Chugiak bounced back from a tough loss to South earlier in the week with a dramatic 6-3 prep tennis win over Dimond on Thursday at Dimond High.
Five of the day’s nine matches went to third-set tiebreakers, and all five were won by the Mustangs. The mixed doubles team of Jared Elison and Claire Mahoney pulled out a come-from-behind win, falling 2-6 in the opening set to Roman Narroquin and Mauri Butzke before storming back for a 6-2 win in the second and holding on 10-8 in the tiebreaker.
Before he walked on the football team at the University of Idaho, Ed Hall got sage advice from his high school coach Jason Brewer.
“He told me, ‘You have to outwork everybody. You have to be first in everything. You have to showcase yourself,’” said Hall, a 2014 Eagle River High grad. “It’s tough coming out of Alaska because there’s not too many coaches coming up there to scout players.”
Ryan Adkins threw for 259 yards and six touchdown passes and Eagle River raced to its best start in program history with a 65-15 Northern Lights Conference win over Kodiak Saturday in Eagle River.
“It means a lot,” said Eagle River’s Quanard Cox, who ran for a touchdown and caught another in front of a large Homecoming Day crowd at The Wolves Den. “Now we’ve got to just keep pushing and pushing.”
Eagle River is 3-0 for the first time in the school’s 13 seasons of varsity play. More importantly, the Wolves improved to 1-0 in the four-team Northern Lights Conference.
Chugiak got an 80-yard touchdown run from Chasity Horn, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 13-0 halftime deficit as East took a 20-7 Cook Inlet Conference flag football win over the Mustangs at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium on Wednesday.
Jessica Titzel had two touchdowns for the T-birds, who scored twice in the final two minutes of the first half. Chugiak’s next game is at South at 1 p.m. on Saturday.