On a night dedicated to thinking pink, the Eagle River volleyball team was feeling blue after losing a heartbreaking five-set match (19-25, 25-20, 18-25, 25-20, 17-15) to the East Thunderbirds Tuesday night at Eagle River High.
The Wolves held a 2-1 lead after three sets, but couldn’t finish off the feisty T-Birds.
“They just figured it would be a walk in the park,” said coach Katie Hulse, whose team fell to 6-6 in the Cook Inlet Conference.
Chugiak’s co-ed large varsity competitive cheer team won its third consecutive Region IV cheer grand championship on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Chugiak High with a stunning array of aerial stunts that left team members pumping their fists in celebration.
“We’ve never done that good before!” said junior captain Shawnee Wackerman after the team earned a standing ovation for its electric performance.
No other team in the competition came close to Chugiak’s powerful squad, which this year includes six male athletes.
When East Anchorage ended Eagle River’s flag football season with a 13-0 win Tuesday, Oct. 11 in the first round of the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs, Wolves head Coach Matt Turner had nothing but positive words for his girls.
“I told them to keep their heads up,” Turner said.
After finishing each of the past two seasons winless, the Wolves went 8-7 this year.
“To be here to this point is just a huge turnaround,” Turner said.
Eagle River, which swept East during the regular season, missed too many passes, Turner said.
Things just never got on track for the Chugiak flag football team, whose season ended in disappointment following a 28-14 loss to West in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs on Tuesday, Oct. 11.
“It’s a bit indicative of our year,” said Chugiak coach Jon Schroeder, whose team finished the season 7-8.
Chugiak had flashes of brilliance this season — the Mustangs thrashed West 33-0 in their previous meeting — but Schroeder said his squad never managed to reach its full potential on a regular basis.
Two local senior football players — one a shifty open-field specialist, the other a hulking lineman — came home with two of the Cook Inlet Conference's top four awards in voting by the league's coaches.
Eagle River's Kelechi Madubuko, a senior wide receiver/return specialist who scored 10 touchdowns this season — four on returns — was named the CIC's Utility Player of the Year and also to the first team All-CIC team as a wideout and return specialist.