The 1984 Chugiak High School state football championship team will gather for a 35th reunion the weekend of Sept. 20-22. The team will be honored during a special ceremony before the Chugiak-Juneau Homecoming football game on Friday at 7 p.m. at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.

Most team members and coaches are expected to attend the reunion, according to Huffer Sr., who coached the team for 19 seasons.

A round-up of recent high school sporting events involving Chugiak and Eagle River teams. To submit scores, email [email protected] or call (907) 257-4274.


Chugiak won a rivalry flag football game Tuesday, Sept. 17, knocking off Eagle River 25-0 at ERHS.

Aleah Madsen scored two touchdown for the Mustangs, who also got one each from Averie Carlos and Brooke Storen.


Dimond 3, Eagle River 0

It’s smooth sailing again over the Eagle River bridge.

The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities said Tuesday it has completed repairs to the earthquake-damaged northbound crossing. The damage suffered in the magnitude 7.1 quake on Nov. 30, 2018 was to abutments on each end of the bridge, which caused commuters to hit irritating bumps coming onto and leaving the bridge.

In a Tuesday Facebook post, the department said it used polymers injected beneath the roadway to help raise the approach structure of the bridge.

For more than four decades, John Rodda has been one of the busiest men in Anchorage — which is why he considers himself the luckiest.

The Municipality of Anchorage’s Parks and Recreation director is responsible for overseeing a $22 million annual budget, 10,946 acres of parkland, more than 300 full- and part-time employees, 250 miles of trails, 223 parks, 110 athletic fields, 82 playgrounds, 11 recreation centers and a handful of swimming pools. It suits him.

Chugiak-Eagle River has always seen itself as a separate community from Anchorage, and when it comes to academics area schools certainly stand out.

The area’s dozen public schools outperformed their counterparts in the Anchorage School District on the state’s 2018-19 school year standardized tests in math, English and science, according to results released by the district earlier this month.

The Albert Loop Trail at the Eagle River Nature Center is closed due to the presence of bears in the area feeding on spawning salmon. The trail has closed each fall since 1997 to reduce bear and human conflicts in the area.

Chugiak and Eagle River took care of business in high school football games Friday and Saturday, with the Wolves hammering Kodiak in a key Northern Lights Conference showdown in Kodiak and the Mustangs pulling away from Wasilla in Chugach Conference action in the Valley.

Eagle River nearly staged an improbable comeback in a 3-2 high school volleyball loss to Service on Friday, Sept. 13.

The Wolves dropped the first two sets before roaring back to claim the third and fourth sets by 25-23 scores before falling 16-14 in the deciding frame.

Wolves captain Chloie Garber had a team-high 12 kills and 18 digs, Jordan Gentile added 14 digs and two aces and Maddi Talton had two blocks.

Isabelle Watkins had a match-high 13 kills to lead the Cougars.

Dimond 3, Chugiak 0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-18)

Eagle River’s J.T. Lindholm ran away from the field at a rainy REAL About Addiction Run/Walk for Recovery Sunday on the Chester Creek Trails in Anchorage. The 49-year-old completed the 5-kilometer course in 20 minutes, 6 seconds to beat defending champion Scott Clementson by six seconds. Eagle River’s Shawn Padilla was third.

Anchorage’s Kathy Jacobsen won the women’s division in 25:57. Eagle River’s Mitzi Williams (28:23) was the top local woman in sixth.

REAL About Addicion Run/Walk for Recovery

Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019

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Eagle River fell 5-4 to Bartlett in the inaugural “JBER Cup” Thursday at the Alaska Club East in Anchorage.

The Wolves got wins from Stefan Retzlaff (boys No. 2 singles), Griffin Marson/Taiten Cogswell (boys No. 1 doubles), Elly Bryner/Kira Slama (girls No. 2 doubles) and Nate Walser/Mikayla Johnson (mixed doubles).

Eagle River and Bartlett have the highest percentage of military connected students among the district’s eight public high schools, with many of the students from both schools living on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER).

The top two cross country runners in Chugiak-Eagle River finished in the top two spots each Saturday in Anchorage.

Chugiak’s Hyrum Nelson lost a photo finish to Anchorage Christian’s Tristian Merchant on a picture-perfect day for cross country running Saturday at the New Balance XC Classic Races at Russian Jack Park in Anchorage, while Eagle River’s Emily Walsh was just five seconds off the pace set by girls champ Ava Earl of South.

There’s no quit in Mikey Connelly.

“You’ve gotta make the impossible possible,” Connelly said after crushing the Alyeska Climbathon record Saturday by becoming the first person to complete 13 trips up the mountain’s North Face trail in less than 10 hours. “Nothing’s impossible — you can always do it.”

The win was Connelly’s third straight at an event he’s literally grown up with. But heading into Saturday’s race the 17-year-old mountain running prodigy from Eagle River said he told friends he didn’t think a lucky 13 was in the offing.

A swimming official at the center of a controversy involving a Dimond High School swimmer disqualified for the fit of her swimsuit said Friday that neither the Anchorage School District nor the Alaska School Activities Association has asked for her side of the story.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Eagle River’s John Heaphy is going to the U.S. Olympic Trials.

The 2019 Eagle River High graduate and double winner at the 2018 Alaska State Swim/Dive Championships broke the Alaska state record in the 100 yard breaststroke during the Alaska Long Course Championships July 26-28 in Anchorage. Heaphy’s time of 1 minute, 2.75 seconds, more than half a second below the qualifying time for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, which will be held June 21-28 in Omaha, Nebraska.

They don’t normally play a lot of games at the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, but the group made an exception Wednesday for local Young Life area director Aaron Hopkins.

A potential windfall for Chugiak-Eagle River taxpayers continues to move forward in one of the area’s quietest areas.

Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Director John Rodda told the Parks and Rec Board of Supervisors on Monday the appraisal process at Beach Lake Park is about to get underway — the next toward the sale of a conservation easement on nearly 1,400 acres of the 1,700-acre municipal park.

“At that point, the valuation will have been established,” he said.

The Eagle River girls claimed a dual meet win over Service on Friday at Service High.

The Wolves got individual wins from McKenzie Fazio (200 yard freestyle, 100 butterfly), Ellie Mercer (50 free, 100 free), Kiara Borchardt (200 individual medley), Lindsay Drummond (diving) and Kara Johnson (500 freestyle) to claim a 93-81 victory. The Eagle River boys lost 105-60, but did get individual wins from Thomas Myers in the 50 freestyle and Jake Metzger (500 free) and Matthew Heaphy (100 breaststroke.

Mustangs fall to Dimond

Chugiak senior Hyrum Nelson won the Division I boys race at the Palmer Invitational on Saturday at the Janecek Trails.

Nelson finished in 15 minutes, 18.96 seconds to clock the day’s fastest overall time on the 5-kilometer course. Service’s Alex Maurer was second in 15:26.28, with South’s Kaleb Beloy (16:23.48 in third. Tristian Merchant of ACS won the Division II boys race in 16:11.99.

Eagle River’s football team is coming home with a comeback win.

The Wolves scored 28 straight points to stun West Valley Friday night for a 36-30 nonconference win in Fairbanks.

“We have a really strong-heart team,” Wolves quarterback Nathaniel Guderian told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner after scoring the game-winning touchdown with 1:17 left to play.

Guderian credited his offensive linemen for the 1-yard plunge.

“My linemen did it right there for me,” he said.


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