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.
Gruening Middle School had three eighth-grade girls in the top 10 at the Anchorage School District middle school cross-country running championships on Thursday, Oct. 6 at Kincaid Park. Gruening finished fourth as a team, just 10 points behind first-place Mears, which also won the sixth-grade/seventh-grade team title.
Emmie Jennings led the Colts with a time of 12 minutes, 24 seconds on the nearly 2-mile-long course to finish fifth. Julia Geskey placed eighth, followed by Dreanna Ownes in ninth.
Chugiak High activities principal Kevin Theonnes has been moved and demoted for his role in an eligibility snafu that cost the school’s football team three wins and a spot in the state playoffs.
Anchorage School District Superintendent Carol Comeau said Tuesday that disciplinary action to reassign Theonnes to another school and give him a new job title was taken following Chugiak’s use of an ineligible football player this season, which led to forfeitures of three of the team’s wins.
Two locals — 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 man.
Eagle River never could get anything going Saturday, falling 42-0 to South in their Cook Inlet Conference football season finale.
"We just came out flat," said senior running back Malcolm Bell.
South scored 23 points in the first quarter to quickly quash any hopes of a season-ending upset.
The Wolves will lose 13 seniors from this season's team, which finished 1-7 overall and 1-6 in the CIC. Eagle River's lone win this season came when Chugiak had to forfeit its victory (a 35-14 win on Aug. 19) due to the use of an ineligible player.
Eagle River's Hannah Stevens used a late surge to pass Dimond’s Sarah Friestone just before the finish line to claim ninth place at the 2011 ASAA/Alaska state cross country running championships at Bartlett High School.
Stevens finished the 5-kilometer course in 19 minutes, 24 seconds to help the Wolves to a fifth place team finish in their first appearance at the state meet.
Evy Hail was 15th for the Wolves, Nikki Boggs was 26th, Sierra Richardson finished 49th and Chris Bottini was 64th.
Chugiak’s Sam Hartke, the lone entrant for the Mustangs, finished 30th.
Chugiak senior Isaac Lammers finished the 5-kilometer course at Bartlett High in 16 minutes, 47 seconds to place 11th and lead all local finishers at the 2011 ASAA/Alaska Class 4A state cross country running championships on Saturday, Oct. 1.
Chugiak finished seventh out of 11 4A teams in the event.
West Valley’s Kuba Grzeda won in 16:01, beating Service’s Max Romey by three seconds. Romey earned some consolation by leading the Cougars to the overall team title.
Sophomore David McPhetres finished 13th for Chugiak in 16:55.
UPDATE (10/6/2011): Chugiak's appeal of its three forfeitures was upheld by the Alaska School Activities Association board of directors on Monday. The Mustangs will not go to the playoffs, and the team's final 2011 record is 2-6 overall and 2-5 in the Cook Inlet Conference.
Chugiak's football season ended with a 24-7 Cook Inlet Conference win over East on Saturday at Anchorage Football Stadium.