Chugiak volleyball team honors teachers; Wolves shine on Senior Night

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 18:40

Chugiak schooled West Valley on the court Wednesday night, but it was the Mustangs’ teachers who were in the spotlight.

Before the match (a 3-0 Chugiak win), each of the team’s 11 players presented a candy lei to a teacher who had inspired them through the years. Head coach Bobbi Mason said the event was something she did in college and wanted to bring to Chugiak.

“We’re really trying to give something back,” Mason said.

Mason said she tries to instill more than just volleyball knowledge in Chugiak’s players, and hopes they become better people after playing for her team.

“The more you can look outside your own sphere, the better,” she said.

Mason said teachers don’t always receive recognition, but their contributions are vital.

“They make such a difference,” she said.

Senior Mazie Edwards brought her former elementary teacher, Matt Crockett, to Wednesday’s match. Edwards said Crockett was a hands-on teacher who helped spark a love of science that’s lasted to this day.

“I think I remember more from that class than from all of elementary school,” she said.

Edwards recalled one time when students dissected lampreys, a long, slimy type of fish. Those types of hands-on exercises, she said, helped her start down a path that she hopes will one day lead to a career in bioengineering.

“It taught me to appreciate learning and to love learning,” she said.

Also recognized at the event were teachers Jennifer Spain, Angela Armstrong, Mike Davidson, Paul McDonogh, Sandra Schmidt, Deanna McDonald, Lisa Reed, Ron Lange, Nicole Ayers and Bess Marks.

The inspirational event might have inspired Chugiak on the court, where they swept the nonconference Wolfpack by a score of 25-20, 25-20, 25-15. Sophia Lestina led the charge with 12 kills and seven digs for the Mustangs, who got 16 assists from Claire Schimmack, 14 digs from Reyna Moore and eight kills from Isabelle Kaltschnee.

Mason said she hopes to hold the event again next year.

“We’re hoping to make it a tradition.”

Wolves shine on Senior Night

Eagle River’s Landry McGee notched 10 kills and 10 digs to lead the Wolves to a 3-0 Cook Inlet Conference volleyball sweep of Service on Wednesday at Eagle River High.

Kaylee Barch added 18 digs and five aces for the Wolves, who honored their seniors during a prematch ceremony. Elizabeth Rheule dished 26 assists and had 13 digs for the Wolves, whose final regular-season match is Oct. 23 at Dimond.

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