Kevin Fullmer is returning to the sidelines at Chugiak High School.

Chugiak principal Sam Spinella confirmed on Tuesday that Fullmer, a social studies teacher at the school who coached the boys basketball team from 1996 to 2009, has been chosen to once again fill that position.

“He brings experience in coaching, he’s worked with the kids and he’s got a good reputation,” Spinella said on Tuesday.

Fullmer takes over for Orin Wear, a Mat-Su math teacher who coached the team for two years before stepping down after last season. Wear went 21-23 at Chugiak.

Chugiak High principal Sam Spinella announced Tuesday morning that Kevin Fullmer has been named the school's head boys basketball coach.

Fullmer is a 1981 Chugiak grad who served as the school's head coach from 1996 until 2009. In 2006 he took the team to the Class 4A title game, where the Mustangs lost to West. He most recently coached as an assistant under his brother, Greg, at Bartlett, where the brothers celebrated a Class 4A state title last season.

Chugiak's playoff hopes took a major hit Saturday night, after Dimond rallied from a 14-0 deficit to pull out a 21-14 Cook Inlet Conference win at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.

"This one hurts," said Chugiak coach Duncan Shackelford, whose team fell to 2-3 in the CIC and 3-3 overall.

Eagle River fell 21-19 to East on Saturday at Eagle River High School.
Peter Kott threw touchdown passes to Kelechi Madubuko and Jeavonte Dunn, but the Wolves' final drive ended with an incompletion on fourth down with the Wolves driving in East territory with less than a minute to play.
Jordan Patin hit a 41-yard field goal for Eagle River, which fell to 0-6 overall and 0-5 in the Cook Inlet Conference. The Wolves also scored on a safety.
Brody Deloria had a pair of touchdown runs for East (4-2 overall, 3-2 CIC).

Eagle River's campus will host its first homecoming game and first Cook Inlet Conference football game when the Wolves (0-5 overall, 0-4 CIC) square off against East (3-2 overall, 2-2 CIC) at 2 p.m.

Later tonight, Chugiak (3-2 overall, 2-2 CIC) will host Dimond (2-3 overall, 1-3 CIC) at 7 p.m. in a game the Mustangs need to stay in the thick of the CIC playoff race.

East beat Dimond 25-13 last weekend.

In other CIC action today, West (3-2 overall, 2-2 CIC) plays Bartlett (3-2 overall, 2-2 CIC) at 2 p.m. at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Happy birthday, Kelechi Madubuko and Danton Evilsizer.

With Evilsizer’s birthday coming up Sept. 17 — the day of Eagle River’s homecoming game against East — and Madubuko’s the day before, activities clerk Colleen Deese joked she would get the game moved from Chugiak’s Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium to the Wolves’ home field as a present for the seniors.

The boys better send a thank-you note.

Through the first seven games of the flag football season, Chugiak and Eagle River had identical 3-4 records in the Cook Inlet Conference, which has a 14-game regular season. Chugiak’s second half begins with a home game against Dimond Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. That same Saturday, Eagle River plays East at noon at Eagle River. Both teams are also in action Sept. 20, with Chugiak hosting East at 5 p.m. and the Wolves playing South at Chugiak at 8 p.m.

Eagle River has also been hot lately, picking up back-to-back victories against Service and West. The team will celebrate by dishing out hot cakes at its annual pancake feed on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 8 a.m. until noon at the Eagle River Elks Club. Coach Katie Hulse said the event is the team’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

“It’s always fun,” Hulse said.

Cost is $5 per person or $20 per family.


Eagle River 3, West 1

Eagle River pushed its record to 4-4 with a up-and-down four-set win (25-22, 25-20, 17-25, 25-20) over West on Sept. 13.


Chugiak’s volleyball team has opened the season on a roll. Now the Mustangs will find out how they stack up against the nation’s best in Sin City.

The Mustangs left in the early-morning hours of Sept. 14 for Las Vegas, where they’ll be participating in the 48-team Durango Fall Classic Sept. 16-17. Chugiak coach Kelly Kavanaugh said the tournament brings together some of the top volleyball teams in the country.

“It’s one of the premier early season high school tournaments in the country,” Kavanaugh said via e-mail on Sept. 12.