Sports Features

Overcast skies set the tone for the 89th running of the July 4 Mt. Marathon Race in Seward as more than 80 adult runners from Eagle River and Chugiak competed in the grueling contest.

Eagle River’s Hannah Booher, a star in the Juniors race in previous years, ran her first adult division race and came in 36th with a time of 1:05:44.  Another young Chugiak runner, Clare Cook, set a quick time of 1:01:23, coming in 15th among the women.

The Chugiak High Lady Mustangs took the team title at the Chugiak Stampede at Kincaid Park in Anchorage on Jan. 16.

Senior Heidi Booher led a quartet of Chugiak girls in the top ten to take the team title by a bit less than two minutes over West High, who was led by the individual champion Molly Gellert.

Eagle River High School shut out Homer High School 10-0 on Jan. 9th at the Harry J McDonald Center.

Wolves goalie Jerimiah Clark had the shutout stopping all 11 shots on goal that came at him. Clark has been used as the backup goalie for their starter Trent Burnham who is a junior. Clark, who was also the quarterback for the Wolves earlier in the season, is hoping to play for UAF when he graduates later this year. Clark is 4-1 in net this season and has allowed just five goals with 52 saves.

The Chugiak Mustangs were able to shut out the Homer Mariners 3-0 Jan. 8 at the Harry J. McDonald Center in a game full of Mustang penalties.

Zachary Plucinski was part of the assist that gave Mustang forward Grant Epple the final goal, and drew first blood for the Mustangs when he scored the first goal of the game in the first period 7:46 into the game.

Epple scored the final goal with16 seconds left in the game.

2015 gave local sports fans quite a few thrills – especially for folks cheering for the Chugiak High School Mustangs with a few bright spots for fans of the Eagle River High School Wolves. Here are our top picks.

No. 1 – Dual baseball titles

After finishing third a year ago, Eagle River High senior wrestler Marcus Amico capped his career with the individual title at 152 pounds in the state championships last Saturday at Bartlett High.

Amico, who was 28-2 this year, won a 16-8 decision against Ethan Shumaker of North Pole, who had also only lost twice this season.

Amico was the only Wolf to place, while Chugiak High had four medalists including three runners-up.

The Harry J. McDonald Center was full of fans from both Eagle River and Chugiak on Dec. 5 when over 330 tickets were sold that night before the Wolves were able to scratch and claw out a victory against their rivals 3-2 to have a record of 10-2-1.

The entire night was loud, and full of energy by all the fans. Many of the people who arrived after the puck was dropped were forced to stand and watch.

Coming off a victory against Bartlett High, Chugiak High defeated Eagle River High 46-38 Dec. 4 in the highly anticipated meeting between the neighbor schools. Mustang Dawson Budke was not wrestling in the match, due to a nasty sprain he suffered from the previous match against Bartlett.

The match started out with Eagle River taking the lead with Grant Burningham pinning Mustang Lane Varnadoe in 3:18 at 132 pounds. The Wolves continued this lead with Thomas LePlante pinning Jared Reed of CHS in 1:57 at 138 pounds.