Roger Spackman is stepping down, but he isn’t going anywhere.
After four years as the Chugiak High head football coach, Spackman resigned earlier this month — ironically, so he could focus more on coaching.
“Mostly it’s that I want to coach but not be a head coach,” said Spackman, who compiled a 25-14 record (.641 winning percentage) during his four seasons leading the blue and black — including back-to-back Railbelt Conference titles the past two seasons.
It’s no secret attendance at high school hockey games isn’t what it used to be.
Unless we’re talking Chugiak-Eagle River.
“It’s night and day, isn’t it?” said Chugiak head coach Rodney Wild after his hockey team pulled out a 3-2 Cook Inlet Conference nailbiter over its biggest rival in front of a spirited crowd inside the McDonald Center Thursday night.
Eagle River bowlers delivered a perfect day Thursday, Dec. 14 as the Wolves blanked Bartlett 35-0 in a pair of Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League matches held at Center Bowl in Anchorage. For the Eagle River girls, Allison Szewczyk delivered a match-high 190 to lead the win over the Golden Bears, while Joseph Herr rolled a 235 to lift the Eagle River boys to a shutout win. Chugiak’s girls also posted a shutout, knocking off South 35-0 behind a 201 from Jadyn Moore. The Chugiak boys were the only local team to fall, losing a 29-6 decision to South.
The 2017-18 high school basketball season officially got underway last week, with local teams already registering impressive early season wins.
The Chugiak girls opened the season by knocking off perennial powerhouse Wasilla in a Saturday, Dec. 16 showdown in the Mat-Su. The Mustangs rolled to a 30-13 halftime lead and hung on from there, getting a game-high 18 points from Chasity Horn to lead three players in double figures. Ariana Lewis added 11 points for Chugiak, which got 10 from Patricia Houser and six from Caitlin Wachmann.
Warm weather in Anchorage has forced a last-minute venue change for the upcoming Besh Cup Series Nordic ski races.
On Monday, the Cross Country Alaska competition committee met to discuss the races, which were to be held in Anchorage Dec. 16-17. Due to rapidly deteriorating conditions at Kincaid Park, the committee voted to move the races to Fairbanks instead.