A historic run came up one game short Saturday as Eagle River fell 46-14 to Soldotna in the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Division II Football Championship at a rainy Machetanz Field in Palmer.
Eagle River quarterback Ryan Adkins said he was proud of Eagle River’s historic run, which saw the Wolves post their best record in school history, defeat Chugiak for the first time and make their first playoff appearance. But the senior — one of 16 seniors of the team’s roster — admitted he wanted more in his final game in navy and silver.
Led by a dominant performance by Emily Moore, Mirror Lake’s 6th/7th grade cross country running teams swept the Anchorage Middle School Cross Country Running Championships Wednesday at Kincaid Park in Anchorage.
Moore completed the 3-kilometer course in 16 minutes, 55 seconds to beat teammate Skyler Belmear by 46 seconds for the Coyote girls, who beat Goldenview by 10 points in the team standings. Goldenview’s Ella Atteberry was third.
Shelby Dunn had 10 kills and 18 digs to lead Eagle River to a Cook Inlet Conference volleyball win over East on Tuesday at East. The Wolves also got eight kills and two blocks from Katyrie Brown and seven aces from Kaylee Barch.
Precilla Fagafaga had 17 kills for the Thunderbirds.
Eagle River’s next match is at West Friday at 7:15 p.m.
South 3, Chugiak 1
South knocked off Chugiak 3-1 (25-16, 21-25, 25-21, 25-15) Tuesday in a CIC volleyball match at South High.
The Mustangs are at first-place Dimond on Friday at 7:15 p.m.
Two days of dryland racing concluded on a drizzly Sunday at the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association trails in Birchwood with the second day of the 2018 Alaska Dogworks Dryland Derby.
Human racers riding modified bikes and trikes — or on their own two feet — teamed up with their canine companions for the final dryland races of the season at the trails. Saturday’s conditions were dry, but Sunday’s rain meant most competitors finished their 1.8-mile laps around the course covered in a thick layer of mud.
“It is ‘dryland’ racing,” quipped racer Annie Grenier.
Chugiak seniors Jared Elison and Claire Mahoney netted a third-place finish in mixed doubles competition Saturday at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Tennis State Championships at the Alaska Club East in Anchorage.
Eagle River and Chugiak will play in do-or-die playoff games Saturday when the Mustangs travel to East for a Division I quarterfinal against the Thunderbirds at 2 p.m. and the Wolves head north to the Mat-Su for a 4 p.m. Division II semifinal showdown against Lathrop at Machetanz Field in Palmer.
Trailing 24-22 with less than two minutes to play in their Division II football semifinal against Lathrop in Palmer Saturday night, Eagle River’s dream season was on the brink as the Wolves faced fourth-and-9 from their own 44-yard-line.
The Wolves needed a miracle at Machetanz Field. They got one.
Quarterback Ryan Adkins lofted a long pass in the direction of Quanard Cox, and the speedy wideout did the rest, catching the pass in stride and racing to the end zone for the biggest touchdown in school history.
All three of Eagle River’s A team shooters shot 280 or better Friday in a 7-0 Cook Inlet Conference riflery win over East at Eagle River
Emma Mackenzie led the Wolves with a 285, Kyla Reifel shot a 282, Maddie Bidinger had a 281 and Ava Perkins shot 280 to lead the A team to a 1,128-1,080 victory. Jonah Wegner shot a 278 to lead the Eagle River B shooters.
Chugiak wrapped its Cook Inlet Conference flag football season with a dramatic victory on Thursday, getting a 60-yard touchdown pass from Eva Palmer to Chasity Horn with less than a minute to play to take a 20-18 win over East at East High.
Chugiak led 14-0 at halftime, but the T-birds rallied for a pair of second-half touchdowns to take an 18-14 lead with just 50 seconds to play. But Horn’s second score of the game proved decisive as the Mustangs locked (6-8) up their sixth win in seven games to close the season.