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The home cooking in Chugiak has been mighty fine this summer.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks continued their solid play at Lee Jordan Field Sunday, taking a pair of games from the Peninsula Oilers to improve to .500 at their home field at the Loretta French Sports Complex off the Old Glenn Highway. Eight of the team’s 12 wins this season have come at home, including a pair of one-run victories on a sunny Sunday evening.

A trio of triathletes have signed up for what promises to be one of the most extreme endurace races of the summer.

Eagle River’s Britta Anderson, Tyler Boyd and Sara Kennedy are among 234 entrants in the inaugural Alaskaman Extreme Triathlon, a monster of a race that will send competitors on a 2.67-mile swim from Miller’s Landing to Waterfront Park in chilly Resurrection Bay, followed by a 113.5-mile bicycle ride from Seward to Bird Creek, and topped with a 27.5-mile run that includes two trips up Mt. Alyeska and 6,000 feet of elevation gain.

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Chugiak and Eagle River’s “A” teams will be among five squads participating in this year’s annual Chugiak Wood Bat Tournament July 13-16.

“It’s down a little bit but still fun,” said Chugiak Post 33 manager Mark Bohrer.

Now in its ninth year, the tournament has had as many as 10 teams. But Bohrer said lower participation numbers overall and more teams statewide have helped thin out the ranks at the “A” level of play, which is roughly the equivalent of junior varsity in the high school-age summer baseball league.

If they haven’t started already, locals will soon be strapping long-handled nets to the top of pickup trucks and the backs of motorhomes and heading south en masse.

The Kenai River personal use dipnet fishery — by far the state’s largest and most popular — opens July 10, a date many Alaskans keep in their heads like Christmas.

Chugiak went 1-2 and Eagle River finished 0-3 through the pool play portion of the BP Invitational American Legion Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Chugiak fell 11-1 to Dimond on Thursday, then walloped South 15-4 on Saturday before falling 11-1 to Napoleon, Ohio, Saturday evening.

Sam Hall went 2-for-3 with three RBI in Chugiak’s win over South. Ian Frizelle and Braden Shackelford also had two hits each for the Mustangs. Frizelle struck out four Wolverines in 4 1/3 innings to earn the win.

Alaska’s latest long-distance endurance race kicked off July 7 in Chugiak, with teams heading south along a 175-mile course to Seward.

The inaugural Alaska Relay race began in waves at Mirror Lake Park, where Friday morning rainclouds had given way to sunny skies. Runners gathered near the water’s edge, chatting and stretching and adjusting bibs and watches and ipod armbands.

“It’s a little intimidating, but I think it’s going to be fun,” said June Gardner, captain of the team Alaska Run Wild.

Updated Wednesday, July 5

Chugiak’s Kenny Brewer crashed the podium Tuesday, July 4 with his best career finish at the Mount Marathon race in Seward.

The former Chugiak High and University of Alaska Fairbanks standout placed third in the annual race up and down the 3,022-foot mountain, clocking a time of 46 minutes, 53 seconds. Anchorage’s Scott Patterson won the race in 44:30, while Seward’s Erik Johnson finished second in 45:22. Brewer’s time was 21 seconds slower than his career-best pace last year, when he finished ninth in 46:31.

Wins for Wolves, Mustangs

Eagle River and Chugiak defended their home turf over the holiday weekend.

The Wolves improved their record to 6-5 in the Alaska American Legion Baseball league with an 11-6 win over Kenai’s Post 20 Twins on Saturday, July 1 at the Loretta French Sports Complex. Chase McGraw and Christian Frederick had two hits each for Eagle River, which got three RBI from Aaron Davis. The win was the third straight for the Wolves, which also knocked off Chugiak on Friday.

Local Alaska American Legion Baseball teams have struggled to keep pace with the blistering tempo set by the bullies of the league’s National Division.

Through June 26, Juneau Post 25 and Service Post 28 had yet to be beaten in league play, with Juneau posting a 10-0 record and Service racing out to 8-0.

After racking up five straight wins to nose their way into the Alaska Baseball League standings, the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks have been mostly swimming in place.

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