Anchorage School District held a last-minute track and field meet Thursday, April 5 to give athletes as much competition as possible, said Chris Lisenby, Region IV season meet director.

“Anytime we can give them a full schedule, we try to do that,” he said. “Kids aren’t used to having that week off.”

With Easter falling on April 8, ASD athletes couldn’t compete the Friday and Saturday prior to the holiday.

“It’s kind of a rough holiday to have because it rotates every year,” Lisenby said.

Jackie Klecka erupted for four goals to lead Eagle River girls soccer 8-0 past Bartlett on April 5 at The Dome. With the win, the Wolves improved to 2-2-1 in Cook Inlet Conference play.

Klecka and Shayna Wolery netted two goals each and Nikki Boggs added one to give Eagle River a 5-0 lead at the half. Klecka added two more in the second half, and Clarie Bottini rounded out the scoring.

After less-than-satisfactory performances against West and Chugiak, the Wolves turned things around against the Golden Bears, head coach Lauren Mason said.

 Eagle River’s Moriah Martin, 15, lost 5-4 in the opening round of the ninth World Taekwondo Federation Junior World Taekwondo Championships to the Czech Republic’s Tereze Schindlerova on April 5 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Schindlerova won the bronze medal out of 32 girls in the middleweight division.

Martin, a sophomore at Anchorage Christian Schools, was the first female from Alaska to earn a spot on a national taekwondo team.

Chugiak girls soccer withstood a late-game onslaught to hand defending Class 4A state champions South High its first loss of the season 1-0 on April 5 at The Dome. With the win, Chugiak improved to 4-1 in the Cook Inlet Conference.

“This is a huge win,” said Holly Brehmer. “We’re all really excited.”

Jessi Beverlin scored the game’s lone goal midway through the first half before suffering an ankle injury that will likely sideline her for the next several weeks, head coach Paul Brehmer said.

Eagle River High senior Jackie Klecka, 18, scored four goals in the Wolves’ 8-0 win over Bartlett on April 5. Klecka, a four-year varsity player, is the daughter of Donna and Gary Klecka of Eagle River.

Eagle River High senior Patrick Prior, 17, scored two goals in the Wolves' 3-0 win over Chugiak on March 31. It was the first time in school history ERHS beat its crosstown rival in boys soccer. Prior is the son of Martina and Tim Prior of Fort Richardson.

With a 3-0 win over the Affton (Mo.) Americans on Sunday, April 1 in Ashburn, Va., the Mustang Hockey Association’s Blue Devils PeeWee Tier II 12-U team became the first national champions in MHA history, according to Reid McDonald, manager of the McDonald Center and longtime member of the Chugiak-Eagle River hockey community.

“Everybody was charged up,” head coach Chris Brunnhoelzl said. “Parents going crazy, kids going crazy.”

Eagle River’s Corey Cogdell, a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist, posted a come-from-behind victory to win skeet shooting gold at the first International Shooting Sports Federation World Cup event of the season on Friday, March 30 in Tuscon, Ariz.

Cogdell, 25, entered the final round in fifth place, but missed just once in the final round (hitting 24 of 25 targets) to pull away from the field with 94 total hits, according to an ISSF press release.

Patrick Prior scored two goals to lead Eagle River High to a 3-0 win over Chugiak for the first boys soccer win in school history over the Mustangs on March 31 at The Dome.

The victory was also the team’s first win of the season and first for first-year head coach Max Solodkii. With the win, the Wolves improved to 1-3 in the Cook Inlet Conference while Chugiak fell to 1-3.

“It’s a good feeling,” Prior said of beating the Mustangs.

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