Melissa Apodaca is currently training six hours a day with the goal of representing the United States in one of the toughest sports around, freestyle wrestling. The muscular 22-year-old’s typical day includes running and lifting weights followed by a couple hours of technique work and sparring.
Think that’s tough?
The 2008 Chugiak High graduate does all that training while keeping up with her college courses at Northern Michigan University, where last semester she earned a 4.0 grade-point average.
The 2011 Chugiak High football team will go down in history.
The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame selected the Mustangs for the first-ever Trajan Langdon Award for “displaying sportsmanship and integrity” after their season was cut short due to use of an ineligible player that forced the team to forfeit three wins and miss the state playoffs.
Just ask those in attendance at last week’s “Old Timers’ Dinner” held at the Eagle River Lions Club.
“Time flies,” said Tom Blavka, who first arrived in Chugiak more than 50 years ago.
Co-hosted by Rep. Bill Stoltze (R-Chugiak/Mat-Su) and Rep. Anna Fairclough (R-Eagle River), the free dinner was a chance for many of the area’s long-term residents to get together for a once-a-year gab session.
You’ll never see a new student eating lunch alone at Eagle River High School.
When a transfer enters the halls of ERHS for the first time, a current student eats lunch with the new student and gives them a tour of the school, walking them through their schedule.
It’s all thanks to the school’s Adventure Program.
Funded by a United States Department of Defense grant, the pilot program’s focus is to ease the transition into the building for new students — many who come from a military background. The program also promotes academic success.
Just five games into the 2011-12 basketball season, Eagle River’s boys already have more victories than last year.
The Wolves, who managed just two wins in the 2010-11 campaign, improved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the Cook Inlet Conference with a convincing 72-53 victory over visiting South Anchorage on Jan. 6 and a thrilling win at East on Jan. 10.
The decisive win signaled more than Eagle River’s first conference victory of the season, junior Shaquan Rhoades said. It showed wins won’t come easily against the Wolves this year, he said.
Nicole Mrugala started 2012 the way she ended 2011 — perfect.
The senior Chugiak-Eagle River netminder turned aside all 25 shots from Dimond-West to earn her second straight shutout in CER’s 2-0 win Jan. 4 at Ben Boeke Ice Arena. Mrugala recorded a 17-save shutout against Service-East on Dec. 16 in CER’s final game before the holiday break.
Dimond-West threw more shots on net through the first two periods than Service-East did all game — but that didn’t faze Mrugala.