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Chugiak’s girls soccer season ended with a 3-1 loss to rival Eagle River in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference tournament Thursday, May 17 at the Wolves’ den.

Jackie Klecka led sixth-seeded Eagle River in the upset over No. 3 Chugiak with two goals.

After Chris Bottini gave the Wolves a 1-0 lead at halftime, Klecka notched two quick strikes in the second half to give Eagle River its first win over Chugiak this season. The Mustangs swept the regular season series with two, one-goal victories.

After going kick-for-kick with West in a 3-2 loss earlier this season, Eagle River’s boys soccer team entered the Cook Inlet Conference tournament with hopes of shocking the No. 3 Eagles. Not so fast.

West scored three goals in the first 20 minutes of the game, then added four more in the second half to hand the Wolves a 7-0 loss at South High on May 17.

“We started a little slow,” said Wolves head coach Max Solodkii following the match.

Seven different players scored for West, which used a relentless attacking style to keep Wolves on their heels all game.

Scoreboards never lie — but they don’t always tell the whole story, either.

Following his team’s 5-0 loss to No. 2 South in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference boys soccer tournament at South High on May 17, Chugiak head coach Mikey Evans said his seventh-seeded squad put together its best match of the season.

Eagle River’s season came to a close with a 1-0 loss to Service in the third-place game of the girls Cook Inlet Conference soccer tournament Saturday, May 19 at Eagle River.

The Cougars scored in the 71st minute to earn a trip to the state tournament.

Illness and injuries hampered Eagle River throughout the tournament, Wolves’ head coach Lauren Mason said. The Wolves, who only have 15 varsity players, were down to one substitute against Service and their backup keeper, Tara Fisher, was playing forward.

Eagle River ended the high school baseball season 5-5 with a 14-4 win over West on Monday, May 21 at Chad Bax Field.

Ricky Ayala led the Wolves with five RBIs, including an inside-the-park grand slam.

Colby LeBlanc had three hits and David Fuller had two RBIs for Eagle River.

Many of the same prep players will make up local American Legion teams this summer. Eagle River American Legion opens its season against Bartlett on Saturday, May 26 at 7 p.m. at Mulcahy Stadium.

Third-seeded Chugiak clinched a spot in the state tournament with a 12-0 rout over South in the Cook Inlet Conference softball tournament Tuesday, May 22 at Albrecht Fields.

Katy Bakker pitched all four innings and only surrendered four hits and struck out two.

Kenzie Matthis went 3-for-3 and Katrina Grant went 2-for-2 for the Mustangs.

Chugiak lost its first game of the night 5-3 to No. 2 West, dropping them to the loser’s bracket.

Aside from playing catch with his dad, recent Eagle River High graduate Greg Long had never played baseball until his freshman year.

Next spring, he’ll be playing at the collegiate level.

Prior to running the 110-meter hurdles, Tyler Rohde experienced an unusual emotion — fear.

Rohde, who entered the state meet as Alaska’s top hurdler, doesn’t need a surge of adrenaline and typically listens to calming music before a race. But soothing tunes couldn’t settle his nerves Saturday, May 19 at Lathrop High.

“It was really, really stressful,” Rohde said.

Turns out, Rohde thrives under pressure.

Chugiak High junior Malia McVee won a Region IV title in the discus with a throw of 99 feet, 11 inches on Friday, May 11 at Bartlett High. McVee's throw earned her an automatic bid in the state championship, which begin Friday, May 18 in Fairbanks. McVee, 17, is the daughter of Sammie Malzac of Chugiak.

Chugiak's top track and field athlete showed he's the best in the state over the weekend.

Mustangs junior Tyler Rohde won both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles and ran a leg of Chugiak's winning 4X400 relay team to help the Mustangs to a third-place finish at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Class 4A Boys State Track and Field Championships at Lathrop High in Fairbanks on Saturday, May 19. He was also a member of Chugiak's second-place 4X200 relay team.

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