Trombley, Madubuko are tops in the state

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.

Eagle River’s Matt Turner, who guided the Wolves to an 8-7 record this season, has been named the Cook Inlet Conference flag football Coach of the Year by a vote of his peers.

Chugiak High’s second “Think Pink” gymnastics meet Friday, Oct. 14 was a greater success than last year.

With a core group of returners and up-and-coming freshmen, Eagle River High riflery can contend with the Cook Inlet Conference’s best, said seventh-year head coach Jeff Parker.

The loss of Matt Martin hasn’t affected Chugiak High riflery.

Third time’s a charm.

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.

Nikiski will face Barrow at Noon today in the ASAA/First National Bank Small-Schools First National Bowll, the first of three state football playoff games at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in Chugiak.

Also today is a large-schools semifinal match-up between Service and Juneau at 4 p.m. and the Medium-Schools title game between Kenai Central and Homer at 7:30 p.m.

The action isn't all that's going on at Chugiak. Also today, the Region IV cheer competition will take place beginning at 1 p.m. in the Chugiak gym.

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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.