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Chugiak has a distinctively new look this season, but in many ways it’s still going to be the same old black and blue at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.

Gone are the team’s star player, its head coach and several key cogs from last year’s state semifinalist squad. But the sidelines still won’t look that much different, with a former Mustang taking over the head coaching job and plenty of pieces returning from a team that spent much of 2017 atop the statewide football poll.

Eagle River wants to make history.

A perennial also-ran, the Wolves have never reached the state playoffs since beginning varsity play in 2006. But with a speedy, senior-laden group on Yosemite Drive this season, that could change.

“We set our goal to make the playoffs,” said quarterback Ryan Adkins.

(Updated Aug. 8, 2018)

An upset-minded Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks squad fell just short in its attempt to upend the Alaska Baseball League regular season champion Mat-Su Miners Wednesday, falling in the first two games of their best-of-three ABL playoff series at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.

The Chinooks — who qualified for the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons since moving to Chugiak in 2012 — dropped the Aug. 1 opener 5-4 and fell in the second game 5-3 the following day.

Sheryl Loan and Jason Lamoreaux captured the Tour of Anchorage titles Sunday after the fifth and final race of the annual bicycle stage race.

The victory marked Loan’s 12th Tour of Anchorage championship — by far the most in the history of the event, which dates back to 1984 Next on the list is Tim Lamb, who owns a record eight men’s titles, the last of them coming in 2003.

The Knik Little League’s Intermediate All-Stars advanced to the Western Regional Tournament in Tempe, Arizona, by winning the Alaska District 1 championship. The team finished fourth in the region, dropping their final game 16-9 to Northern California.

Chugiak’s American Legion baseball hopes were dashed by a juggernaut from Juneau, while Eagle River played its way into a consolation championship game.

The Post 33 Mustangs dropped an 8-3 decision to the Post 25 Midnight Suns on Sunday at the 66th Alaska American Legion State Tournament, the team’s second loss in as many days following a tournament-opening victory Friday. Ian Frizelle homered for Chugiak, which also got two hits and two RBIs from Christian Cambridge and a double from Trystan Costanios.

Win and they’re in.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks used a maserful pitching performance to force a winner-take-all season finale with a 2-0 Alaska Baseball League win over the Anchorage Glacier Pilots Sunday evening at Lee Jordan Field.

With the sun-drenched field’s namesake looking on, the Chinooks got a complete game two-hitter from southpaw Sam Brace to pull even with the Pilots in the ABL standings at 17-26. The winner of Monday’s 6 p.m. game at Lee Jordan will earn the fourth and final playoff spot in the five-team league.

When Lee Jordan arrived at the ballfield that bears his name Monday night, he had an inkling the game would make headlines.

“I just felt good about it,” he said.

If anyone knows about making headlines, it’s Jordan.

Eagle River’s Tucker Lien finished second Saturday at the annual Running Free 4-Miler footrace in Eagle River.

Lien completed course from Eagle River High School to Hiland Mountain Correctional Center and back in 25 minutes, 42 seconds, more than a minute behind winner Todd Jackson of Anchorage. Jackson finished in 24:16, with Anchorage’s Gavin Kentch third in 25:53.

Racers made one loop around the women’s prison, where participants in the HMCC Running Free Alaska program cheered them on.

Chugiak and Eagle River opened Alaska American Legion Baseball postseason play with victories Friday.

The Mustangs advanced to the second round of the Alaska State Tournament with a 3-2 win over Service Friday morning at Mulcahy Stadium. With the score tied 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth, the Mustangs scored the winning run on an error by Service shortstop Cobey Cupp that allowed Billy Smith to score from third base.

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