Sports

Corey Cogdell is shooting off to London.

Cogdell, of Eagle River, earned the lone U.S. women's berth in trapshooting at this summer's Olympic Games with a victory Sunday, May 20, at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Tucson, Ariz.

Cogdell, 25, hit 460 out of 500 targets during the three-day competition to claim victory. 

It will be Cogdell's second Olympics. She also qualified in 2008, winning a bronze medal in Beijing.

Second-seeded South High defeated No. 6 Eagle River 3-0 on Friday, May 18 in the semifinals of the girls Cook Inlet Conference soccer tournament at Eagle River.

The Wolves will play the loser of the Dimond-Service semifinal in the third-place game Saturday, May 19 at 11:30 a.m. on their home turf. The winner will advance to the state tournament. 

The Chugiak and Eagle River boys soccer teams each found themselves on the wrong end of lopsided shutouts in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference boys soccer tournament at South High on Thursday, May 17.

The seventh-seeded Mustangs fell 5-0 to No. 2 South, while No. 6 Eagle River dropped a 7-0 decision to No. 3 West.

South got a pair of goals from Nathan Chartier to led the Wolverines' win. West got goals from seven different players in its triumph.

Senior Jackie Klecka scored two second-half goals to lead sixth-seeded Eagle River past No. 3 Chugiak 3-1 in the opening round of the girls Cook Inlet Conference soccer tournament Thursday, May 17 at Eagle River.

The Wolves play No. 2 South on Friday, May 18, on their home turf at 2 p.m. with a championship berth on the line.

The Mustangs swept the regular season series with their crosstown rival, however, Eagle River was more prepared the third time around, Klecka said.

“We came out in the beginning more willing to win,” she said.

Crosstown rivals Chugiak (8-5-1) and Eagle River (3-7-4) will meet for a third time this season in the opening round of the girls Cook Inlet Conference soccer tournament.

The No. 3 seed Mustangs play at sixth-seeded Eagle River today (Thursday, May 17) at 8 p.m. Chugiak swept the regular season series, winning 1-0 on March 31 and 2-1 on May 1.

Chugiak ended its regular season with a 3-1 win over West on May 9 before losing 6-0 to Dimond on May 12. Susan Fleurant, Jessi Beverlin and Tori Fishburn scored for the Mustangs against West.

Despite dropping a 5-4 game to previous winless East on Monday, May14, Chugiak (4-3) earned the fourth seed in the Cook Inlet Conference baseball playoffs. The Mustangs play either Service or South on Friday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Mulcahy Stadium.

Chugiak softball improved to 9-3 with a 9-1 win over Bartlett on Monday, May 14 at Albrecht Fields.

The Mustangs swept Service 7-0 then 13-4 in a doubleheader Saturday, May 12 at Albrecht.

In the first game, Jessica Tramp and Katy Bakker gave up a combined eight hits, struck out six and only surrendered one walk.

In the second game, Bakker pitched a complete game, where she struck out eight and only gave up five hits.

East swept Chugiak in a doubleheader May 9. The Mustangs committed eight errors in the first game, which led to a 13-9 loss.

Just breathe.

It’s simple, but essential for success at the ASAA/Alaska Class 4A Track and Field State Championships.

And Malia McVee would know.

Construction at the McDonald Center is entering its final phase.

The $6 million project to add an indoor turf field, running track and maintenance shop to the longtime Eagle River recreational facility should be completed by July 17, said Mac manager Reid McDonald on May 12.

“It’s basically done,” he said. “They just need to do the final touches.”

Palmer-based F-E Contracting Inc. is currently installing drywall and painting, McDonald said. Once the toilets and netting are installed, the final step will be to put down the turf and track, he said.

Talk about pressure.

Prep track and field athletes have one chance to make state — and it’s all riding on their performance this weekend.

Only the top finisher in each event at the Cook Inlet Conference meet, which will be held at Bartlett High on Friday and Saturday, May 11-12, will be guaranteed a trip to Fairbanks. After that, the next best 12 times/distances statewide will join each region’s first-place finishers at Lathrop High on May 18-19.

“It all depends on one meet,” Eagle River head coach Matt Turner said. “It puts extra pressure on you.”

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