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Chugiak Post 33 continued to stay near the top of the Alaska American Legion Baseball standings with a 15-0 thrashing of Bartlett on Sunday, July 1. The win improved the Mustangs to 7-3 in the league and 10-6 overall, good enough for second-place in the ALB’s National Division.

Chugiak will play in the annual BP Tournament starting July 5 at Mulcahy Stadium at 5 p.m. against South.

Though he lives up the road in Palmer, Mark Corbin is a dogged Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks fan.

“I actually live within walking distance of the Miners’ stadium,” said Corbin, who Chinooks fans will recognize from his regular perch beneath a red tent on the hill behind left field at Lee Jordan Field.

Corbin has been a Chinooks fan since the team started playing its home games at the mountain-ringed diamond at Loretta French Park in 2011. He said the reason is simple.

Despite scoring 10 runs in its final two at-bats, the Eagle River American Legion baseball team came up just short in the championship game of the Midnight Sun Invitational on Sunday, June 24 in Fairbanks. Eagle River trailed North Pole 10-1 after four innings, but rallied for a run in the fifth, six in the sixth and four more in the seventh. Braden Olmstead went 4 for 5 with two RBIs for Eagle River, which got three RBIs from Christian Frederick.

Girls in Eagle River are going Wild for the Mustang Hockey Association’s new identity.

“I was very excited,” said 8-year-old Roxie Merrick after helping to unveil the name and logo for MHA’s Alaska Wild on Tuesday at the Harry J. McDonald Center in Eagle River. “It’s like getting that new thing that you’ve been waiting for.”

Race organizers for the Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon might want to consider renaming the 5-kilometer portion of the Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon races after Lee Jordan.

Jordan was briefly elected mayor of Chugiak-Eagle River during a failed secession movement from the Municipality of Anchorage in 1975, so honoring him would be fitting after Chugiak’s Daniel Bausch won the men’s 5K Saturday and Eagle River’s Morgan Ekemo was second in the women’s division and fourth overall.

Chugiak’s Emma Nelson has been named the Gatorade Alaska Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

Nelson, a dynamic 5-foot-11 leaper bound for Oregon State University, won the high jump, long jump and triple jump at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Division I Track and Field Meet in May. Nelson was named Athlete of the Meet at the championships — where she set a new state record in the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 9 inches — and her three state titles gave her six for her high school career.

The sky’s no limit for Chugiak’s Michael Connelly.

The 16-year-old mountain running phenom broke the 17-and-under age group record Sunday during his fifth-place run at the Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb on Bird Ridge.

“I’m very excited,” said Connelly, who completed the 3,400-foot climb to the summit in 41 minutes, 40 seconds to place fifth overall.

Teams of racers began what some called “the worst game of tag ever” Friday on the shores of Mirror Lake, where runners embarked on a 175-mile trek expected to end sometime Saturday at Waterfront Park in Seward.

The second-annual Alaska Relay features teams of as many as 12 runners alternating legs along the route. The race winds south through Chugiak-Eagle River, Anchorage, Girdwood and onto the Kenai Peninsula. Racers travel in vans, leapfrogging each other as runners alternate running and resting over the course of the grueling event.

The American Legion baseball season is heating up, with teams now well into the 16-team league schedule.

Chugiak improved to 2-2 in the league and 3-4 overall with a split June 9 against Juneau in Juneau. In the opener, the Post 33 Mustangs fell 7-4 before rallying for a 5-1 win in the second game of the doubleheader. The teams also played a nonleague game Sunday, with Juneau taking the series finale 3-2.

Logan White celebrated his 20th birthday with a couple dozen of his new best friends.

“We’re all gelling really well,” said White, who ate birthday cake behind the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks clubhouse, courtesy of his host family, Ed and Becca Banfield.

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