Chugiak High’s head hockey coach will cut his 27-man roster down to 20 once the Mustangs return from their holiday break. The team has carried a heavy roster because Chugiak didn’t field a junior varsity team this year — the first time without one in school history.
Not wanting to cut anyone, Wild let the would-be JV players on varsity to develop their skills during practice. Though it’s not something he’s looking forward to, Wild said he needs to slim down his roster to gear up for the postseason.
The Chugiak-Eagle River Huskies 7th/8th grade comp basketball team recently won the Mountaineer Christmas Classic tournament at Bartlett High with a 27-24 win over the Mountaineers. Pictured are (back) Coach Chuck Pinckney and team members (left to right) Hannah Russell, Nicole Pinckney, Victoria Spring, Cassidy Murfin, Kaylee Carlson, Emmie Jennings, Randi McMullin and Haley Scott.
First-year head basketball coach Fred Young has already brought some hardware back to Eagle River High. The Wolves placed second at the 32nd Annual Cougar Tip-Off Tournament at Service High on Dec. 17.
East Anchorage — where Young previously coached — took third and Chugiak won the consolation championship.
Service beat Eagle River 77-30 to claim the title in the tournament finale Saturday night. Eagle River senior Chris Parker and junior Shaquan Rhoades were both named to the all-tournament team.
Tyler Kearney would love to become a professional bowler someday. So the Barlett High bowler can be excused for acting a bit excited when she was teamed up with two-time Senior Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year Ron Mohr during a unique bowling tournament at Eagle River Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 8.
“I was like, ‘I’m bowling with someone famous!’” said Kearney, a senior. “I felt kinda special.”
Losing your head coach to a rival school might seem like a bad break. But for Eagle River’s Nordic ski team, the departure of Mikey Evans to Chugiak has made room for an up-and-coming young coach to take the helm of a rapidly developing prep program.
“I’m loving it,” said first-year head coach Liz Turner, a 2004 Chugiak graduate who skied collegiately at Division I University of Wyoming and served as an assistant to Evans last season.