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Alexis McKinnon’s path to college soccer took a detour when the Chugiak High senior suffered a knee injury last season. But with the help of family and friends, McKinnon said she’s once again ready to lace up the cleats.

“It’s finally happening,” an emotional McKinnon said during a National Letter of Intent signing held Wednesday, May 10 in the Chugiak library.

Chugiak kept its hopes of reaching a third straight high school state championship game alive with a 9-5 win over West Monday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

The win improved the Mustangs to 4-3 in the Cook Inlet Conference, clinching the eight-team league’s fourth and final conference tournament berth. The top two teams in the CIC tourney will advance to state.

With the biggest meets of the season looming, the Chugiak girls track and field team is hitting its stride.

The defending state champions dominated the 23-team Palmer Invitational Friday and Saturday, winning the girls’ team title by a whopping 65 points at Palmer’s Machetanz Field. West Valley was second with 94 points, while third-place Dimond was the closest Cook Inlet Conference team to the Mustangs with 83 points.

After watching his team gallop past a pair of Cook Inlet Conference foes over the weekend, Chugiak softball coach Jim Huber said the Mustangs appear to be coming alive at the right time.

“There’s always room for improvement, but I’m really pleased with the last week, week-and-a-half,” he said after the Mustangs picked up a 14-9 CIC win over Bartlett Saturday at Bartlett.

The win was Chugiak’s third straight conference victory, its fifth victory in the last seven games and pushed its record to .500 for the season.

With a pair of nonconfernce tournament wins under their belts, the Eagle River softball team has been making a bit of noise this season. But the Wolves’ bats were dead silent Friday as Chugiak pitcher Kyle Seagroves led the rival Mustangs to a pair of Cook Inlet Conference wins at the Knik Little League fields in Eagle River.

Eagle River kept its state tournament hopes alive Saturday while Chugiak’s were dealt a blow on a blustery day at Mulcahy Stadium.

The Wolves — who opened the year with four straight Cook Inlet Conference losses — won their second straight game and improved to 2-4 in the CIC with a 3-1 win over West. Bradyn Olmstead threw a gem for Eagle River, scattering four hits over six scoreless innings to earn the win. Olmstead also had one of four hits for the Wolves, who will face East in the regular season finale Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Bartlett.

Strained by a snowy winter and shortened spring, one high school soccer team has reached its breaking point.

A scheduled Cook Inlet Conference match between Eagle River and South Anchorage will go down in the books as a 1-0 forfeit in favor of the Wolverines after Eagle River coach Steve Johnson decided his team needed a break.

Chugiak’s boys and Eagle River’s girls got the last word Thursday on the pitch.

The Mustangs opened the doubleheader at the Wolves’ Den with a 2-0 Cook Inlet Conference boys soccer victory over the Wolves to split the season series, while the Lady Wolves completed a season sweep of the Mustangs in the evening with a 1-0 CIC triumph .

“I feel like our team has come a long way,” said Eagle River’s Ahston McClaskey, who converted the game-winner off a Nicole Bedwell pass on a play started by Abby Johnson early in the second half of a scoreless girls’ game.

Chugiak 16, Bartlett 0

Chugiak picked up its second straight Cook Inlet Conference baseball win in lopsided fashion Saturday, hammering Bartlett 16-0 at Mulcahy Stadium. Brian Wing and Sam Hall combined for a five-inning no-hitter for Chugiak, which improved to 2-1 in the CIC and 4-1 overall. Wing struck out six batters in four innings of work and Hall finished the game by striking out the side in the fifth.

Brady Lindberg and Jake Kindred had two hits each for Chugiak, which got three RBI from Kindred and DJ Davies in the mercy-rule-shortened game.

Max Hartke provided the game-winneer and Marlon Irias added a pair of insurance strikes as the Chugiak boys bounced back from a Friday loss to Dimond with a 3-0 Cook Inlet Conference win over East Saturday at Ed Blahous Field in Chugiak. The win improved Chugiak’s record to 2-6 in the CIC.

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