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.
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.